Vikings Travel To Wright State For Final Regular Season Road Contest
Cleveland State at Wright State - Saturday, Feb. 25 - 2:00 p.m.
Feb. 24, 2012
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Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012
Ervin J. Nutter Center - Fairborn, Ohio
Cleveland State leads, 30-24
Wright State 64, Cleveland State 54 (1/26/12)
Complete Cleveland State Notes
SETTING THE SCENE
Cleveland State will play its final road contest of the regular season this Saturday (Feb. 25), as the Vikings are set to face the Wright State Raiders at 2:00 p.m. Cleveland State enters Saturday's contest after falling at Detroit, 65-55, while the Raiders are on a two-game win streak, defeating Youngstown State and Detroit. The Vikings are currently seventh in the Horizon League standings and Wright State is tied for second.
Saturday's contest will be the 55th meeting between the two teams, with the Vikings holding the slight edge in the overall series record, 30-24. Although the Raiders claimed a 64-54 victory earlier this season, CSU has one four out of the last six contests and seven out of the last 12.
A WIN SATURDAY WOULD...
Improve CSU's league record to 6-11...Even CSU's record against the Raiders to 10-10 over the past nine seasons...Mark Cleveland State's third victory at the Nutter Center under head coach Kate Peterson Abiad.
VIKINGS AT THE LINE
The Vikings shot 81-percent (13-16) from the free-throw line at Detroit, their best performance since the Loyola game on January 14 (.889). Thursday's game marked the fifth time this season that CSU shot 80-percent or better from the free-throw line, including a season-high .893 clip at Western Michigan (25-28).
GREEN TALLIES CAREER-HIGH
For just the second time in her career, Kiersten Green tallied double-digit points, as she notched a career-high 12 against Detroit. Green is the seventh Viking to record more than one double-digit scoring game this season, and the second freshman to do so. Her 12 points also gave her 104 points for the season, making her the third freshman over the past four years to post 100 points in their first season.
TAKING CARE OF THE BALL
The Vikings did a good job of taking care of the ball at Detroit (Feb. 23), committing a season-low 11 turnovers. Thursday's game marked the 10th time this season that CSU committed fewer turnovers than their opponent.
HEAD COACH Kate Peterson ABIAD
With the 70-68 victory over Milwaukee last Saturday (Feb. 18), head coach Kate Peterson Abiad became the winningest coach in program history and now has 116 career victories at Cleveland State. Peterson Abiad, who is in her ninth season at the helm of the Vikings, became the third coach in program history to record 100 wins last year. During her tenure she has led CSU to four 19-win seasons, two Horizon League Championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances.
KING FROM BEHIND THE ARC
Honesty King, who ranks 13th in the league with 1.5 three-pointers made per contest, has recorded at least one three-pointer in the past seven games. This season, King has made 32 shots from behind the arc, including a season-high of four at Ole Miss (Dec. 21).
So far this season six Vikings have posted 100 points or more, including Shalonda Winton who leads the team with 480. The other five Vikings include seniors Takima Keane (192) and Destinee Blue (172), junior Honesty King (195) and freshmen Cori Coleman (198) and Kiersten Green (104). CSU has now had six or more 100-point scorers eight times over the past nine seasons.
...CLOSING IN ON 200
Cori Coleman, who has 198 points on the season, is just two points shy of becoming the second freshman to reach 200 points in their first season over the past five years. During head coach Kate Peterson Abiad's tenure, five newcomers have tallied 200 or more points in their first season, including current Viking Shalonda Winton (201 points during 2009-10).
VIKINGS WITH THE BLOCK
As a team, Cleveland State ranks third in the league in blocked shots, averaging 3.0 per contest. On the season, the Vikings have recorded 81 blocks, including a season-high 10 against Ohio (Dec. 5). This season marks the third time that the Vikings have posted at least 80 blocks over the past nine seasons.
WINTON TOPS IN LEAGUE CONTESTS ONLY
Shalonda Winton continues to lead the league in scoring and rebounding in league contests only, as she is averaging 21.8 points and 10.8 boards per league contest. Winton is one of two Horizon League players that rank in the top-five in both scoring and rebounding (Julie Wojta, Green Bay), while she is also one of two players to average a double-double in league contestes only (Wojta).
...COLEMAN IN THE RANKINGS
Cori Coleman continues to hold her place among the league scoring leaders, as she ranks 22nd in league contests only, averaging 10.4 points per game. Coleman also ranks seventh in steals, notching 29 (1.8 spg) through 16 Horizon League contests. She is one of five freshmen to be ranked in the top-25 in scoring and is the only newcomer to be ranked in the top-10 in steals.
The Vikings will close out the regular season next weekend, with a 2:00 p.m. contest against Youngstown State on Saturday, March 3. The contest will serve as senior day for the Vikings, as they honor the 2012 senior class.