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St. Joe's stops PSC's home win streak at 22

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Saint Joseph's College (Maine) shot 56 percent as a team Monday evening, and the Monks went on to defeat Plymouth State College 87-76 in a non-conference women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.

The outcome snapped PSC's home-court winning streak at 22 games, dating back to an 80-71 defeat to Eastern Connecticut on Jan. 22, 2000. It was also PSC's first non-conference loss at home since the Panthers were defeated by Bowdoin 75-64, on Jan. 14, 1999.

The victory improves St. Joseph's to 8-1 overall, while Plymouth State, which opened the season with a record seven straight wins, falls for the second straight game to drop to 7-2.

Senior Stacey Gelinas (Biddeford, Maine) and Sue Picard (Saco, Maine) combined for 46 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Monks. Gelinas connected on 11-of-15 field goal attempts to finish with a game-high 25 points, while Picard totaled 21 points and nine rebounds. The Monks also got 17 points (on 8-of-15 shooting) from sophomore Abbie Rice (South Portland, Maine) and 12 points (on 5-of-5 shooting) from freshman Laura Pelkey (Palmyra, Maine) as they converted 33-of-59 shot attempts as a team.

Plymouth State was led by juniors Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.), Jenn Pelletier (Derry, N.H.) and Whitney Morin (Derby Line, Vt.). Albert finished with a team-high 19 points, while Pelletier added 18 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and six steals. Morin tossed in 12 points before going down with an ankle injury late in the first half.

PSC suffered from an off night in the shooting department, converting only 38 percent from the floor.

A see-saw first half ended with the visitors leading by five points (45-40), as St. Joe's shot 63 percent in the opening 20 minutes. The Monks opened up the second half with a 21-8 run to take an 18-point advantage (66-48). PSC battled back to within four points (78-74) with 2:28 to play, but St. Joe's made its free throws down the stretch and held on for the win.

The Panthers complete action for the first semester this Saturday (Dec. 15) with a non-conference affair at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. (1:00 p.m.).