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PSC receives ECAC Tournament bid

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - For the second straight year, the Plymouth State College women's basketball team has received an invitation to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III New England post-season tournament.

The Panthers are the tournament's #3 seed, and will host #6 seed Colby-Sawyer College this Wednesday (Feb. 28) at 7:00 p.m. at Foley Gymnasium. Last season, PSC was the third seed and defeated #6 Springfield 72-69 at home before losing in the semi-finals to #2 Middlebury, 85-66.

The other first-round games Wednesday include #8 Framingham State at #1 Amherst, #7 MIT at #2 Wellesley, and #5 Colby at #4 Bates. The semi-finals and final are slated for Saturday and Sunday at the site of the highest remaining seed after Wednesday.

Led by third-year head coach Lauren Lavigne, the Panthers will take a 19-7 overall record into the tournament. PSC had its school-record-tying nine-game winning streak stopped last Friday in the semi-finals of the Little East Conference Tournament with a 72-65 loss to Southern Maine. The Panthers have won 17 straight games at Foley Gymnasium dating back to last season, including all 11 encounters this season.

Colby-Sawyer, led by seventh-year head coach George Martin, will bring a 20-6 overall record to Plymouth. The Chargers had their 12-game winning streak broken last Thursday with a 70-59 setback to the University of New England in the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament. Colby-Sawyer, which made three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 1997-99, is making its first ever appearance in the ECAC Tournament.

Plymouth State features a fast-paced, high-scoring attack. The Panthers lead the conference in scoring with 78.5 points per game while allowing 70 points an outing. Colby-Sawyer averages 68.3 points a game but allows only 52.3 per contest.

This will be only the fourth post-season appearance for PSC in women's basketball. The 1990-91 team, which included a freshman named Lauren Lavigne and first-year head coach Nancy Feldman, went to the ECAC Tournament and finished with a 19-7 overall record. The 1994-95 team, also guided by Feldman, received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and ended with a 21-7 mark. Last year's ECAC Tournament team finished 20-9.