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Women's Basketball Looks for Upset in Opening Round of AMCC Tournament

ERIE, PA — The Frostburg State women's basketball team takes its 8-17 overall and 3-9 league marks into the 2002 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament Wednesday night when it visits No. 3 Penn State Behrend (13-12, 9-3 AMCC) in a first-round contest at 6:00 p.m.

The Bobcats, who collapsed midway through the second half in an 80-50 loss to the Lions in Erie January 12 before falling, 80-61, in Frostburg earlier this month, hope the "it's hard to defeat a team three times in the same season" adage holds true for Penn State Behrend.

FSU takes some momentum into Wednesday night's game, having won consecutive contests for just the fourth time this season.

The Bobcats showed their mettle in the last two outings, holding off La Roche, 78-69, Saturday night and pulling out a 78-75 win at Washington & Jefferson Monday night.

Junior Kim Faust has been nearly unstoppable in her last three games, averaging 26.7 points and 11.3 rebounds in that span. However, she has struggled against Penn State Behrend this season, scoring a combined 25 points in the two losses.

Faust has certainly benefitted from the addition of sophomore forward Tracey Little. The former Allegany standout is averaging 15.0 points and 8.6 rebounds in her seven games and has three double-doubles in her short tenure with the Bobcats.

Penn State Behrend is led by senior forward Erin Phillips, who is pouring in 17.6 points to go along with 7.7 rebounds, and senior guard Kate Costanzo, who adds 13.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per outing.

The duo has combined for 88 points in two games against FSU this season, and the Bobcats will certainly need to slow them down to have a chance at the upset.

Should the Bobcats win, they will head to tournament host and regular-season champion Penn State Altoona, where they will face either No. 2 Pitt-Greensburg or No. 7 Lake Erie in the semifinals Friday at 8:00 p.m.

The championship game will be held Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

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