B Page -- Dec. 2, 2010

CSU Basketball 

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PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE: Despite being in a bit of a rebuilding mode this season, eighth year head coach Kate Peterson Abiad has the Vikings off to the second best start in school history after leading CSU to three straight 19 win seasons, including Horizon League championships and appearances in the NCAA tournament in 2008 and 2010. With just two starters and three others back who saw significant playing time last season, Peterson Abiad has incorporated several talented, yet untested players into the rotation and continues to figure out what roles everyone will fill as the season progresses. 

The starting lineup is centered around guard Shawnita Garland (10.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 4.8 apg), the lone senior on the roster and a second team All-Horizon League pick in each of the last two seasons. She is joined in the starting backcourt by sophomore Honesty King (7.8 ppg) and junior Janelle Adams (11.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.3 apg). 

Ondrea Hughes

Juniors Takima Keane (7.8 ppg) and Danisha Cole, a junior college transfer, as well as freshman Ondrea Hughes (1.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg) will also figure into the backcourt rotation. Sophomore Shalonda Winton (13.7 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 4.8 apg), who returns in the frontcourt after starting 23 times as a freshman last year, and junior Destinee Blue (12.0, 7.8) lead a deep frontcourt. Sophomore Kaila Montgomery (0.4 ppg, 1.2 rpg), who appears to be fully recovered from a knee injury that has sidelined her most of her career, and freshmen Brandee Kelly (0.5, 0.5) and Haley Schmitt (0.5 ppg), will also fight for time.

Brandee Kelly
Brandee Kelly

AMONG THE MID-MAJORS: The Vikings cracked the CollegeInsider.com Women's Mid-Major Top 25 poll that was announced on Tuesday (Nov. 30), coming in at 23rd after receiving 97 points. The Vikings were sixth among the "Others Receiving Votes" in last week's poll to come in at 31st overall. Green Bay is the only other Horizon League team in the top-25, receiving all 31 points to top the poll. The Phoenix was followed by Old Dominion, Florida Gulf Coast, Bowling Green and Princeton in the top five.

BLUE ON THE MARK: Destinee Blue ranks third in the Horizon League in field goal percentage (.551), hitting 27-of-49 from the field. She has done a lot of her damage over the last four games, going 22-of-35 (.629) during that stretch, including an 8-for-12 effort in Friday (Nov. 26) win over Florida A&M. Over the last four games, Blue is averaging 15.5 points and 9.0 rebounds, registering career highs in points (20) and rebounds (13) at Indiana on Sunday (Nov. 28).

STUCK ON 50: In a very quirky statistical oddity, the Vikings have held three of their first six opponents to exactly 50 points. The streak started when Cornell scored 50 in the season opener and continued with Niagara and Toledo both scoring 50 points. Buffalo, which scored 69 points, and Indiana, which scored 66 points, are the only teams to break the 50 point mark against the Vikings, helping CSU rank second in the league in scoring defense at 55.7 points per game.

AND DO ONE BETTER AGAINST FAMU: The Vikings may not have held Florida A&M to exactly 50 points on Nov. 26, but head coach Kate Peterson Abiad was more than pleased with the defensive effort her squad turned in. That's because the Vikings held the Rattlers to 49 points.

PROTECTING THE HOME COURT: The Vikings extended their home winning streak to six straight with Friday's (Nov. 26) win over FAMU. CSU, which is 34-10 in the Wolstein Center since the 2007-08 season, hasn't lost at home since a 74-64 setback to Loyola on Feb. 6, 2010.

... AND TRYING TO GET TO SEVEN: A win over Western Michigan on Friday night will allow the Vikings to extend their home win streak to seven straight, tying for the second longest home win streak in program history. The longest home win streak is nine that includes a win in the final game of the 1981-82 season and a perfect 8-0 mark at home in 1983-84.

DEFENSE!! DEFENSE!!: The Vikings have put forth quite an effort on the defensive end of the court this season. After six games, CSU is ranked first in the league in field goal defense (.352) and three point field goal defense (.237), second in scoring defense (55.7) and third in steals (11.8). No team has shot better than .400 from the field against the Vikings, while CSU held Indiana to a .291 (16-55) field goal percentage, the lowest by an opponent this year.

