Vikings Drop First #HLWBB Road Contest At Green Bay, 62-53

Vikings Drop First #HLWBB Road Contest At Green Bay, 62-53

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Cleveland State women's basketball team dropped its first Horizon League contest on the road during the 2018-19 campaign Thursday evening, dropping a 62-53 contest at Green Bay. With the loss, the Vikings fall to 6-10 overall this season and 3-2 in #HLWBB play.

Green Bay 62, Cleveland State 53 PDF Box Score

Starting Five
· Crockett, Slaney, Ely, Gradwell, White

Game Stats
· Mariah Miller led the Viking offense with a team-high 15 points on the night, while Jade Ely added 12 points and Mariah White posted 10.

 · Savanna Crockett grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, while Rachel Slaney posted seven boards and Mariah White recorded five.

· As a team, the Vikings recorded 13 steals against the Phoenix, including five from Jade Ely and four from Mariah White.

· Mariah White tallied three assists, while Jade Ely added two helpers.

· The Vikings finished with an 11-for-13 performance from the free throw line, making 11 straight free throws before missing their final two attempts.

· Cleveland State's defense forced Green Bay into 18 turnovers, turning the miscues into 14 points.

Game Notes
· With her game-high 15 points against the Phoenix, Mariah Miller has recorded double-digit points in all five Horizon League games, and all but one contest she has played in this season.

· Rachel Slaney and Savanna Crockett were both just shy of posting double-doubles, Slaney with eight points and seven rebounds, and Crockett with eight points and eight boards.

· Saturday's loss marked the first #HLWBB loss for the Vikings on the road this season.

The Game
Both teams were evenly matched through the first 10 minutes of play, as Cleveland State opened the contest on a 7-2 run that was sparked by a Rachel Slaney three-pointer. Green Bay responded with a 9-2 run of its own to gain an 11-9 advantage, before a Savanna Crockett jumper tied the game at 11-11 with 3:14 left in the quarter. The Phoenix were then able to close out the first 10 minutes of action with a three-point advantage, taking a 17-14 lead into the second quarter.

Green Bay opened the second frame with back-to-back three-pointers to extend its lead to 23-14 less than one minute into the quarter, and then went on to gain a double-digit lead on its next trip down the floor. The Vikings were able to chip away at the lead throughout the rest of the quarter though, closing the frame on a 5-2 run, putting the score at 33-25 Green Bay heading into halftime.

To open the third quarter, Cleveland State went on a 6-3 run over the first 3:49 to close the gap to four points at 36-32 on a Crockett layup, and then stayed within striking distance throughout the frame.

Heading into the final 10 minutes of play, Cleveland State trailed by just four points at 43-39, after another Slaney three-pointer in the final minute of the third quarter. Although the Phoenix were able to post the first basket of the final frame, the Vikings responded with a Crockett layup on the ensuing possession, to come within four points once again at 45-41.  

This would be as close as the Vikings would get though, as Green Bay was able to pull away late in the game, despite Cleveland State posting a perfect 8-for-8 performance from the free throw line over a seven-minute span late in the contest. At the final buzzer, Green Bay came away with the 62-53 victory, putting the Vikings at 3-2 in league play.

Up Next
The Vikings will close out their roadswing at Milwaukee on Saturday, January 12, facing the Panthers at 3:00 p.m. EST.