PLYMOUTH, N.H.- Plymouth State College's women's basketball team outscored perennial Little East Conference power University of Southern Maine 14-4 over the last four minutes Thursday night at Foley Gymnasium, and went on to defeat the Huskies 80-67 in a game originally scheduled for Tuesday night.
The victory broke PSC's 12-game losing streak to the Huskies, and was only the fifth victory over USM in 47 career meetings. Plymouth State hadn't beaten the Huskies since an upset win in the semi-finals of the 1994 LEC Tournament in Danbury, Conn., when PSC coach Lauren Lavigne was playing for the Panthers.
Freshman Courtney Albert (Hudson, NH) led PSC with 20 points and 12 rebounds, hitting all 10 free throw attempts. Junior Krystyna Zagorski (Matawan, NJ) added 16 points, Kate Fillion (Littleton, NH) contributed 14 points, and sophomore Megan Fournier (East Waterboro, Maine) chipped in with 13.
The Panthers, playing without senior captains Courtney Jacques (Belmont, NH) and Lynn Hersey (Dexter, Maine), who were sitting for disciplinary reasons, led by as much as 13 in the first half, but USM cut the halftime margin to 41-39. USM kept it close in the second half until the final four minutes.
USM, ranked 14th in the nation in Division III by d3hoops.com, was led by senior Julie Plant (Gorham, ME), who scored 23 points, sophomore Niki Dominiczak (Dixfield, Maine), who scored 13, and Jamie Zahm (Montpelier, VT), who was good for 10 points and 17 rebounds.
PSC's 80 points was the most surrendered by the Huskies this season, and came the game immediately following USM's 61-22 trouncing of Keene State.
The Panthers, 11-5 overall and 3-4 in the LEC, get no break, as they host first place Western Connecticut Saturday at 1 p.m. Defending LEC champ USM is now 14-3 overall and 5-3 in the LEC.
-- 30 --