For Immediate Release
February 26, 2001
Contact: Kent Cherrington, SID
P.S.C. Women’s Basketball receives ECAC Tournament Bid
Panthers to host Colby-Sawyer Wednesday in quarterfinal round
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – For the second straight year, the Plymouth State College
women’s basketball team has received an invitation to the Eastern College
Athletic Conference Division III New England post-season tournament.
The Panthers are the tournament’s #3 seed, and will host #6 seed Colby-Sawyer
College this Wednesday (Feb. 28) at 7:00 p.m. at Foley Gymnasium. Last season,
PSC was the third seed and defeated #6 Springfield 72-69 at home before losing
in the semi-finals to #2 Middlebury, 85-66.
The other first-round games Wednesday include #8 Framingham State at #1
Amherst, #7 MIT at #2 Wellesley, and #5 Colby at #4 Bates. The semi-finals and
final are slated for Saturday and Sunday at the site of the highest remaining
seed after Wednesday.
Led by third-year head coach Lauren Lavigne, the Panthers will take a 19-7
overall record into the tournament. PSC had its school-record-tying nine-game
winning streak stopped last Friday in the semi-finals of the Little East
Conference Tournament with a 72-65 loss to Southern Maine. The Panthers have
won 17 straight games at Foley Gymnasium dating back to last season, including
all 11 encounters this season.
Colby-Sawyer, led by seventh-year head coach George Martin, will bring a 20-6
overall record to Plymouth. The Chargers had their 12-game winning streak broken
last Thursday with a 70-59 setback to the University of New England in the
semi-finals of the Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament. Colby-Sawyer,
which made three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 1997-99, is making
its first ever appearance in the ECAC Tournament.
Plymouth State features a fast-paced, high-scoring attack. The Panthers lead
the conference in scoring with 78.5 points per game while allowing 70 points an
outing. Colby-Sawyer averages 68.3 points a game but allows only 52.3 per
This will be only the fourth post-season appearance for PSC in women’s
basketball. The 1990-91 team, which included a freshman named Lauren Lavigne
and first-year head coach Nancy Feldman, went to the ECAC Tournament and
finished with a 19-7 overall record. The 1994-95 team, also guided by Feldman,
received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and ended with a 21-7 mark.
Last year’s ECAC Tournament team finished 20-9.