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December 29, 2012

Cardinal women take on the Big Apple

NEW YORK — The Plattsburgh State women’s basketball team will be looking to pick up right where it left off before the semester break returning to the court this weekend at the NYU Holiday Classic.

The Cardinals (5-2, 3-1 SUNYAC) will open the tournament against William Smith College (4-3) this afternoon at 3 p.m. and then will meet Skidmore (2-5) tomorrow, starting at 1 p.m.

Thanks to a new and improved system that has emphasized team defense and rebounding, Plattsburgh is off to one of its best starts in recent memory.

The Cardinals, who currently sit in third place overall, only a game behind unbeaten Oswego and New Paltz, in the SUNYAC standings, will look to carry over some of their early season success into this second semester starting this weekend versus the Herons and the Thoroughbreds at NYU.

“We’ve had 18 days off, so there may be a little rust, but everyone has to deal with that. Overall, I think, we feel anxious and excited to get going again,” said Plattsburgh coach Cheryl Cole. “We have been doing some nice things so far, but we also know where we need to get better in a lot of areas.

“Hopefully, a couple of games against good, non-conference opposition, like this, will help us improve in those areas and make us an even better team when we get back into our conference schedule.”

The Cardinals have been playing outstanding team basketball, thus far, particularly on the defensive end of the court as well as on the boards. Through seven games, Plattsburgh has held its opponents to an average of just 56 points a game. The Cardinals were also a plus 10 in total rebounds per game over that same period.

Cole has liked what she has seen thus far but still sees her team as a work in progress.

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