January 21, 2014

PSU women look to keep streak alive

PLATTSBURGH — After a big weekend on the road the Cardinals are looking to keep their undefeated home record intact and win their sixth consecutive game.

Plattsburgh State (10-3, 5-1) is back on its home court after defeating New Paltz and Oneonta on its home floors last weekend in women’s basketball. But before they hit the road again to face Buffalo State and Fredonia this weekend, the Cardinals must take on Potsdam, which is currently ninth in the SUNY Athletic Conference standings.

“It’s definitely a trap game,” Plattsburgh State coach Cheryl Cole said. “We can’t overlook to the weekend; it’s the biggest game of the season for us and likewise it’s the biggest game for Potsdam.”

Although the Cardinals have had signature wins against top opponents such as Lebanon Valley, Geneseo and Oneonta, they have continuously just scraped by against lesser opponents.

“That is probably our biggest concern … I feel like we’ve been playing well against good teams and just getting by teams that are below us. It’s scary because sooner or later it’s going to catch up to us,” Cole said. “We’re looking for us to play better than we played our last game and we were really good against Oneonta.”

Potsdam (4-9, 2-4) is led by senior Jessica Kouzan who is averaging 15.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Although she can earn her points in the paint, the 5-10 forward is lethal behind the arc, shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 39.7 percent from 3-point territory.

“She’s a senior; she’s the kind of kid who has gotten better every year,” Cole said. “She can play a little inside, a little outside. She’s a very dangerous player and definitely their go-to player. (We’re) going to try to make her make tough shots, all contested and give her some different looks.”

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