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December 1, 2008

PSU Basketball players honored by Little East Conference

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Three members of the Plymouth State University basketball teams were recognized with weekly honors by the Little East Conference Monday for their efforts in non-conference victories last week.

            Senior guard Ben Huntington (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton) was selected LEC Men's Basketball Player of the Week, freshman Alicia Doucet (Manchester, N.H./Central) was named LEC Women's Basketball Rookie of the Week, and junior Laura Kent (Bellingham, Mass.) was on the LEC Weekly Honor Roll. They represented PSU on the LEC list of honors after the Panthers teams pulled off a doubleheader sweep last Tuesday at Castleton State College.

            A 5'11" guard, Huntington (right) scored a game-high 26 points in 21 minutes in PSU's only outing last week, a 113-64 non-conference victory over Castleton.  He connected on 10-of-14 shots from the field, including 6-of-9 from three-point range, while adding five rebounds and three assists. Huntington scored 19 points in the first half as PSU put the game away early and led 67-26 at the break.

            Huntington has the early lead in the LEC scoring race with an average of 20.5 points per game.  He also ranks second in free throw percentage (92.3), sixth in field goal percentage (52.6) and seventh in three-point field goal percentage (45.5). Huntington has been the LEC Player of the Week twice in the first three weeks this season.

            A 5'11" forward, Doucet (left) scored 15 points and shared team-high honors with six rebounds in just 24 minutes last Tuesday as PSU won its only game of the week, a 60-44 non-conference decision at Castleton.  She connected on 3-of-4 from three-point range, 6-of-14 overall, while collecting six rebounds, four off the offensive glass.

            Doucet is ranked 20th overall and third among freshmen in the LEC with 9.3 points per game this season.  She is also ranked sixth in three-point field goal percentage (44.4) and tied for fourth in blocked shots (1.5 blocks per game).

            A 6'0" forward, Kent (right) scored a game-high 19 points and shared team-high honors with six rebounds in just 22 minutes last Tuesday in PSU's non-conference win at Castleton.  She set a school record for perfection at the free throw line, converting all 13 attempts, while hitting 3-of-6 from the field.  The previous school record for free throws made in a game without a miss was held by Patty Therrien, who was 11-for-11 in 1987.

            Kent is off to a strong start for the Panthers. She is tied for second in the LEC in scoring (14.3 points per game) and ranks 15th in rebounding (6.3 rpg).  She also ranks fifth in field goal percentage (51.4), third in free throw percentage (87.5), and tied for fourth in blocked shots (1.5 blocks per game).

            Both Panther teams will face Colby-Sawyer College in their next outing on Tuesday, Dec. 2.  The PSU women (4-0) will host the Chargers at 6:00 p.m. at Foley Gymnasium in the home opener, while the PSU men (2-2) will face the Charger men at 7:30 p.m. in Concord in the Jacob's Bridge Through Autism Classic, hosted by New Hampshire Technical Institute. 

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