A senior captain on the Plymouth State College women's basketball team has been recognized for her strong performance in the final week of the regular season.
Senior guard Courtney Jacques (Belmont, NH) has been named to the Little East Conference Weekly Honor Roll for the first time this season. She helped the Panthers to a 1-1 week as PSC completed its best regular season in five years.
A 5'5" guard, Jacques averaged 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.5 steals in PSC's two games. She saved the best for last, torching UMD in the regular season finale Saturday with 17 points, seven steals, six assists and five rebounds. Jacques shot 54.2 percent from the floor (13-of-24) for the week, and 42.9 percent from three-point range (3-of-7).
Jacques has taken over the team scoring lead with 11.7 points per game. She has upped her career point total to 839, which ranks ninth on PSC's all-time scoring list.
Plymouth State completed the regular season at 17-7 overall under second-year head coach Lauren Lavigne, its best mark since the 1994-95 Panthers finished 19-5 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers placed fifth in the LEC with an 8-6 mark, and will travel to fourth-seeded Keene State this Tuesday (Feb. 22) for the opening round of the LEC Tournament (7:00 p.m.).
The first-round LEC winners advance to the semi-finals and final this weekend (Feb. 25-26) at the site of the highest remaining seed. The LEC Tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Keene State swept the Panthers in this season's series, returning the favor that PSC had accomplished a year ago. The Owls upended PSC in Plymouth on Jan. 18th, 75-68, and wrapped up the sweep on Feb. 8th in Keene, 60-49. PSC swept both games from Keene last season.
Plymouth State is looking for its first LEC post-season win since knocking off Rhode Island College in the first round in 1996, 75-67. PSC hasn't been to the championship game since losing to Southern Maine in 1995, 69-60.
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