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January 22, 2001

LEC Honors for Albert for second straight week

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The starting centers 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 junior Jason Blackburn (Hudson, Mass.) of the men's squad were both named to this week's LEC Weekly Honor Roll. It is the second straight week that Albert has been honored by the conference and the first time this season that Blackburn has been recognized.

A 5'9" center, Albert averaged 17.0 points and 5.7 rebounds for the Panthers in a 1-2 week. She shot 51.2 percent from the field, hitting 21-of-41 field goal attempts, while draining 75 percent from the free throw line (9-of-12). Albert also added eight steals and a pair of assists in the three outings. She led PSC with 17 points in a LEC win over Rhode Island College and added a team-high 18 points in an LEC loss at Eastern Connecticut.

A 6'5'' center, Blackburn connected on 9-of-11 field goal attempts (81.8 percent) in PSC's only game of the week, an LEC setback at Eastern Connecticut. He led all scorers and rebounders from both teams in the contest, finishing with 20 points and 12 boards. He hit two of his three attempts from three-point range, and blocked two shots on the defensive end. Despite the 1-2 week, the Panther women are 10-5 overall and 4-3 in the conference, sharing fourth place with arch-rival Keene State.

PSC has a tough LEC contest Tuesday (Jan. 23) at conference co-leader Southern Maine (5:30 p.m.) The PSC men will be looking to stop a three-game losing skid when they travel to Southern Maine for Tuesday's LEC encounter (7:30 p.m.). The Panthers are now 7-8 overall and 2-3 in the conference, staring up from sixth place.

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