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February 14, 2014

Cardinals hope to show improvement vs. Dragons

PLATTSBURGH — This weekend Plattsburgh faces two SUNY Athletic Conference women’s basketball foes that it hasn’t seen since December.

The last time the Cardinals took on Cortland (12-9, 8-6 SUNYAC) and Oswego (6-15) (2-12) was the first SUNYAC weekend of the young season. They came away with a commanding 83-61 victory against the Lakers and were handed their first conference loss by the Red Dragons.

But as Plattsburgh coach Cheryl Cole acknowledged, all three teams have changed significantly since that early December weekend.

“We played them over two months ago; we are way different teams,” Cole said.

The Cardinals will host Cortland at 6 p.m. today. During their first matchup, Plattsburgh had trouble against the Red Dragons’ zone defense.

Cortland totaled 13 steals in the game while also causing 19 turnovers.

“At that point we hadn’t developed our zone offense, and they were far more advanced in their zone defense,” Cole said. “We turned the ball over too many times; we weren’t good at that time with their pressure and zone.”

Megan Touhey and Grace Williams led the Red Dragons with 19 and 17 points, respectively. Touhey also pulled down eight rebounds in the contest.

“(Touhey) is a senior; (she‘s) a talented kid. (She) hurt us last time; I think she’s their best player,” Cole said. “She can shoot and she can attack you off the dribble — four times last game she went coast to coast.

“We’ve both come a long way, and we both are much more improved. Home court is so important; we’re looking forward to get them in our gym.”

The Cardinals had their way with Oswego in their previous matchup. Plattsburgh finished with a 44.9 field-goal percentage, while also shooting 32.1 percent from 3-point range.

“They couldn’t handle our transition; we got on a roll and it snowballed for us,” Cole said. “We shot the ball real well; a lot of those were high percentage from our transitions.”

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