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January 11, 2003

Panthers upset at Western Conn.

DANBURY, Conn. - Western Connecticut State University overcame a 10-point halftime deficit Saturday afternoon and pulled out a 63-58 upset victory over Plymouth State College in a Little East Conference women's basketball game at Feldman Arena.

The win improves WCSU to 5-7 overall and 2-1 in LEC play, while PSC drops its fourth in a row to dip to 5-5 overall and 1-2 in the conference. Western was picked to finish sixth in the LEC preseason poll while PSC was picked second.

Plymouth State took a 34-24 lead at the half, but converted only 25 percent of its shots (7-of-28) after the break. Western heated up in the second half, making 43 percent from the field (16-of-37) and outscoring the visitors 39-24. WCSU had a 50-35 rebounding advantage and prevailed despite making only 35 percent (5-of-14) from the free throw line.

Freshman Alva Jeffreys (Bridgeport, Conn.) led the Colonials with 18 points, while junior Christin Morgatto (Seymour, Conn.) finished with 13 points and sophomore Kristie Brickner (Galway, N.Y.) added 11.

Seniors Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) and Whitney Morin (Derby Line, Vt.) led the Panthers with 15 and 14 points, respectively, but both had subpar shooting performances. Albert hit just 5-of-12 shots from the floor while collecting a team-high eight rebounds, while Morin was good on only 2-of-13 from the field but she sank all nine of her free throw attempts.

The Panthers return home to host UMass Boston in an LEC affair Tuesday at Foley Gymnasium (5:30 p.m.). WCSU continues a four-game homestand Tuesday with a conference game against Keene State (5:30 p.m.).

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