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January 23, 2003

Panthers rally to down Colby-Sawyer

NEW LONDON, N.H. - Plymouth State College overcame a 13-point second-half deficit Thursday evening en route to an 82-76 non-conference triumph over Colby-Sawyer College in a women's basketball game at Coffin Field House.

The victory was PSC's fifth in a row and improved the Panthers to 10-5 overall, while Colby-Sawyer dropped to 8-4 after losing for the third time in four outings.

Plymouth State was down 38-35 at halftime and trailed 63-50 with 10:49 to play before staging the comeback. The Panthers outscored the Chargers 21-7 over the next seven and a half minutes to take a 71-70 lead with 3:16 remaining, and went on to post the six-point win.

Senior forward Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) led the Panthers with 25 points and 11 rebounds, hitting 8-of-16 from the field, including 3-of-4 from three-point range. Classmates Whitney Morin (Derby Line, Vt.) and Heather Adey (Nashua, N.H.) contributed 13 and 11 points, respectively.

The Chargers were led by freshman K.J. Krasko (Medford, Mass.) and senior Sue Ganas (Shrewsbury, Mass.), who scored 18 points apiece. Sophomore Erika DeSanty (Clarksburg, Mass.) chipped in with 12 points.

For the second game in a row, the Panthers did damage to their opponents at the free throw line. PSC was 25-of-29 in free throw attempts (.862) while the Chargers were only 4-of-7 (.571). In the last two games, the Panthers are 44-of-51 from the charity stripe (.862) while their opponents are 8-of-13 (.615).

The Panthers return home for Little East Conference action Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. contest against UMass Dartmouth. The Chargers host Salve Regina Saturday in a Commonwealth Coast Conference match-up (1:00 p.m.).

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