Cardinals fall to Saints in home-opener

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Plattsburgh State's Kelly Degnan (32) shoots over St. Lawrence's Olivia Barringer during a non-conference women's basketball game Tuesday at Memorial Hall. 

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State women's basketball team fell to St. Lawrence, 60-39, in its home-opening non-conference basketball game.

The Cardinals (1-2-0) were just three points back going into the second half, but the Saints (2-2-0) took advantage of more scoring opportunities and pulled ahead.

“I think we were tight, and I think we were nervous being at our first home game,” Plattsburgh coach Cheryl Cole said. “I thought we started off the second half with a little more flow, and then it went away real fast. It didn't help that we got in foul trouble early.”

St. Lawrence stepped up its game in the third quarter by scoring 20 points, while the Cardinals only picked up 10 points.

“We did not show our potential (Tuesday) and some of that is because St. Lawrence stepped up in the second half, and we did not respond,” Cole said. “They were fast, and their freshman point guard gave us some trouble, so we have to do a better job of being able to contain that kind of penetration.”

On the Saints' side, Olivia Barringer (14) and Katie Frederick (13) led in scoring.

Annabella Pugliese scored two three-point goals, two field goals and a free throw for St. Lawrence.

“Their length hurt us, there's no doubt,” Cole said. “They were in the net zone, and we weren't shooting well, so it definitely made things difficult to get things going inside because we weren't going to score just simply by putting the ball in there as we were unable to score over them.”

Several players that stood out for the Cardinals were Kayla Doody and Mya Smith who scored eight points and six points, respectively.

Doody, Hanna Whitney and Kelly Degnan each scored a three-point goal for Plattsburgh.

“I thought our point guard, Kayla Doody, did a good job. She could have shot a little more, but I thought she (showed) composure,” Cole said. “I thought Taylor Clare really worked hard. She's a rebounder, moved the ball well and played some good defense.

“Taylor Durnin struggled (Tuesday), and Ly'rell Walker's hurt. It was an opportunity for some other people to step up, give us some leadership on the floor and add some scoring punches, but that didn't materialize as we had hoped.”

Cole hopes that Walker will be well enough to play soon.

The Cardinals scored just three out of 22 three-point goals and tallied 14 out of 57 field goals.

The Saints totaled four out of 16 three-point goals and recorded 18 out of 59 attempted field goals.

“I thought they (St. Lawrence) ran the floor hard, and that they worked it harder than we did,” Cole said. “I'd like to think that if we played them again, we'd flip that score, but unfortunately we don't get that opportunity with them until next year.”

Plattsburgh State is set to play Purchase College at 6 p.m. Friday at Memorial Hall as part of the Cardinal Classic Tournament.

“It was a disappointing showing for our first home game,” Cole said. “The beauty is that we play again in three days, and hopefully, we can work harder the next two days and straighten out some things to come out on Friday.

“The season is young, which is a good thing, but we have a lot to learn. You learn more from a loss, and we'll bounce back.”

St. Lawrence 60, Plattsburgh State 39

St. Lawrence (60)

Frederick 4-5-13, Kumler 2-3-8, Pugliese 2-1-7, Middleton 0-6-6, McCann 2-2-6, Barringer 6-2-14, Jeffrey 1-1-4, Childs 1-0-2, Rodi 0-0-0. Totals- 18-20-60.

Plattsburgh State (39)

Doody 2-3-8, Whitney 2-0-5, Degnan 1-1-4, Durnin 1-1-3, Clare 1-0-2, Smith 3-0-6, Dowdell 1-2-4, Quinn 1-0-2, Ruberto 1-0-2, Kastanis 1-0-2, Strider 0-1-1, Lawliss 0-0-0, Oatman 0-0-0. Totals- 14-8-39.

Halftime- Saint Lawrence 21-18.

3 point goals- Saint Lawrence (4) Kumler 1, Pugliese 2, Jeffrey 1. Plattsburgh State (3) Doody 1, Whitney 1, Degnan 1.

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