PLATTSBURGH — And the brackets are set.
SUNY Athletic Conference champion Plattsburgh State will hit the road this weekend and face Roger Williams University in the first road of the NCAA Division III women’s basketball tournament.
“It’s an NCAA game; it’s the big show. It’s what everybody plays for and only 64 teams in the country get in; it’s a huge deal,” Cardinals coach Cheryl Cole said.
It is the first NCAA appearance for Plattsburgh as they head to Bowdoin College to contend against the Hawks and with a win can take on the winner of the Polar Bears and Castleton State College.
“I feel like our bracket is set up well for us. It’s Roger Williams’ first NCAA bid (too); I think it’ll be a good matchup,” Cole said. “I feel like it’s a game that’s winnable for us. (It was) fortunate for us to not get any highly ranked teams.”
Cole felt as though the six hour road trip won’t have too much of an effect on the Cardinals and emphasized how her team still has the fire to continue to keep winning.
“We’re used to the travel, so it’s not a huge factor for us,” Cole said. “And they’re focused, we’re not just satisfied with making it there; we want to do something while we’re there.”
It will be an interesting matchup if Plattsburgh gets into the second round, as Bowdoin features Plattsburgh High alum and the Cardinal men’s basketball coach Tom Curle’s daughter, Marle. Meanwhile, the Spartans are the Cardinals, and Saranac native, Stephanie Linder’s former squad.
“Castleton is Steph Linder’s former team and we’re familiar (with them) to a decent degree (and) I’ve known Marle Curle since she was a little girl; we hope we can get ourselves to that second day and whoever we play we’ll have some story line,” Cole said.