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Pelletier reaches 1000 as PSC sinks Coast Guard

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Senior guard Jenn Pelletier (Derry, N.H.) scored 19 points Tuesday night, including the 1,000th of her career, as Plymouth State College downed the U.S. Coast Guard Academy 81-50 in a non-conference women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.

Pelletier hit 6-of-13 field goal attempts, including 5-of-9 from beyond the three-point arc, while adding six rebounds and three assists. She drained a three-pointer with 3:24 remaining to reach the 1,000-point milestone, the eighth Panther woman in history to hit the mark. Pelletier, who set the PSC career assist mark last season, now has exactly 1,000 points.

The outcome was also a milestone victory for PSC head coach Lauren Lavigne, as the fifth-year Panther coach registered her 100th career coaching triumph. Including two years as head coach at Endicott College, Lavigne has a career coaching mark of 100-66.

The win improved PSC to 5-1 overall, while Coast Guard dropped to 1-3.

Pelletier was one of four Panthers to score in double figures. Senior Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) contributed 17 points and nine rebounds, classmate Whitney Morin (Derby Line, Vt.) added 14 points, 10 boards and six assists, and senior Heather Adey (Nashua, N.H.) was good for 10 points and nine rebounds.

PSC shot 47 percent from the field while limiting the Bears to a 32 percent shooting mark. The Panthers also had a 51-29 advantage on the board. Plymouth State jumped to an 11-point lead (20-9) just 10 minutes into the game, and held a 13-point lead (36-23) at the break. The Panthers went on a 20-4 run to start the second half to put the game away.

The Bears were led by senior Tessa Mueller (Torrington, Conn.), who had 19 points, and sophomore Lis Bosma (Potomac Falls, N.Y.), who added 13 points.

PSC gets back into action Saturday with a key Little East Conference match-up against perennial LEC power Eastern Connecticut (1:00 p.m.). Coast Guard returns home to host Wesleyan on Wednesday, playing on the third consecutive night.