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February 14, 2000

LEC Women's Basketball honor For PSC's Pelletier

PLYMOUTH, NH - A freshman on the Plymouth State College women's basketball team has been recognized for her efforts in leading the Panthers to a last-second win last week.

Freshman Jennifer Pelletier (Derry, NH) has been named to the Little East Conference Weekly Honor Roll, her first LEC honor this season. She helped the Panthers register a 2-1 week and stay alive for a home-court berth in the first round of the LEC Tournament.

A 5'4" point guard, Pelletier averaged 11.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists in PSC's three games. Her signature game was Thursday at home against Rhode Island College, when she erupted for a season-high 25 points, including a school-record-tying five three-point field goals. In fact, Pelletier was a machine in the second half of the game, scoring 13 points in the final six minutes, including the game-winning basket with 1.4 seconds remaining.

Pelletier, who has played in every PSC game and moved into the starting line-up the past 12, is averaging 7.5 points an outing. She is among the conference leaders in assists (fourth with 3.2 per game) and steals (seventh with 2.3 per game). The rookie is shooting a remarkable 91.2 percent from the free throw line (52-of-57), although she lacks enough attempts to qualify for the LEC leaders.

PSC, which also knocked off UMass Boston last week, 82-61, but dropped a 60-49 decision to Keene State, has won five of its last six contests under second-year head coach Lauren Lavigne. The Panthers are 16-6 overall and 7-5 in the LEC, sharing fourth place with Keene State, a game behind third-place Southern Maine. The top four teams earn home-court advantage in the opening round of the LEC Tournament next Tuesday (Feb. 22).

The Panthers wrap up the regular season with a pair of important conference games this week - Tuesday (Feb. 15) at Southern Maine (5:30 p.m.) and Saturday (Feb. 19) in the home finale against UMass Dartmouth (1 p.m.).

At 16-6 overall, PSC is having its best season since the 1994-95 unit made the school's only appearance in the NCAA Tournament and finished 21-7 overall under former coach Nancy Feldman.

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