POTSDAM — Plattsburgh State comes out with a strong shooting touch in its win Tuesday.
The Cardinals (18-5, 13-3 SUNYAC) tied their highest point total of the season en route to an 88-79 victory at Potsdam (6-17, 4-12) in women’s SUNYAC basketball play.
With the win, the Cardinals secured at least the No. 2 seed in the upcoming SUNYAC playoffs.
“Never saw us at risk of not winning, but we let them back in … it was a game of runs,” Plattsburgh coach Cheryl Cole said. “A little more wide open would have been nice, but that happens sometimes on the road.”
The Cardinals had a tremendous shooting first half, as it knocked down about 44 percent from the field, including 6-for-12 from behind the arc.
“They shot pretty well but we shot better,” Cole said.
The Cardinals took control on the inside, as they outrebounded the Bears 41-37, and recorded 42 of their 88 points in the paint.
“We didn’t want to fall in love with the three; we wanted to get touches in the paint. I thought we did pretty good job on that,” Cole said. “We got out in transition too, which is also high percentage as well.”
Plattsburgh’s Kathleen Payne led all scorers with 28 points, while also adding 10 rebounds. Teammate Devona Paul also had an efficient night, shooting 7-for-10 for 16 points, while grabbing six rebounds and facilitating four assists.
“Dev had a nice game and finished real well … was very efficient,” Cole said.
However it was the Cardinals Brittany Marshall who shared most of the wealth, with a season-high 13 assists, beating her previous season-high of 12, which came in Plattsburgh’s previous matchup with the Bears. Marshall also added eight points.
Marshall’s 13 assists ties a record for a single game for Plattsburgh. Suzy Paiser had 13 assists against Castleton in a game in 1994, while Suzanne Souza also had 13 assists in a game against Norwich in 1986.