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February 16, 2014

Cardinals bounce back to beat Oswego

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State women broke another school record Saturday as they bounced back from Friday’s debacle in a big way.

After suffering a devastating 78-51 loss to Cortland, the Cardinals dominated Oswego State 75-63 to set a school record for the most victories (17) in a season in women’s basketball play.

“It’s good to get our confidence back,” Plattsburgh State coach Cheryl Cole said. “We came out here and competed and we’re heading toward our goal of getting the best seeding we can.”

The Cardinals (17-5, 12-3 SUNYAC) was given their first loss at home all season by the Red Dragons on Friday, but Plattsburgh wasn’t going to let that game carry over into Saturday’s matchup against the Lakers (6-17, 2-13).

“We got it out of the way as soon as it was over, we needed to move on,” Plattsburgh’s Brittany Marshall said. “It was just about forgetting it. Maybe it was good to get a taste of our own medicine, but we needed to rebound and know how much we want it again.”

The Cardinals were in command nearly the entire game, as they displayed a lot of energy all over the floor. They went back to their fast-paced transition offense and continued to find and hit open shots, no matter where on the court.

“Our main goal was to play our style and dictate the tempo and our tempo is to run,” Marshall said.

Plattsburgh went 17-for-33 from the floor, good for 51.5 percent and 7-for-13 from behind the arc in the first half, which helped give the Cardinals the 42-27 halftime lead.

“(We) really bounced back well, good to see resiliency in our team and mental toughness,” Cole said.

With the large lead, Cole was able to give plenty of minutes to her reserves who came out and played tremendously.

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