Press-Republican

May 30, 2013

Cole named BCANY women's Coach of the Year

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Press-Republican

---- — 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).

During the season, Marshall earned the first SUNYAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week award of her career and followed that up with an ECAC Division III Upstate Player of the Year Accolade after a particularly strong two-game stretch in December. During that span, Marshall averaged 20 points and four assists per game while shooting 50 percent from the field in a pair of Plattsburgh State victories over conference foes Fredonia State and Buffalo State.

MARSHALL NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN

TOWSON, Md. — Ashley Marshall of the Plattsburgh State softball team has been selected to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division III Softball Team with a spot on the Second Team.

Marshall becomes the first Plattsburgh State softball player to be honored as a Capital One Academic All-American. She is the only State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) representative on this year’s team and is one of seven pitchers recognized in Division III.

A native of Malone, Marshall wrapped up her Cardinal career with a dominant senior campaign where she posted a 21-7 record with a 1.76 earned-run average. She finished fourth in the nation with 292 strikeouts and ranked sixth in Division III with an average of 10.2 strikeouts per seven innings. She has been named SUNYAC Pitcher of the Year twice and was a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Second Team All-American in 2012.

With a remarkable 83-24 career record, Marshall has single-handedly rewritten the Cardinal record book, ending her career as the owner of 13 Plattsburgh State pitching records. In addition to a tie for most appearances (38) in a single-season, she is the single-season leader in shutouts (11), strikeouts (292) and wins (25). Marshall is also the all-time leader in appearances (135), games started (89), complete games (77), shutouts (30), innings pitched (719.2), wins (83), strikeouts (996), winning percentage (.775) and ERA (1.50).

In addition to her dominance in the circle, Marshall has a 3.71 grade-point average and is part of the combined program that allows students to complete a B.S. in Childhood Education and a M.S. Ed. in Special Education in five years.