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Panthers to host LEC play-off game

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - There will be a play-off doubleheader at Foley Gymnasium Tuesday evening (Feb. 20) when the Plymouth State College men's and women's basketball teams host first round games of the 2001 Little East Conference Tournament.

The Panther women's squad, led by third-year head coach Lauren Lavigne, completed the regular season with an 18-6 overall record and riding an eight-game winning streak, its longest since 1995. The Panthers finished alone in third place in the LEC with a 10-4 mark, and received the third seed in the conference tourney. PSC will host sixth-seeded Rhode Island College at 5:30 p.m. at Foley Gym, where they have won 16 consecutive games including all 10 this season.

PSC swept RIC in the two games this season, winning 80-40 at home on Jan. 18th and 82-71 in Providence on Feb. 3rd.

The Panther men's team, guided by second-year head coach John Scheinman, wrapped up the regular season with a 13-11 overall mark. PSC finished alone in fourth place in the conference with an 8-6 record, and earned the fourth seed in the tournament. The Panthers will host fifth-seeded Eastern Connecticut Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., following the women's play-off contest.

The PSC men split the season series with ECSU, defeating the Warriors 83-69 in Plymouth on Dec. 2nd but losing 85-70 in Willimantic on Jan. 20th.

Tuesday's first-round winners advance to the LEC semi-finals on Friday (Feb. 23). Top-seeded Eastern Connecticut is hosting the women's semi-finals and final, and No. 1 seed UMass Dartmouth is the host of the men's. The LEC champions receive automatic bids to the NCAA Division III national championship tournaments.