February 19, 2013

Cardinals face tricky road test

ONEONTA — Prior to the start of the season, Plattsburgh State women’s basketball head coach Cheryl Cole felt she had the nucleus of a team capable of accomplishing some special things over the course of the 2012-2013 campaign.

As it turns out, she was right. And they’re not done yet.

The Cardinals ended their regular season flying high with a season-best fiive game home winning streak to qualify as the No. 5 seed for the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) tournament.

Plattsburgh (14-11, 10-8 SUNYAC) will meet fourth-seeded Oneonta (13-12, 10-8) in the quarterfinal round of the tourney this evening. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.

“We made a statement over the last week or so of the regular season, proving we were capable of beating anyone in our conference at home,” said Cole. “Now, we just have to prove that we can get it done on the road, as well. It won’t be easy, but we’ve played our way into this position and are excited to be here.”

Tonight’s quarterfinal match-up features two teams that know each other very well. Sporting identical conference marks, the Red Dragons earned the higher seed and the accompanying home court advantage, having defeated the Cardinals in both of this year’s meetings. Both contests were physical, competitive games in which Plattsburgh held early leads, but wound up losing by scores of 65-52 and 56-52.

“That’s O.K., at this point, we kind of like that, going into this match-up,” said Cole. “Not that we expect anything but their best, especially not in the tournament. But, it’s very easy to look past a team you’ve already beaten, that’s just human nature and I think, it also makes us that much hungrier as a team. Also, you know what they say about beating a good team three times in row.”

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