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February 1, 2014

Payne's career high lifts Plattsburgh State past Oneonta

PLATTSBURGH Plattsburgh State and Oneonta were both lighting up the scoreboard Friday.

The Cardinals (13-4, 8-2), however, ended up shooting slightly better in the end and took the 80-75 victory over the Red Dragons (13-5, 7-4) in SUNY Athletic Conference women’s basketball play.

“I definitely didn’t think it would be high scoring; when it got rolling in the second half I didn’t anticipate that,” Plattsburgh State coach Cheryl Cole said. “That was a tremendous shootout great defense being played, but better offense being executed.”

Tied at 71 with just three minutes remaining in the game, Cole called a timeout after the Cardinals were struggling to set anything up on offense. Out of the timeout Brittany Marshall took the ball out on the sideline, where she quickly found Kathleen Payne coming off a screen. Payne immediately turned and, with a hand in her face, drained the 3-pointer to give Plattsburgh back the lead.

That was just one of the many highlight plays made by Payne, who finished with a career-high 35 points two points shy of breaking the Plattsburgh State women’s single game scoring record just one week after she broke the all-time points record.

“(Friday) I think I was in my own zone; I felt good about everything and I just had the game come to me more,” Payne said. “To be recognized for breaking the scoring record, then breaking that record while at home would have been pretty cool.”

Payne shot 11-for-21 from the field, 4-for-6 from three and a perfect 9-for-9 from the foul line, while also pulling down eight rebounds, dishing out two assists and making four blocks.

“KP took this game over; talk about filling a stat line, she was doing everything she could possibly do,” Cole said. “The degree of difficulty on her shots ... she was feeling it. She had one of those special nights when you just feel it – hopefully she’ll have a couple more of those.”

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