A Page -- Feb. 1, 2012

CSU travels to the North Side of Chicago to 

face Loyola

GAME 23 

Cleveland State (18-4, 8-2 HL) at Loyola (5-15, 0-10 HL) 
Date: Friday, February 3, 2012
Time: 9:00 p.m. EST
Location: Gentile Center (5,200) - Chicago, Ill.
Radio: WHK 1420 AM (Cleveland) & WHKZ, 1440 AM (Warren) (Al Pawlowski) 
TV: ESPNU (Jim Barber & Dave Kaplan)
Series: Loyola leads, 22-18
Last Mt'g: @CSU 69, LU 48 (1/7/12)
Tickets: Available at Site

SETTING THE SCENE: Cleveland State takes its annual trip to Chicago for two games this weekend, starting with a 9:00 p.m. EST contest at Loyola on Friday (Feb. 3) in a game that will be broadcast on ESPNU. Jim Barber and Dave Kaplan will provide the commentary. The Vikings are 18-4 overall and in first place in the Horizon League at 8-2, one-half game ahead of Valparaiso (8-3) entering the week. Loyola is 5-15 overall and 0-10 in league play. The Ramblers do lead the all-time series with CSU, 22-18, but the Vikings have won nine of the last 10 meetings, including eight straight. The Vikings defeated Loyola, 69-48, in this year's first meeting (Jan. 7) in the Wolstein Center.

VIKINGS DRAW DREXEL FOR BRACKET BUSTERS: Cleveland State will host Drexel on Saturday (Feb. 18) at 11:00 a.m. on ESPNU as part of the 2012 Sears Bracket Busters X. The 13 match-ups that will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks were announced on Jan. 30. It will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams in men's basketball. Drexel is 17-5 overall and tied for second place in the Colonial Athletic Association at 9-2, one game behind George Mason. The Dragons, who are 87th in the latest RPI, opened the season just 2-4, but have won 15 of their last 16 games, including nine straight. It will be the second straight season that CSU will play a team from the CAA in the Bracket Busters, falling at Old Dominion, 74-63, last year, despite a Bracket Buster record 35 points from Norris Cole.

VIKINGS REMAINS 10th IN MID-MAJOR POLL: Cleveland State remained at No. 10 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid Major Top 25 poll that was released on Monday (Jan. 30) afternoon. The Vikings, who are the only Horizon League team in the top-25, earned 487 votes, up from the 486 votes they earned last week. Murray State remained first with 775 points and all 31 first place votes and was followed by Creighton (734), Saint Mary's (717), Harvard (665), Gonzaga (638), Middle Tennessee State (619), Long Beach State (548), Wichita State (546), Iona (503) and CSU.

NCAA STATS: CSU was well represented in the NCAA statistical report that was released on Monday (Jan. 30). As a team, CSU ranked 19th in the nation in scoring defense (59.0), 20th in won-lost percentage (.818) and steals (8.8), 21st in turnover margin (+3.5), 37th in free throw percentage (.736) and 42nd in assists (14.9). Individually, D'Aundray Brown is seventh in the country in steals (2.6).

ON THE ROAD: The Vikings have been proving their mettle away from home this season, posting a 10-3 record in those contests. CSU is 9-2 in "true" road games and 1-1 in neutral site contests. The nine "true" road wins are second most in the nation (Wagner has 10), while CSU's 10 wins away from home are the third most in the country. The school-record for road wins in a season is 13, set in 2008-09.

WATERS TO COACH 500th CAREER GAME: Head coach Gary Waters will be on the sideline for the 500th time as a head coach in Friday's (Feb. 3) game at Loyola.The 16-year veteran is 289-210 overall as a head coach. He went 92-60 in five years at Kent State (2001-06), was 79-75 at Rutgers from 2001-06 and is 118-75 in six years at Cleveland State. He has led nine of his teams to postseason play.

