January 27, 2013

Payne reaches milestone in Cardinals' loss


---- — FREDONIA — Plattsburgh State continued its second-half shooting woes, dropping a 59-50 decision to Fredonia in SUNY Athletic Conference women’s basketball action Saturday afternoon at Steele Hall.

The Cardinals (9-9, 5-6 SUNYAC), who defeated the Blue Devils by 29 points at home in December, fell far short of that performance this time around.

One bright spot for Plattsburgh was the fact that Kathleen Payne became just the eighth player in program history to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau for a career. Entering Saturday needing just six points to reach the milestone, the junior standout connected for a team-high 13 points with six boards

“That was a great individual milestone for KP,” Plattsburgh coach Cheryl Cole said. “It’s kind of bittersweet since we didn’t win the game, but I’m happy for her. The whole team is. It’s definitely something to be proud of, especially coming this early in her career. We’ll celebrate this at some point, maybe just not right now.”

Plattsburgh led by a point at the half, but in the end was once again done in by poor shooting and an all-too-familiar second-half letdown.

Unlike their first meeting, when the offense was clicking on all cylinders for nearly 40 minutes, this time the Cardinals simply were unable to execute and put points on the board with any consistency. For a second straight game, the final stat sheet was also anything but pretty.

Plattsburgh was just 8-of-33 (24 percent) from the field in the second stanza and shot 27 percent for the game, including just 3-of-17 from 3-point range. The Cardinals also allowed 13 second-chance points and were outrebounded by a margin of 52-44.

“It was just a tough two games for us,” Cole said, referring to Friday night’s loss to Buffalo State and Saturday’s meeting with Fredonia. “No excuses, we just couldn’t get anything going and didn’t shoot the ball well either game. You can’t shoot the ball around 25 percent against anyone and expect to win too many games. They were just scrappier, worked harder and shot the ball better than we did and deserved to win.”

Not everyone had difficulty shooting the basketball on Saturday as Fredonia got big offensive contributions from its two primary scorers, Jaimie Warren and Becki Hebert. Warren poured in a game-high 21 points, including a pair of threes, and also pulled down 12 rebounds. Hebert added 19 points with seven boards for the now surging Blue Devils (10-7, 5-6 SUNYAC).

Brittany Marshall and Misha Green had eight points apiece for Plattsburgh.

Plattsburgh, which has now dropped five of its last six games, will wrap up a five-game road swing at Oneonta and New Paltz next weekend before returning home for its final five games of the regular season.

“This stings and we’re hurting right now, but we’ll bounce back,” Cole said. “The season is far from over, and we still have a great opportunity to reach our overall team goals. Right now, we just need a day or two to rest and regroup, both physically and mentally, before we start getting ready for next weekend and the rest of our season. Our conference is still very tight, and there is a lot that still can happen.”

Fredonia 59,

Plattsburgh State 50

Plattsburgh (50)

Green 3-2-8; Marshall 3-1-8; Nucaro 1-2-5; Lloyd 2-0-4; Reifinger 1-0-3; Payne 3-7-13; Paul 2-1-5; Coryea 1-0-2; Adedapo 1-0-2; Cassidy 0-0-0. Totals: 17-13-50.

Fredonia (59)

Warren 7-5-21; Hebert 5-9-19; Linquist 2-0-5; Moore 2-0-5; Austin 0-0-0; Cussins 2-0-5; Riley 2-0-4; Brunswick 0-0-0; Macaulay 0-0-0. Totals: 20-14-59.

Three-point field goals - Fredonia 5, Warren 2, Linquist, Moore, Cussins. Plattsburgh 3, Marshall, Nucaro, Reifinger.

Halftime: Plattsburgh 25, Fredonia 24.