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PSC knocks off ECSU in LEC opener

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College's women's basketball team won its Little East Conference opener Saturday, holding off Eastern Connecticut State University, 96-85, at Foley Gymnasium.

The Panthers stopped a seven-game losing skid to the Warriors, dating back to the 1996-97 season, and improve to 4-1 overall. ECSU is now 3-1 overall and 0-1 in the LEC.

Sophomore guard Jenn Pelletier (Derry, N.H.) led a cast of five Panthers who scored in double figures, finishing with 22 points and eight assists. Sophomore Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) came off the bench to add 20 points, and junior Megan Fournier (East Waterboro, Maine) had a well-rounded game, contributing 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals. Also reaching double figures for PSC were sophomore Whitney Morin (Derby Line, Vt.) with 15 points and senior Krystyna Zagorski (Matawan, N.J.) with 14.

The PSC victory offset some outstanding performances by the Warrior leaders. Freshman Allison Coleman (Jewett City, Conn.) posted a triple-double with a game-high 30 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and junior Kristyn Grassi (Tolland, Conn.) added 25 points and 15 rebounds. Junior Joanna Debicki (Shelton, Conn.) was the only other Warrior to reach double figures, scoring 15 points. Leading 40-38 at the half, Plymouth State opened the second half with a 16-2 run to extend its lead to 16 points (56-40) with 14:43 to play. The Warriors rattled off 14 straight points to pull within two at the 12-minute mark, and actually took a 70-69 lead with 7:18 to play. The Panthers regained the lead on a Pelletier basket and four consecutive free throws by Virginia Rohrborn (Salisbury, N.H.), and held off ECSU the rest of the way by making 20 of 25 free throws in the second half.

PSC is home again Tuesday (Dec. 5), hosting Coast Guard at Foley Gymnasium (5:30 p.m.) The Warriors return to action Thursday (Dec. 7) at Clark (7 p.m.)