MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Despite a pair of 20-point performances from Ashanti Abshaw and Khayla Livingston, the Cleveland State women's basketball team came up short at Milwaukee Saturday afternoon, falling to the Panthers, 76-72. The Vikings now stand at 12-13 overall this season and 7-7 in Horizon League play.
· Ashanti Abshaw and Khayla Livingston both recorded 20-point games to lead the Viking offense, Abshaw finishing with 24 points and Livingston recording 21 points.
·Shadae Bosley added 10 points to the Viking offense.
·Khayla Livingston and Olivia Voskuhl both recorded five rebounds on the game, while Ashanti Abshaw added four boards.
· Ashanti Abshaw grabbed four steals against Milwaukee, while Khayla Livingston and Olivia Voskuhl each recorded one takeaway.
· Khayla Livingston tallied five assists on the game, with Chrishna Butler adding three helpers.
· Shadae Bosley recorded Cleveland State's long blocked shot on the game.
· As a team, the Vikings shot 50-percent from the field on the game and 57-percent from behind-the-arc.
· Khayla Livingston recorded her seventh 20-point game of the season Saturday, posting 21 points against the Panthers, finishing the game with 851 career points.
· With four three-pointers against the Panthers, Khayla Livingston moved into ninth place in the CSU Career Record book with 134 career three-pointers.
· With her 24 points against Milwaukee, Ashanti Abshaw recorded her 11th 20-point game of the season, and finished the game with 979 career points.
· Shadae Bosley recorded just her second double-digit scoring game of the season, finishing with 10 points against the Panthers.
· Shadae Bosley now has 78 career blocked shots, just two blocks shy of becoming the eighth Viking all-time to record 80 blocked shots.
· Cleveland State's .500 clip from the field marked the second time this season that the Vikings shot at least 50-percent from the floor, while the .579 clip from three-point marked a season-best.
After going into the halftime break with a five-point lead at 37-32, the Vikings were able to extend their advantage to double-digits over the opening minutes of the third quarter. Olivia Voskuhl knocked down a jumper on the opening possession of the frame to put the Vikings up 39-32, and was then able to convert a layup after an Ashanti Abshaw steal to give the Vikings a 41-32 advantage less than one minute into the quarter. Cleveland State then gained a 43-32 lead at the 9:04 mark after Abshaw converted a pair of free throws after grabbing her second steal on as many Milwaukee possessions.
The Panthers responded with a 17-5 run over the next 4:25 though, regaining a 49-48 lead – their first lead since the opening minutes of the second quarter. A Khayla Livingston free throw and an Abshaw three-pointer stopped the Panther run, and put Cleveland State back on top, 52-49 with 3:10 left in the frame.
The two teams then traded baskets over the remaining minutes of the frame, heading into the final quarter all knotted up at 57-57.
The fourth quarter started much as the third frame ended, with both teams trading baskets until a Panther layup and three-pointer gave Milwaukee a 68-63 advantage – an advantage that they wouldn't relinquish for the rest of the contest. The Vikings were able to come within one point at the 1:26 mark after a Livingston three-pointer, but that would be as close as they would get, as Milwaukee came away with the four-point victory.
· Cleveland State vs. Wright State – Thursday, February 16 – 5:30 p.m. – Wolstein Center