January 31, 2014

PSU hosts Red Dragons, Hawks

PLATTSBURGH — Bring out the brooms. The Cardinals are looking for a couple of series sweeps.

The Plattsburgh State women’s basketball team is back on its home floor this weekend against Oneonta and New Paltz, two teams the Cardinals beat on the road merely two weeks ago.

“It will be a big weekend,” Plattsburgh coach Cheryl Cole said. “Obviously both these teams don’t want to be swept. We got to be on our game, stay within ourselves, don’t allow the other team to force us into things.”

Plattsburgh (13-4, 7-2 SUNYAC) tips-off against Oneonta (13-4, 7-3) at 6 p.m. today and New Paltz (3-14, 1-9), at 2 p.m. Saturday.

On Jan. 17, Plattsburgh defeated the Hawks 67-60 in New Paltz after losing there twice last season.

“It was a personal goal of our team to be successful on that floor,” Cole said.

New Paltz put up a hard-fought battle, frustrating the Cardinals with its aggressive zone defense and forcing Plattsburgh into an uncharacteristic 26 turnovers. Despite the Cardinals’ lackluster performance, they managed to walk away with the victory.

“It was a game that meant the most to our upperclassmen, and I think our emotions got the better of us,” Cole said. “Their style rattled us a bit, and being on the road, a lot of those elements didn’t help us. But we got the win, which was huge.”

Kit Small (16 points, seven rebounds) and Courtney Irby (14 points, six rebounds) led the Hawks on offense.

New Paltz gave Plattsburgh its best game of the season, and Cole expressed no doubt that the Hawks will give the same amount of effort and energy heading into the second matchup.

“I expect them to come out hard,” Cole said. “They kept it close (last game), they’re competitive, they have a lot of pride, they’re not going to show any quit. Their game is to make us uncomfortable. We’re going to be ready to play with more composure.”

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