... AND CLOSING IN ON 200 AT CSU: With at least 10 games left in 2011-12, Gary Waters will become the fourth coach in program history to coach in 200 career games for CSU, joining Ray Dieringer (360), Kevin Mackey (211) and Rollie Massimino (203). Waters has coached in 193 games at CSU, posting a 118-75 mark. He trails only Dieringer (149) and Mackey (142) for most wins in school history.

20 WINS IN SIGHT: The Vikings enter Friday's contest with an 18-4 overall record, needing just two wins to reach the 20 win mark for the ninth time in program history and fourth in the last five years. The 1985-86 Vikings set the record by winning 29 games, while last year's team won 27 games, second most in school history.

KAMCZYC'S STREAK SNAPPED AT 15: When Tim Kamczyc missed his first field goal attempt at Youngstown State (Jan. 28), it snapped a streak of 15 consecutive made field goals for the junior. The streak began when Kamczyc made seven straight field goals at Valparaiso (Jan. 15) and then went 4-for-4 in wins over Green Bay (Jan. 20) and Milwaukee (Jan. 22). Kamczyc is ranked second in the Horizon League in field goal percentage, hitting 77-of-130 (.592).

KEEP `EM UNDER 50: The 67-47 win at Youngstown State (Jan. 28) was the fifth time that CSU held a team under 50 points this year with the Penguins joining Rhode Island (45), Wright State (43), Sam Houston State (45) and Loyola (48). The 1933-34, 1935-36 and 2008-09 squads share the school record by holding 11 of their opponents to 50 points or less. CSU is first in the league and 19th in the nation in scoring defense (59.0).

THROUGH 22: Through 22 games, the Vikings are off to the second best start in school history at 18-4. The 1986-87 and 2010-11 teams both opened the season with identical 21-3 records.

MONTGOMERY RETURNS HOME: Senior Jeremy Montgomery will be returning to his hometown of Chicago for the final time in his career this weekend. In six career games at Loyola and UIC, Montgomery has averaged 11.5 points and 1.5 assists per game, shooting 24-of-49 (.490) from the field, including 14-of-27 (.519) from three-point. In his first career game in Chicago (Feb. 5, 2009), Montgomery lit up UIC for 21 points, going 5-of-7 from three-point.

DROPPING DIMES: The Vikings dished out a season-high 22 assists (on 33 field goals) in the Jan. 22 win over Milwaukee. It was the second time CSU had at least 20 assists this year, the first time coming when the Vikings notched 20 in a win at Detroit (Dec. 3). The Vikings lead the league with 14.9 assists per game.

GRADY DOUBLES UP... AGAIN: Anton Grady notched his second career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds at Youngstown State (Jan. 21). Both totals were game highs despite Grady playing just 21 minutes off the bench. His first double-double came against Green Bay (Jan. 20) when he recorded 10 points and a career-best 13 rebounds.

HE'S A FRESHMAN!!!: Freshman Anton Grady is making a strong case for Horizon League Newcomer of the Year honors. The Cleveland, Ohio, native is averaging 8.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, but has upped those numbers in the Horizon League. In the 10 league contests, Grady is posting 9.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, scoring in double figures seven times.

60-PERCENT: CSU shot a season-high .635 (33-52) from the field in the Jan. 22 win against Milwaukee, including .692 (18-26) in the second half. It was the sixth time the Vikings shot better than 50-percent from the field in a game this year with CSU winning all six of those games.

SIX IN DOUBLE FIGURES: Cleveland State had six players score in double figures in the win over Milwaukee (Jan. 22). Trey Harmon led the way with 15 points, while Tim KamczycJeremy Montgomery andAnton Grady all had 12 points. Aaron Pogue chipped in 11 markers and D'Aundray Brown scored 10. It was the first time CSU had six players in double digits since a 113-61 win over Wilberforce on Dec. 12, 2009 (Cunningham, 18; Cole, 16; Ajere, 14; Montgomery, 12; Brown, 11; Harmon, 10).

