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January 27, 2003

Pelotte named LEC Player/Week

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The leading scorers on the Plymouth State College basketball teams were recognized by the Little East Conference Monday for their accomplishments in Panther victories last week.

Senior Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) was selected LEC Women's Basketball Player of the Week, and sophomore Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine) was named LEC Men's Basketball Player of the Week. It is the first time this season that Albert has earned the conference's top weekly honor after three appearances on the Honor Roll, while Pelotte was selected LEC Player of the Week for the fourth time this winter.

A 5'9" forward, Albert put up double-doubles in all three Panther games last week. She finished with 20 points and 16 rebounds in PSC's upset over 15th-ranked Southern Maine on Tuesday, added 25 points and 11 boards in a come-from-behind win at Colby-Sawyer on Thursday, and contributed 17 points and a career-high 17 rebounds in a blowout win over UMass Dartmouth on Saturday. For the week, Albert averaged 20.7 points, 14.7 boards, 3.7 assists and 3.3 steals while converting 48.9 percent from the field (22-of-45), 55.6 percent from three-point range (5-of-9) and 76.5 percent from the free throw line (13-of-17).

Albert continues to lead the LEC in scoring (18.6 ppg) and three-point FG percentage (.543). She also ranks second in FT percentage (.836), third in FG percentage (.520), fifth in rebounding (8.3 rpg) and 10th in assists (3.4 apg).

A 5'11" guard, Pelotte averaged 28.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in a pair of 12-point Panther victories. He shot 55.6 percent from the field (15-of-27), including 53.3 percent from three-point land (8-of-15), while connecting on 82.6 percent from the free throw line (19-of-23). Pelotte tossed in 30 points and grabbed seven rebounds in Tuesday's win over Southern Maine, the fifth time this season he has scored at least 30 points in a game, and he added 27 points and five boards in Saturday's contest against UMass Dartmouth.

Pelotte is a strong candidate for All-Conference honors. He leads the LEC in scoring (22.4 ppg) while also ranking among the conference leaders in FG percentage (.457), three-point FG percentage (.411), FT percentage (.748), and steals (2.1 spg).

Both Panther teams are back in action Tuesday with key LEC games at archrival Keene State (women at 5:30 p.m., men at 7:30 p.m.). The PSC women (11-5 overall with six straight wins) are alone in third place in the conference at 5-2, a game behind co-leaders Southern Maine and Eastern Connecticut. The PSC men (12-4 overall) are tied with Keene State for second place in the conference at 5-2, a game back of league-leading Western Connecticut.

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