POTSDAM — Mired in a frustrating three-game losing streak that culminated with a season-low field goal percentage in front of its home faithful, the Plattsburgh State women’s basketball team was looking to rebound by hitting the road to shut down an opposing team on its own floor.
Unfortunately for the Potsdam Bears, they had to absorb the full brunt of this pent-up frustration.
Kathleen Payne led all scorers with 15 points and Plattsburgh outscored the Bears 36-8 in the second half en route to a 73-32 throttling of Potsdam (1-15, 0-9 SUNYAC) at Jerry Welsh Gymnasium on Tuesday.
Plattsburgh (9-7, 5-4 SUNYAC) scorched the nets, shooting 55.4 percent from the field. Plattsburgh also bullied the Bears on the boards, owning a 47-26.
The 41-point margin of victory was the third-largest in program history and the most lopsided win since the Cardinals bested Hilbert by a score of 81-32 to begin the 2007-08 campaign.
“We played well,” Plattsburgh coach Cheryl Cole said. “We made a tremendous focus on our defense after last weekend. We really got after our defense in practice and responded (Tuesday).
“We held them to eight points in the second half. Our defense was really the big focus for us and really propelled us. We had two players dive on the court at the same time, and we just gave that extra effort.”
The battle for North Country supremacy began with Katy Briedis knocking down a three-pointer for the home squad, staking Potsdam to an early 3-0 lead. That advantage, though, was just one of two the Bears would possess in the game.
After Potsdam knotted the score for the final time in the middle of the half, Brittany Marshall and Johni Coryea joined forces to put the Cardinals up for good. Marshall rattled home a triple before Coryea came off the bench to score the next five points for Plattsburgh State, making it a 22-18.