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February 22, 2014

Plattsburgh State controls Fredonia, can clinch No. 1 seed today

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh State took control of the game early and made sure to keep it out of reach of visiting Fredonia.

“We talked the other day (on) what everybody is seeing and I kind of told them what I was impressed with, (which is) we’re mentally tougher, we expect to win ... we’re confident and that’s been making a difference for us,” Cardinals coach Cheryl Cole said.

Plattsburgh (19-5, 14-3 SUNYAC) came out with a ton of energy and never let go of the reins to come up with the 69-60 victory over Fredonia (14-9, 9-8) in women’s basketball play.

The Cardinals finale against Buffalo State is set to tip off at 2 p.m. today at Memorial Hall. The winner will clinch the No. 1 seed in the SUNYAC playoffs.

“I know we came out firing, our adrenaline was through the roof,” the Cardinals Devona Paul said. “I think (today) will be even more energetic; the stakes are high and we really want to win, and we know we can do it.”

Plattsburgh outplayed the Blue Devils in nearly all aspects of the game as it outrebounded (50-41), out ran and out worked Fredonia defensively.

The Cardinals caused 21 turnovers with their pressure, while getting 29 points off those turnovers.

“We really are playing well, been doing well locking in on our scouts and really locking into our game,” Cole said. “(We) can control how well (we) pass, how (we) work on the boards. Those are controllables that we are doing very well and it will carry us into (today) and the postseason.”

In the first half, it seemed like neither team had time to take a breath. The ball moved up and down the floor quickly, as both teams tried to capitalize off their quick transition offenses.

“We know we can run too; it was about who played better transition D and we weren’t turning the ball over,” Cole said.

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