GABE DICKENS/P-R PHOTO Plattsburgh State's Jessica Dolan (left) and Devona Paul (right) battle with Potsdam's Veronica Sapp for an offensive rebound during Tuesday's SUNYAC women's basketball game at Memorial Hall in Plattsburgh. The Cardinals won 79-54.

PLATTSBURGH — A team effort resulted in a Plattsburgh State rout of Potsdam Tuesday.

The Cardinals dictated the tempo right off the bat and were able to take advantage of the Bears lackluster defense as they cruised to a 79-54 SUNYAC women’s college basketball victory.

“Good solid effort; we definitely didn’t want it to be in a close game,” Plattsburgh coach Cheryl Cole said. “We were better than them and we proved it on the floor.”

The Cardinals jumped out to a 17-7 lead early in the first half and never took their foot off the gas as they confused Potsdam with their full-court press and prevented the Bears to gain any continuity with their half-court offense.

“It was real important for us to get off to a good start and dictate the style,” Cole said. “We needed to defend the arc and take advantage of our size in the paint.”

Potsdam only gained 19 first-half points and was sloppy with the basketball, finishing the game with 24 turnovers.

“Thought our defense was tremendous in the first half,” Cole said. “We really cracked them with our pressure.”

Plattsburgh seemed to do whatever they wanted offensively. The Cardinals ended the game shooting nearly 40 percent from the field, 30 percent from 3-point range and were able to collect 38 of their points in the paint.

“We shared the ball well and were tremendous on the boards,” Cole said. “We were able to take care of the ball better.”

Although Plattsburgh did miss a few easy looks, the Cardinals were beasts on the glass as they outrebounded the Bears 56-40 and capitalized with 20 second-chance points.

Each player that stepped on the floor for Plattsburgh was able to get at least one point for their team.

“Everybody scored; that’s a nice compliment to them,” Cole said. “Nice to see them provide much needed depth; we’ll need it going forward.”

Devona Paul and Brooke Reifinger led the Cardinals with 16 and 14 points, respectively. Paul was efficient from the floor, going 6-for-12, and was able to pull down five rebounds, block five shots and capture two steals. Reifinger also shot efficiently, going 5-for-10 from the floor and 3-for-5 from behind the arc, while also grabbing five rebounds.

Brittany Marshall on the other hand only finished with five points for Plattsburgh, but dished out a season-high 12 assists, hauled in eight boards, tallied four steals and zero turnovers.

“(Marshall) almost had a double-double with rebounds and assists,” Cole said. “She has tremendous court vision; really nice to see her break out.”

Jessica Kouzan led all scorers with 19 points and 11 rebounds for Potsdam, while teammate Carli Reynolds finished with 13 points, three rebounds, one block and one steal.

Plattsburgh State 79, SUNY Potsdam 54

SUNY Potsdam (54)

Reynolds 6-0-13, Weigel 0-0-0, Russell 0-0-0, Kmiecinski 3-0-9, Kouzan 7-2-19, Dorgler 1-0-2, McNamara 1-0-2, Driscoll 1-0-2, Lavoie 0-4-4, Addison 0-0-0, Sapp 1-1-3, Sapp 1-1-3. Totals: 19-9-54

Plattsburgh State (79)

Marshall 2-1-5, Green 1-2-4, Reifinger 5-1-14, Paul 6-4-16, Payne 5-0-12, Hicks 1-0-2, Lloyd 3-3-9, Adedapo 0-1-1, Dolan 1-2-4, Linder 3-0-6, Miller 1-2-4. Totals: 37-13-79

Halftime: Plattsburgh State, 35-19

3-point goals: SUNY Potsdam (7) Reynolds, Kmiecinski 3, Kouzan 3. Plattsburgh State (6) Marshall, Reifinger 3, Payne 2.