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February 18, 2014

Cards look to secure first-round bye

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh State will try to clinch a top seed in SUNYAC standings in its away-trip finale of the regular season.

Before the Cardinals (17-5, 12-3 SUNYAC) look ahead to a huge weekend against first place Buffalo State and up-tempo Fredonia they must travel about two hours west to take on Potsdam (4-11, 6-16 SUNYAC) in women’s basketball play.

“Human nature is to look ahead, but we’re trying to keep them in the present,” Plattsburgh coach Cheryl Cole said. “Bottom line for us now is that every game is vital, it would be real bad injustice if we look past this game to the weekend.”

Last meeting, Plattsburgh controlled the momentum throughout the game and the Cardinals frustrated their opponent with their press that caused 24 turnovers and limited the Bears to only 19 first-half points. The Cardinals capitalized off Potsdam’s poor shooting performance (19-for-63 from the field) by collecting a season-high 56 rebounds.

“We pretty much met every one of our goals offensively and defensively,” Cardinals coach Cheryl Cole said. “We’re the bigger, stronger, more athletic team; there was a lot of rebounding opportunities in that game that we pursued pretty well.”

In their 79-54 loss, the Bears were led by Jessica Kouzan and Carli Reynolds who recorded 19 and 13 points respectively. Kouzan also pulled down 11 boards for the double-double.

“(Kouzan’s) a tough kid because she can shoot the three and can post up in the paint; we’re going to make a couple of adjustments on how we’re going to defend her,” Cole said. “She’s a nice player — averages 17 (points per game) — but she’s not going to beat us by herself.”

The Cardinals must win at least one of its last three games in order to secure at least a two seed in the SUNYAC Tournament. Considering they will be playing a Bengals team that already defeated them earlier in the year and a Blue Devils’ squad who has beaten the likes of Buffalo State, Cortland and Oneonta, it would be good for the Cardinals to take care of business tonight against Potsdam.

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