Cleveland, Ohio — The Cleveland State University women’s basketball team dropped a back-and-forth contest to the Toledo Rockets Wednesday, 65-60. The Vikings fall to 3-6 on the season.
After a strong start to the season under new Head Coach Chris Kielsmeier that saw the team get to 3-2, the Vikings have now dropped four straight games.
The two teams began the game by exchanging baskets with the Rockets. The two teams struggled offensively, both only shooting around 40 percent after two quarters, but CSU took advantage of 10 Toledo turnovers — which they turned into 14 points — to gain a 33-29 advantage at the half.
The Vikings came out of the locker room ice cold, and quickly surrendered their lead, thanks in large part to a 2-15 shooting stretch. However, Toledo’s lack of shooting efficiency did not allow them to pull away.
Six straight points got the Vikings right back into the game, and a Isabelle Gradwell deep three-pointer put CSU back ahead.
Toledo jumped back ahead to start the final quarter of play, and opened up a modest five-point lead.
The success the Vikings had scoring off turnovers in the first half did not carry over, as they did not score another point in that category in the second half. The Rockets cut their turnover tally in half, committing just five in the second half.
Toledo, despite shooting just 44 percent from the field, used a dominating performance in the paint to down the Vikings. The Rockets scored 50 of their 65 points in the paint.
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