Hot shooting not enough as Potsdam women's basketball team falls 75-63
Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 8:50 am

POTSDAM -- The Cortland Red Dragons (10-7, 5-5 SUNYAC) would use the long ball to defeat the Bears by a final score of 75-63.

Eight different Red Dragons connected from the three point line as the team’s would each knock down 10 three pointers on the night.

The Bears (4-13, 2-8 SUNYAC) would be the hotter three point shooting team in the first half, talking 34-33 halftime lead. Potsdam knocked down 42.9 percent of their threes on 6-of-14 shooting.

Junior Katy Breidis (Canton, N.Y./Cushing Academy) led the charge, knocking down three of her five attempts.

At the 3:30 mark, Breidis would connect on her second three of the half and sophomore Jessica Kouzan (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) would hit from long range on the next possession to end a 7-2 run by the Red Dragons and give Potsdam a 27-24 advantage.

Breidis’ last three would give Potsdam a 32-29 lead. Two Kouzan free throws ended the Bears first half scoring and gave her a game-high 12 points.

The Red Dragons were paced by nine points by senior Micki Volpini who scored nine of the team’s first 11 points to start the half. Cortland was held to 36.7 shooting from the field in the half and only 3-of-13 (23.1 percent) from the three-point line.

The hot shooting would continue as freshman Chenice Russell (Moira, N.Y./Brushton-Moira) would hit Potsdam’s first three-point attempt of the second half. Both teams found little trouble scoring to start the second half as they combined for 27 points in the first six minutes and the game was tied at 47.

Sophomore Hannah Kmiecinski (Webster, N.Y./Webster Thomas) hit another long range jumper to give Potsdam a 52-50 lead which would be quickly erased as Katrina Davenport hit a three on the Red Dragons next possession as the momentum continued to swing back-and-forth.

Cortland would pull ahead by four and Adedoyin Akingba (Brooklyn, N.Y./Midwood) hit the first of two free throws. On the next, she hustled to grab her own miss and Kmcienski would knock down another three to tie the game.

However, the Red Dragons would use a late 12-0 run thanks to three long range attempts to pull away.

Cortland went 7-of-14 from behind the arc in the second half and finished 40 percent (10-of-25) from three. The Bears knocked down 10-of-27, 37 percent, from long distance and 42.1 from the field for the game.

Breidis led Potsdam with 15 points and Brittany Cohen hint 9-of-12 free throws to finish with a game-high 19 points.

The Bears return to action tomorrow afternoon as they host SUNYAC foe Oswego. The ball tips at 2 p.m. at Maxcy Hall’s Welsh Gymnasium.