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March 3, 2009

Two PSU Women’s Hoopsters earn All-Conference honors

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two members of the Plymouth State University women's basketball team were honored Tuesday for their outstanding seasons in 2008-09, collecting post-season honors from the Little East Conference as the team heads into post-season play.

            Sophomore Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H./West) was named to the All-LEC Second Team, and freshman Alicia Doucet (Manchester, N.H./Central) was selected to the LEC All-Rookie Team. They were two of the standout players that have helped the Panthers post a 16-10 record and receive their first post-season berth in six years.

            A 5'11" forward, Kania (right) leads the Panthers and ranks seventh in the LEC in scoring with 12.9 points per game, and she tops the squad and ranks 10th in the league with 6.2 rebounds a contest.  She's a 41-percent shooter from the field, makes free throws at an 81 percent clip, and has connected on 15 three-point baskets.  A member of the LEC All-Rookie Team a year ago, Kania was a two-time LEC Player of the Week this season and became one of two players in the conference to score at least 30 points in a game when she tossed in 34 in a win last month at UMass Boston.

             A 5'11" forward, Doucet (left) ranks 15th in the conference and second among freshmen with 10.1 points per game, and she is 14th overall and third among rookies in rebounds with 5.5 per outing.  She posted three double-doubles in points-rebounds this season and finished a rebound shy of a double-double in three other games. Doucet was named Rookie of the Week four times this season by the Little East and once by the New England Women's Basketball Association.

            Kania and Doucet and their teammates will travel  to Nichols College this Wednesday, Mar. 4, for the first round of the ECAC Division III New England Tournament (5:00 p.m.). The eighth-seeded Panthers, led by veteran coach Lauren Lavigne, earned their first post-season berth since 2003 and will be looking to upset the top-seeded Bison. 

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