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Women's Basketball Rings in New Year By Hosting "Showdown in Snowtown"

FROSTBURG, MD — It's "out with the old and in with the new," but the Frostburg State University women's basketball team may just as soon keep the old.

After ending 2001 with their first two wins of the season, the Bobcats (2-7) will take their modest streak into this weekend's "Showdown in Snowtown" Tournament at Bobcat Arena.

Frostburg State will face Hilbert College out of Hamburg, N.Y., on Friday at 8 p.m. following the first contest between William Smith (N.Y.) College and Washington (Md.) College at 6.

The consolation and championship games are set for Saturday at 1 and 3, respectively.

"We came back in great shape, and that's allowed us to focus more on plays and strategy," said FSU head coach Jody Pepple, whose team picked up a 68-57 win over Lake Erie in its last outing December 8. "Our confidence level is up after those two wins, and the players have come back with great attitudes."

The Bobcats continue to be led by junior forward/center Kim Faust, who tops the squad with 16.7 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Faust poured in 26 points and grabbed a career-high 22 rebounds in the win over Lake Erie and is averaging 21.3 points and 10.3 boards in her last six outings.

Junior guard Holly Myers is adding 9.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and a team-high 22 assists. Senior Donita Valentine is averaging 7.1 points and 4.2 rebounds and is coming off a 16-point, 7-rebound performance against Lake Erie.

Hilbert (1-7) has struggled under first-year head coach Chris Kosiba and is being outscored by an average of 74.1-41.0.

Sophomore center Amanda Smolarek leads the Hawks with 15.4 points and 12.6 rebounds, while junior center Laura Marso is adding 6.4 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest.

Poor shooting (26.8 percent) and turnovers (28.6 per game) have plagued Hilbert, which dropped an 86-44 decision to Fredonia State in its last outing December 14.

The Bobcats will continue to be without senior guard Kesha Frisby, the team's second-leading scorer at 14.0 points per game, who has missed the last seven games with a severely sprained ankle. FSU may also be without junior guard Jonee Jones, who returned home due to an illness in her family.

"We're looking for some continuity and a return to rhythm and game plan," said Pepple, whose team begins a crucial stretch of four straight Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference games next Wednesday. "We're not going to look ahead; we're going to take it one game at a time."

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