The Plattsburgh State women’s basketball team is ready to make some noise in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
“(It’s the) NCAA Tournament. It’s the ultimate prize; it’s what you work all year for,” Cardinals coach Cheryl Cole said. “It’s going to come down to 40 minutes. It’s postseason. It’s win and move on or lose and go home.”
In the first round, Plattsburgh (22-5) will face Roger Williams (21-6) at 5 p.m. today at Bowdoin. The winner will play at 7 p.m. Saturday against Bowdoin or Castleton.
The Hawks, like the Cardinals, have experienced their best season in program history, although unlike Plattsburgh, they were unable to earn a spot in the NCAAs by winning their conference championship. Instead they received an at-large bid.
“(It’s) refreshing to play somebody new,” Cole said. “I think our conference is tougher and our conference prepared us well … I don’t think their (conference) is as deep as ours.”
Roger Williams is led by a trio that includes seniors Kaitlyn Bovee and Ari Renwick and sophomore Angelica Ariola. Bovee leads the team in points (16.4 per game) and rebounds (8.6 per game), while Ariola and Renwick are the second- and third-leading scorers for the Hawks, with 12.6 and 12.1 points per game respectively.
“We watched a couple of different films (on them)” Cole said. “I think we’re quicker. They’re very disciplined in their half-court stuff, and we’re more of a transition team that gets up and down. We have a sense of what we want to do. (If we) play to our strengths, we’ll matchup well.”
Roger Williams gets most of its points in the field, shooting an efficient 42 percent from the floor, including about 32 percent from 3-point range. The team averages around 67 points per contest.