CLEVELAND, Ohio – Behind a trio of career-highs, the Cleveland State women's basketball team went 2-0 on this weekend's homestand, picking up a 98-90 victory against Oakland. With the win, the Vikings improved to 9-13 overall this season and 6-5 in Horizon League play.
· Crockett, Slaney, Braxton, White, Miller
· Mariah White led four Vikings in double-figures, finishing with a career-high 29 points on a 13-for-18 performance from the floor.
· Savanna Crockett notched her first 20-point game of the year, finishing with a career-high 24 points along with nine rebounds.
· JaMiya Braxton also tallied a career-high against Oakland, finishing with 17 points – including five three-pointers.
· Mariah Miller recorded 13 points on the day, notching double-digit points for the 18th straight game.
· As a team, Cleveland State posted a .536 clip from the floor, and converted 37 field goals.
· The Vikings recorded 20+ points in all four quarters for the second time this season, also doing so against Salem in the season-opener.
· Cleveland State grabbed 10 steals on the game, posting double-digit takeaways for the ninth time during #HLWBB play.
· Throughout the game, there were 16 lead changes and 16 times that the score was tied.
· Saturday's win gave Cleveland State the season sweep over Oakland.
After coming out of the halftime break trailing 53-49, Cleveland State posted a 6-0 run over the opening minutes of the third quarter, regaining a 56-53 advantage following a pair of Mariah Miller free throws.
The two teams then traded leads over the remainder of the frame, until Savanna Crockett converted a layup as time was expiring to give Cleveland State a slight two-point lead at 74-72 heading into the final 10 minutes of action.
Cleveland State opened the fourth quarter on a 10-2 run, gaining its first double-digit lead of the contest at 84-74 with 7:38 left on the clock. During this stretch, Cleveland State got a pair of three-pointers from Isabelle Gradwell and JaMiya Braxton, while Savanna Crockett went 2-for-2 from the free throw line and Rachel Slaney converted a jumper.
The two teams then traded baskets over the next three minutes, until the Vikings posted four straight points to gain their largest lead of the game at 90-79.
This lead wouldn't last long though, as Oakland responded with a 7-0 run of its own, closing the gap to just four points at 90-86 with just over two minutes left to play.
The Vikings were able to stop the Oakland run with back-to-back layups from White and Crockett, and then went on to hold the advantage for the remainder of the contest, coming away with the 98-90 victory.
Cleveland State will return to the road next week, traveling to UIC (Friday, February 8) and IUPUI (Sunday, February 10).