November 18, 2013

Cardinals limp home winless

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After a rough weekend, the Cardinals are eager to head home.

Plattsburgh State completed the Williams Tip-Off Tournament with a 72-53 loss to 15th-ranked Williams College Sunday.

The combination of height and experience of the Ephs, was too tough of a matchup for the Cardinals to handle.

“Williams was definitely the better team,” Plattsburgh State coach Cheryl Cole said. “We would have had to play a pretty perfect game to beat them.”

The Cardinals were down 11 at halftime, but Williams was hot from distance, which took away any chance for Plattsburgh State to make a run. The Ephs finished the game shooting 45 percent from three-point range.

“They shot tremendously from three,” Cole said. “They were hard to guard, we gave up a significant amount in height.”

Kathleen Payne led the Cardinals in scoring with 13, also adding five rebounds and three assists. Payne was the lone Cardinal named to the all-tournament team.

Brittany Marshall chipped in with seven points, while also adding four rebounds, two assists and one steal. Devona Paul was also very active for the Cardinals, recording five rebounds, two steals, three blocks and six points on the day.

“We played hard,” Cole said. (We played) better (Sunday) than (Saturday).”

Off the bench, Lauren McCall led Williams in scoring with 17. She also added six rebounds and one assist. Kellie Macdonald was second in scoring for the Ephs, with 16 points. Macdonald also pulled down 11 rebounds, had two assists, two steals and three blocks in the game.

Although the Cardinals have started their season in a 0-2 hole, Cole was eager for her team to head home this week and continue to improve down the stretch.

“(It was) a tough weekend, but it will pay off for us later in the season,” Cole said. “We’re playing great teams, but we’re not a great team yet. We’ve got the potential to be great, but we’re not there yet.”

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