January 26, 2014

Payne sets scoring record in win at Fredonia

FREDONIA — A big road win for the Plattsburgh State women’s basketball team also came with a record-setting performance.

Plattsburgh was able to outlast Fredonia to get a 77-73 SUNY Athletic Conference victory Saturday, while senior Kathleen Payne broke the Cardinals’ career scoring record.

“(It was) a little bit (in my head); first couple of shots in the first half weren’t falling. I think I was forcing a couple things I usually wouldn’t of,” Payne said. “It kind of felt more of a relief because I knew I was close for awhile. Glad to get it over with, (but) it means a lot.”

At the one-minute mark of the first half, Brittany Marshall found Payne on a nice back-door cut, and Payne easily laid it in. With the made basket, Payne marked her 1,437th point and passed Aleshia LaValley as the programs all-time points leader.

“(Payne) finally was able to break that individual record, but bottom line for (Payne) it was that we got the win and that was the most important thing for her,” Cardinals coach Cheryl Cole said. “This is a team sport, and (Payne) believes in that. We were able to get that win, which makes it sweet for her and (able to) enjoy it.”

The Goshen native finished the afternoon with 19 points and a rebound shy of a double-double with nine, as well as three assists.

“It’s weird because when I got my 1,000th point, we were at Fredonia and we lost. (Saturday) it was better because I broke the record and we got the win,” Payne said.

Prior to the end of the half, Marshall cut off a Fredonia pass and quickly tossed up a shot near midcourt that swished through as the buzzer sounded. The made three extended the Cardinals’ lead to 34-28 as they headed into the locker room.

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