January 11, 2013

Blue Knights present challenge for Cards

The stage is now set as the Plattsburgh State women’s basketball team resumes conference play this weekend at Geneseo and Brockport.

The Cardinals, who have played just three games — all nonconference games — over the past month due to the semester break, will be back on the floor tonight to take on the Blue Knights followed by a matchup with the Golden Eagles on Saturday afternoon.

Geneso (7-3, 3-1 SUNYAC) figures to present Plattsburgh with one of if not its toughest in-conference tests to date. The Blue Knights, led by Shannon McGinnis, Melissa Graham, Katie Peterson and Allison McKenna, are as talented and deep a team as any team the Cardinals will see this year. Geneseo has already defeated Cortland (69-44) and Oneonta (49-39), and its only loss in the SUNY Athletic Conference was a 73-69 setback in overtime at New Paltz.

“There’s no doubt it’s going to be a huge test for us,” Plattsburgh coach Cheryl Cole said. “They’re one of the top teams in the conference this year. They are a big, talented and versatile team with a lot of weapons. It’s gonna be a big challenge, but it will be up to us to stay aggressive on defense and on the boards and try and take them out of their comfort zone. If we can do that, I think we can have some success.”

“We definitely need to be aggressive on the offensive end as well,” Cole continued. “When we have a good shot, we need to take it. We can’t hesitate or play tentative against a team like this and expect to be successful. This will also be a big test as to how well we can defend the paint as well as on the perimeter. Like I said, this is going to be a very tough one for us, but I feel we will be up to the challenge.”

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