Cleveland, Ohio — The Cleveland State University women’s basketball team won a close battle with Illinois State University Monday, 67-63, to improve to 3-2 on the season.
Mariah Miller and Mariah White led the Vikings with 17 and 16 points, respectively. Miller and Savanna Crockett each pulled down seven rebounds.
The Vikings struggled to defend the rim early in the contest, and ISU used its size to its advantage. ISU scored 42 of its 61 points in the paint, and also out-rebounded the Vikings, 36-29.
The Vikings fell behind early, and despite poor first half shooting (35 percent in the opening half) the Vikings fought back to take the lead with under 30 seconds to go until halftime. ISU used a last-second layup to re-secure the lead going into the break, and held a 27-26 advantage in the low-scoring affair.
The Vikings got into a rhythm on offense early in the second half and took the lead after scoring 10 straight points. A couple minutes later, ISU answered that with a 7-0 run to close the gap, and a couple of Mary Crompton 3-pointers connected to bring ISU within three.
CSU grew its lead to double-digits in the fourth as ISU continued to suffer from costly turnovers. ISU finished the game with 21 turnovers, which CSU converted into 21 points. ISU climbed back within five with under a minute to play, but the Vikings hung on to secure the victory.
Up next, the Vikings travel to San Diego Friday to take part in a pair of games as part of the San Diego Thanksgiving Tournament.
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