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Panthers down Colby-Sawyer in ECAC game

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - All five Plymouth State College starters scored in double figures Wednesday evening at Foley Gymnasium, leading the third-seeded Panthers to an 83-80 victory over sixth-seeded Colby-Sawyer College in the quarterfinal round of the ECAC Division III New England Tournament.

The victory advances PSC into a semi-final contest against second-seeded Wellesley College Saturday at 4 p.m. Wellesley got past seventh-seeded MIT Wednesday, 56-49. Both semi-finals and Sunday's championship game will be hosted by Amherst College.

Plymouth State improved to 20-7 overall, reaching the 20-win mark for the second straight year and third time in school history. The Panthers also extended their home winning streak to 18 games, including all 12 this season. Colby-Sawyer completes its season at 20-7.

Senior Krystyna Zagorski (Matawan, N.J.) led the scoring attack for PSC with 20 points, hitting 6-of-10 from the floor. Sophomores Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) and Jenn Pelletier (Derry, N.H.) registered double-doubles for the Panthers, Albert with 18 points and 10 rebounds and Pelletier with 13 points and 10 boards. Senior Kate Fillion (Littleton, N.H.) added 14 points, including three three-pointers, and junior Megan Fournier (East Waterboro, Maine) chipped in with 10 points.

Colby-Sawyer got a game-high 23 points from senior Sara Hammond (Belmont, N.H.). She connected on 10-of-19 field goal tries while adding seven assists. Juniors Julie Sheehan (Hudson, Mass.) and Ashley Bramwell (Marshfield, Mass.) added 13 points apiece, and classmate Amy Callahan (Rochester, N.H.) contributed 12 points.

PSC led almost the entire game. After jumping to a 13-4 lead in the first six minutes, the Panthers maintained a single-digit lead through the first half, leading by six points (38-32) at the break.

Plymouth State opened the second half with a 14-4 run to take a 16-point advantage (52-36). The Panthers kept the lead most of the second half, and still owned a 12-point bulge (75-63) with six minutes remaining.

Colby-Sawyer would not give up, though. The Chargers rattled off a 13-1 run to force a tie game at 76-all with 1:40 to play. But Albert hit a basket for PSC and the Panthers survived by hitting free throws down the stretch.

Plymouth State won the quarterfinal game last year at home over Springfield, 72-69, but lost the semi-final to Middlebury, 85-66.