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February 13, 2013

PSU women roll past Bears, grab third straight win

PLATTSBURGH — No letdown here.

Plattsburgh State led wire-to-wire, scoring a solid, 77-58, victory over Potsdam in SUNY Athletic Conference women’s basketball Tuesday night at Memorial Hall.

Although their margin of victory was far smaller than when the teams met earlier in the season, the Cardinals left nothing to chance, rolling to another impressive double-digit victory over the Bears.

Plattsburgh (12-11, 8-8 SUNYAC) shot the ball extremely well throughout, connecting on an even 50 percent of their shots from the field and 92 percent from the line.

“We shot the lights out,” Cardinals coach Cheryl Cole said. “We were executing, sharing the ball real well and everyone was making shots. It was also nice the way we were were making free throws. That’s something we haven’t always done and it was nice to see us those shots going down.

“Overall, on offense, I was very pleased with our effort; this was a very well-balanced team effort (Tuesday) and a big win heading into our last weekend of the regular season.”

Plattsburgh opened the game with a 21-10 run over the first nine minutes of play, led 41-26 at the break and never let the margin fall beneath 10 points for the balance of the evening.

The Cardinals went deep into their bench throughout Tuesday night’s game and received valuable minutes from multiple players. By the final buzzer, nine different players had contributed points with four reaching double figures.

Devona Paul, Misha Green, Catherine Cassidy and Kathleen Payne all had outstanding all-around games for the Cardinals.

Paul was good on 5-of-6 attempts from the field and a perfect 6-fo-6 from the line for a season-high 16 points. Green added an even dozen points; Cassidy recorded a season-best 11-point, 10-rebound double-double performance and Payne chipped in with 10 points, including a pair of threes, and also dished out five assists.

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