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January 30, 2006

PSU Basketball Players named to Little East Conference Honor Roll

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two members of the Plymouth State University basketball teams were honored Monday with selection to the Little East Conference Weekly Honor Roll for their performances in several Panther games last week.

Junior forward Mike Walcek (Dover, N.H.) and sophomore guard Meghan MacDonald (Salem, N.H.) earned weekly recognition Monday, the second such honor of the season for both individuals. Walcek led the Panther men to one win in three outings, while MacDonald was a key figure for the PSU women winning two times in three tries.

A 6'4" forward, Walcek averaged 13.3 points and 6.0 rebounds in PSU's 1-2 week, shooting 50 percent from the field (15-of-30) and 53.8 percent from three-point range (7-of-13). He scored 14 points in an LEC loss Tuesday at Keene State, and added a team-high 18 points in a conference loss Saturday to Rhode Island College. Walcek has scored in double figures in 11 of his last 12 games and 16 of 19 games this season.

Walcek ranks eighth in the league in scoring (14.7 points per game) and 14th in rebounding (5.5 per game). He is also fifth in the LEC in overall field goal percentage (51.9), three-point field goal percentage (45.8) and free throw percentage (77.8).

 

A 5'2" guard, MacDonald averaged 12.0 points, 5.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.7 steals in PSU's 2-1 week. She shot 48.3 percent from the field (14-of-29) and 44.4 percent from the three-point line (4-of-9), while recording 15 assists and only seven turnovers in 81 minutes. MacDonald had 12 points, five assists and three steals in a loss on Tuesday to Keene State, and led PSU with 17 points Saturday in an overtime win against RIC. She converted crucial free throws against RIC both at the end of regulation and overtime to help seal the win for the Panthers.

MacDonald, who ranks 19th in the conference in scoring (9.0 points per game), is fourth in both assists (3.8 per game) and steals (2.1 per game). She is also second in the LEC in three-point field goal percentage (42.9), converting an average of one a game.

 

The Panther men, 13-6 overall and 5-4 in LEC play, return to action Thursday with a non-conference game at Bates (7:00 p.m.). The Panther women, 8-10 overall and 4-5 in LEC games, visit Newbury College Tuesday for a non-conference match-up (5:00 p.m.)

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