January 10, 2014

Cardinals in action after month-long hiatus

PLATTSBURGH — After a long hiatus, the Plattsburgh State women’s basketball team heads into its first SUNY Athletic Conference weekend of the new year.

The first of back-to-back games will be tonight against Geneseo, the only team in the conference Plattsburgh was not able to defeat last year. Brockport will visit on Saturday.

“Geneso is a really good team,” Cardinals coach Cheryl Cole said. “They’ve got a lot of pieces, a lot of depth and talent; we’ll have to be ready to play.”

For the Knights (6-1), it will be their first game in the conference, and although Plattsburgh (6-3) has had a taste of SUNYAC play this season, Cole didn’t feel like that would play much of a factor.

“We have been off for a month, so I’m not sure if it really helps us or not,” Cole said. “What did help us was being able to play earlier this week.”

The Cardinals, led by point guard Brittany Marshall’s 21 points, managed a 58-54 victory Tuesday against Middlebury.

“We’re going to try and do a better job than (Tuesday) of (knowing) when to push the tempo and when to be more patient,” Cole said. “We’ll need to read more of the flow of the game.”

Geneseo is led by Shannon McGinnis, who is averaging just over 17 points and nine rebounds per game while shooting 44 percent from the floor.

“(McGinnis) was Rookie of the Year two years ago,” Cole said. “She’s an aggressive kid who can shoot the three,”

Along with McGinnis, Cole mentioned point guard Dana Cohen and center Allison McKenna as two players who also play a huge role on the floor for the Knights.

“I think it’s going to be a battle, especially at the point guard position,” Cole said. “Both (Cohen and Marshall) are tough kids, both confident ball handlers and both lead their teams.”

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