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ECSU comes back to down PSC

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior forward Allison Coleman (Jewett City, Conn.) posted her second "triple-double" in three trips to Plymouth State College, leading nationally-ranked Eastern Connecticut State University to an 83-73 victory Saturday in a Little East Conference women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.

Coleman, who had a triple-double at PSC as a freshman two years ago, finished with 18 points, 18 rebounds and 11 assists Saturday as 19th-ranked ECSU overcame double-digit leads in both halves. Coleman also added five blocked shots and seven steals to her remarkable performance.

Plymouth State wraps up the semester with a 5-2 overall record, 1-1 in the LEC, while Eastern improves to 8-1 and 2-0.

Senior forward Morgan Perry (Scotland, Conn.) also contributed to the Warrior victory, connecting on 14-of-23 field goal attempts and finishing with a game-high 29 points. Sophomore Jen Bergeron (Jericho, Vt.) added 17 points, hitting 8-of-10 shots, and junior Deanne Prior (Scituate, R.I.) chipped in with 12 points and eight boards.

PSC was led by senior Whitney Morin (Derby Line, Vt.), who had 23 points, connecting on four three-point shots. Classmate Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) finished with 19 points and a team-high seven rebounds, and senior point guard Jenn Pelletier (Derry, N.H.) added 14 points, seven assists, six rebounds and five steals.

Eastern shot 56 percent from the field for the game, while PSC hit at just a 36 percent clip. The Warriors had a 48-36 advantage on the boards.

Plymouth State jumped out to a 12-point lead (16-4) less than six minutes into the game, and held a 29-16 advantage with five minutes left in the first half. The Warriors rallied with a 16-3 burst to tie the game at 32-all before PSC settled for a 34-32 halftime lead.

The Panthers opened the second half with a 12-1 run to regain a 13-point advantage (46-33), and still had a 12-point lead (53-41) with 13 minutes remaining. But again the Warriors rallied, sparked by the shooting of Perry and the all-around play of Coleman. Eastern stormed back with an 18-4 run to take its first lead (59-57) with 8:54 on the clock, and added 10 straight points to take a double-digit lead (69-59) with less than five minutes remaining. PSC couldn't get closer than nine points the rest of the way.

PSC is now idle for final exams and the holiday break. The Panthers are back in action on Tuesday, Dec. 31, with a non-conference game at Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, Fla. (1:30 p.m.).