January 6, 2012

Vikings Close Out Road Swing At Butler

Jan. 6, 2012

Contact: Renee Adam

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Game 14
Cleveland State (6-7, 1-1) at Butler (5-9, 1-2)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Site: Hinkle Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, Ind.
Series: Butler leads, 26-13
Last Meeting: Butler 68, Cleveland State 54 (3/11/11)
Tickets: Available at site

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SETTING THE SCENE
Cleveland State will close out its three-game Horizon League road swing Saturday (Jan. 7), as the Vikings are set to face Butler at 2:00 p.m. in Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Vikings, who are coming off a 49-45 victory at Valparaiso, enter the contest with a 6-7 overall mark and a 1-1 record in league play. Butler also enters Saturday's game following a league victory, as the Bulldogs notched a 73-64 win over Youngstown State Thursday (Jan. 5) to improve to 5-9 (1-2 HL) on the season. Saturday's contest will be the 40th meeting between the two teams, with Butler owning a 26-13 record in the overall series.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE
After opening Horizon League play last week, the Cleveland State women's basketball team is set to continue league play under ninth year head coach Kate Peterson Abiad. The Vikings, who have three players averaging double-figure points, are led by the trio of Destinee Blue (13.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg), Shalonda Winton (12.7 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 2.8 apg) and Takima Keane (10.5 ppg, 3.0 apg). Joining those three in the starting lineup have been senior Janelle Adams (5.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.8 apg) and junior Honesty King (9.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg). Due to injuries, Peterson Abiad has had to rely her bench this season, which includes returning letterwinners Kaila Montgomery (1.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg), Ondrea Hughes (1.3 ppg, 1.0 rpg), Brandee Kelly (0.7 ppg) and Haley Schmitt (0.9 ppg) and freshmen Cori Coleman (5.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg), Kiersten Green (2.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg), Imani Gordon (3.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg) and Tess Zufall (1.6 ppg).

WINTON LEADS VIKINGS AGAINST CRUSADERS
With her 16 points against Valparaiso Thursday (Jan. 5), junior Shalonda Winton posted the 40th double-digit scoring game of her career, and the ninth of the season. Winton, who leads the Vikings with 165 points this season, ranks 11th in the Horizon League, averaging 12.7 points per game.

...AND CONTINUES TO CLIMB CSU RECORD LIST
Shalonda Winton continues to climb the CSU all-time career rebounds list, as she currently ranks 14th with 582. Winton needs 34 more rebounds to move into 13th place, which is held by Mahogany Green (1997-2001) who posted 615. Winton also ranks ninth in defensive rebounds with 382 and is just three rebounds shy of making the top-10 in offensive rebounds (200).

COLEMAN SETS CAREER-HIGH AT VALPARAISO
Freshman Cori Coleman, who has been in the starting lineup for the past five games, set a career-high at Valparaiso (Jan. 5), posting a team-best 16 points. Thursday's contest marked the second time this season that Coleman has tallied double-digits also doing so against Lake Erie (14 points).

KELLY NOTCHES FIRST CAREER START
Sophomore Brandee Kelly got her first career start at Valparaiso Thursday (Jan. 5), playing 12 minutes for the Vikings. Kelly's 12 minutes marked a career-high, and more than doubled her minutes played for the entire season.

ZUFALL FROM THREE-POINT
Tess Zufall was one of three Vikings to hit a pair of three-pointers against the Crusaders, notching a career-high six points. Zufall was 2-for-3 from behind the arc, with her made three-pointer at the 9:31 mark of the first half the first of her collegiate career.

NON-Conference Recap
Cleveland State wrapped up the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 5-6 record, claiming victories over Tennessee State (74-56), Western Michigan (72-66 OT), Ohio (66-56) and Murray State (68-61 OT) and Lake Erie (62-48). CSU's losses throughout the first seven weeks of play came against Illinois (72-42), Fordham (52-43), Cornell (79-59), Akron (84-74), Toledo (81-42) and Ole Miss (74-63).

GORDON SETS MULTIPLE CAREER-HIGHS AT YSU
Freshman Imani Gordon had a stellar performance in the league opener at Youngstown State (Dec. 31), posting a career-high 14 points and seven rebounds in a career-best 33 minutes played. Included in Gordon's 14 points was her first collegiate three-pointer, as she was 1-for-1 from behind the arc. She was also 5-for-8 from the floor during the contest, marking career-bests in both.

BLUE NOTCHES FIRST DOUBLE-DOUBLE OF 2011-12
Destinee Blue, who now has 10 double-doubles for her career, notched her first of the 2011-12 season against Lake Erie (Dec. 28), as she posted 14 points and 12 rebounds. Blue joins Shalonda Winton as the only Vikings to tally a double-double this season.

