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Women's Basketball Falls to DeSales in First Round of ECAC Tournament

CENTER VALLEY, PA — DeSales outscored Frostburg State 21-0 over the final 6:37 of the first half to break open a close game and cruise to a 92-56 win in the first round of the 2004 Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Women's Southern Basketball Championship Wednesday night at Billera Hall.

Senior Amy Yencho scored 19 points to lead the No. 1 Bulldogs, while Liz Kelly had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Jen Netwall and Alyssa Antolick added 17 and 16 points, respectively.

Junior forward Tracey Little (La Vale, Md./Allegany) scored a game-high 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Bobcats, but no other FSU player scored more than seven points.

Frostburg State (16-12) gave DeSales (22-5) a fight over the first 10 minutes of the game. The Bulldogs held a 15-8 advantage before the Bobcats went on a 6-0 run to pull to within one.

Little made a layup, freshman Tracie George (Windber, Pa./Windber) hit a pair of free throws and Little added a jumper to keep FSU close.

Another basket by Little and back-to-back jumpers by sophomore Kelly True (Warfordsburg, Pa./Southern Fulton) and George gave the Bobcats a 22-19 lead at the 9:47 mark before DeSales pulled even at 24.

Little hit another jumper to put FSU back in front 26-24, but the Bulldogs took control with a remarkable 21-0 run over the final 6:37 to open a 45-26 lead at the break.

The Bobcats missed their last eight shots of the half.

DeSales continued to pull away in the second half, scoring the first five points to take a 50-26 advantage.

Sophomore Melanie Herget (Glen Burnie, Md./Old Mill) hit a free throw at the 17:03 mark to finally break FSU's scoreless spell which spanned a total of 9:24.

DeSales, which reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament last season, stretched its lead to as many as 36, 73-37, with 8:36 to play.

The Bulldogs used their high-pressure defense to force 22 turnovers which they turned into 34 points. DSU also outscored FSU 30-16 in the paint.

DeSales advances to Saturday's semifinal round and will take on either No. 4 Moravian (18-9) or No. 5 Catholic (21-6).

FSU's 16 wins are the most since 1999-2000, when the Bobcats finished 18-8.

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