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February 5, 2001

Albert earns LEC Honor on eve of Keene game

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The starting center on the Plymouth State College women's basketball team has been recognized by the Little East Conference for the third time in the last four weeks.

Sophomore Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) was selected to this week's LEC Honor Roll for her performance in PSC's only game of the last seven days, an 82-71 victory last Saturday at Rhode Island College. Albert received the same honor on Jan. 15th and Jan. 22nd.

A 5'9" center, Albert scored 23 points at RIC on the strength of 6-of-9 shooting from the floor. She also drained 11-of-12 from the free throw line while grabbing four rebounds and adding two assists and two steals.

The 1999-2000 LEC Rookie of the Year, Albert continues to be one of the top players in the conference. She is the leading scorer on the LEC's top scoring team (79.8 ppg), averaging 15.4 points an outing, third best in the league, and has scored in double figures 13 straight games. She also ranks third in the conference in field goal percentage (.530), eighth in free throw percentage (.744) and 14th in rebounding (6.2 rpg).

The Panther women have won three straight games to move to 13-6 overall and 6-4 in conference play. PSC is in a three-way tie with Keene State and Western Connecticut for third place in the LEC. The Panthers will host arch-rival Keene State in a crucial match-up Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Foley Gymnasium, where the hosts have won 14 in a row dating back to last season.

The PSC men's squad, 10-9 overall and 5-4 in the LEC, will also host Keene State Tuesday at Foley Gymnasium (7:30 p.m.). The Panthers are alone in fourth place in the conference, a half game back of Western Connecticut and a half game ahead of Eastern Connecticut. The visiting Owls, 15-5 overall, arrive in town atop the LEC at 9-1 and coming off a big 100-81 triumph last Saturday over then-co-leader UMass Dartmouth.

Tuesday's doubleheader against the Owls is "Spirit Night 2001", hosted by the PSC Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). A capacity crowd is expected, with lots of contests and prizes to be given out, and performances by the PSC cheerleaders and dance team. In addition, the PSC field hockey and men's soccer teams, which captured Little East Conference championships in the Fall of 2000, will be recognized at halftime of the women's game.

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