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Lady Bears End Drought At Plattsburgh 69-66

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y.-The SUNY Potsdam women's basketball team (6-11, 4-8 SUNYAC) defeated Plattsburgh State (6-13, 3-9) 69-66 on the road Tuesday evening. The win was the Bears' first at Plattsburgh in nine years. Sophomore forward Devyn Elliott (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman) led Potsdam with another double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds. Freshman guard Bella Barner (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) scored a career-high 12 points and was a rebound short of a double-double with nine boards. Freshman guard Caroline LaFountain (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) also scored 12 points and hauled in five rebounds and freshman guard Tsai Lewis (Cortland, N.Y./Cortland) rounded out the leaders with 10 points and seven rebounds. The Cardinals started the contest on an 18-6 run over the first 4:15, but the Bears stormed back. Elliott scored with a layup to close to within 10 seconds later and the basket started a 17-3 Potsdam finish to the quarter. Potsdam led 23-21 after 10 minutes. Elliott scored seven in the period and freshman guard Tsai Lewis (Cortland, N.Y./Cortland) had six. Barner hit her second and third threes of the game to give the Bears a 29-23 lead at 8:15 of the second quarter. Plattsburgh answered with a 14-4 stretch to take a 37-33 advantage four minutes later. The Bears scored eight of the final 12 points of half and trailed 43-41 at the break. Barner finished with those six points, while Lewis and Elliott each added four. LaFountain hit a jumper at 5:01 of the third quarter to put Potsdam back in front 51-49. She scored the first 12 points for the Bears in the period. Potsdam outscored Plattsburgh 8-2 after the jumper and were up 59-51 after 30 minutes. The Cardinals battled back with a 15-6 run to start the last 10 minutes and a Taylor Durnin layup gave them a 66-65 lead with 3:17 to play. Barner answered with another three at 2:28 and the Bears' defense shutout Plattsburgh the rest of the way. Sophomore guard Dyamon Hunter (Bronx, N.Y./Thurgood Marshall Academy), who scored eight points, sank a free throw with two seconds remaining and closed out the 69-66 victory. Hannah Whitney led the Cardinals with 19 points and Mya Smith had 12. Durnin contributed nine. Potsdam dominated Plattsburgh on the boards by a 52-35 count. The Bears currently sit in the sixth and final playoff position in the SUNYAC standings. Potsdam continues its playoff hunt when the Bears host Buffalo State for Bear Pride night at 5:30 p.m. on Friday evening.

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