PLATTSBURGH — Heading into this weekend’s conference play, Plattsburgh State women’s basketball coach Cheryl Cole indicated she was looking for a statement win from her exciting young team.
On Friday night, the Cardinals provided just that, rolling to a huge 79-50 SUNY Athletic Conference win over a very good Fredonia squad at Memorial Hall.
“We wanted to make a statement to the conference and take care of business at home,” Cole said. “It’s wasn’t perfect; we turned the ball over a little more than I’d like, but it is hard to find fault with a performance like this.
“We played great team defense, rebounded the ball extremely well and had some great contributions off the bench. All in all, this was one of most complete team efforts we’ve seen in quite some time.”
Plattsburgh (4-2, 2-1 SUNYAC) will be looking for a similar effort today versus Buffalo State.
There was very little indication of an impending blowout as play went back and forth in Friday’s opening half. Plattsburgh trailed by as many as seven points early on but managed to claim a somewhat fragile 29-25 advantage by the break, thanks primarily to the explosive play of point guard Brittany Marshall. The Malone native ignited the offense, scoring 14 of her game-high 21 points in the opening half.
“We had some trouble getting into any kind of a rhythm on offense early on,” Cole said. “But Britt really stepped up and gave us a spark when we needed it. They just couldn’t defend her off the dribble, and she was able to find a clear path to the lane all night. That was huge for us, particularly in the first half when things were going back and forth.”
What was a tight, very physical and highly competitive game in the first half became something quite different in the second.