VIKINGS PASS THEIR BOARDS: CSU dominated the glass in the Jan. 20 win over Green Bay, grabbing a season-high 43 rebounds to Green Bay's 23 boards. The plus-20 rebound margin was the highest of the season for CSU, easily surpassing the old high of plus-nine at Detroit (Dec. 3). After being out-rebounded in 11 of its first 16 games, CSU has won the battle of the boards in five of the last six games. The lone game the Vikings did not win the boards was against Milwaukee when both teams had 28. The Vikings are +0.7 on the glass this year.

ALL HE DOES IS WIN: Jeremy Montgomery enters Friday's game with 87 career victories at a Viking, the fifth most in program history. Montgomery needs to be part of five more CSU wins to become the winningest player in school history. Ken McFadden holds the school record with 91 wins from 1985-89.

IT'S RAINING THREE'S: CSU has been on fire from three-point over the last 10 games, hitting 83-of-186 (.446) during the span, including at least 10 three's in four games. In the Jan. 5 win over UIC, the Vikings hit a season-high 11 trifectas, going 11-of-20 (.550) from long range. The 11 three's are tied for the third most in a game in program history. CSU followed that up by going 10-of-17 (.588) from three-point on Jan. 5 against Loyola, the best percentage for a game this season.

HARMON RETURNS IN STYLE: After missing the Jan. 5 game against UIC with a concussion, senior Trey Harmon returned to the lineup in style against Loyola on Jan. 7. Harmon hit a career-high six three-pointers (in seven attempts), en route to a game high 20 points. It was his third 20-point game of the season and the 11th of his career.

LEE PICKS UP START: With Trey Harmon not available against UIC on Jan. 5, freshman Charlie Lee earned his first career start and did not disappoint. Lee scored the first basket of the game en route to a career-high 13 points, making 4-of-10 from the field and 2-of-3 from three-point. He added five assists, three rebounds and three steals and did not commit a turnover in 33 minutes.

STRONG DEFENSE CONTINUES: Strong defense has always been a staple at CSU under head coach Gary Waters and this year has been no different. CSU is ranked first in the league in scoring margin (+8.0), turnover margin (+3.5), steals (8.8) and scoring defense (59.0) and second in three-point field goal defense (.291). The Vikings have held 16 of their 22 opponents to under 45-percent shooting from the field.

REDSHIRT COMES OFF MASON: Head coach Gary Waters had planned to redshirt Marlin Mason this season. However, with the recent rash of injuries, Waters and his staff decided to take the redshirt off of Mason who saw his first collegiate action in the Jan. 5 win over UIC. Playing 14 minutes, Mason scored five points with three rebounds. Mason is averaging 3.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in 10.4 minutes per game.

BROWN AT #7 ON STEALS LIST: With six steals at Youngstown State, D'Aundray Brown moved from ninth to seventh place on the all-time steals list at CSU with 201. He is seven steals shy of moving pastNorris Cole (2007-11) and into sixth place on the list. Brown leads the Horizon League and is ranked seventh in the nation with 2.6 steals per game, making at least two steals in 17 games this year. Brown was a member of the 2010 Horizon League All-Defense squad.

BROWN JOINS VIKINGS: Chris Brown, a 6-foot-11 center from Houston, Texas, has transferred to Cleveland State. He is eligible to practice with the team, but can't participate in games until the end of the fall 2012 semester. As a freshman at Oregon State in 2010-11, Brown played 38 minutes, scoring 12 points with 11 rebounds. He did not play this year.

A TURNOVER TALE: One area where the Vikings have been dominant this year is the turnover battle where CSU leads the Horizon League and ranks 21st in the nation with a +3.5 turnover margin. While CSU's turnovers are up from last year to 14.1 per game (CSU averaged 11.4 last year), the Vikings are turning teams over an average of 17.6 per game (14.7 last year), with opponents committing at least 20 turnovers in six games this year.

