DAYTONA, Fla. - The SUNY Potsdam womens basketball team fell victim to a slow second-half start in the first round of the Daytona Beach Shootout in dropping a 65-42 decision to unbeaten Williams College, of the New England Small College Athletic Conference Friday evening.
The trip marks a two-game tournament schedule for the Bears (3-5), who will play again Saturday at 2 p.m. against William Smith at the Ocean Center.
A 23-2 run to open the second half by the Ephs (10-0) proved to be too much for Potsdam to withstand though after the Bears trailed by just five points at halftime.
Junior guard Ellen Cook (Eugene, Ore.) was a big culprit, scoring a game-high 20 points on 8-13 shooting including 3-4 from downtown. Cook, a tall guard at 511, also came up with five rebounds, three steals and a block. The taller frontcourt of Kellie McDonald and Katie Litman each scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, as well for Williams College.
Senior forward Jessica Kouzan (Webster, N.Y.) paced the Bears with 12 points while junior guard Carli Reynolds (Indian Lake, N.Y.) tied a season-high with 11 points. Reynolds had previously scored 11 against SUNY Cortland on Dec. 6.
Freshman forward Patti Dorgler (Floral Park, N.Y.) recorded a career-high four steals and also tied a season-high with five rebounds in 24 minutes of action.
The Bears led by as many as four on a Chenice Russell 3-pointer that gave Potsdam a 15-11 advantage with 12:03 to play in the first half. A Kouzan 3-pointer made it 20-18 Potsdam with 6:43 left, but it would not hold a lead again.
Potsdam went cold shooting in the second half by making just 6-27 shots including just 1-11 from 3-point range and were outrebounded in the game 47-33 by a larger Williams College team that featured six players at least 6-feet tall.