PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two Plymouth State University basketball players received weekly honors on Monday as the Panther squads prepare for post-season competition.
Freshman Alicia Doucet (Manchester, N.H./Central) was selected Rookie of the Week by both the Little East Conference (LEC) and the New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA), and senior Ben Huntington (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton) was named to the LEC Weekly Honor Roll. They are both repeat performers on the conference's list of weekly honors.
A 5'11" forward, Doucet (right) averaged 18.5 points and nine rebounds for PSU in a 1-1 week, including an overtime win over UMass Dartmouth. She led PSU with 17 points in Tuesday's setback to Southern Maine, shooting 50 percent from the field (6-of-12), and she recorded her third double-double of the season Saturday vs. UMD with a game-high 20 points and a season-best 13 rebounds. Doucet also contributed four blocked shots and three steals in the two games.
Doucet, who was also the LEC Rookie of the Week twice in December and once in January, is a top candidate for Little East Rookie of the Year. She is 15th in the conference overall in both scoring (10.2 points per game) and rebounding (5.4 per game), ranking second among freshmen in scoring and third among newcomers in rebounding.
A 5'11" guard, Huntington (left) used a red-hot shooting hand to average 21 points for PSU in a 1-1 week, and he helped the Panthers wrap up the regular season by scoring his 1000th career point on Senior Day at Foley Gymnasium. He matched his career high on Tuesday with 27 points in a win over Southern Maine, and he added 15 points, including career point #1,000, in Saturday's loss to UMass Dartmouth.
Huntington shot 57 percent from the field (12-of-21) for the week, including 61.5 percent from three-point range (8-of-13), and 91 percent from the free throw line (10-of-11). Ranked second in the nation in free throw percentage, he extended his consecutive made free throw streak to 38 over the past month before he missed one on Saturday.
Both Panther hoop teams open LEC Tournament play on Tuesday. The men's squad, 12-13 overall and 8-6 in conference play, is the #3 seed and will host #6 seed Western Connecticut State University at 6:00 p.m. at Foley Gymnasium, while the women, 16-9 overall and 6-8 in the Little East, are the #5 seed and will travel to #4 seed Keene State College for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.
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