KING SETS CAREER-HIGH
Honesty King recorded a career-high 20 points at Ole Miss during the Magnolia Classic (Dec. 21) earlier this year, and became the third Viking to record a 20-point game this season. King's 20 points against the Rebels came after an 8-for-13 night from the field (.615), including a 4-for-7 mark from behind the arc (.571). King, who has 12 three-pointers on the season, has now posted at least four in a contest three times throughout her career.

...KEANE TIES CAREER-HIGH
Takima Keane, who also posted 20 points at Ole Miss (Dec. 21), tied her career-high with the 20 point effort. Keane has now tallied 20 points three times throughout her career, including against Akron (Nov. 30) earlier this season. Against the Rebels, Keane was 6-for-12 from the field, including a 3-for-5 performance from three-point.

VIKINGS IN OVERTIME
After not playing any overtime contests last season, the Vikings have already played extra time twice throughout the first 10 games of the 2011-12 season after defeating Murray State, 68-61 in overtime at the Magnolia Classic (Dec. 20). Earlier this season the Vikings forced overtime at Western Michigan (Nov. 25) and came out on top, 72-66, to improve to 18-15 all-time in overtime contests.

WINTON CLOSING IN ON 1,000 CAREER POINTS
Junior Shalonda Winton is closing in on 1,000 career points at Cleveland State, as she enters Saturday's contest with 780. This season Winton is averaging 12.7 points per game, while she averaged 12.5 points per game as a sophomore and 6.1 as a freshman.

HEAD COACH Kate Peterson ABIAD
Cleveland State head coach Kate Peterson Abiad is in her ninth season at the helm of the Vikings, and ranks second on the all-time wins list at CSU. Peterson Abiad became the third coach in program history to record 100 career victories last season, and currently has 112, needing just four more to take over first place on the all-time wins list. Peterson Abiad has led the Vikings to four straight 19-win seasons, including a 21-12 record last year, the second most wins in program history.

CSU TABBED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL
Cleveland State was picked to finish second in the Horizon League Preseason Poll, receiving 238 points. The Vikings finished behind preseason favorite Green Bay, who received 29 first place votes and 299 points. Wright State (212 points), Butler (197) and UIC (186) rounded out the top five. Detroit was the only other team to collect a first place vote, as they finished seventh with 141 points behind Milwaukee who placed sixth with 177 points. The Titans were followed by Loyola (88), Valparaiso (64) and Youngstown State (48).

WINTON NAMED PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE
Junior Shalonda Winton was named to the 2011-12 Preseason All-Horizon League first team in voting conducted by the league's 10 head coaches, sports information directors and select media. Last season Winton ranked sixth in the league in rebounding (9.1), seventh in blocks (0.8), ninth in field goal percentage (.462; 146-316) and 15th in scoring (12.5). She also became the fourth player in school history to grab at least 300 rebounds in a season, ending right on the number.

CSU VS. TEAMS IN 2011 POSTSEASON
Saturday's contest at Butler will mark the second time this season that the Vikings will face a team that reached the postseason last year, as the Bulldogs competed in the WNIT. Cleveland State's first contest against a team that reached the postseason came at Toledo (Dec. 10), as the Vikings fell to the 2011 WNIT champions, 81-42. Along with Butler, CSU will face two more league teams that advanced to the postseason in Green Bay who reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and Wright State who played in the WBI.

CSU HOOPS LUNCHEON RETURNS
This season marks the third annual CSU Hoops Luncheon Series, with Viking basketball fans having the opportunity to get monthly updates from CSU basketball head coaches Kate Peterson Abiad and Gary Waters throughout the 2011-12 season. The luncheon will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the fifth floor Viking Loge of the Wolstein Center annex. The next luncheon will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 17, with the final luncheon to be held on Monday, Feb. 13. Reservations can be made by calling (216) 687-5454.

VIKINGS ADD TWO DURING EARLY SIGNING PERIOD
Cleveland State signed two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Nov. 16, as Jasmine Flanagan (Corona, Calif./Centennial) and Nafeshia Holifield (Milwaukee, Wis./Milwaukee Vincent) will join the Vikings for the 2012-13 season. Flanagan, a 5-foot-5 combo guard, comes to CSU after earning first team all-league honors as a sophomore and junior. The two-time Team MVP averaged 15.8 points, 4.3 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game as a junior, and set the Roosevelt High School record with 62 three-pointers made in a season. Holifield is a 6-foot power forward who averages 10.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. Milwaukee Vincent, which is the same high school as current Viking Destinee Blue, has won the state championship three times out of the past five years.

UP NEXT
The Vikings will return home for their first Horizon League contests in the Wolstein Center this season, as CSU will host UIC and Loyola. Cleveland State will face UIC on Thursday, January 12 at 7:00 p.m. before taking on Loyola on Saturday, January 14 at 2:00 p.m.

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