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Albert earns LEC honors

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two players on the Plymouth State College men's and women's basketball teams have been recognized by the Little East Conference for their performances in last week's games.

Sophomore Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) of the Panther women's team and senior Tony Martinez (Barnstead, N.H.) of the men's squad were both named to this week's LEC Weekly Honor Roll. It is the first time this season for Albert and the fourth time for Martinez to be recognized by the conference.

A 5'9" center, Albert averaged 18.3 points and 6.3 rebounds for the Panthers in a 3-0 week as PSC extended its winning streak to four games. She connected on 62.2 percent of her field goal attempts (23-of-37) and 64.3 percent from the free throw line (9-of-14) while adding five assists and six steals. Albert scored a season-high 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a key 86-77 victory last Thursday over regionally-ranked Bowdoin. Albert, who was the LEC Rookie of the Year last season, continues to be one of the top players in the conference. She ranks third in the conference in scoring (14.5 ppg), second in field goal percentage (.519), 13th in rebounding (6.2 rpg), and 12th in free throw percentage (.652).

A 6'3'' power forward, Martinez averaged 22.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in a 1-2 week for the Panther men. He shot 54.5 percent from the field, canning 24 of 44 field goal attempts, and 89.5 percent from the free throw line, connecting on 17-of-19 freebies. He also contributed seven assists, four steals and a blocked shot. Martinez registered 30 points and 11 rebounds in a LEC victory over UMass Boston last Tuesday, the second highest totals this season in each department. Martinez continues to be one of the top players in the conference, ranking second in scoring (21.3 ppg), 12th in rebounding (6.4 rpg), sixth in field goal percentage (.502), and fourth in free throw percentage (.809).

The PSC women are currently 3-1 in the LEC and 9-3 overall, with three conference games this week - Tuesday at Keene State, Thursday at home vs. Rhode Island College, and Saturday at Eastern Connecticut. The Panther men, 2-2 in conference play and 7-7 overall, are idle until a LEC match-up Saturday at Eastern Connecticut.