PSU women hope to bounce back in Cardinal Classic

KAYLA BREEN/STAFF PHOTOPlattsburgh State's Mya Smith (11) and the Cardinals play Purchase College in the opening game of the Cardinal Classic at 6 p.m. today at Memorial Hall.

PLATTSBURGH — It’s time to move on and forget about the last game.

The Plattsburgh State women’s basketball team suffered a disappointing 60-39 loss to St. Lawrence in its home opener Tuesday, but head coach Cheryl Cole and the Cardinals have turned that frustrating loss into motivation to be better this weekend.

The Cardinal Classic is here, and Plattsburgh State (1-2) plays Purchase College (0-2) in the opening game of the four-team tournament at 6 p.m. today at Memorial Hall.

Hamilton (2-0) and SUNY Poly (0-1) will clash at 8 p.m. in the second matchup of the night.

“Purchase is athletic,” Cole said. “They have some scorers we have to pay attention to. From what I have watched on film, they play mostly man, but I could see them playing some zone against us.”

While the Cardinals will gameplan for their upcoming opponents, Cole admitted they must worry about themselves first.

Against St. Lawrence, Plattsburgh shot just 24.6 percent from the field, and the Cardinals struggled in other various aspects.

“There was a lot of frustration after that game, but we have addressed a lot from that game and worked hard in practice,” Cole said. “We have to focus on the details, and we need to be able to execute.

“Everyone knows that game was not what we have the capability to do, but we have to move on and redeem ourselves.”

Shadai Plowden (12) and Arta Krasniqi (11) average the most points for the Panthers, and Krasniqi, who has gotten out to a slow start from behind the arc, is Purchase’s top 3-point threat.

Taylor Durnin, Kayla Doody, Kelly Degnan and Taylor Clare have started all three games for Plattsburgh to this point, while Hanna Whitney (2) and Ly’rell Walker (1) have both gotten into the starting five at least once.

Durnin has been the Cardinals’ top scorer, averaging 11 points per game, and Clare has been solid on the glass, pulling down 8.3 rebounds per game.

“We are really trying to figure out who we are,” Cole said. “How we bounce back (today) is going to tell a lot about us. We are going to look to be a lot more fundamentally sound. We have to do the little things.

“We have enough talent that I am not worried about the big picture down the road. We just have to take things one step at a time and lock in and focus whenever we are on the floor.”

The winners of this evening’s games will play at 3 p.m. Saturday in the championship, while the losers will meet at 1 p.m. in the consolation.

After the Cardinal Classic, Plattsburgh will enter into SUNYAC play and have two road contests against Oneonta on Dec. 6 and New Paltz on Dec. 7.

“There’s a lot of talent in this weekend’s tournament,” Cole said. “It’s four hungry teams in this tournament with a lot to prove.

“Hopefully, these games are going to be games that help us prepare for conference play.”

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Joey LaFranca is the sports editor at the Press-Republican. He is also a paginator and photographer. He graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2017 with bachelor's degrees in multimedia journalism and newspaper journalism.

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