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March 6, 2014

Plattsburgh State basketball honored by SUNYAC

CORTLAND — The postseason hardware just keeps piling up for the Plattsburgh State women’s basketball team.

On Tuesday afternoon, the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) announced its 2013-14 women’s basketball awards and the reigning SUNYAC champion Cardinals were very well represented on the list.

Two out of the three major annual awards doled out by the conference were earned by Plattsburgh State as head coach Cheryl Cole was on the receiving end of the league’s Coach of the Year Award while senior Kathleen Payne was chosen by the conference coaches as the 2013-14 SUNYAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year. Joining Payne on the All-SUNYAC First Team is junior guard Brittany Marshall.

In her 17th season at the helm of the Plattsburgh State women’s basketball program, Cole has led her team to its best season in program history. Under her watch, Plattsburgh State has compiled a 22-5 record and captured its first SUNYAC Tournament Championship with a 57-52 triumph over No. 3 seed SUNY Geneseo last Saturday.

It was the first time in the history of the SUNYAC Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament that Plattsburgh State served as the host, and by winning the whole thing the Cardinals will be making their first appearance in the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament.

Currently in the final stages of the best individual career in the history of Plattsburgh State women’s basketball, Payne has made several updates to the Cardinals’ record book through the course of the 2013-14 campaign. The Goshen, N.Y., product has laid claim to no fewer than five single-season and career program records including most career points (1,686), most career rebounds (740), most points in a single season (533 in 2013-14), most field goals made in a single season (192 in 2013-14) and most field goals attempted in a single season (468 in 2013-14).

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