CLEVELAND, Ohio – Behind a pair of double-doubles from Mariah Miller and Savanna Crockett, the Cleveland State women's basketball team got back in the win column Saturday, picking up a 71-53 victory over UIC. With the win, the Vikings improve to 6-9 overall this season and 3-1 in Horizon League play.
· Crockett, Slaney, Ely, White, Miller
· Four Vikings finished the contest with double-figure points, including Jade Ely who led all scorers with 25. Mariah Miller added 15 points for the Vikings, while Mariah White posted 12 and Savanna Crockett finished with 10.
· Cleveland State recorded 10 assists on the game, with four coming from Mariah White.
· The Viking defense forced UIC into 16 turnovers on the day, turning these miscues into 20 points.
· With her 25 points against UIC, Jade Ely tallied her third 20-point game of the season.
· Mariah Miller posted her third double-double of the year, finishing with 15 points and 15 rebounds.
· With her 15 points, Mariah Miller has now recorded double-digit points in all but one game that she has played in this season.
· Savanna Crockett tallied her team-leading eighth double-double of the year, posting 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.
· Saturday's win put the Vikings at 3-1 to start Horizon League play this season, marking the third straight year that Cleveland State has picked up three wins in its first four #HLWBB games.
After going into the halftime break trailing by five points at the 28-23 mark, Cleveland State went on a 7-1 run over the opening minutes of the third quarter, gaining a 30-29 advantage at the 8:17 mark. This marked Cleveland State's first lead in the contest since early on in the second frame.
The Vikings were then able to extend their lead to 37-32 on a Jade Ely layup at the 5:43 mark, and then gained their largest lead up to that point at 45-35 on a Savanna Crockett jumper just two minutes later. The two teams then traded baskets over the remaining portion of the third quarter, with the Vikings taking a 47-41 lead into the final 10 minutes of play.
Although a UIC jumper opened the scoring during the fourth quarter, the Vikings were able to respond with 12 straight points to flip the momentum into Cleveland State's direction, as they gained a 60-43 advantage with 6:10 left on the clock.
The Vikings were able to control play throughout the rest of the contest then, as they held a sizeable advantage for the final six minutes of play. In the final minutes of the frame, Cleveland State was able to gain a 19-point advantage on a Rachel Slaney layup, marking the largest lead of the contest, and then went on to post the 71-53 victory over the Flames.
The Vikings will return to the road next week, making their annual trip to Wisconsin to face Green Bay on Thursday, January 10 and Milwaukee on Saturday, January 12.