PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Senior Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) registered a game-high 23 points and 11 rebounds Saturday afternoon at Foley Gymnasium, leading the Plymouth State College women's basketball team to a 79-56 Little East Conference victory over Rhode Island College in the regular season finale for both schools.
The upset-minded visitors held the lead for the first 11 minutes of the game before PSC went on an 16-2 run to take an 11-point advantage (25-14) with two minutes left in the half. The Panthers maintained a double-digit lead for the first 10 minutes of the second half, but the pesky Anchorwomen cut the deficit to five points (50-45) with 10:08 to play. PSC responded with 17 unanswered points over the next four minutes to push the lead up to 22 points before coasting home with the victory.
PSC completes the regular season riding a four-game winning streak. The Panthers, 18-7 overall, finish in third place in the LEC with a 10-4 mark, and will host sixth-seeded Western Connecticut (9-16, 5-9) Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the opening round of the LEC Tournament. Admission for all LEC Tournament games at PSC is free.
RIC had its losing streak extended to seven games. The Anchorwomen wind up at 3-22 overall and 1-13 in the conference, and will travel to top-seeded Southern Maine on Tuesday for their first-round LEC contest.
Senior Whitney Morin (Derby Line, Vt.) contributed 14 points, the only other Panther besides Albert to score in double figures. PSC managed to win despite shooting 38 percent from the field and turning the ball over 23 times. A big help was the 64-26 advantage PSC had on the boards.
Junior Angela Sarette (Putnam, Conn.) and freshman Liz Barrette (North Providence, R.I.) led the Anchorwomen with 18 points apiece. Sophomore Becca Bissonnette (Danielson, Conn.) added 10 points for RIC.