J-MO KEEPS PLAYING: When Jeremy Montgomery takes the floor on Friday, he will be playing in his 129th straight game at CSU, the third most in CSU history. Montgomery, who has never missed a game in his career, is slated to make his 79th straight start. With a minimum of 10 games left this season, Montgomery should pass J'Nathan Bullock (130 games) for second place and has a chance to break Norris Cole's school-record of 139 straight games played.

1,000 TIMES THREE: CSU has already had two players record their 1,000th career point this year. Jeremy Montgomery did it on Nov. 15 against Rio Grande, while Trey Harmon reached the milestone at Wright State (Dec. 1). D'Aundray Brown enters Friday's game with 869 points, needing 131 points to become the 21st player in program history to reach 1,000 points. CSU has never had three players score their 1,000th career point in the same season.

SUCCESS 601: The sixth edition of Success Class under Gary Waters is utilizing the book Think Like a Champion by Dave Dinunzio as the course text. Instituted at CSU in the summer of 2006, Waters uses Success Class to teach the Viking players the finer points of what it takes to succeed, both on the basketball court and in life. Success Class 101 used John Wooden's book, The Pyramid of Success. Waters relied on John Maxwell's book Talent Is Never Enough in 2007-08 and turned to former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy's book, Quiet Strength in 2008-09. Waters returned to Maxwell in 2009-10, using 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player as the course text and again in 2009-10, using Maxwell's Winning With People. The non-credited class is taught weekly by Waters to the Viking players.

FIVE OR LESS: The Vikings are a perfect 7-0 in games decided by five points or less and have won four games on their final offensive possession this season. They include...
• Trey Harmon hits a three-pointer with 2.8 seconds left in a 67-64 win over St. Bonaventure (Nov. 18).
• Jeremy Montgomery steals the inbounds pass and hits two free throws with 3.4 seconds to play in a 63-62 victory over Boston University (Nov. 25).
• D'Aundray Brown tips in a missed shot with 0.3 seconds left in a 45-43 win at Wright State (Dec. 1).
• Jeremy Montgomery hits a three-pointer with 21.2 seconds left to give the Vikings a 69-66 win over Akron.

NO EXTRA TIME NEEDED: Saturday's game at Youngstown State extended CSU's school-record streak of consecutive games without an overtime contest to 158. The last time CSU played an overtime tilt was on Nov. 17, 2007 when CSU topped Florida State, 69-66, at the Glenn Wilkes Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla. CSU is 106-52 since.

Storm football announces captains, award winners

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College football team announced its annual award winners and team captains at its traditional season-ending banquet Sunday, Jan. 29, at Quail Hollow Resort in Painesville Township.

Head Coach Mark McNellie and staff handed out awards for scout team, offensive, defensive and special teams players of the year, as well as the scholar-athlete award. The program also gave special recognition to the 27 senior players, many of whom were part of the inaugural club team in 2007.

The most prestigious award of the day was the introduction of the 2011 team captains.  Unlike most schools, which name team captains prior to the start of the season, Lake Erie has always announced its captains at the conclusion of the year.  The captains, like the player of the year awards, are voted on by the players on the team.

Bedevelsky (L) and Romeo

The captains for the 2011 season are seniors Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick), Kevin Chapman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) and David Romeo (Willoughby, Ohio/Eastlake North).  It was the third straight season Bedevelsky was named a captain and the second year in a row for Chapman.  Romeo was also named a team captain for the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

The Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year award went to freshman defensive lineman Louis Duranda(Pontiac, Mich./West Bloomfield) while the Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year honor was shared by freshman quarterback Ryan Bitzer (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Orange) and receiver Shane VanFleteren (Shelby, Mich./Utica).

Freshman linebacker Kyle Herth (Harrison, Ohio/LaSalle) was named Special Teams Player of the Year.  Herth played a role on all kickoff and punt teams as well as the field goal/extra point squad and was a leading tackler on the special teams units.

