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Panthers suffer first loss at Eastern Conn.

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Senior Joanna Debicki (Shelton, Conn.) scored a season-high 24 points Saturday to help carry the Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team to an 82-71 Little East Conference win over Plymouth State College in a battle of previously-unbeaten teams.

Eastern (7-0, 2-0 and ranked #8 nationally by D3hoops.com), has now won 18 consecutive regular-season home games dating back to the 1999-2000 regular season finale. The Warriors are 5-0 at home this year. Plymouth State (7-1, 1-1) had won its first seven games of a season for the first time in program history.

Debicki, who finished one shy of her career high in points, scored 16 in the second half, sinking 7-of-8 field goals attempts. Sophomore All-American Allison Coleman (Jewett City, Conn.) added 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Plymouth State got a strong game from junior Heather Adey (Nashua, N.H.), who had game-highs of 27 points and 14 rebounds. She hit 12 of 21 field goal tries and pulled down seven boards on the offensive end. Classmate Whitney Morin (Derby Line, Vt.) also posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and classmate Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) was one rebounding shy of doing so, finishing with 12 points and nine boards.

PSC outrebounded Eastern 53-37, but shot only 34 percent from the field and hit only one of 17 three-point attempts. The Warriors shot 50 percent in the second half, and 43 percent for the game.

The Panthers play their final home game of the semester on Monday (Dec. 10) against Saint Joseph's College (Maine) at Foley Gymnasium (7:00 p.m.).