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January 29, 2000

PSC Women's Hoop shocks Western Connecticut

PLYMOUTH, N.H.- Just two days after upsetting perennial Little East Conference powerhouse Southern Maine, the Plymouth State College women's basketball team shocked LEC-leading Western Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon at Foley Gymnasium, 85-79, in overtime.

The victory stopped PSC's eight-game losing streak to the Colonials, and improved the Panthers to 12-5 overall and 4-4 in the LEC. League-leading WCSU drops to 13-5 overall and 7-2 in the LEC.

The Panthers got 23 points apiece from junior Krystyna Zagorski (Matawan, NJ) and senior Courtney Jacques (Belmont, NH). Zagorski also added a game-high 13 rebounds, while Jacques came off the bench to add five assists and six steals. Sophomore Megan Fournier (East Waterboro, Maine) also contributed 15 points to the Panther cause.

Western was led by sophomore Stacey Kurtyka (Derby, Conn.), who scored 16 points, sophomore Megan Lyon (New Milford, CT), who was good for 15 points and 12 boards, and junior Arianna Dolock (Charlestown, RI), who added 12 points.

Plymouth State held an eight-point lead (46-38) with 13:45 to play in regulation, but the Colonials battled back with a 21-12 spurt to take a one-point lead with 5:27 to play. After see-sawing back and forth, Western took a 68-65 lead with 40 seconds on the clock on a three-pointer by Erin Zagaski (Colchester, Conn.), but PSC answered 15 seconds later with a game-tying three-pointer by Jacques.

The Panthers went on a 9-2 run in the opening minutes of overtime, and held on to the win with some strong free throw shooting, as Jacques, Fournier and Jennifer Pelletier (Derry, NH) combined to make all eight freebies down the stretch.

After playing the last five games at home, Plymouth State hits the road for its next three games, beginning Thursday (Feb. 3) with a non-conference match-up at New England College (7 p.m.). WCSU returns to action next Saturday (Feb. 5) at UMass Boston (1 p.m.).

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