PLATTSBURGH — Coming off Friday night’s emotional overtime loss to unbeaten New Paltz, one had to wonder just how much an already short-handed Plattsburgh State’s women’s basketball team would have left for Saturday’s conference matchup with Oneonta State.
Unfortunately for the Cardinals, the answer was not nearly enough as the locals dropped a 65-52 decision at Memorial Hall.
As has been the norm of late, Plattsburgh started out strong but appeared to fade as the game wore on. The Cardinals, led by Brittany Marshall, led by as many as 10 points in the early going but lost the lead and found themselves struggling to keep pace over the final 10 minutes of the opening stanza.
Marshall knotted the contest at 26 with a nifty jumper as the buzzer sounded, ending the opening half.
That was as good as it was going to get for Plattsburgh, however, as the second half belonged entirely to Oneonta. The Red Dragons came out of the locker room hard, opening the second stanza with a 19-9 run and never really allowing the Cardinals back into the game.
“We went hard at the start but, as the game went on, we didn’t seem as energized as they were and just didn’t seem to be have the legs to keep up,” said Cardinals coach Cheryl Cole. “I thought we looked like a tired team out there and just got outhustled and outworked, particularly in the second half, up and down the court.”
Plattsburgh (8-7, 4-4 SUNYAC) managed to pull within five points at 48-43 when Brooke Reifinger nailed a three with 8:28 remaining on the clock. But that was as close as it would get as Oneonta quickly extended the lead back to double digits and coasted to the finish line for its second conference road win in as many days.