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Panthers blow out UMass Dartmouth

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) scored 21 points in just 18 minutes Saturday at Foley Gymnasium, leading Plymouth State College to a 90-60 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the Little East Conference women's basketball opener for both schools.

Albert hit 9-of-10 field goal attempts to lead the Panthers, who shot 62.3 percent (38-61) as a team, including 73.3 percent in the first half. The victory keeps PSC undefeated at 5-0 overall, while the Corsairs, who connected on just 30 percent of its shots, remain winless in five tries.

Plymouth State scored the first 12 points of the game, and had a 20-point lead (31-11) before the game was nine minutes old. The Panthers had a 25-point advantage at halftime (56-31), scored the first 10 points after the break, and never led by less than 23 throughout the second half.

The large lead allowed the Panthers to utilize their depth, as all 15 players on the roster played at least five minutes. Ten different players saw at least 10 minutes of action and no one played more than 20 minutes. Juniors Heather Adey (Nashua, N.H.), Jenn Pelletier (Derry, N.H.) and Whitney Morin (Derby Line, Vt.) joined Albert in double figures in the scoring department with 12, 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Senior Jess Cummings (Middleboro, Mass.) led the effort for the Corsairs, finishing with 13 points, while sophomore Kelly O'Neil (Mansfield, Mass.) and freshman Bridget Bowes (Mansfield, Mass.) contributed 11 points apiece.

Plymouth State has now defeated UMass Dartmouth in 10 straight meetings.

The Panthers will be on the road for their next game - Tuesday (Dec. 4) at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. (5:30 p.m.).