This weekend’s second opponent is a young Oneonta team that has been among the conference elites over recent seasons but appears to be in a bit of a rebuilding mode.
“They are a young team that doesn’t score a lot but always seems to keep their games tight and low scoring,” Cole said. “Oneonta is a little down this year, but you really can never take anything for granted in our conference. They are a team that historically has known how to win games, and it would be a mistake to take them lightly. Oneonta is a disciplined, well-coached team, and I expect a tough, very physical, low-scoring game from them on Saturday.”
The Red Dragons (4-9, 1-5 SUNYAC), who finished atop the conference at 19-9 overall a year ago, have been led by juniors Kristen Pappalardo (12.0 ppg) and Grace Schilling (8.6 ppg) as well as freshman Lyteshia Price (8.8 ppg). The primary strength for a very young Oneonta squad has been its defensive play. The Red Dragons, who do not have a single senior on this year’s roster, have been one of the best in conference in scoring defense, limiting the opposition to an average of just 52 points a game.
The Cardinals will enter the weekend healthy and eager to rebound from a second-half collapse that resulted in a 59-44 nonconference loss to NESCAC power Williams Tuesday at Memorial Hall. Plattsburgh continues to be led by junior Kathleen Payne (15 ppg), sophomore Brittany Marshall (11.8 ppg, 4.5 apg) and first-year player Tequilla Lloyd (8.0 ppg).