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Clarkson, SUNY Potsdam women fall to league travel partners

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POTSDAM - The Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam women’s basketball teams both fell short at home to their conference travel partners on Tuesday.

CU FALLS TO SLU IN OT

Tied at the end of both the first half and the second half, Clarkson and St. Lawrence needed extra time to decide the winner, with the Golden Knights coming up just short against the Saints, 65-59, in a Liberty League matchup at Alumni Gym.

The Golden Knights fell to 8-14 overall and 3-11 in the Liberty League, while St. Lawrence improved to 16-7 overall and 12-2 in conference games. Both teams will close out the regular season this weekend when they host Bard and Vassar.

Clarkson jumped out to a lead in the early going and pushed the advantage to as many as 10 points (14-4) midway through the first half as St. Lawrence committed numerous turnovers in the paint and on the perimeter. Trailing by seven after a Brooke Butkovsky (Monroe, CT) lay up at the 6:30 mark, the Saints started to get their feet under them better and had the offense running at a better clip. Kara McDuffee made a 3-pointer from the wing with 2:11 to go, giving St. Lawrence a 23-18 lead on the heels of a 13-1 run. The Saints wouldn’t score for the rest of the half, but Clarkson would make up the difference in the final 10 seconds. Alyssia Marsal (Clifton Park, NY) made a layup and was fouled, and following the missed free throw, Katelyn Curtis (Leicester, NY) found Cara Manfredi (Glastonbury, CT) on the perimeter where the junior buried a 3-pointer to tie the game going into the locker room.

In the second half, neither team could get much of an advantage as the momentum shifted back and forth on virtually every possession. Clarkson led by four early in the second half, but it was St. Lawrence that appeared ready to run away with the game late. The Saints had a five-point advantage with 3:25 remaining, but the Knights were able to get to the line and convert free throws, tying the game at 47-47 on a pair of Brooke Butkovsky makes. St. Lawrence’s Kelly Legg hit a pair of freebies at the other end, but Butkovsky hit a mid-range jumper from the elbow with 35 seconds to go. After a missed layup by the Saints, the Knights were left with a heave at the buzzer and the game went to overtime.

The Saints jumped ahead with a 3-pointer by Allison Cady in the first minute of overtime and never looked back, but the Knights would not allow St. Lawrence to get out of Alumni Gym easily. With two minutes remaining, Ashley Loggins (Albany, NY) hit a pair of free throws to help Clarkson climb back within two, and another free throw from Loggins on the next possession brought the gap to just one, but the Saints were able to get the key free throws to fall down the stretch and held on for a six-point victory.

Brooke Butkovsky finished two points shy of her career-high with 17 points on 6-10 shooting and Loggins finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. Four players finished in double figures for the Saints, including two that nearly posted double-doubles in Kara McDuffee (16 points, 9 rebounds) and Cassie St. Hilaire (11 points, 9 rebounds). Caroline Dalton was nearly perfect for her 16 points, shooting 5-6 from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line, and Lauren Quattrocchi added in 13 points as well as six boards and five assists.

KOUZAN NETS 1,000TH IN POTSDAM LOSS

Senior Kathleen Payne shot 10-19 to score a game-high 28 points and 10 rebounds, sophomore Devona Paul added 16 points and junior Brittany Marshall dished out 13 assists as SUNY Plattsburgh spoiled a Bears’ individual milestone achievement in downing Potsdam 88-79 at Jerry Welsh Gymnasium.

Jessica Kouzan (Webster, N.Y.) scored a team-high 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting-including 5-9 from 3-point range-to go over the 1,000 career point threshold.

The senior forward now has 1,007 points and needs just four points to pass Rachel Graf (2006-2010) for fifth place on the Bears’ all-time scoring list.

When Kouzan made a first free throw of two, it allowed Potsdam coach Tara Ruckh to call a timeout and grant Kouzan a nice gesture of appreciation. With the public address announcer making the acknowledgment over the loud speaker that Kouzan had reached 1,000 points, the crowd gave her an ovation.

Potsdam (6-17, 4-12 SUNYAC) has two games remaining on the schedule with home contests against Buffalo State on Friday at 6 p.m. and Fredonia on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Potsdam only trailed by six at halftime, but fell behind as many as 18 points with 10:12 left in the game.

The Bears made one last ditch effort late in the game and it began on a Bailey Weigel (East Amherst, N.Y.) drive to the hoop and was followed by a Jessica Kouzan 3-pointer and a lay in by Carli Reynolds

The Bears’ 7-0 run trimmed the lead to 78-70 with 3:19 remaining. But that’s as close as Potsdam would get as Plattsburgh (18-5, 13-3 SUNYAC) got big buckets from Payne and Brooke Reifinger down the stretch.

Weigel finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and a block. Senior guard Chenice Russell (Moira, N.Y.) had 11 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Junior guard Carli Reynolds (Indian Lake, N.Y.) had 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

SUNY CANTON FALLS

Brianna Sayer (Hermon, NY) and Karyss Terrane (Hogansburg, NY) both posted double-doubles as the women’s basketball team closed out the home schedule of its 2013-14 season with a 68-49 loss to visiting SUNY Institute of Technology.

SUNY Canton led early 3-2 after Alicia Uhlein (Watertown, NY) delivered a pass to Zoey Smith (Adams, NY) who finished inside. Both teams went scoreless the next three minutes but the Wildcats followed with an 8-0 run to open up a 10-3 advantage with 12:09 left in the first half.

The Roos (6-17) got within 10-5 and 14-8 but SUNYIT outscored the hosts 15-10 to close the half taking a 29-18 lead at intermission. Abbey Hanehan paced the Wildcats with eight points, while Sayer and Uhlein had five each in the opening half.

The Wildcats (18-5) extended the lead to 15 after a Lauren Knowles hoop inside five minutes into the final stanza. Over the next five minutes SUNY Canton used a 13-4 run to trim the lead to six at 46-40 after an old-fashioned three-point play from Sayer. SUNYIT held SUNY Canton to just nine points over the final 10:22 leading to the 68-49 victory. The Wildcats held edges in rebounds (57-42), points off turnovers (15-4), Bench points (15-6) and points in the paint (34-24).

Both teams struggled from the field as SUNY Canton shot just 23 percent, while SUNYIT shot the ball at a 37 percent clip, but hit 47 percent of its field goals after halftime.

Sayer earned her first career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Terrance tallied 14 points and 11 boards. Uhlein added eight points, seven assists and five rebounds playing all 40 minutes.

Knowles paced all players with 18 points on 9-13 shooting for the Wildcats. Hanehan added 15 points and seven assists. Ogdensburg’s Shannon Tooley, a freshman, chipped in four points toward the winning effort.

The women’s basketball team closes out its season Sunday at Alfred State starting at 3 p.m.

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