PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Little East Conference has named one of the standouts on the Plymouth State College women's basketball team as the LEC Player of the Week, and the top freshman on the men's team as the LEC Rookie of the Week, the second such honor this season for both Panthers.
Junior forward Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) received the top LEC women's honor for he second time in three weeks, giving PSC dibs on the award three consecutive weeks. Freshman guard Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine) earned the top men's rookie award for the second time this season, having won it on Nov. 26th.
A 5'9" forward, Albert averaged 20.0 points and 7.0 rebounds to help the Panthers to a 1-1 week. She shot 68 percent from the floor (15-of-22) and 83 percent from the free throw line (10-of-12). She made 9-of-10 from the floor on the way to a 21-point, 10-rebound effort Saturday in a win over Johnson & Wales.
A First Team All-LEC pick last season, Albert is second in the conference in scoring (18.3 ppg) and 11th in rebounding (7.2 rpg). She is also second in the league in both field goal percentage (.563) and free throw percentage (.825).
A 5'10" guard, Pelotte averaged a team-high 15.0 points in two games as the Panthers finished off a 1-1 week. He shot 56 percent from the floor (9-of-16) while making all 10 of his free throw attempts. He scored 19 points in a win over Bridgewater State, and shared team-high scoring honors with 12 against Johnson & Wales. Pelotte also contributed four assists and four steals in the two outings.
Both Panther squads heave reached the unofficial halfway point of the season in good shape, the women at 8-2 overall and the men at 6-3. Both teams are 1-1 in conference play.
After a three-week break for final exams and the holidays, the Panther teams return to action on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002, with Little East Conference home games against Western Connecticut (women at 1:00 p.m., men at 3:00 p.m.). The doubleheader is "Coaches vs. Cancer" Day at Foley Gymnasium, with proceeds from the games going to the fight against cancer.