January 25, 2014

Buffalo State ends Cardinal win streak at seven

BUFFALO — The Cardinals were beat-up on the glass, as their win streak was snapped at seven.

Buffalo State (12-3, 7-1) collected 23 offensive rebounds en route to a 72-65 victory over Plattsburgh State (11-4, 6-2) Friday night in SUNY Athletic Conference women’s basketball play.

“They were relentless on the boards,” Cardinals coach Cheryl Cole said. “We weren’t consistent boxing out.”

The Bengals dominated on the blocks, finishing with 42 points in the paint and 56 boards.

“I thought our defense was fine besides finishing the play, which means getting the defensive rebound,” Cole said. “We’ll address it going forward and definitely we’ll be better.”

Despite the clear rebounding advantage, the Cardinals were only down 33-29 at halftime. They finished with a decent shooting night, going 35.9 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from 3-point range. However, Buffalo State shot slightly better with 38.7 percent from the floor and took advantage of its rebounds with 13 second-chance points.

“(I) thought we were in good shape at half only being down by four,” Cole said. “We couldn’t tie it or take the lead unfortunately; just couldn’t get over the hump.”

Devona Paul and Kathleen Payne led Plattsburgh offensively, as they finished with 20 and 17 points, respectively, along with 10 boards apiece.

“Both (Payne and Paul) had a double-double — they had 20 rebounds between the two of them but only one offensive board,” Cole said.

Payne only needs eight more points to pass former Cardinal Aleshia LaValley to be the program’s all-time points leader.

As for Buffalo State, Mariah Norris had 15 points to lead the team, along with seven rebounds and two assists. As for teammate Bianca Smiley, she did most of her damage under the basket, finishing with 12 rebounds — eight offensive — along with 13 points and three steals.

“I thought we did a fine job on Smiley, but (we) just gave up too many second and third-chance opportunities,” Cole said. “(Norris) hurt us off the bench.

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