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February 23, 2014

Senior class helps turn Cardinals into SUNYAC title contender

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State women’s basketball team is arguably the best in its program’s history and a lot of that credit has to go to its senior class.

Kathleen Payne, Tequilla Lloyd and Brooke Reifinger celebrated their Senior Night on Saturday in Plattsburgh’s triumphant and top-seed clinching 94-68 performance against Buffalo State.

The Cardinals have broken numerous team records this season, including most wins in a single season (20), and were able to lock down the No. 1 seed for the SUNYAC Tournament, also a program first.

“Making history itself is pretty awesome. There are no disappointments from here on out because we already accomplished so much,” Reifinger said.

Payne and Reifinger have been on the team since their freshman year and they have seen their team’s record improve each season and now they are a part of a team which would be in consideration as the best in program history.

“Me personally, coming in freshman year to now it’s just so great to be a part of the team; we changed the basketball program and turned it around,” Payne said.

Lloyd has been on the roster for the past two seasons and she has brought her athleticism down on the post. Her teammates believe when she is playing at her best, there is no one better than Lloyd on the block.

“In my personal opinion, I think she’s the most talented post player in the conference. I don’t think she always realizes this, but I think she’s more athletic than any post player in the conference,” Payne said.

Plattsburgh coach Cheryl Cole describes Lloyd as a “gentle giant” as the 5-foot, 11-inch forward is one of the nicest and quietest players on the roster and many times lets her play speak for itself.

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