PLATTSBURGH — After a big weekend on the road the Cardinals are looking to keep their undefeated home record intact and win their sixth consecutive game.
Plattsburgh State (10-3, 5-1) is back on its home court after defeating New Paltz and Oneonta on its home floors last weekend in women’s basketball. But before they hit the road again to face Buffalo State and Fredonia this weekend, the Cardinals must take on Potsdam, which is currently ninth in the SUNY Athletic Conference standings.
“It’s definitely a trap game,” Plattsburgh State coach Cheryl Cole said. “We can’t overlook to the weekend; it’s the biggest game of the season for us and likewise it’s the biggest game for Potsdam.”
Although the Cardinals have had signature wins against top opponents such as Lebanon Valley, Geneseo and Oneonta, they have continuously just scraped by against lesser opponents.
“That is probably our biggest concern … I feel like we’ve been playing well against good teams and just getting by teams that are below us. It’s scary because sooner or later it’s going to catch up to us,” Cole said. “We’re looking for us to play better than we played our last game and we were really good against Oneonta.”
Potsdam (4-9, 2-4) is led by senior Jessica Kouzan who is averaging 15.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Although she can earn her points in the paint, the 5-10 forward is lethal behind the arc, shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 39.7 percent from 3-point territory.
“She’s a senior; she’s the kind of kid who has gotten better every year,” Cole said. “She can play a little inside, a little outside. She’s a very dangerous player and definitely their go-to player. (We’re) going to try to make her make tough shots, all contested and give her some different looks.”
Junior Bailey Weigel is second in scoring for the Bears, averaging 10.4 points, while also pulling down about seven boards per game. Weigel is also a good shooter who is averaging 32.5 percent from the floor and 30.8 percent from 3-point range.
“They’re a veteran team — three seniors and a junior (starting) — they are definitely program kids who understand the system and feed off each other,” Cole said.
The Bears are a streaky shooting team and can become dangerous if they start sinking baskets early.
Potsdam is averaging nearly 61 points per game on 35.3 percent from the floor and 31.9 percent from behind the arc. However, their weakness lies defensively as they are giving up nearly 67 points per game as opponents are shooting 39 percent from the field and 33 percent from 3-point range.
“They’re going to come in here and play very hard,” Cole said. “They’re a team that can shoot the three; we’re going to try to make them make tough shots and not let them feel good about themselves.
“We need to be locked in and play our best.”
The Cardinals and Bears are scheduled to tip-off at 6 p.m. at Memorial Gym.