February 3, 2012

Vikings Close Homestand Against Valparaiso Saturday

Feb. 3, 2012

Contact: Renee Adam

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Game 22
Valparaiso (5-16, 1-9) at Cleveland State (8-13, 3-7)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Site: Wolstein Center (Cleveland, Ohio)
Series: Valparaiso leads, 12-9
Last Meeting: Cleveland State 49, Valparaiso 45 (1/5/12)
Tickets: $8, General Admission // $5, Groups of 10 or more

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SETTING THE SCENE
Cleveland State will close out its four-game homestand this Saturday (Feb. 4), as the Vikings host the Valparaiso Crusaders at 2:00 p.m. The Vikings enter the weekend after falling to Butler on Thursday, 68-62, while the Crusaders are currently on a five-game losing skid, most recently falling to Youngstown State, 64-58.

THE SERIES
Saturday's contest will be the 22nd meeting between the two teams, with Valparaiso holding the slight edge in the overall series record, 12-9. The Vikings have won five straight contests though, including a 49-45 decision earlier this year. Cleveland State has also won seven of the last nine over the past four seasons.

A WIN SATURDAY WOULD...
Break a four-game losing skid for the Vikings...Give head coach Kate Peterson Abiad her 115th career victory, tying her for the most wins in program history.

DOUBLE-DIGITS FOR GREEN
Freshman Kiersten Green tallied her first double-digit contest against Butler on Thursday, as she tallied 10 points on three field goals and four free-throws. Green also added five rebounds for the Vikings, and now has 71 points and 64 rebounds on the season.

WINTON DOUBLE-DOUBLES
After her 22-point/14-rebound effort against Butler, Shalonda Winton is tied for first in the league with 10 double-doubles on the season. Seven of them have come against league opponents, including the past two contests. For her career, Winton has tallied 23, with 12 coming as a sophomore and one as a freshman.

VIKINGS WITH THE BLOCK
As a team, Cleveland State ranks second in the league in blocked shots, averaging 3.1 per contest. On the season, the Vikings have recorded 65 blocks, including a season-high 10 against Ohio (Dec. 5). CSU's 10 blocks is the second highest single game total by a league team this year, while it also marks the fourth best single game total in program history.

WINTON ON THE BOARDS
Following her 14 rebound effort against Butler (Feb. 2), Shalonda Winton continues to lead the league with 12 double-digit rebound games this season. Winton has tallied 10 or more rebounds during seven league contests this year, and has collected a season-high 14 boards during three contests; at Toledo (Dec. 10), vs. Murray State (Dec. 20) and vs. Butler.

KING MAKES HER WAY INTO LEAGUE STATISTICS
Junior Honesty King has finally made her way into the Horizon League statistical standings, as she is ranked in three categories as of Friday (Feb. 3). King ranks eighth in free-throw percentage (.780, 32-41), 12th in three-point field goals made (1.4) and 28th in scoring (9.2).

PROTECTING THE BALL
The Vikings tied their season low with just 13 turnovers against Detroit last Saturday (Jan. 28), and marked the fourth time this year that they have commited 15 turnovers or less during a contest. The Detroit game also marked the eighth time this season that CSU has posted fewer turnovers than their opponent, and have done so during three out of the last five games.

WINTON TOPS IN LEAGUE CONTESTS ONLY
Following her 10th double-double of the season against Butler (Feb. 2), Shalonda Winton now leads the league in scoring (20.3 ppg) and rebounding (10.6 rpg) in league contests only. Winton has been the Vikings top scorer during nine of the 10 league contests this season, while she has also been the top rebounder during nine games.

COLEMAN ON THE SCORING CHARTS
Freshman Cori Coleman, who has posted 101 of her 133 points during league contests this season, ranks 26th in the Horizon League averaging 10.1 points per league contest. Coleman is one of just five freshmen to be ranked in the top-30 in scoring, while she is also ninth in steals, averaging 1.9 per game.

WINTON CLIMBS CSU RECORD LIST
Shalonda Winton continues to climb the CSU all-time career rebounds list, as she currently ranks 11th with 668. Winton needs just two more rebounds to move into 10th place, which is held by Jessica Toth (1993-97) who posted 669. Winton is also tied for fifth in defensive rebounds with 435 and sixth in offensive rebounds with 233.

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 114, needing just two 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 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 return to the road next weekend, as they travel to Chicago, Ill. for two league contests. CSU will open the weekend with an 8:00 p.m. contest at Loyola on Thursday (Feb. 9), and will then face UIC at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 11).

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