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December 15, 2008

PSU Women receive Little East Conference weekly honors

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Three Plymouth State University female student-athletes were recognized by the Little East Conference Monday with top weekly honors for the final week of the winter sports semester.

            Sophomore Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H./West) and freshman Alicia Doucet (Manchester, N.H./Central) were named LEC Women's Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, and freshman Nicole Brodeur (Claremont, N.H.) was selected LEC Rookie Swimmer of the Week.  It is the second time this season that Kania and Doucet have been recognized by the LEC, while Brodeur is a first-time recipient of the Little East weekly awards program.

            A 5'11" forward, Kania (right) averaged 16.3 points and 5.3 rebounds for PSU in a 2-1 week, including a pair on non-conference wins and an LEC loss. She had 17 points and six rebounds in Tuesday's win at Lasell, she recorded 21 points and nine boards in Thursday's victory at Lyndon State, and she struggled with foul trouble in Saturday's game against Western Connecticut, finishing as PSU's top scorer with 11 points.  Kania shot 46.5 percent from the field for the week, made 3-of-6 three-point baskets, and added seven steals and three blocked shots.

            Kania is having a strong season for the Panthers and is ranked fourth in the LEC in scoring with 13.6 points per game, tied for 14th in rebounding with 6.0 boards per contest, and fifth in field goal percentage (46.4). She is also strong defensively and ranks fifth in blocked shots (1.0 per game) and eighth in steals (1.9 per game).

            A 5'11" forward, Doucet (left) averaged 12.0 points and 6.3 rebounds in PSU's 2-1 week. She had 12 points and four rebounds in Tuesday's win at Lasell, she recorded her first double-double with 18 points and 13 boards in Thursday's triumph at Lyndon State, and she had six points and two rebounds in Saturday's loss to WestConn.  Doucet shot 51.7 percent from the field for the week and added two steals.

            Doucet is proving to be one of the top newcomers this season in the LEC. She is ranked 16th in scoring overall and second among freshmen with 9.9 points per game, and 20th overall and third among freshmen in rebounding with 5.2 boards a contest.

            A freshman freestyler and butterflier, Brodeur (right) won three individual events and swam a leg on PSU's winning 200-yard medley relay in Saturday's 160-135 loss to Westfield State.  She won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:05.56, the 100-yard free in 58.09 seconds, and the 50-yard fly in 29.21 seconds.  She also swam the butterfly leg on PSU's winning 200-yard medley relay.

            Brodeur is making quite the mark on the Panthers this season, as she has posted the fastest times on the team in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyle and the 50- and 100-yard butterfly. She posted top-six finishes in three individual events at the LEC Championships earlier this month, including a second place in the 200-yard free.

            All of PSU's winter sports teams are taking a break for final exams and the holidays, and will resume competition in early January. 

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