Cleveland State Ends Strong to Beat YSU, 79-69; Rematch Set for Monday
Cleveland, Ohio -- Cleveland State outscored the Youngstown State women's basketball team 20-9 over the final seven-and-a-half minutes to thwart a Penguins' comeback attempt and win 79-69 on Saturday afternoon at the Wolstein Center.
The Vikings led by as many as 14 in the first half, but YSU rallied in the second half and led 60-59. That's when Shalonda Winton scored 10 points in just over three minutes to spark Cleveland State's run.
YSU finishes the regular season with a 10-19 overall mark and a 4-14 record in Horizon League play. The Penguins will enter the Horizon League Tournament as the No. 10 seed, and they'll play at No. 7 Cleveland State again on Monday at 7 p.m.
Heidi Schlegel registered her second career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Kelsea Fickiesen added a career-best 14 points. YSU committed 28 turnovers, matching a season high, and attempted a season-low 14 3-pointers.
Winton finished with 25 points, and Takima Keane and Cori Coleman both had 14 points.
Cleveland State shot 63.3 percent in the first half and 50 percent for the game. The Vikings scored 22 of their 33 points in the second half in the final 8:30. YSU shot 40.7 percent and posted a season-high 16 steals.
Cleveland State made 10 of its first 13 shots and ended the first half on a 9-3 run to take a 46-35 lead at halftime. The Vikings led by as many as 14 in the period, and their 9-3 run to end the period came immediately after YSU had cut the deficit to five.
The Penguins outscored the Vikings 15-7 in the first five
minutes of the second half to cut the margin to three, and they
took their first lead of the contest when two Macey Nortey free
throws at the 9:47 mark made the score 58-57. Cleveland State made
two free throws to re-claim the lead, and a Kenya
Middlebrooks bucket put YSU up 60-59 with 7:34 left. The
Vikings made six of their next seven shots, and YSU missed six free
throws in the final 6:37.