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Panthers hold off Bowdoin

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Sophomore Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) scored a season-high 22 points and pulled down eight rebounds Thursday evening to lead the Plymouth State College women's basketball team to a key 86-77 non-conference victory over Bowdoin College at Foley Gymnasium.

The win was PSC's third in a row and advances the Panthers to 8-3 overall, while the Polar Bears drop to 5-4. Albert connected on 8-of-12 field goal attempts to pace the Panther offense. Sophomore guard Jenn Pelletier (Derry, N.H.) added 16 points and senior forward Krystyna Zagorski (Matawan, N.J.) contributed 15 points and nine rebounds. The Panthers also turned in a solid defensive effort, forcing 30 Bowdoin turnovers and making 19 steals, including five apiece from Pelletier and junior Megan Fournier (East Waterboro, Maine). The Polar Bears had four players score in double figures, led by sophomore Kristi Royer (Lewiston, Maine) with 22 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Freshman Kristina Fugate (Glenview, IL) came off the bench to score 13 points, hitting all four field goal tries and all five free throws. Junior Jessie Mayol (Westbrook, Maine) contributed 12 points and freshman Lora Trenkle (Surry, Maine) added 11.

The visitors led the first 12 minutes of the game before PSC scored 13 straight points to take a 28-21 lead with four minutes to go in the opening half. The Panthers got the lead up to 10 points (36-26) before settling for an eight-point lead at the break (36-28). Plymouth State held a double-digit lead most of the second half before Bowdoin scored eight straight points to pull to within five (68-63) with 6:41 to play. The Panthers weren't flustered, running off eight straight of their own to regain a 13-point margin (76-63), and the Polar Bears never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.

PSC returns to Little East Conference action in its next game, Sunday (Jan. 14) at Foley Gymnasium against UMass Dartmouth (1:00 p.m.).