February 12, 2013

Cardinal women hope to avoid Bear trap

PLATTSBURGH — Normally, you don’t consider a game against an opponent you’ve already beaten by 41 points that big of a deal.

But, with just three games remaining in the regular season and multiple playoff spots still up for grabs, every game, no matter who the opponent, is huge.

Plattsburgh State’s women’s basketball team will be looking to make a late move toward one of those prized playoff spots tonight versus Potsdam.

While Plattsburgh has every reason to be confident heading into tonight’s matchup, given the earlier result and coming off an impressive sweep of Brockport and Geneseo at home last weekend, it would be ill-advised to take anything or anyone for granted,especially at this critical juncture of the season.

“This is a potential trap game for us, no question about it,” said Plattsburgh head coach Cheryl Cole, whose team defeated the Bears 73-32 on Jan. 22.

“Potsdam will be coming in here with absolutely no pressure on them. They will be playing loose, with absolutely nothing to lose. In a sense, this is their season, their playoff game. They haven’t won a conference game this year and this is their chance to make an impact.That type of an opponent can be very dangerous, no matter what their record is, no matter what happened the first time we played them.

“This is most definitely a trap game for us, but it’s also a game we know we need to have and I’m confident we’ll be ready.”

Potsdam is a young team that has struggled from the get-go and is currently just 1-21 overall and 0-15 in the conference.

Players to keep an eye on in tonight’s game for the Bears will be Katy Briedis (12.5 ppg), Bailey Weigel (9.1 ppg) and Jessica Kouzan (8.8 ppg). Kathleen Payne (14.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and Brittany Marshall (11.1 ppg, 4.6 apg) have been the leading contributors for the Cardinals.

Tonight’s matchup is scheduled to tip off at 6.m.

Plattsburgh (11-11, 7-8 SUNYAC), which is currently tied with Buffalo State for the sixth and final playoff spot in the conference, will conclude its regular season this weekend with key games against Cortland on Friday night and Oswego on Saturday afternoon. Both of those games will also be at Memorial Hall.

Tim Pulsifer

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