Plattsburgh, which played outstanding team defense all night, began to assert itself on the other side of the ball in the second stanza as well.
The Cardinals began to score in the open court in transition as well as in their halfcourt offense, and the result was a 50-point second half explosion that left the Blue Devils in the dust.
“We really executed and played well in that second half,” Cole said. “The thing I think I liked the most was that we played great team basketball and we finished the job, leaving no doubt. That’s how you take care of business on your home floor. The offense also really fed off the defensive effort, and everyone contributed.
“Our depth and talent off the bench also showed itself. We had people coming off the bench and making an impact right away. We’d put our subs in, and the offense didn’t seem to skip a beat. It was just one of those games when everyone was dialed in. It was just a tremendous team effort and something you’d like to have every night.”
Plattsburgh showed outstanding balance on offense.
Tequilla Lloyd chipped in with 11 points, all in the second half, and Catherine Cassidy added nine points and five assists to pace the winners, who, at the end of the night, had 11 players make the scoring column.
As solid as the offensive production was for the Cardinals, particularly in the second half, the defense was perhaps even better.
Dana Nucaro, Kathleen Payne, Devona Paul, Misha Green, Lloyd and Cassidy anchored a staunch interior defense that kept the normally high-scoring Blue Devils on the perimeter all night long. Fredonia connected on just 15-of-57 attempts (26.3%), including just 5of -22 shooting (22.7%) from 3-point range for the game.
The Cardinals also rebounded the ball at both ends of the floor, a major point of emphasis entering the current campaign. Plattsburgh outrebounded Fredonia 48-34.