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February 23, 2014

Plattsburgh State captures No. 1 seed in SUNYAC tournament

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh State showed pure team domination Saturday.

“This was probably our most complete game of the season; there was nothing on the stat sheet that I was upset with,” Cardinals coach Cheryl Cole. “We played the best we could play against a formidable opponent.”

Plattsburgh (20-5, 15-3) was clicking on all cylinders as it claimed the top seed in the SUNYAC tournament with a commanding 94-68 win against Buffalo State (19-6, 14-4 SUNYAC) in women’s basketball play.

“It was back and forth for the first 10 minutes, but before you know it, it blew up to 20,” Cole said. “I never thought we’d win by 26.”

The Cardinals recorded their highest point total of the season, as they shot an impressive 49.2 percent from the floor and 37.5 percent from behind the arc.

Plattsburgh also commanded the inside, as they recorded 36 points in the paint and outrebounded the Bengals 45-35.

“Everything we did (Friday) we carried over into (Saturday); we just shot the ball better,” Cole said. “We did a tremendous job on the boards, that was our focus going in.”

The Cardinals Devona Paul was the beneficiary of the avid touches inside, as she recorded most of her points from the free throw line. She connected on 17-for-20 from the line and finished with 23 points.

But it was teammate Kathleen Payne who produced the best offensive performance Saturday, as she shot 10-for-16 from the field for 24 points, while also pulling down 14 rebounds — which broke the program’s all-time record — to notch her seventh double-double of the season.

“KP was just in her zone, she was just ridiculous,” Cole said. “She was just amazing, they could not defend her. KP never saw any defenders she was so locked in. She is an absolute gamer.”

Brittany Marshall also had a nice day for the Cardinals, shooting an efficient 5-for-8 from the field for 12 points, while also giving out six assists.

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