It was quite a week for the Plymouth State College women's basketball senior captain as well as the entire Panther women's hoop squad.
Senior Rebecca Morse (Sterling, MA) capped off the best week of her career with the selections of Little East Conference Player of the Week and Eastern College Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll. She was outstanding for PSC, leading the Panthers to a 2-0 week with a pair of key LEC victories.
A 5'11" center, Morse averaged 23.0 points, 15.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals and shot 64.3 percent from the field as the Panthers knocked off arch-rival Keene State and Rhode Island College. Morse led all scorers with 28 points and 12 rebounds in the win over KSC, hitting 11 of 15 shots and scoring nine of PSC's 11 overtime points to secure the outcome. She came back with a career-high 19 rebounds and 18 points in the RIC win, connecting on her 1,000th career point midway through the second half.
For the season, Morse is averaging 13.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.8 steals in 17 games. She shoots 48.5 percent from the field, and has been the team's leading rebounder 13 times and the scoring leader three times. She ranks sixth in the LEC in scoring, fourth in rebounding, fifth in steals and third in field goal percentage.
The Panthers' win over Keene State was their first in three tries since the Owls joined the LEC, and the triumph over RIC stopped PSC's five-game losing streak to the Anchorwomen. Plymouth State, 9-8 overall and 4-5 in the LEC, play three road games this week -- non-conference affairs Tuesday (Feb. 2) at Endicott (7:00 p.m.) and Thursday (Feb. 4) at Bridgewater State (5:30 p.m.), followed by a Little East game Saturday (Feb. 6) at UMass Dartmouth (1:00 p.m.).
Tuesday's game at Endicott will be an interesting one for PSC first-year coach Lauren Lavigne. Prior to coming back to her alma mater last summer, Lavigne coached the Power Gulls the past two seasons, including many of the players on the current Endicott roster.
PANTHER NOTES: Morse became the fifth Panther woman to reach the 1,000 point milestone, joining Betsy Bruce (1,264 from 1991-95), Lisa Richardson (1,194 from 1981-85), Deb Hughes (1,025 from 1977-80) and Sarah Dodd (1,010 from 1992-96).......Junior Lauren Santoli (Mansfield, MA) scored a season-high 16 points vs. Keene State, and is averaging 13.0 points in her last three games. Her 16 points are the most in a game for Santoli since she scored 25 against Emmanuel on Dec. 10, 1996.....The Panthers have four players with scoring averages in double figures - Morse at 13.5, Courtney Jacques (Belmont, NH) at 10.9, and Kate Fillion (Littleton, NH) and Krystyna Zagorski (Matawan, NJ) at 10.1.
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