PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State women's basketball team got the bounce-back win it hoped for Friday.
The Cardinals (2-2) collected a 63-35 win over Purchase College (0-3) in the opening round of the Cardinal Classic at Memorial Hall.
Plattsburgh advanced to play Hamilton (3-0) in the four-team tournament's championship at 3 p.m. Saturday back at Memorial Hall.
Purchase will play SUNY Poly (0-2) in the consolation at 1 p.m.
"We needed this win," Cardinals coach Cheryl Cole said. "We needed to see the ball go through the rim, and we needed to feel that success. We needed to build a little confidence on our own floor after that tough loss to St. Lawrence, Tuesday. It was important for us to come out with the energy we did."
Kayla Doody accounted for a team-high 12 points for Plattsburgh, and Theresa Quinn and Hanna Whitney both scored nine.
Doody also dished out a game-high six assists, and Taylor Durnin pulled down a team-high eight boards.
The Cardinals got rolling when they started to press in the second quarter.
Plattsburgh's strong defensive pressure caused the Panthers to get out of sync on offense and miss shot after shot.
The Cardinals finished the second quarter on an 11-0 run and started the second half with a 16-6 burst.
"The press got us running better in transition," Cole said. "We have not been shooting very well. We did a much better job moving the ball and getting up the floor thanks to our defense.
"On offense, we were able to get the ball in and get it back out. Our shooters shoot much better if they can step into their shot, and I think that was a big difference."
Shadai Plowden recorded a game-high 13 points to lead the way for Purchase.
The Panthers struggled from behind the arc, going 3-for-20, and they shot 21.4 percent from the floor.
Plattsburgh's bench proved to be a key component to the victory, as it outscored Purchase's reserves, 28-10.
Cole was happy with the overall team effort.
"I was pleased with the energy," Cole said. "There was great attention to detail and great flow.
"We had some great success, and everyone was able to contribute in some matter. Now, we need to build on that. We have to continue to get better."
Plattsburgh State 63, Purchase 35
Krasniqi 1-0-3, Plowden 5-2-13, Graham 0-5-5, Peoples 0-0-0, DeJesus 2-0-4, Aurora 0-0-0, Martinez 2-0-4, Lebron 0-0-0, Hernandez 0-0-0, Rodriguez 2-0-6. Totals: 12-8-35.
Plattsburgh State (63)
Durnin 1-0-2, Clare 3-0-6, Doody 4-0-12, Whitney 3-0-9, Degnan 2-2-6, Ruberto 1-2-4, Quinn 3-2-9, Kastanis 0-0-0, Smith 1-2-5, Strider 3-0-7, Lawliss 1-0-2, Dowdell 0-1-1, Oatman 0-0-0. Totals: 22-9-63.
Halftime- Plattsburgh State, 24-10.
3 point goals- Purchase (3) Krasniqi, Plowden, Rodriguez. Plattsburgh State (10) Doody 4, Whitney 3, Quinn, Smith, Strider.
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