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February 28, 2014

Cards seeking elusive win over Cortland

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State women’s basketball team starts its postseason run against a SUNY Athletic Conference foe it has yet to defeat.

“If you want to be the best, we got to beat everybody,” Cardinals coach Cheryl Cole said.

Plattsburgh worked all season to put itself in the position it currently is in. After finishing with their best regular season in program history, the Cardinals claimed the No. 1 seed and hosting privileges for the SUNYAC Tournament.

Plattsburgh (20-5, 15-3 SUNYAC) will face Cortland (16-10, 11-7) in tonight’s semifinals. Cortland is the only team in the conference the Cardinals did not beat at least once during the regular season.

“It’s going to be a great matchup. They got the better of us in the regular season, but it’s a new season,” Cole said. “What they’ve done and what we’ve done before doesn’t matter.

Prior to the Cardinals’ matchup against the Red Dragons, Buffalo State will take on Geneseo at 6 p.m. at Memorial Hall. The winners of each contest will face off in the championship game at 4 p.m. Saturday.

No. 5 seed Cortland beat No. 4 seed Oneonta 67-58 in the quarterfinals Tuesday. Four Cortland players ended the day with a double-digit point total, and Erin Wolstenholme (16 points, seven rebounds) and Grace Williamson led the Red Dragons (seven points and 13 rebounds).

“We were prepared to play whoever won that first game; it just happened to be Cortland,” Cole said. “We’ve been preparing every day to give us the best opportunity (to win).”

The Cardinals’ first matchup against Cortland came early in the season, on their first SUNYAC road trip. They were unable to figure out the Red Dragons’ aggressive zone defense, as they shot a mediocre 33.3 percent from the field and 24 percent (7-for-29) from three in the 73-63 loss.

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