Dec. 22, 2012
Contact: Renee Adam
CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Cleveland State women's basketball team posted a 58-47 victory over New Hampshire Saturday afternoon, extending their win streak to six straight games and keeping their record perfect at home this season (5-0). Overall this year CSU stands at 7-4, while the Wildcats fall to 5-6 with the loss.
Shalonda Winton notched her eighth 20-point game of the season with 22 against the Wildcats, along with nine rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks. Imani Gordon also scored in double-digits for the Vikings, posting 12 points for the second straight game along with four rebounds and a career-high three blocks. Cori Coleman rounded out the top scorers for CSU, posting nine points including a pair of three-pointers.
To open the game, CSU posted a 9-2 run over the first 5:18 which ended with a Gordon three-pointer - her first of the season. Beginning at the 2:58 mark of the first half the Vikings went on a 10-2 run that gave them their first double-digit lead of the contest at 26-16, and then closed out the frame with an 8-point lead (26-18).
At the start of the second half, New Hampshire went on an 11-5 run to bring the game within two points (31-29), but the Vikings responded with seven straight points to once again gain a 9-point advantage with 12:48 left to play.
The Wildcats were able to make it a two-point game for the second time at the 6:09 mark (42-40), but Coleman answered with a three-pointer on the next possession and then 48-seconds later she converted another shot from the behind the arc to give CSU a 48-42 lead. The Vikings closed out the contest on a 10-5 run, which included four points from Winton, earning the 58-47 victory.
As a team, CSU shot 42-percent (20-for-47) from the field, including a .500 clip (11-for-22) during the second half. The Vikings recorded 12 assists on their 20 shots, and posted five blocks for the second straight game.
Cleveland State will now have a seven-day break from competition for the Holidays, returning to the court on Sunday, Dec. 30 when they host Lake Erie College at 2:00 p.m.