CLEVELAND, Ohio – Despite a balanced scoring effort, the Cleveland State women's basketball team fell to Evansville Wednesday evening, dropping a 72-63 contest against the Purple Aces. The Vikings stand at 0-2 on the season.
• Ashanti Abshaw recorded the first double-double of her career, posting a team-high 14 points along with 11 rebounds.
• Brooke Smith also added 14 points for the Vikings, along with six rebounds, five assists, and three steals.
• Adesuwa Aideyman posted 13 points along with four boards and three assists.
• Olivia Voskuhl also notched double-digit points, ending with 10 points, five rebounds, four steals, and two assists.
• Nicolete Newman recorded her first collegiate points, finishing the game with two points and an assist in 10 minutes of action.
• As a team, the Vikings grabbed 17 offensive rebounds on the night.
• Defensively, Cleveland State recorded 10 steals, and forced Evansville into 17 turnovers.
During the first quarter, both teams traded baskets throughout the opening minutes, until Evansville was able to post back-to-back baskets at the 2:33 mark to gain a five-point advantage at the 18-13 mark. Olivia Voskuhl was able to cut the lead to just two points with less than a minute left in the first quarter after converting a three-pointer, but a pair of Evansville free throws extended the Purple Aces lead back to four to close out the frame.
Cleveland State opened the second quarter on a 5-0 run, including another Voskuhl three-pointer, to give the lead back to CSU at 21-20 with 7:16 remaining in the half. Evansville responded with a 13-3 run of their own over the next 3:31, giving the Purple Aces their largest lead of the contest at 33-24 with 3:30 left on the clock. Both teams traded baskets to close out the first half, with Evansville going into the halftime break up by nine points at 37-28.
After the intermission, Evansville was able to go on a 5-2 run over the first 2:12 of the second half, gaining a 12-point lead at 42-30 with 7:48 left in the third quarter. The Purple Aces held at least a six-point lead for the remainder of the frame, and went into the fourth and final quarter up by seven at 49-42.
During the final quarter, Cleveland State was able to work its way back into the game, closing the gap to just five points at 57-52 following six straight Viking points. This would be as close as Cleveland State would get though, as Evansville was able to convert a three-pointer just 33 seconds later that put the lead back to 60-52 with 3:25 left to play. The two teams then traded baskets over the final minutes of the contest, with Evansville coming away with the nine-point victory.
• Cleveland State at Belmont – Sunday, Nov. 22 – 5:00 p.m. EST – Nashville, Tenn.