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November 30, 2009

PSU Women’s Basketball player earns weekly honor

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The leading scorer on the Plymouth State University women's basketball team received the top weekly honor from the Little East Conference (LEC) Monday for her performance in the Panthers' only game last week.

            Junior Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H./West) was selected LEC Women's Basketball Player of the Week, her first weekly honor this season.  She led PSU to a 67-43 victory over Castleton State College last Tuesday in the home opener at Foley Gymnasium. Kania was also named to the New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) Honor Roll on Tuesday.

Amanda Kania             A 5'11" forward, Kania (right) posted a double-double with a game-high 26 points and 11 rebounds in the Castleton win.  She made three three-pointers in the first minute and a half of the game as the Panthers took a 9-0 lead. She continued to have the hot hand in the first 20 minutes, sinking 5-of-7 from three-point range and scoring 19 points as the Panthers built a 37-21 margin at the break. Kania finished 8-of-13 shooting overall in the game, 5-of-8 from long range.

            Kania, who was voted All-LEC Second Team last season, ranks second in the conference so far this year with an average of 17.5 points per game.  She's also sixth with 8.0 rebounds per outing and third in three-point field goal percentage (.538).

            The Panthers, 4-0 on the season, play non-conference games Tuesday at Colby-Sawyer College (7:00 p.m.) and Thursday at home against Salem State College (5:30 p.m.) before the Little East opener Saturday at Foley Gymnasium against the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (1:00 p.m.) 

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