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Women's Basketball Earns Bid to ECAC Tournament

FROSTBURG, MD — Frostburg State has earned the No. 8 seed in the 2004 Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Women's Southern Basketball Championship and will travel to face No. 1 DeSales (21-5) in the first round Wednesday at 6:00 pm.

The Bobcats (16-11) will be making their 13th postseason appearance, including their seventh in the ECAC Championship.

FSU, which last earned a postseason bid in 1997 when it was selected to the NCAA Division III Tournament, won ECAC titles in 1984, 1986, 1988 and 1990.

The Bobcats also finished as the runners-up in 1987, losing to Allentown (ironically now known as DeSales) in the first round of the 1995 ECAC Championship.

In Wednesday's other first-round games, No. 2 Lebanon Valley (20-5) will host No. 7 Westminster (15-10), No. 3 King's (19-8) will host No. 6 Washington & Jefferson (18-8) and No. 4 Moravian (18-9) will host No. 5 Catholic (21-6).

The first-round winners will advance to the semifinals on Saturday, March 6 at the highest remaining seed.

The winner of DeSales and Frostburg State will face the winner of Moravian and Catholic in one semifinal, while the winner of Lebanon Valley and Westminster will face the winner of King’s and Washington and Jefferson in the other semifinal.

The semifinal winners will meet Sunday, March 7 for the championship.

Game times have yet to be determined.

A complete preview of the Frostburg State-DeSales contest will be released Tuesday.

2004 ECAC Division III Women's Southern Basketball Championship
First Round – March 3

No. 8 Frostburg State (16-11) at No. 1 Desales (21-5), 6:00 pm
No. 7 Westminster (15-10) at No. 2 Lebanon Valley (20-5), TBA
No. 6 Washington and Jefferson (18-8) at No. 3 King’s (19-8), TBA
No. 5 Catholic (21-6) at No. 4 Moravian (18-9) , 7:00 pm

Semifinals – Saturday, March 6 (at highest remaining seed)
No. 1 Desales/No. 8 Frostburg State vs. No. 4 Moravian/No. 5 Catholic, TBA
No. 2 Lebanon Valley/No. 7 Westminster vs. No. 3 King’s/No. 6 Washington and Jefferson, TBA

Championship Game – Sunday, March 7
Semifinal Winners, TBA

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780