Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Fairmont State is hosting a reception to honor the record-setting Fairmont State Women's Basketball Team from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Erickson Alumni Center.

"We are proud of the accomplishments of Coach Steve McDonald and his team, and we want to give the community an opportunity to personally congratulate them on an outstanding and exciting season," said Dr. Daniel Bradley, Fairmont State University president. "The coaches and players have honored Fairmont State with their hard work and dedication to excellence."

The 2004-05 Lady Falcons had a record-breaking season, earning the women's basketball program's first ever bid to the NCAA Division II National Basketball Tournament. The Falcons entered the tournament ranked eighth in the nation in the USA Today/ESPPN WBCA Coaches' Top 25 Poll. FS defeated Glenville State 60-57 on March 11 to advance to the semifinals against topseeded Anderson College. The Falcons lost to the Lady Trojans 90-77 on March 12, but they gave a good effort and represented FS well.

The Lady Falcons team members are Jenna Eckleberry of Chester, W.Va.; Jenny Campbell of Barnesville, Ohio; Tara Hammond of Cross Lanes, W.Va.; Ashley Reed of Barrackville; Kristen Gattuso of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Sidney Thomas of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Jaime Parker of Weston, W.Va.; Lindsay Edwards of Charles Town, W.Va.; Erica Rome of Bridgeport; Shannon Wanichko of Greensburg, Pa.; Danya Hammond of Huntington, W.Va.
Katie Wimer of Newark, Ohio; Autumn Anderson of Williamstown, W.Va.; Danielle Cornish of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Molly Kiger of Williamstown, W.Va.

The coaching staff members are Steve McDonald, Head Coach, of Morgantown; Paul Adams Assistant Coach, of Fairmont; Erin McClellan Assistant Coach, of Fairmont; and Erin Fantroy Student Assistant Coach, of Fairmont.