January 17, 2012

Vikings Travel To Milwaukee For Thursday Contest

Jan. 17, 2012

Contact: Renee Adam

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Game 17
Cleveland State (7-9, 2-3) at Milwaukee (4-11, 0-5)
Date: Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012
Time: 8:00 p.m. EST
Site: Klotsche Center - Milwaukee, Wis.
Series: Milwaukee leads, 21-19
Last Meeting: Milwaukee 73, Cleveland State 64 (2/5/11)
Tickets: Available on site

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SETTING THE SCENE
Cleveland State returns to the road this weekend, as the Vikings are set to face the Milwaukee Panthers at 8:00 p.m. EST on Thursday (Jan. 19) in the Klotsche Center on the Milwaukee campus. CSU (7-9, 2-3) enters the week after splitting its last four Horizon League contests, while the Panthers (4-11, 0-5) are still trying for their first league win. So far this season the Vikings have struggled on the road, posting a 2-5 record, while Milwaukee has a matching record in the Klotsche Center.

THE SERIES
Thursday's contest will be the 41st meeting between the two teams, with the Panthers holding a 21-19 overall series record. Cleveland State has been the dominate team over the past four seasons though, as the Vikings hold a 6-3 record during that time.

A WIN THURSDAY WOULD...
Mark the fourth victory over Milwaukee in the past five contests...Make the Vikings .500 in league play...Give head coach Kate Peterson Abiad her 114th career victory.

WINTON NOTCHES BACK-TO-BACK 29 POINT GAMES
For just the second time in her career, Shalonda Winton tallied 20 or more points in two consecutive games last weekend, notching 29 against both UIC and Loyola. Winton was just two shy of tying her career-high (31 @YSU, 1/29/11) with the 29 point efforts, while she marked her sixth and seventh 20+ point games of her career. She has led the Vikings in scoring during seven contests this season, including all five of the Horizon League games.

...CLOSING IN ON 1,000 CAREER POINTS
Junior Shalonda Winton is closing in on 1,000 career points at Cleveland State, as she enters Thursday's contest with 858. This season Winton is averaging 15.2 points per game, while she averaged 12.5 points per game as a sophomore and 6.1 as a freshman.

VIKINGS AT THE LINE
The Vikings have been strong from the free-throw line during the past two contests, as they combined to go 52-62 (.839) from the line against UIC (28-35, .800) and Loyola (24-27, .889). The 28 made free-throws against UIC marked a season-high for the Vikings, while it also ties the game-high in the Horizon League.

...WINTON FROM THE LINE
Shalonda Winton accounted for 15 of CSU's free-throws against Loyola last Saturday, and is now tied for second on the individual single game record list. Winton, who was 15-for-16 from the line, also ranks fifth nationally with her .938 free-throw percentage that she tallied against the Ramblers.

BALANCED OFFENSE AGAINST UIC
The Vikings had a balanced offense against the Flames last Thursday (Jan. 12), as four players scored in double-digits, led by Shalonda Winton with 29. Along with Winton, Honesty King tallied 18, Cori Coleman notched 13 and Takima Keane added 12. Thursday marked the fifth time this season that four Vikings have tallied double-digits in the same contest.

CRASHING THE BOARDS
For the fifth time this season, CSU tallied 40 or more rebounds, notching 44 against the Flames (Jan. 12). Winton led the Vikings with 12, while Imani Gordon added a career-high eight and Cori Coleman tallied seven, also a career-high. CSU held UIC to 29 rebounds, holding a 15 board advantage, the second highest of the season.

WINTON CLIMBS CSU RECORD LIST
Shalonda Winton continues to climb the CSU all-time career rebounds list, as she currently ranks 14th with 613. Winton needs three more rebounds to move into 13th place, which is held by Mahogany Green (1997-2001) who posted 615. Winton also ranks eighth in defensive rebounds with 397 and eighth in offensive rebounds with 216.

VIKINGS IN OVERTIME
After not playing any overtime contests last season, the Vikings have already played extra time twice throughout the first 14 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.

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 113, needing just three 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
This Saturday's (Jan. 21) game at Green Bay will mark Cleveland State's third contest against a team that reached the postseason during 2010-11, having already faced Butler and Toledo. Green Bay reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament last season, while Toledo won the WNIT, Butler participated in the WNIT and Wright State played in the WBI. Below are CSU's results against teams that advanced to the postseason during 2010-11:
Dec. 10, at Toledo - L, 81-42
Jan. 7, at Butler - L, 67-43
Jan. 21, at Green Bay
Jan. 26, vs. Wright State
Feb. 2, vs. Butler
Feb. 16, vs. Green Bay
Feb. 25, at Wright State

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 final luncheon will take place 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 stay in Wisconsin and face No. 14/12 Green Bay on Saturday (Jan. 21). Saturday's contest is slated for a 3:00 p.m. EST tip.

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