ENDICOTT — The Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) has announced its 2012-13 Women’s Division III College Awards, and two members of the Plattsburgh State women’s basketball team – as well as head coach Cheryl Cole – were honored as recipients.
Cole was named the Coach of the Year while junior Kathleen Payne and sophomore Brittany Marshall were named to the All-BCANY Women’s Basketball Team.
Having recently completed her 16th season as bench boss for the Cardinals, Cole guided the Cardinals to one of their best seasons in program history. Plattsburgh State wrapped up the 2012-13 campaign with a 15-12 record that included a trip to the SUNYAC Championship Tournament semifinals for just the second time in school history. Only two Plattsburgh State teams have surpassed the 15-win mark, and both of those squads were commanded by Cole.
Continuing her run as one of the best players in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC), Payne led the Cardinals in scoring (15 points per game), rebounding (6.9 per game) and steals (1.7 per game). For her efforts, she earned a spot on the All-SUNYAC First Team for the second consecutive season.
The former SUNYAC Rookie of the Year also earned a spot on the D3Hoops.com 2012-13 All-Region First Team and earned her first selection to the SUNYAC All-Tournament Team after averaging 24.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in the SUNYAC Championship Tournament. Payne needs 284 points to become Plattsburgh State’s all-time leading scorer.
One of the most dynamic guards in the SUNYAC, Marshall led the 10-team league in assists per game (4.5) and nabbed a spot on the All-SUNYAC Second Team at the conclusion of the season. Not just limited to distributing the ball, the sophomore out of Malone boasted the second-highest scoring average on the team (10.9 points per game) and led the Cardinals in minutes per game (30.2).