February 7, 2013

Strong Second Half Leads Vikings To 68-63 Victory Over WSU

Feb. 7, 2013

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - With a balanced offensive attack and strong second half, the Cleveland State women's basketball team was able to erase a 19-point first half deficit and earn a 68-63 victory over Wright State Thursday evening. Thursday's win, which snapped a five-game losing streak, improves CSU to 11-10 overall this season and 3-5 in league play, while Wright State falls to 10-12 (4-5 HL).

The trio of Shalonda Winton, Imani Gordon and Cori Coleman led the balanced offensive attack for CSU, with Winton notching a game-high 24 points - including 21 during the second half. Gordon added 14 points and four assists, while Coleman tallied 10 points, six rebounds and four assists. Kiersten Green and Honesty King each added seven points for the Vikings, while Haley Schmitt posted six to round out the scoring.

After going into halftime trailing by 14, the Vikings posted a 7-2 run over the first 2:38 of the second half to close the gap to single digits at the 39-30 mark, with four points from Winton and three from Coleman. The Raiders were then able to extend their lead once again over the next three minutes, before CSU went on an 8-0 run to close the gap to seven points (48-41) with 11:08 remaining.

Wright State was able to convert a three-pointer on the next possession, but five straight points from Gordon made it a five-point game at 51-46 with 10:04 left to play. The Vikings were able to battle back over the next five minutes, and back-to-back three pointers from Winton brought CSU within two (56-54), before a Green jumper and two free throws from Winton tied the game for the first time at the 3:34 mark.

The two teams traded three-point baskets over the next two possessions, before the Vikings were able to gain their first lead of the contest on a pair of Coleman free throws. With 1:44 left to play and a two-point lead (63-61), CSU closed out the contest on a 5-2 run to earn the five-point victory.

CSU recorded 17 assists on its 20 made field goals, including four from Gordon, Coleman and Green. The Vikings also tallied 10 steals and forced Wright State into 18 turnovers. For the ninth time this season CSU outrebounded its opponent, notching 35 boards against WSU's 34.

The Vikings will continue their busy stretch this Saturday (Feb. 9), traveling to Loyola for a 3:00 p.m. EST contest.

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