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Top LEC Rookie Honor again for Finklea

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two Plymouth State College basketball players have been honored by the Little East Conference for their performances in the final week of the regular season.

Senior Krystyna Zagorski (Matawan, N.J.) was named LEC Women's Player of the Week, and freshman Frankie Finklea (Dorchester, Mass.) was selected LEC Men's Rookie of the Week. The honors come of the eve of the LEC Tournaments, which begin Tuesday night with opening round games at Foley Gymnasium.

A 5'11" forward, Zagorski averaged 16.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.3 steals in three PSC games last week, all victories. She was hot from the field, connecting on 59.4 percent of her shots (19-of-32) while helping PSC extend its winning streak to eight games. The highlight of her week came in the season finale at UMass Dartmouth, when she tossed in career-point number 1,000. Zagorski is the sixth woman in school history to reach the 1,000-point milestone, and she now has 1,014 points.

A 6'3" forward, Finklea received the top LEC Rookie honor for the second straight week after averaging 14.0 points and 5.7 rebounds in PSC's 1-2 week. He scored in double figures in all three games, including a season-high 20 points at UMass Dartmouth, the top team in the region. Finklea hit 8-of-16 three-point field goals for the week, including 5-of-8 at UMD.

Both Panther squads will host LEC Tournament first-round games Tuesday (Feb. 20) at Foley Gymnasium. The Panther women's squad, 18-6 overall under third-year head coach Lauren Lavigne, 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.

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.