---- — BROCKPORT — Plattsburgh State salvaged an important weekend split in conference play with a hard-fought 72-63 win over Brockport in SUNY Athletic Conference women’s basketball Saturday afternoon.
As has been the case, more times than not, the Cardinals featured a balanced attack on offense coupled with superior defense and rebounding at both ends of the floor. The result was a much-needed conference win on the road.
Brittany Marshall (15 points, two threes and six assists), Kathleen Payne (14 points), Devona Paul (12 points, eight rebounds) and Tequilla Lloyd (10 points) all connected for double figures and Misha Green (eight points, eight rebounds) also had another solid all-around performance off the bench to pace Plattsburgh (8-4, 4-2 SUNYAC).
“This was a good win for us but, there are no weak teams that you can take for granted, especially not on the road,” Plattsburgh coach Cheryl Cole said. “I have to give them a lot of credit; Brockport is very much improved and played us very tough today. It wasn’t easy and we definitely had to work for it but, in the end, we got it done and got the split we were looking for.”
After a somewhat sluggish first half that had them connecting on just 11-of-31 shots and nursing a 31-27 advantage at the break, the Cardinals regained focus and assumed the initiative in the second stanza. An initiative that would carry them to their fourth conference win of the year.
Plattsburgh connected on 16 of its 32 attempts (50%) from the field and was seven of nine (78%) from the line, in the second half, while the defense held Brockport to just 11 field goals on 33 attempts (33%) over that same period. The only Golden Eagle who the Cardinals could not find a way to stop was Phoebe Byrnes, who kept her team within striking range with a game-high 27 points, including four 3-pointers.
One player was not going to be enough on this day however, as the Plattsburgh defense shut the rest of the Brockport roster down and sealed the victory down the stretch from the foul line. A testament to the overall effectiveness of the defensive effort by Plattsburgh, Brockport was able to connect on just 19 of its 60 field goal attempts for the game.
In addition to the strong defensive effort, the Cardinals also had another solid game on the boards, outrebounding the Golden Eagles by a margin of 49-38.
“I thought our scoring balance was key, we just had a few more weapons than they did and our defense and our rebounding was solid as well,” Cole said. “Everyone stepped up and contributed out there today and I think, overall, this was just a good team win.”
Next up for Plattsburgh will be a non-conference game against Williams College this coming Tuesday night (7 p.m.) at Memorial Hall..
Plattsburgh State 72, Brockport 63
Plattsburgh State (72)
Marshall 4-5-15; Payne 5-3-14; Nucaro 1-4-7; Reifinger 1-4-7; Nucaro 1-0-2; Cassidy 0-0-0; Paul 5-2-12; Lloyd 5-0-10; Green 4-0-8; Lewis 2-0-4; Halstead 0-0-0; Adedapo 0-0-0. Totals: 27-14-72.
Story 2-2-6; Fordyce 1-0-2; Grinnell 0-0-0; Byrnes 7-9-27; Battaglia 1-0-3; Johnson 1-1-3; Fortney 1-0-2; Stcko 1-0-2; Burke 0-0-0; Cunningham 0-0-0. Totals: 19-19-63.
Halftime: Plattsburgh State 31- 27.
3-point goals: Plattsburgh (4) Marshall 2, Payne, Refinger. Brockport (6) Byrnes 4, Battaglia, Johnson.