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November 15, 2012

Cardinal women excited for new season

PLATTSBURGH — There were many positives that came out of last season’s Plattsburgh State women’s basketball season.

After a somewhat slow start, the young Cardinals, led by standouts Kathleen Payne and Brittany Marshall, racked up a respectable total of 10 wins, including a signature overtime victory over defending SUNYAC champion Geneseo and even qualified as a middle of the pack entry in the tournament playoffs.

That said, with a few promising additions and a little improvement in a couple of key areas, Plattsburgh will be looking for bigger and better things this time around.

The Cardinals tip off their 2012-2013 campaign this evening with a nonconference contest at Sage College in Troy.

“We had things going in the right direction last season but, I think, everyone felt with the talent we had, we should have done better,” reflected Plattsburgh coach Cheryl Cole. “We are definitely entering this season feeling we have some unfinished business to take care of.”

When Cole and the coaching staff reviewed last season looking for areas for potential improvement they came up with a short but significant list.

“It was a no brainer, really,” continued Cole. “We knew we were athletic and could score but our Achilles Heel all year was our post defense and our rebounding. The bigger and better teams in our conference just killed us in those two areas and that’s where we’re going to need to get better if we are to get to where we want to be.”

The first step taken to shore things up in the paint started with the recruitment of three promising new players that fit the profile.

The additions of Tequila Lloyd, Misha Green and Devona Paul promises to add some much-needed size and depth to the Cardinals’ roster.

“We knew we needed to get bigger and stronger inside and I think those three new players have the skill base and potential to really help us out there,” Cole said. “Only time will tell but, with the players we have coming back and the addition of those players as well as with the new level of focus on defense and rebounding I think we have the nucleus of a very good team this year.”

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