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February 17, 2013

PSU women ride win streak into playoffs

PLATTSBURGH — Don’t look now, but Plattsburgh State may be one of most dangerous teams entering the upcoming SUNY Athletic Conference women’s basketball tournament. 

The Cardinals are a red-hot team right now, playing outstanding basketball with a great deal of confidence and peaking at just the right time.

Plattsburgh (14-11, 10-8 SUNYAC) made it five-straight wins at home, wrapping up its regular season with a dominating 65-47 victory over a very good Oswego team at Memorial Hall Saturday afternoon.

The Cardinals, who qualified for the SUNYAC tourney with a 72-60 win over Cortland on Friday night, put together another strong performance, particularly in the second half, in a one-sided win on Senior Day.

The first half was a battle of runs, with Plattsburgh leading by as many as 10 early on, only to see the advantage whittled down to just a field goal (29-27) by the break.

That was as tight as things would get, however, as the second half belonged entirely to the Cardinals.

Plattsburgh opened the half with an 11-0 run and extended the lead to as many as 22 points before clearing the bench down the stretch. The key to the Cardinals’ success in the second half was superior execution and energy at both ends of the floor.

“What a great way to end our regular season,” said Plattsburgh coach Cheryl Cole. “I think, everyone really stepped up and gave great effort, but what really stood out for me today was our conditioning. I know they were short a couple players and their bench wasn’t very deep, but I think, especially in the second half, we just wore them down.

“By the end, it was obvious who had the fresher legs out there and I think that was really the biggest difference in the game.”

As has been the norm of late, the Cardinals continued to get quality contributions from a number of players.

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