PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Heather Adey (Nashua, N.H.) hit the game-winning basket with 16 seconds remaining Saturday afternoon, propelling Plymouth State College's women's basketball team past Western Connecticut State University, 57-55, in a Little East Conference game at Foley Gymnasium.
The victory improves PSC to 9-2 overall and 2-1 in LEC games, while WCSU drops to 4-7 and 0-3. PSC has won 23 of its last 24 games at Foley Gymnasium, including 15 consecutive LEC home victories.
There were four lead changes in the final minute of the game. WCSU went up 53-52 on a three-point play by junior Jasmine Arroyo (New London, Conn.), but PSC regained the lead (54-53) on a jumper by junior Whitney Morin (Derby Line, Vt.). Arroyo gave the Colonials the lead back (55-54) with a hoop with 36 seconds remaining, but Adey countered to put the Panthers back up by one. Morin made one of two free throws in the final seconds, but Western couldn't get the tying basket.
The 57 points was PSC's lowest total in a game since an 87-40 loss to Southern Maine in the LEC Championship game on Feb. 26, 2000. The Panthers were averaging 83.7 points this season going into the game.
PSC junior Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) led all scorers with 17 points, while Morin added 14 and Adey 10. The Panthers needed only three points and four rebounds from the bench.
Arroyo was the only Colonial to reach double figures in scoring, finishing with 13 points.
The Panthers are back in action Tuesday with an LEC contest at UMass Boston (5:30 p.m.). Western Connecticut plays again Tuesday at Keene State (5:30 p.m.)