NORTHFIELD, Vt. — The Plattsburgh State women’s basketball team’s first road win of the season couldn’t have come at a better time.
The Cardinals won their fourth straight and its first game away from Memorial Hall with a 65-57 defeat of Norwich University Tuesday. The victory was an important one for Plattsburgh as its next two games will be at Oswego and Cortland for its first SUNYAC contests of the season.
“First road win was huge for us,” Plattsburgh coach Cheryl Cole said. “Absolutely huge, especially for our young players to see how hard it is to win on the road.”
The Cardinals came out flat against the Cadets, struggling to adjust to Norwich’s zone defense. Plattsburgh shot a mediocre 33 percent from the field and an abysmal 18 percent from behind the arc. The lack of energy offensively was also reflected on the boards as the Cadets outrebounded the Cardinals 21-16 in the first half.
“They played us in zone, and we came out a bit stagnant against it,” Cole said. “We came out a little flat, they had a little more energy; we did a better job in the second half.”
At the end of the first half Plattsburgh made a 3-pointer, which got it within four. The made shot attempt may have been a sign of good things to come because the Cardinals came out of halftime scorching hot from the floor.
“We talked at halftime and (said) we need the ball moving,” Cole said. “We started to get rhythm shots in the second half; we made a good adjustment on that.”
Plattsburgh acclimated well as it shot 37 percent from the field and nearly 43 percent from 3-point land in the second half.
Kathleen Payne led the way for the Cardinals with 23 points to go along with her six rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Brittany Marshall also had a very active day for Plattsburgh, falling one assist shy of a double-double with 16 points and nine assists to go along with five rebounds and two steals.
However, the most impressive stat for the Cardinals was the 18 team assists along with 16 forced turnovers and 22 points off those turnovers.
Cole was happy to see every player contribute in the win.
“It was a really good team effort,” Cole said. “We made plays we needed to make; (we) gutted it out entirely.”
Aliah Curry led the Cadets with 16 points along with five rebounds, four assists and one steal, while teammate Kelsey Lotti registered 15 points to go with three boards and an assist.
Plattsburgh is back in action this weekend as they head to Oswego State, Friday at 6 p.m. and SUNY Cortland, Saturday at 2 p.m.
Plattsburgh State 65, Norwich University 57
Plattsburgh State (65)
Marshall 8-4-16, Reifinger 0-0-0, Paul 0-4-4, Payne 11-3-23, Linder 7-1-13, Green 1-0-2, Lloyd 0-1-1, Dolan 2-0-4, Miller 1-0-2. Totals: 30-13-65
Norwich University (57)
Clark 2-1-5, LeBlanc 5-1-11, Brown 3-0-6, Curry 6-6-16, Lotti 6-3-15, Butler 0-0-0, McMullen 0-0-0, Stever 1-2-4, Laidlaw 0-0-0. Totals: 23-13-57
Halftime: Norwich University 31-27
3-point goals: Plattsburgh State (8) Marshall 4, Payne 2, Linder 2. Norwich University (2) Curry 2.