ABOVE .500: When CSU shot .510 (26-51) from the field against Florida A&M on Friday (Nov. 26), the Vikings became the first team to shoot better than 50-percent from the field in the Horizon League this season, a span of 53 games.

AT THE HALF: It's only been six games, but early in the season a good indication of the final outcome might be when the teams head to the locker rooms at halftime. CSU is a perfect 5-0 when leading at the half this year and has dropped its only game (at Indiana) when trailing at the intermission.

FIVE WINS TO OPEN THE SEASON: Friday's win over Florida A&M allowed the Vikings to begin a season 5-0 for just the second time in school history. A 66-56 loss at Indiana on Sunday (Nov. 28) snapped CSU's five game win streak to open the season. The 1974-75 team still holds the school record for most consecutive wins to open a season with seven straight.

STAT SHEET STUFFER: Shalonda Winton has been playing at a high level this season and is the only player in the Horizon League to rank among the top-10 in points, rebounds and assists, ranking 10th in scoring (13.7), third in rebounding (9.0) and sixth in assists (3.8). Winton, who leads the team with three double-doubles this year, is also third in steals (3.0), sixth in blocked shots (1.2) and second in offensive rebounds (4.0) and minutes played (38.3).

40 MINUTE WOMAN: Shawnita Garland has seen a lot of action on the court early this season, leading the league at 38.3 minutes per game. After playing 31 minutes at Cornell in the season opener (Nov. 13), Garland has played 199 of a possible 200 minutes over the last five contests, playing 40 minutes four times and 39 minutes against Florida A&M when she took a seat for the final minute.

GAME 102 NEXT FOR GARLAND: When Shawnita Garland takes the floor on Friday against Western Michigan, it will be the 103rd career game for the senior. With at least 24 games left this season, Garland will have a shot to break the school record for games played in a career which is 127 by Kailey Klein and Jessica Roque (2006-10).

... AND CLOSES IN ON WINS RECORD: All Shawnita Garland does is win and she is close to breaking the record for most career wins by a senior in program history. The record is 72 wins by the 1983-84 seniors who won 16, 14, 23, and 19 games in their careers. Garland is currently at 62 wins, having been part of 19 wins in each of her first three seasons and five wins this year.

GARLAND CLOSING IN ON 1,000 POINTS: Shawnita Garland is just 24 points shy of becoming the 22nd player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Garland scored 114 points as a freshman, 384 points during her sophomore campaign and 417 last year. She has 61 points this year.

A HELPING HAND: CSU has done its fair share of spreading the ball around early in the year, ranking second in the Horizon League in assists (16.5 apg). However, it has been over the last four games in which the Vikings have really shared the ball, handing out 71 assists on their 88 baskets (81-percent). The Vikings had 18 assists on 23 buckets in the win over Niagara and followed that with 19 assists on 21 baskets in Tuesday's win over Toledo. CSU dished out a season-high 20 assists on 26 field goals on Friday vs. FAMU and had 14 assists on 18 field goals at Indiana.

.. AND GARLAND LEADS THE WAY: As the lone senior and one of just two returning starters from last year, Shawnita Garland has often been the focus of opposing defenses early this season. With that, she has been able to get her teammates easy looks at the basket, allowing Garland to rank second in the league with 4.8 assists per game, including a career-high nine versus Toledo on Tuesday (Nov. 23), which ranks as the second most assists by a player in the Horizon League this season.

THREE DOUBLE UP: The Vikings had three players record double-doubles in the Nov. 19 win over Niagara, a first in program history. Shalonda Winton had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Shawnita Garland added 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Destinee Blue recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. It was the first time since Feb. 9, 2002 against Detroit that three CSU players had double-digit rebounds. Karen Woloszynek had 12 rebounds, while Ashley Schrock and Shannon Sword both had 11 in that 75-63 win over the Titans.

... AND BEFORE THAT: Ironically, the Nov. 19 game versus Niagara was the second time in school history that the Vikings had three players with 10 or more rebounds against the Purple Eagles. It also happened on Dec. 12, 1998, a 91-66 win when Audra Cook had 12 rebounds (19 points),Kim Brockway grabbed 10 boards (11 points) and Brandi Tatum had 11 rebounds (9 points) as the Vikings just missed having three players with double-doubles.

