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November 23, 2013

PSU women's basketball hosts Cardinal Classic

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh State women’s basketball will look to use its home-court advantage as it hosts the Hampton Inn/Microtel Cardinal Classic this weekend.

The Cardinals will look to improve on their 1-2 record as they look for back-to-back victories after their victory over St. Lawrence Tuesday night.

Standing in Plattsburgh’s way, however, is a much improved Morrisville State team. The game will tip at 6 p.m., followed by Clarkson taking on Lebanon Valley.

“I know (Morrisville State) plays very hard, they’ll be scrappy and aggressive,” Cardinals coach Cheryl Cole said. “It will definitely be a good game for us to lock down and be better than Tuesday.”

Plattsburgh is coming off its first win of the season, an 88-59 rout of the Saints. However, as impressive as that victory might have been, Cole still wants to see her team improve.

“Our goal is to stay at that level and fine tune some things,” Cole said. “(We want to) raise the bar with our execution and we want to maintain that level for 40 minutes.”

The Mustangs (1-1) are also coming off their first win of the season and will no doubt like to increase their win streak as well.

They are led offensively by junior guard Jennel Paul, who is averaging 12 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

“(Paul) averages nearly a double-double a game She will be pretty much our focus,” Cole said. “We’ll make sure to contain her and force her to make some tough shots.”

Freshman Jordan Anderson is handling the starting point guard duties for the Mustangs and is averaging 12 points and four rebounds a game thus far this season.

Cole was aware of Anderson’s early emergence for Morrisville and said her team will “try and put pressure” on her throughout the game.

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