The Offensive Player of the Year award went to fifth-year senior receiver Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor).  The all-time leading receiver in school history, James was a second-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) pick in 2011 after earning honorable mention as a junior.  He set single-season LEC highs with 72 receptions for 879 yards and also caught four touchdowns. 

Chapman was named the team's Defensive Player of the Year after leading the team in total tackles (81), tackles for loss (11) and quarterback sacks (5.5).  An honorable mention All-GLIAC pick, Chapman took home conference and D2football.com national Defensive Player of the Week honors after his performance in the 

Storm's season-opening win over rival Gannon University.  

The team's Scholar-Athlete Award, presented to the player with the overall highest grade point average on the team, went to senior center Mike Hounshell (Willoughby, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin).

St. Ignatius leads state polls; Cats still 

undefeated after 32 games; three wins away 

from state record; Gilmour is 6th

St. Ignatius (32-0) is ranked No. 1 in state hockey for the fifth consecutive week.

The Wildcats are trying to become only the second team to go undefeated for the whole season and are attempting to set the single-season record for most wins.

The 2002-2003 St. Edward team coached by Bob Whidden won 34 games before falling to US in the state title game. Then that mark was eclipsed by last year's Gilmour team that won 35 games.

As far as going undefeated, the 1980-81 Shaker Heights team coached by Mike Bartley went 29-0 in winning the state title.

For St. Ignatius as a program, the 2009-10 that won the state title with many of these same players won 31 games so that record is already in the bag even before the Baron Cup. 


1.  St. Ignatius                        89 (8)

2.  Sylvania Northview                             73 (1)

3. University School        67

4.  St. Edward                        57

5.  St.. Johns                              44

6.  Gilmour Academy            40

7.  Shaker Heights                                 34

8.  Lake Catholic                         28

9.  Walsh Jesuit             21

10. Olentangy Liberty                             12

Storm travels to the 'Dale tonight

Lake Erie College Storm (7-11, 2-9 GLIAC) at #18 Hillsdale College Chargers (17-2, 11-1 GLIAC)
When: Wednesday February 1, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
Where:  Jesse Philips Arena – Hillsdale, Mich.
Live Stats: http://livestats.prestosports.com/hillsdale/
Game Notes: Click Here
Audio Broadcast: Click Here  

LAKE ERIE LOOKS TO SNAP STREAK IN TOUGH ROAD TEST: Lake Erie College men's basketball team (7-11, 2-9 GLIAC) looks to snap a six-game losing streak as it travels to GLIAC South-leading  #18 Hillsdale College Wednesday night and hosts the team currently trailing it in the GLIAC standings, Ohio Dominican University, Saturday afternoon.  Hillsdale is the Storm's first game against a NABC Top 25 team this season.  Lake Erie had never defeated a top 25 DII opponent (0-12). 

SERIES NOTES: Hillsdale has defeated Lake Erie in all three prior matchups, including a tight 62-56 game earlier this season on Dec. 3 in Painesville. 

OPPOSITION POSITION: Hillsdale (17-2, 11-1 GLIAC) holds a two-game lead in the GLIAC over the University of Findlay.  The Chargers have four players averaging at least 11.6 ppg. led by forward Brad Guinane at 13.1 ppg.  Guard Tyler Gerber is the current GLIAC South Player of the Week, averaging 17.0 points and 9.5 assists in a pair of wins.

STORM BASKETBALL TURNS 24: In 24 seasons of Lake Erie men's basketball, the Storm has posted an overall record of 206-407 (.336). However, since opening the 2002-03 season, Lake Erie is 129-126 (.507).

AUSTIN ALL-IN: Sophomore Rich Austin has made a huge leap after a solid freshman season. Austin is averaging 11.8 ppg. and 5.9 rpg., leading the team in both categories. He has reached double figure scoring in 11-of-18 games this season. The Cleveland St. Ignatius grad averaged 6.0 ppg. as a freshman.

