Potsdam downed by Devils


Two mini-stretches cost the SUNY Potsdam women's basketball team for a chance to top SUNY Fredonia on the road in a conference game.

A pair of 10-0 runs, each about midway through each half, by the Blue Devils gave it the boost it needed to surpass the Bears for a 74-57 victory.

Potsdam (4-11 overall, 2-6 SUNYAC) traded baskets through the opening 10 minutes of play aided by the early strong performances from Bailey Weigel (East Amherst, N.Y. / Williamsville East) and Veronica Sapp (Potsdam, N.Y. / Potsdam).
Weigel connected on a jumper to begin the game and later hit a 3-pointer to keep the Bears close.  Sapp was aggressive, driving in the lane for a layup to tie it at six apiece, and then made a jumper to cut the lead to 10-8 in the early goings. 

Sophomore forward Katie LaVoie (Malone, N.Y. / Franklin Academy) knocked down a 3-pointer and Colleen McNamara (Guelph, N.Y. / Our Lady of Lourdes) added a layup to make it 20-18 with 10:45 to play in the first half before the Blue Devils went on one of its' first 10-0 runs to create some distance between the teams.  Potsdam trailed 35-26 at halftime.

Senior guard Hannah Kmiecinski (Webster, N.Y. / Webster Thomas) made 5-of-10 field goals including 2-of-5 from beyond the arc for a season-best 14 points.  She last scored that many points (14) on February 2, 2013, against SUNY Oneonta.  Her career-high is 26 points against Morrisville back on Nov. 18, 2011.

But, Fredonia just had too many hot shooters as the Blue Devils connected on 54.5 percent of its shots for the game.  Jaimie Warren scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, Becky Hebert scored 18 and Sabrina Macauley added 16 points and 11 rebounds for Fredonia (9-5 overall, 4-4 SUNYAC).

Although Fredonia did not make a 3-pointer in the game (0-for-7), it enjoyed a rebounding advantage over Potsdam of 46-36.

Weigel finished with seven points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals.  Chenice Russell (Moira, N.Y. / Brushton-Moira) and Jessica Kouzan (Webster, N.Y. / Webster-Schroeder) each scored nine.  This marks the first time in 15 games this season that Kouzan has been held to single digits in points.

Potsdam will be back in action Saturday 2 p.m. at Buffalo State.