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ECSU stops PSC's streak at eight

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University junior Allison Coleman (Jewett City, Conn.) posted her third triple-double in six career games against Plymouth State College, leading the Warriors to an 89-80 Little East Conference victory over the Panthers Saturday at Geissler Gymnasium.

Coleman finished with 26 points, 13 rebounds, 14 assists, and four steals to backbone the Warriors to victory. ECSU, which is ranked 19th in the latest Division III national poll, improves to 17-2 overall and 8-1 in the LEC. In two games this season against PSC, Coleman is averaging 22.0 points, 15.5 rebounds, 12.5 assists, 5.5 steals and 3.5 blocked shots.

The Panthers got a career-high 32 points and 10 rebounds from senior Whitney Morin (Derby Line, Vt.), and a 14-point, 11-rebound effort from classmate Heather Adey (Nashua, N.H.), but had its seven-game winning streak stopped and fell to 13-6 overall and 6-3 in conference play. PSC's leading scorer, senior Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.), was limited to seven points, all in the second half.

ECSU also received 24 points and eight rebounds from junior Deanna Prior (Scituate, R.I.), and 12 points from senior Morgan Perry (Scotland, Conn.).

It was a see-saw battle in the first half, with PSC leading by as much as five points (19-14 and 21-16) and Eastern coming back to take a nine-point advantage (35-26) before settling for a six-point margin (43-47) at the break. PSC regained the lead (55-51) with an eight-point run midway through the second half on consecutive three-pointers by Albert and Morin and a jumper by junior Mandi Allen (Blue Hill, Maine) with 13:21 on the clock. Neither team led by more than two points over the next five minutes.

Eastern took the lead for good (64-63) with nine minutes remaining. PSC was still within four points (74-70) with four minutes to play and within five (82-77) with two minutes on the clock, but the Warriors held on for the win.

The Panthers are idle for a week, returning to action next Saturday (Feb. 8) with an LEC home game against Western Connecticut (1:00 p.m.).