The Plattsburgh Cardinals (7-15) traveled to Oswego to take on the Lakers(6-14) in a late season, senior night, SUNYAC matchup.
The Cardinals trailed nearly the entire game only holding the lead for just under three minutes and forty seconds.
It wasn’t until the fourth quarter when a made free throw from Hanna Whitney put Plattsburgh up by one. The free throws came from her being fouled behind the three point line on the previous possession.
The first half was dominated by Oswego, outscoring Plattsburgh 28-18. A fifteen point scoring run is what helped facilitate the lead.
Three point shooting in the first half was nearly non-existent, both teams combining for a lousy 2-23 from behind the line.
Oswego first half scoring was largely from seniors Sydni Eure and Quincey Zimmerman. The pair accounted for 19 of the teams 28.
Eure did most of her work down low, scoring 20 points and securing eight rebounds.
Eure started her collegiate basketball career at Onondaga Community College, but that did not alter her Oswego experience.
“Being a transfer I didn’t have a lot of time but in the short amount of time I have been here it’s been a fun process trying to get to know everybody and adjusting to this program here. I’m definitely glad I transferred here for sure,” said Eure.
Zimmerman added eight to the Lakers total, she also had eight rebounds. The stat that all Laker fans will appreciate is her 39:39 of game time. The Adams, New York guard only exited the game for 21 seconds total.
Another key contribution came from graduate senior Erin Gantley. Gantley was in for the long haul, playing the entire 40 minute game.
Gantley had ten points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Morgan Wolanin, a senior from Oriskany, New York helped dictate the pace of the game from the paint. She had eight points 12 rebounds and the game high eight blocks.
Wolanin takes pride in the role she plays, doing the dirty work for Oswego is a narrative she fills.
“Lately coach has been preaching to get the ball so I was just thinking get every single ball as it comes off the rim. I don’t do much of the scoring but I help where I can. I like to play defense and control the defensive end,” said Wolanin.
Wolanin credits her teammates for being able to enjoy her time as a Laker as well as the good effort on the floor tonight.
“We were working very well together, everyone was kinda chipping in on defense and offense. It just didn’t turn out how we wanted it to. I’m very thankful that I got to play here at Oswego. I met great friends and had a great time,” said Wolanin.
The Lakers will miss their seniors like any program would. Their contributions on the court and off the court is what made the parting group so special. Coaching assistant Audra Clark spoke with a heavy heart regarding her seniors.
“They have gone through it all. They have gone through losses, they have gone through wins together. They have built this program to where it is right now. They have set a bar for how hard they work and for the younger kids coming in,” said Clark.
The Lakers are set to take on Potsdam tomorrow at 2:00 PM.