STORM SWIPING IT: This season, the Storm has averaged 8.8 steals per game, which is second in the GLIAC.  Sophomore guard Riley Thomas leads Lake Erie with 23 steals as eight players have at least 12 swipes.

SECOND HALF SUCCESS: Lake Erie's stretch run success this season is part of a bigger pattern of playing its best ball during the second half.  This season the Storm has been outscored by 80 points (518-598) in the first half but by seven points in the second half (631-638).

Mount Union faces Musky tonight

The Mount Union men's basketball team travels to New Concord Wednesday night to battle Muskingum in a critical Ohio Athletic Conference game. With seven games remaining in the regular season, the Purple Raiders are in a position to host an OAC Tournament game for the first time since 2002.

The Purple Raiders (8-11, 4-8) are in a three-way tie for seventh place with the Muskies and Heidelberg. They trail Baldwin-Wallace by two games and Ohio Northern by just a single game. The Raiders still face all four teams one more time and could easily move into sixth place, which would be rewarded with a home game in the first round of the revamped OAC Tournament.

Mount Union is much-improved from their first meeting with Muskingum, a 62-59 loss in Alliance back in December. The Raiders are 6-5 since then and 4-4 in conference play. They average 66.6 points per game, which is ninth in the conference, and allow a league-best 65.7 points per game on the season. Saturday's 63-49 loss to Capital is the third in the last four games for the Raiders.

The Raiders are led by senior Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) and freshman Nate Jacubec(Struthers/Struthers). Both players rank among the conference's top five in minutes per game and one of the two have led the Raiders in scoring in 12 of the last 15 games.

Wood has been among the top players in the OAC during his senior campaign, leading the way in scoring (18.6) and three-pointers per game (2.47) while ranking fourth in three-pointer shooting (.423) and free throw shooting (.800). 

He is the Raiders' top rebounder at 5.6 per game and has a team-best 29 steals.

Jacubec is second on the team in scoring (11.4) and scored a career-high 21 points in back-to-back games a week ago at Otterbein and John Carroll. He is third in the OAC in free throw shooting (.827) and averages just under two assists per game.

Freshman Stevie Griffin (Canton/Massillon Jackson) and sophomore T.J. Gillespie (Toledo/St. John's) have helped in the scoring column as of late. Griffin scored a team-high 14 points against Capital on Saturday and has reached double-figures five times since the New Year. Gillespie added 12 points off the bench against the Crusaders and has hit double-figures four times since the New Year.

Muskingum (7-12, 4-8) defeated Heidelberg, 80-73, on Saturday to snap a three-game skid. The Muskies have struggled to score the ball this season and are last in the conference in scoring (63.6). It has been their defense that has allowed them to be competitive, as they allow opponents to score just 66.4 points per game, which is the second-fewest in the conference.

Senior forwards Josh Brindley and Kyle Clinedinst give Muskingum one of the OAC's top post duos. Clinedinst averages 15.9 points per game while leading the OAC in minutes (35.63), ranking second in rebounding (9.3), and third in steals (2.11). Brindley averages a 15.4 points per game while grabbing 6.4 rebounds per game and ranking fourth in the conference in shooting (.545) and steals (2.00) No other Musky averages more than 8.0 points on the season.

CSU to host Butler during rush hour tomorrow

Game 21
Butler (8-12, 4-5) at Cleveland State (8-12, 3-6)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Site: Wolstein Center - Cleveland, Ohio
Series: Butler leads, 27-13
Last Meeting: Butler 67, Cleveland State 43 (1/7/12)
Tickets: $8, General Admission // $5, Groups of 10 or more

Cleveland State will close out its four-game homestand this week, starting with a 5:00 p.m. contest against Butler on Thursday, February 2. The Vikings enter Thursday's contest on a three-game losing skid, after falling to Detroit, Wright State and Green Bay and currently rank eighth in the Horizon League standings with a 3-6 record. Butler has also been struggling as of late, as the Bulldogs have lost three out of their last five contests, ranking sixth in the league with a 4-5 mark.

