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February 15, 2003

Panthers continue streak vs. UMB

Boston, Mass. - Plymouth State used a balanced offensive attack, with five players scoring between 17 and 13 points, to defeat the University of Massachusetts Boston, 82-67, Saturday afternoon in a Little East Conference women's basketball contest at UMB's Clark Athletic Center.

The Panthers have now won 30 consecutive games over UMB, dating back to Feb. 17, 1988. PSC improves to 16-7 overall this season and 8-4 in the LEC, while the Beacons drop to 13-10 overall and 6-6 in conference play.

Seniors Whitney Morin (Derby Line, Vt.) and Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) led the Panthers with 17 and 15 points, respectively, with Albert also collecting a team-high nine rebounds. Classmates Heather Adey (Nashua, N.H.) and Jenn Pelletier (Derry, N.H.) and junior Mandi Allen (Blue Hill, Maine) all contributed 13 points apiece. Pelletier also had eight assists and six steals and Morin added six assists and six steals.

PSC's win overshadowed a standout performance by UMD senior forward Andreen Gilpin (Boston, Mass.). She turned in a strong double-double with 27 points and 20 rebounds to go along with two assists, three blocked shots and four steals. Classmate Jamila Gales (Boston, Mass.) added 19 points and seven boards.

The game was tight in the first half, with six lead changes and five ties. PSC scored the last seven points of the half to take a 34-27 lead at the break.

The Panthers pulled away in the second half, building a double-digit lead (45-33) with 16 minutes to play and extending it to a 20-point bulge (67-47) with 10 minutes remaining. UMB got no closer than 15 the rest of the way.

Plymouth State returns home for its final two games of the regular season, a pair of LEC encounters against Keene State on Tuesday (5:30 p.m.) and Rhode Island College on Saturday (1:00 p.m.). UMB is on the road for its final two games, Tuesday at Southern Maine and Saturday at Western Connecticut.

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