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Albert named LEC Player of the Week

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two Plymouth State College basketball players have earned the top weekly honor from the Little East Conference.

Junior forward Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) was named LEC Women's Basketball Player of the Week, and sophomore guard Mike Loughlin (Manchester, N.H./West) was selected LEC Men's Player of the Week.

Albert, a 5-9 forward, averaged 21.7 points and 5.0 rebounds as PSC capped off a 3-0 week. She scored at least 20 points in all three games, shooting a blistering 77.1 percent from the field (27-of-35) and 91.7 percent from the free throw line (11-of-12). Albert tossed in 24 points in Tuesday's win over Gordon, 20 in Thursday's triumph over Salem State, and 21 in Saturday's conference victory over UMass Dartmouth.

A First Team All-LEC pick last season, Albert leads the conference in scoring (22.0 ppg) and field goal percentage (.597) and ranks second in free throw percentage (.879).

The Panther women, 5-0 overall, play three games again this week - Tuesday at Coast Guard (5:30 p.m.), Thursday at home against Colby-Sawyer (7:00 p.m.) and Saturday at LEC foe Eastern Connecticut (1:00 p.m.).

Loughlin, a 5'10" guard, had the best two games of his career, averaging 22.0 points and 2.5 assists in PSC's 1-1 week. He led PSC in scoring in both games, erupting for a career-high 26 points Thursday in a key upset victory over Salem State, and adding 18 in Saturday's loss to defending LEC champion UMass Dartmouth. Loughlin shot 65.2 percent from the field (15-of-23) and 80 percent from three-point range (4-of-5) while sinking all 10 free throw attempts.

A reserve player last season, Loughlin has started all five games this year and is second on the team (and ninth in the league) in scoring (14.6 ppg) and leading the LEC in free throw percentage (.929).

The Panther men, 3-2 overall, will face New England College Tuesday at New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord in the opening game (5:30 p.m.) of the Granite State Challenge, sponsored by Jacob's Bridge through Autism. PSC resumes LEC action Saturday at Eastern Connecticut (3:00 p.m.).