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Panthers down Colby-Sawyer to move to 7-0

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - All five Plymouth State College starters scored in double figures Thursday evening, leading the Panthers to an 82-63 victory over Colby-Sawyer College in a non-conference women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.

The victory keeps the Panthers undefeated on the season at 7-0, the strongest start to a season in school history. PSC also extended its home unbeaten streak to 22 games, dating back to January of 2000. Colby-Sawyer drops to 5-2 on the season.

Juniors Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) and Heather Adey (Nashua, N.H.) scored 17 points apiece to lead the Panther effort. Albert hit 6-of-13 field goal attempts while grabbing a team-high nine rebounds, while Adey was good on 8-of-11 shots while collecting seven boards.

Senior Megan Fournier (East Waterboro, Maine) contributed 15 points and a career-high nine steals, junior Jenn Pelletier (Derry, N.H.) added 13 points and six assists, and classmate Whitney Morin (Derby Line, Vt.) finished with 10 points.

The Chargers got solid performances from freshman Lisa Cole (Athol, Mass.) and senior Ashley Branwell (Marshfield, Mass.). Cole finished with a game-high 23 points, connecting on 7-of-14 shots from three-points range, including 6-of-10 in the second half. Branwell tossed in 17 points while grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds. Branwell also reached the 1,000-point milestone with a jumper from the top of the key midway through the second half, and received a standing ovation from the PSC crowd.

PSC used strong defense and rebounding to register the win, outrebounding Colby-Sawyer 48-38 and forcing 25 Charger turnovers.

Plymouth State led nearly the entire game, building a 10-point margin with eight minutes left in the first half and maintaining a 12-point bulge (38-26) at the intermission. The Panthers led by double digits throughout the second half, and cruised home with the win.

The Panthers return to Little East Conference action on Saturday with a key game at Eastern Connecticut State University (1:00 p.m.). The Warriors are undefeated (6-0) following Thursday's 65-57 victory over Clark University. ECSU is also ranked #8 in the country by D3hoops.com.