YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Cleveland State women's basketball team wrapped up the first half of Horizon League play Saturday afternoon, dropping a 73-55 contest at Youngstown State. With the loss, the Vikings now stand at 7-13 overall and 4-5 in Horizon League play.
· Crockett, Slaney, Braxton, White, Miller
· Mariah White led the Viking offense with 17 points, shooting 8-for-12 from the field.
· Mariah Miller recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
· With her 13 points, Mariah Miller has now recorded 10+ points in 16 straight games.
· The Vikings finished the game with 12 total steals, marking the 10th game this season with double-digit steals, including the seventh in #HLWBB play.
· Savanna Crockett recorded three blocked shots on the game, notching three or more blocks for the fourth time this season. Crockett now has a team-high 29 blocked shots this year.
· Cleveland State committed just 11 turnovers against the Penguins, tying the second lowest single-game total this season.
· Saturday's game marked the end of the first half of Horizon League play for the Vikings.
During the opening quarter the Vikings got down early – trailing 12-0 after the first 3:18 – and then headed into the second period trailing 24-11.
The Vikings started to work their way back into the game over the opening minutes of the second quarter with back-to-back baskets from Savanna Crockett and Mariah White, but the Penguins responded with an 8-2 run that extended their lead to 34-17 midway through the period.
After coming out of the halftime break with the score at 44-27 YSU, the Vikings were able to match the Penguins throughout the third and fourth quarters, including going on a 6-0 run midway through the final 10 minutes to put the score at 66-50 YSU. During this stretch, the Vikings got points from Mariah Miller, White and Crockett.
Cleveland State's late push proved to be too late though, as Youngstown State held a double-digit lead for the final 20 minutes of action, pulling away with the 73-55 victory.
Cleveland State will begin the second half of Horizon League play at home next week, hosting Detroit Mercy on Thursday, January 31 and Oakland on Saturday, February 2.