PLATTSBURGH — The Cardinals are suiting up for their last road trip of the regular season.
After sweeping the season series against New Paltz and Oneonta last weekend, Plattsburgh is looking to do the same this weekend against Brockport and Geneseo.
“I don’t know if we put more emphasis (on it being the last away weekend),” Cardinals coach Cheryl Cole said. “Our biggest concern is that we don’t look beyond anybody. We’re locked in at Brockport, and then (we’ll be) locked in at Geneseo and then switch gears to our next home weekend.”
The Cardinals will face Brockport tonight, and then they will tip off against Geneseo Saturday.
If going by their records, the Golden Eagles (8-9, 4-6 SUNYAC) would be considered the lesser team, but it was Brockport that gave Plattsburgh difficulty when they met Jan. 11.
“That game was the tougher game that weekend,” Cole said. “Their post players schooled our posts — our post defense was awful. If we go in like that again we’ll get beat.”
Luckily for the Cardinals, they shot exceptionally— just over 63 percent in the second half alone, finishing at just over 47 percent in the game — which led to their 76-54 victory.
“Brockport doesn’t really have any glaring weaknesses,” Cole said. “They’re young, they play hard and they’re very good at what they do.”
Freshmen Anna Feller and Faith Welch led Brockport with 18 and 16 points, respectively, Jan. 11 as they both shot efficiently from the field. The 6-foot Feller shot 9-for-14, while Welch went 5-for-10 from the floor, including 4-for-7 behind the arc.
“They’re athletic and they work hard,” Cole said. “(We have to) be prepared to play our A-game.”
Prior to their victory against the Golden Eagles, the Cardinals faced Geneseo, a team that Cole and her team were excited to play, knowing the Knights would be one of the top teams in SUNYAC this season.
Plattsburgh had one of their best team efforts, as it finished with 18 assists while also causing 29 turnovers on its way to a 62-51 win.
“We caused so many problems with their backcourt; they weren’t really able to hurt us.” Cole said. “Geneseo is still a very good team. They’re going to make some adjustments; they’re going to try and figure out our pressure.”
Despite already beating both Brockport and Geneseo (12-5, 4-2) teams earlier in the season, Cole acknowledged how tough it will be to come away with two victories.
“It’ll be a very tough weekend because Brockport is playing for (a spot) in the playoffs and Geneseo (will be) playing for pride and (trying to) get revenge from the first game,” Cole said.
“We always say, ‘We need to be 2-0 at home and be 1-1 on the road; 1-1 would be a good weekend. A 2-0 (away) weekend, that would be wonderful.”