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Panthers upset Western Connecticut

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Megan Fournier (East Waterboro, Maine) and sophomore Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) scored 18 points apiece Saturday afternoon to lead the Plymouth State College women's basketball team to a 75-61 Little East Conference victory over Western Connecticut at Foley Gymnasium.

The victory earns the Panthers a season split over the defending conference champions and pre-season favorites. PSC improves to 12-6 overall and 5-4 in the LEC, while WCSU drops to 7-10 overall and 6-3 in conference play.

Fournier and Albert teamed up to connect of 16 of 21 field goal attempts. Fournier nailed 7-of-8 from the floor, including 2-of-3 from three-point range, while Albert did her work underneath, hitting 9-of-13 from the floor.

Senior Krystyna Zagorski (Matawan, N.J.) and sophomore Jenn Pelletier (Derry, N.H.) also contributed 15 points apiece to the Panther effort, Zagorski going 5-of-10 from the field and Pelletier hitting all four of her field goal tries. The Panthers shot 56 percent from the field as a team (28-of-50), while limiting the Colonials to 37.3 percent (22-of-59).

Albert and Zagorski shared PSC team-high honors in the rebounding department with eight apiece, and Pelletier added six assists and four steals.

The Colonials got 18 points from junior Shanna Fairchild (New Milford, Conn.), who hit 8-of-14 shots and grabbed seven rebounds. Freshman Christin Morgatto (Seymour, Conn.) added 11 points and a team-high eight boards, and freshman Lindsay Johnson (Deer Park, TX) was the only other player to score in double figures with 10 points.

WCSU's leading scorer on the season, senior Arianna Dolock (Charlestown, R.I.), hit only 2-of-11 field goal tries and finished with five points.

PSC came out red hot in the early going, hitting 11 of its first 15 shots and surging to a 16-point lead (32-16) midway through the first half. Western battled back, cutting the deficit to four points (43-39) by halftime.

Plymouth State then opened second half with a 10-2 run to regain its double digit lead at 53-41. Western got to within seven points (53-46) with 16:05 on the clock, but PSC scored the next six points and the Warriors never challenged the rest of the way.

The Panthers are idle until next Saturday (Feb. 3), when they travel to Rhode Island College for a 1 p.m. LEC encounter. WCSU returns home to host Trinity Tuesday (Jan. 30) at 7 p.m. in a non-conference affair.