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February 19, 2002

Panthers to host ECSU in LEC Tourney

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - It will be a Little East Conference Tournament doubleheader Tuesday night at Foley Gymnasium when the Panther men's and women's basketball teams begin play in the annual LEC Tournament.

Both PSC squads earned the right to host a first-round game. The Panther women, 17-7 overall, finished third in the LEC with a 9-5 mark and will host sixth-seeded Western Connecticut State University (10-14 overall, 4-10 in the LEC) Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The Panther men, 15-9 overall, tied for fourth in the conference at 8-6, but won the tiebreaker over Eastern Connecticut State University and will host the fifth-seeded Warriors (13-12 overall) Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Plymouth State will be looking to make it three-game sweeps over both opponents. The Panther men, led by head coach John Scheinman, defeated Eastern Conn. 94-72 on Dec. 8th in Willimantic, Conn, and 79-67 on Jan. 26th in Plymouth. The PSC women, guided by head coach Lauren Lavigne, got past Western Conn. 57-55 on Jan. 5th in Plymouth, and 62-50 on Feb. 2nd in Danbury, Conn.

Tuesday's winners advance to the respective semifinals at the site of the regular season champions. The women's winner will face second-seeded Eastern Connecticut Friday at 6:00 pm. at top-seeded University of Southern Maine, while the men's winner will tangle with regular season champion Keene State College Friday at 8:00 p.m. in Keene. The championship games are at 3:00 p.m. Saturday at Southern Maine and Keene State, respectively, with the winners receiving an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament.

On the eve of the tournament, two Panthers were selected to the LEC Weekly Honor Roll for their performances in the final week of the regular season. Sophomore Frankie Finklea (Dorchester, Mass.) made his second appearance this season on the Honor Roll, while junior Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) received LEC Weekly Honors for the fifth time this season.

A 6'3" forward, Finklea averaged 21.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Panthers. He shot 53.3 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from three-point range.

A 5'9" forward, Albert averaged 15.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in PSC's 3-0 week. She shot 57.1 percent from the field, and tossed in a career-high 28 points in a win over Rhode Island College.

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