Under the direction of 15-year head coach Kate Peterson Abiad, the Cleveland State women's basketball team had one of its
best seasons in recent history during 2017-18, finishing the campaign with a 19-11 overall record
and notching multiple team and individual milestones along the way.
Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting the season's achievements on the
Cleveland State women's basketball twitter page (@ClevelandStWBB) and right here on CSUVikings.com.
|2017-18 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS|
• The Vikings finished the season with a 19-11 overall record, marking the sixth 19-win season under head coach Kate Peterson Abiad.
• Cleveland State finished non-league play with an 8-3 record, marking the third time under head coach Kate Peterson Abiad that the Vikings
have notched eight wins during non-league action, while the .727 winning percentage was a program-best over the last 15 seasons.
• The Vikings notched an upset win against nationally ranked Green Bay in one of their final home games of the season,
earning a 71-60 victory against the Phoenix to mark Cleveland State's first win over Green Bay since the 2009-10 campaign
and the first win against Green Bay in the Wolstein Center since the 2001-02 season.
• Cleveland State finished the season with a 10-4 record when playing in the Wolstein Center,
with the 10 wins marking the seventh highest single-season win total at home in program history.
• The Vikings reached double-digit wins in Horizon League play for the sixth time over the last 11 seasons.
• The Vikings faced Louisiana Lafayette for the first time in program history during the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout,
picking up a 54-45 victory against the Ragin' Cajuns.
• Cleveland State recorded its first overtime game since 2015-16, picking up a 71-70 victory against Wright State
on January 25 to improve to 24-18 all-time in overtime contests.
• During the month of February the Vikings participated in the annual Play4Kay initiative,
wearing special pink jerseys for their two home games during the month.
• The Vikings traveled to seven different states during the season, with the longest trip of the year being 2,000+ miles to Las Vegas, Nevada.
|ALL-HORIZON LEAGUE HONORS|
• Ashanti Abshaw was named First Team All-League for the second straight season after leading the Vikings with 19.2 points per game
on 556 total points this season. Abshaw tallied 20+ points during 16 games, including a trio of 30-point performances.
• Khayla Livingston earned a spot on the All-League First Team for the first time in her career,
after finishing the season ranked in the top-five in scoring (17.5 ppg) and assists (4.0 apg) among league players.
• Shadae Bosley was named to the All-Defensive Team after averaging 1.9 blocks per game on 58 total blocked shots this season.
Bosley recorded at least one blocked shot in 21 games this season, including a season-high six blocks at Oakland.
• For the second time in program history the Vikings had three players on the same roster reach the 1,000-point milestone,
as Ashanti Abshaw, Khayla Livingston and Olivia Voskuhl all finished the season with 1,000+ career points.
• Khayla Livingston recorded her 1,000th career point with an 18-point performance against Saint Louis
on November 24 in the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout.
• Olivia Voskuhl tallied her 1,000th career point in the upset win over Green Bay on February 15,
finishing the game with 21 points on a 9-for-12 shooting performance.
• Ashanti Abshaw was the third member of the 1,000-point club, recording her 1,000th point as a redshirt sophomore last season,
and finishing 2017-18 with 1,600+ points.
|HEAD COACH KATE PETERSON ABIAD|
• After 15 seasons with the Vikings, Kate Peterson Abiad finished her tenure as the all-time winningest coach in program history with 206 wins.
• Peterson Abiad picked up her 200th career win in a 71-70 overtime victory against Wright State, earning the milestone win on her birthday.
• Peterson Abiad became one of just two active Horizon League coaches to achieve 200+ wins at their current school.