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January 21, 2002

LEC Honors for Albert as PSC set to host Keene

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - On the eve of two of the biggest games of the year at Foley Gymnasium, two Plymouth State College basketball players were recognized by the Little East Conference.

Junior forward Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) and senior forward Jason Blackburn (Hudson, Mass.) were selected to the LEC Weekly Honor Roll. It is the fourth time this season that Albert has been on the receiving end of weekly conference honors, while Blackburn in on the honor roll for the second time in three weeks.

Both Panther squads return to Foley Gymnasium Tuesday evening after five consecutive road games, hosting arch-rival Keene State in an LEC doubleheader (women at 5:30 p.m., men at 7:30 p.m.). The Panther women, 12-4 overall, 5-2 in the conference and ranked seventh in New England, will be at home for their next three games as well as seven of the final nine regular season contests. The PSC men, 9-6 overall and 4-3 in the LEC, are home for their next four outings and seven of the remaining 10.

A 5'9" forward, Albert averaged 18.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in PSC's 1-1 week. She connected on 53.6 percent from the floor (15-of-28) and added four assists, two blocked shots and three steals. Albert recorded a 26-point, 12-rebound effort in an overtime loss to LEC-leading Southern Maine, and became the seventh women's player in school history to score 1,000 points in Saturday's win at UMass Dartmouth. She has 1,001 points with almost a season and a half of eligibility remaining.

A First Team All-LEC pick last season, Albert leads the conference in scoring (16.9 ppg), ranks second in free throw percentage (.803), third in field goal percentage (.518), and 11th in rebounding (6.8 rpg).

A 6'5" forward/center, Blackburn averaged 14.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Panther men. He shot 52 percent from the floor (13-of-25) and added four assists, two blocked shots and a steal. Blackburn posted a double-double in last Saturday's loss to UMass Dartmouth with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

A Second Team All-LEC pick last season, Blackburn is among the conference leaders in scoring (13.1 ppg), rebounding (7.7 rpg), and field goal percentage (.500).

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