SWARTHMORE, Pa. - Juniors Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) and Jenn Pelletier (Derry, N.H.) combined for 31 points and 11 rebounds Sunday as the Plymouth State College women's basketball team captured the championship of the Swarthmore Tip-Off Tournament, defeating host Swarthmore, 74-59, in the title game.
It marks the third straight season that Plymouth State has opened the season with a tournament victory. PSC won the MIT Tip-Off Tournament in 1999 and the Colby Tip-Off Tournament last season.
Albert, who led PSC with 26 points and 15 rebounds in Saturday's overtime victory over Trinity (Conn.), came back Sunday with 19 points and five boards against Swarthmore and earned tournament Most Valuable Player honors. Pelletier joined Albert on the All-Tournament team after averaging 11.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and six assists in the two games, registering 12-6-6 in the championship game.
The Panthers led 41-28 at the half, and maintained their lead throughout the second half. PSC shot 45 percent from the field while holding Swarthmore to a 37 percent clip, and Plymouth State had a 45-27 advantage on the boards.
Swarthmore got 43 of its 59 points from Heather Kile and Alison Furman. Kile finished with a game-high 23 points, and Furman hit five three-pointers and ended up with 20 points.
Albert and Pelletier were the only Panthers to score in double figures in the finale, but freshman center Heidi McAllister (Newport, N.H.) added eight points, senior guard Megan Fournier (East Waterboro, Maine) contributed seven, and senior guard Tammi Waters (Wilmington, Vt.), junior forward Heather Adey (Nashua, N.H.) and sophomore guard Erica Perry (Center Conway, N.H.) all tossed in six.
PSC, 2-0, is off until hosting Gordon College in the home opener on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Foley Gymnasium (7:00 p.m.). The Panthers will also be home on Thursday, Nov. 29, against Salem State (6:00 p.m.) and Saturday, Dec. 1, for the Little East Conference opener vs. UMass Dartmouth (1:00 p.m.).