PLATTSBURGH — After a hard fought win Friday against Geneseo, the Cardinals faced the challenge of playing through fatigue to get past a fired-up Brockport team.
Fortunately, Plattsburgh was able to overcome 12 lead changes, as it took care of business Saturday and defeated the Golden Eagles, 76-64, in women’s SUNYAC basketball.
“Bottom line we looked tired from (Friday),” Cardinals coach Cheryl Cole said. “We played hard (Friday) night, we showed some fatigue, physically as well as mentally.”
Plattsburgh had contributions from a few of their veterans, such as Brittany Marshall and Kathleen Payne, but it was sophomore Devona Paul who emerged in the second half to score 15 points, grab seven rebounds and add two assists.
“I definitely couldn’t have done it without my teammates,” Paul said. “Everybody at one point pulled us right back up.”
“She was a little off her game in the first half, (but) she really responded in the second half,” Cole added. “It was a learning curve, every day she makes growth. (She’s) realizing what it takes.”
Payne finished with a team-high 17 points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks, while Marshall tallied 14 points with five boards and five assists.
In the first half the Cardinals looked lack-luster as they committed 11 turnovers and only had one assist as a team.
“We struggled in the first half,” Cole said. “We needed to regroup at halftime.”
“(Cole told us) to pick it up,” Paul added. “We just had to dig down and play our game and do what we do best.”
The beginning of the second half Brockport still wouldn’t go away. The Golden Knights took the lead two minutes in after the Cardinals were up 31-28 at half.
But Plattsburgh picked it up midway through the second as they forced turnovers defensively and started to penetrate the paint on offense.