Viking Sports Weekly (February 4)

Viking Sports Weekly (February 4)

A look at what's happening in Cleveland State Athletics...

Men's Basketball
- Cleveland State (6-18, 1-10) returns to action this week hosting Green Bay on Thursday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m., followed by Milwaukee on Saturday, February 9 at 3:00 p.m.
- Last week the Vikings fell on the road to Detroit Mercy 78-64 and Oakland 83-68.
- Senior Dontel Highsmith scored a season-high 19 points in the loss at Oakland, including a perfect 7-for-7 performance from the field, including five three-pointers.
- Freshman Rashad Williams tied the Cleveland State freshman school record for three-pointers in a season at 66, after posting five in the loss to Oakland Saturday.
Dennis Felton Radio Show: The weekly call-in show about Cleveland State basketball will take place on Monday, February 4 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Al Pawlowski will serve as the host, with assistant coach Bryan Tibaldi talking about all things Viking Basketball. The show can be heard on WHK, AM-1420.

Women's Basketball
- The Vikings (9-13, 6-5) will hit the road this week, traveling to UIC on Friday, February 8, followed by IUPUI on Sunday, February 10.
- Cleveland State picked up two wins last week against Detroit Mercy 67-51 and Oakland 98-90 to improve to 6-5 in #HLWBB play.
- Mariah White tallied 46 points between the two games, shooting 66% from the field in both games.
- Freshman JaMiya Braxton had a career-high against Oakland, finishing with 17 points – including five three-pointers – while classmate Savanna Crockett recorded 24 points against the Grizzlies to also set a career-high.

- Cleveland State will contest a pair of duals this weekend, hosting Clarion Friday (February 8) before traveling to Michigan State Sunday (February 10).
- The Vikings nearly pulled off an upset of Kent State this past weekend but dropped a heartbreaker, 23-20, that came down to the final bout.
- Brady Barnett, Colton Carroll and Nico O'Dor all posted pins against their KSU opponents.

Indoor Track & Field
- The Vikings will have their final tune-up before the Horizon League Championships this weekend, as they are set to compete at the Kent State Invite on Saturday, February 9.
- Last time out, the Vikings had a strong showing in sprint events at the Akron Invite, with Monica Johnson, Hannah Gaskins and Tylar Mixon posting program records in all four events that Cleveland State competed in.

- Cleveland State closes the regular season this weekend by hosting its annual John Szent-Kiraly Open Saturday, February 9.
- The Vikings competed at the Northwestern Duals this past weekend, with the men posting a 2-8 mark and the women going 0-10 at the event.
- Both squads faced multiple teams in the national top 10 across two days of action.

Women's Tennis
- The Vikings (1-0) begin a six-match roadswing this weekend, traveling to Toledo (Friday, February 8) and Bowling Green (Sunday, February 10) to continue the spring season.
- Cleveland State's match against Dayton was postponed last week due to poor weather conditions, as the Vikings stand at 1-0 on the young season.
- Entering the week, Kateryna Avram owns a team-best eight singles wins, while Gaby Schoenberg has tallied five this year.

Men's Tennis
- Cleveland State (2-4) will finally close out its seven-match season-opening roadswing this weekend, traveling to Duquesne on Sunday, February 10 for its lone contest this week.
- The Vikings split their matches last weekend, picking up a hard fought 4-3 victory at Dayton, and dropping a 5-2 match at Butler.
- Luke Phillips went 2-0 at No. 3 singles last weekend, picking up back-to-back three-set victories to improve to 3-1 this spring.

- Cleveland State (0-1) will play its second straight Big Ten foe as it opens its home slate this Saturday, February 9, against Michigan.
- The Vikings competed well at nationally ranked Ohio State in their season opener and dropped a 12-9 decision.
- Danny Tesler won 12 of 23 faceoffs against a preseason All-American while Ryan Haigh and Gabe Reno both had multi-goal outings in their collegiate debuts.

2019 Hall of Fame
- Tickets are now on sale for the 41st annual Cleveland State Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony, which will take place on Saturday, February 16.
- The 2019 Hall of Fame class includes J'Nathan Bullock (Men's Basketball), Kailey Klein (Women's Basketball) and Phil Orno (Men's Tennis).
- For those interested in purchasing tickets to the Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony, please fill out the RSVP form that can be found Here.

Giving Day 2019
- Mark your calendars for Cleveland State University's annual Giving Day on Wednesday, February 13, when you will have a chance to donate to your favorite Viking team. For 24 straight hours you will be able to donate at, helping to support fundraising initiatives for the entire athletic department.

Men's & Women's Golf Masters Raffle
- Help support the Cleveland State men's and women's golf teams by entering the team's Masters Raffle. Grand Prize wins two badges for two days at the 2019 Masters Tournament and a $1,000 American Express Gift Card. To enter Click Here.

This Week's Schedule
Thursday, February 7
Men's Basketball hosts Green Bay- 7:00 p.m.

Friday, February 8
Women's Tennis at Toledo – 1:00 p.m.
Wrestling hosts Clarion – 7:00 p.m.
Women's Basketball at UIC – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 9
Fencing hosts John Szent-Kiraly Open – 8:30 a.m.
Lacrosse hosts Michigan – 11:00 a.m.
Men's Basketball hosts Milwaukee – 3:00 p.m.
Indoor Track & Field at Kent State Invite – All Day

Sunday, February 10
Wrestling at Michigan State – 1:00 p.m.
Women's Tennis at Bowling Green – 1:00 p.m.
Women's Basketball at IUPUI – 2:00 p.m.
Men's Tennis at Duquesne – 4:00 p.m.

Viking Of The Week
Mariah White, Women's Basketball
The sophomore averaged 23.0 points, 6.0 assists & 4.0 steals in a pair of wins against Detroit Mercy and Oakland, helping the Vikings improve to 6-5 in Horizon League play. White posted 17 points and a career-high tying seven assists against Detroit Mercy, while she recorded a career-high 29-point performance against Oakland. For the weekend, she shot 66-percent from the floor, including a .722 clip against Oakland when she went 13-for-18 from the field.

Other Top Performers
Tylar Mixon, Indoor Track & Field
Luke Phillips, Men's Tennis
Danny Tesler, Lacrosse
Brady Barnett, Wrestling