VIKINGS A STEAL: The Vikings rank third in the Horizon League with 11.8 steals per game, having amassed at least nine steals in all six games, including 16 at Cornell (Nov. 13). Individually, Shalonda Winton and Shawnita Garland are tied for third in the league with 3.0 steals per game.

T.K. IS A-O.K.: Junior Takima Keane has provided a spark off the bench, averaging 7.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. She is shooting .500 (17-34) from the field and is eighth in the league in three point field goal percentage (.389; 7-18). After scoring 10 points in the opener at Cornell, Keane exploded for a career-high 13 points in just 14 minutes at Buffalo.

GARLAND ON THE GLASS: She may only be 5-foot-5, but Shawnita Garland has had no trouble grabbing her fair share of rebounds this season, ranking third on the team with 6.5 per game. Garland tied her career-high with 12 rebounds at Cornell and added 10 versus Niagara.

SHE'S A THIEF: With four stealsat Indiana, Shawnita Garland remained in fifth place on the all-time steals list at CSU with 237. She needs 27 more to move past Sue Koziol (1981-84) and into fourth place. Garland holds two of the top-10 single season records for steals in school history, including 100 last year that ranks third, and 88 as a sophomore which is 10th all-time.

WINTON NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Shalonda Winton was named the Horizon League Player of the Week on Nov. 21 for her performance in CSU's wins over Buffalo and Niagara She averaged 17.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.5 steals per game and shot .500 (13-26) from the field.

VIKINGS SIGN THREE: CSU signed three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Nov. 11 and the trio will join the program for the 2011-12 season. The class is as follows..


Imani Gordon (Akron, Ohio/Firestone): One of the top players in Ohio, earning special mention all-state accolades after averaging 22.5 points, 10.8 rebounds, 7.1 steals and 6.2 assists for Firestone last year.

Kiersten Green (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township): Averaged 16.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game as a junior and is one of just three players in school history with 1,000 career points.

Tess Zufall (Slicksville, Pa./Greesburg Central Catholic): Averaged 18.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game last year, earning WPIAL all-region and all-conference honors.

UP NEXT: The Vikings begin a three-game roadtrip with a 2:00 p.m. contest at Akron on Saturday (Dec. 11).

Case Reserve Basketball 

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Senior forward Caitlin Henry (Fairfax, VA/Robinson) led Case with 11 points as the Spartans dropped to 3-2 overall with a second straight road loss, while the Lady Lords were paced by three players in double figures and improved to 5-2 on the season with the win.

Neither team was able to put together a good night shooting the rock, however, as Case connected on just 16-of-60 (26.7 percent) from the field and only 2-of-21 (9.5 percent) from three point range. It was also a decidedly sloppy and physical contest, with both squads combining for 39 team fouls and 42 turnovers on the night.

Case led for the majority of the first half, but could never mount a bigger lead than five in the early stages of the game. Kenyon worked its way to a 9-6 advantage in the first five minutes, but the Spartans re-claimed the lead, 10-9, at the 12:44 mark on a jumper by junior forward Chelsea Peck (Mt. Lebanon, PA/Oakland Catholic) and were able to extend the gap by four, 15-11, on a Henry trey with 9:09 to go.

Junior forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH/Chardon) supplied the Spartans with what turned out to be their biggest lead of the game with 4:03 remaining, connecting on a layup to make the score 19-14. But Kenyon mounted a comeback and grabbed the lead with 23 seconds left on a three by Maureen Hirt. Case was able to take a lead into the locker room, however, thanks to a jumper by freshman guard Julie Mooney (Dubline, OH/Dublin Jerome) which gave Case a 24-23 lead at the break.

Kenyon jumped back in front within the first three minutes of the second half and put the Spartans in an 11-point hole on the strength of an 11-0 scoring run over the span of three minutes and 37 seconds early on and did not allow Case to get any closer than eight points the rest of the way.

The Spartans will be back in action at home on Saturday, December 4 as the team hosts Denison University at Horsburgh Gymnasium with tip-off scheduled for 2:00 p.m.