Strong Second Half Leads Vikings To 86-66 Victory At Oakland

Strong Second Half Leads Vikings To 86-66 Victory At Oakland

ROCHESTER, Mich. – The Cleveland State women's basketball team picked up its fourth straight victory Saturday afternoon, earning an 86-66 victory at Oakland. With the win, the Vikings improved to 16-7 overall this season and 8-4 in Horizon League action.

Cleveland State vs. Oakland Box Score

Game Stats
· Khayla Livingston led four Vikings in double-figures with 27 points, while Olivia Voskuhl added 16, and Ashanti Abshaw and Rachel Slaney both chipped in 11 points.
· Rachel Slaney grabbed a team-best 10 rebounds, while Ashanti Abshaw grabbed eight boards.
· As a team, the Vikings recorded 14 steals, including six from Ashanti Abshaw and three from Shadae Bosley.
· Shadae Bosley recorded a season-best six blocked shots on the game.
· The Vikings shot 47-percent from the field on the contest, including a .579 clip during the third quarter.

Game Notes
· Rachel Slaney recorded her first double-double of the season with a career-high tying 11 points and career-high 10 rebounds.
· Khayla Livingston posted her eighth 20-point game of the season with 27 points against the Grizzlies.
· Jade Ely returned after missing three games due to injury, recording five points, two assists, one rebound, and one steal in 15 minutes of action.
· Cleveland State has now won four straight games and five of its last six.
· Cleveland State picked up the season sweep over Oakland, including a 70-62 victory in the first matchup.

The Game
After heading into the halftime break trailing 39-34, the Vikings worked their way back into the contest over the first few minutes of the third quarter, starting with a steal and layup from Olivia Voskuhl on the opening possession. Including the Voskuhl layup, the Vikings outscored Oakland 9-4 to start the second half, tying the contest at 43-43 on another Voskuhl layup to force an Oakland timeout at the 7:22 mark.

Out of the timeout, Ashanti Abshaw grabbed a steal and then converted a layup on the other end of the court to give the advantage back to the Vikings at 45-43. Cleveland State then slowly extended its lead throughout the remainder of the frame, taking a 64-54 advantage into the final 10 minutes of action.

The Vikings then went on to hold a sizeable advantage throughout the final quarter, running away with the 86-66 victory. During the final 10 minutes of action, the Viking defense held Oakland to a .125 clip from the field (2-for-16), while they shot 42-percent on the other end.

CSU Career Record Book
· Khayla Livingston moved into 11th place on the CSU Scoring Chart with 1,333 career points, after posting 27 at Oakland.
· With five three-pointers on the game, Khayla Livingston continue to inch closer to setting a CSU Career Record, ending the game with 213 career three-pointers, just five shy of a program best.

Up Next
· Cleveland State will continue its current roadswing at UIC (Thursday, February 8) & IUPUI (Saturday, February 10) next week.