By Tim Pulsifer
---- — PLATTSBURGH — A couple of weeks ago, things didn’t look particularly promising for Plattsburgh State’s women’s basketball team.
Mired in a six-game losing streak that had left the Cardinals near the bottom of the SUNY Athletic Conference at 5-8, the prospects for a SUNYAC Tournament bid seemed a bit remote.
But that has changed, as the Cardinals have turned things around down the stretch, winning three straight games at home, including a signature 53-49 victory over Geneseo last weekend. They’re now just a win or two away from punching their ticket to the postseason.
Plattsburgh (12-11, 8-8 SUNYAC) will be be looking to earn a tournament spot tonight versus Cortland (10-12, 8-8) and/or Saturday afternoon against Oswego (16-7, 10-6).
“We would have liked to have won a couple of games earlier in the year, but we struggled there for a while and that’s just not the way it worked out,” Cardinals coach Cheryl Cole said. “We would have liked this weekend to have been about working on our seeding, not just getting in, but it is what it is.”
To say that things are rather crowded in the middle of the SUNYAC standings would be a major understatement, with Plattsburgh being one of four teams entering the final weekend of the regular season with eight conference losses on its ledger.
Buffalo State, Cortland and Plattsburgh are all tied for fifth place, a half game behind Oneonta. The top six teams make the playoffs.
The Cardinals edged the Red Dragons 59-57 back on Dec. 1 and lost 56-48 to the Lakers at Oswego on Nov. 30.
“We’re a better team right now than we were then, and I am sure they are too, so these figure to be two great games,” Cole said. “We’ve had to overcome some adversity this season, just to get here, but we’ve persevered and we’re feeling very good about ourselves. We’re playing our best basketball of the year right now and we’re playing at home — you really can’t ask for
any more than that.
“This is also the final home game for our seniors so, when you pull that all together, it should be a very exciting, very emotional weekend.”
The seniors include Dana Nucaro, Catherine Cassidy and Johni Coryea.
Tonight’s contest will also be a Play4Kay game. Pink tee shirts will be available at the game with proceeds going to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Fans are also encouraged to wear pink to the game in support of cancer research.