HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Cleveland State women's basketball team closed out its regular season road schedule Sunday afternoon, dropping a 74-55 contest at Northern Kentucky. With the loss, the Vikings fall to 10-18 overall this season and 7-10 in Horizon League action.
· Crockett, Slaney, Braxton, White, Miller
· With her 10 points against NKU, Mariah Miller has now recorded double-digit points in 24 straight games.
· Mariah Miller led Cleveland State's rebounding efforts, finishing with 11 boards along with her 10 points to mark her seventh double-double of the year.
After trailing by as many as 21 during the first half, Cleveland State was able to close the second quarter on a 6-0 run over the final 48 seconds, putting the score at 32-17 heading into the halftime break. The Vikings then extended their run to 11-0 after the first two minutes of the third quarter, as a strong Viking defense held the Norse scoreless during this span to cut the deficit to 10 points at 32-22.
Although NKU was able to get on the board at the 7:30 mark, the Vikings responded with a Mariah Miller layup and Rachel Slaney three-pointer on their next two possessions, to close the gap to single digits at 34-27 with 6:36 left on the clock.
Northern Kentucky was able to once again extend its lead to double-digits over the next few plays, but another 7-1 run from Cleveland State brought the Vikings back within single-digits at 41-34 with just over two minutes left in the period. The Norse closed out the quarter on an 8-2 run though, taking a 49-36 advantage into the final 10 minutes of action.
NKU was then able to hold its double-digit lead throughout the fourth quarter, as the Norse pulled away with the 74-55 victory.
Cleveland State will close out the regular season next Saturday (March 2), hosting Youngstown State at 1:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.