Thursday's contest will be the 41st meeting between the two teams, with Butler holding the edge in the overall series record, 27-13. Earlier this season the Bulldogs claimed a 67-43 victory over CSU at Hinkle Fieldhouse, and have now won seven out of the last 10 contests in the series.

Break a three-game losing skid for the Vikings…Give head coach Kate Peterson Abiad her 115th career victory, tying her for the most wins in program history.

Junior Honesty King has finally made her way into the Horizon League statistical standings, as she is ranked in three categories as of Monday (Jan. 30). King ranks fourth in free-throw percentage (.816, 31-38), 12th in three-point field goals made (1.4) and 29th in scoring (9.1).

Following her 12 rebound effort against Detroit (Jan. 28), Shalonda Winton now leads the league with 11 double-digit rebound games this season. Winton has tallied 10 or more rebounds during six league contests this year, and collected a season-high 14 boards in back-to-back games at Toledo (Dec. 10) and versus Murray State (Dec. 20).

The Vikings tied their season low with just 13 turnovers against Detroit last Saturday (Jan. 28), and marked the fourth time this year that they have commited 15 turnovers or less during a contest. Saturday's game also marked the eighth time this season that CSU has posted fewer turnovers than their opponent, and have done so during three out of the last four games.

After recording double-digit points for the ninth straight contest with 15 points against Detroit (Jan. 28), Shalonda Winton continues to lead the Horizon League averaging 20.1 points per contest during league games only. Winton has been the Vikings top scorer during eight of the nine league contests this year, while she has also been the top rebounder during eight games.

In league games only, Winton ranks second with 10.2 rebounds per contest and is one of just two players to rank in the top-five in both scoring and rebounding (Shareta Brown, Detroit). She is also fourth in offensive rebounds (3.9) and defensive rebounds (6.3).

Freshman Cori Coleman, who has posted 95 of her 127 points during league contests this season, ranks 23rd in the Horizon League averaging 10.6 points per league contest. Coleman is one of just five freshmen to be ranked in the top-25 in scoring, while she is also ninth in steals, averaging 2.0 per game.

Shalonda Winton ranks second in the league with nine double-doubles on the season, with six of them coming against league opponents. For her career, Winton has tallied 22, with 12 coming as a sophomore and one as a freshman. Green Bay's Julie Wojta, who has 10 double-doubles on the year, is the only league player to have more double-doubles than Winton this season.

Shalonda Winton continues to climb the CSU all-time career rebounds list, as she currently ranks 12th with 654. Winton needs just five more rebounds to move into 11th place, which is held by Ashley Schrock (2000-04) who posted 658. Winton also ranks sixth in defensive rebounds with 425 and eighth in offensive rebounds with 229.

After not playing any overtime contests last season, the Vikings have already played extra time twice throughout the first 14 games of the 2011-12 season after defeating Murray State, 68-61 in overtime at the Magnolia Classic (Dec. 20). Earlier this season the Vikings forced overtime at Western Michigan (Nov. 25) and came out on top, 72-66, to improve to 18-15 all-time in overtime contests.

Cleveland State head coach Kate Peterson Abiad is in her ninth season at the helm of the Vikings, and ranks second on the all-time wins list at CSU. Peterson Abiad became the third coach in program history to record 100 career victories last season, and currently has 114, needing just two more to take over first place on the all-time wins list. Peterson Abiad has led the Vikings to four straight 19-win seasons, including a 21-12 record last year, the second most wins in program history.

This season marks the third annual CSU Hoops Luncheon Series, with Viking basketball fans having the opportunity to get monthly updates from CSU basketball head coaches Kate Peterson Abiad and Gary Waters throughout the 2011-12 season. The luncheon will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the fifth floor Viking Loge of the Wolstein Center annex. The final luncheon will take place on Monday, Feb. 13. Reservations can be made by calling (216) 687-5454.

Cleveland State signed two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Nov. 16, as Jasmine Flanagan (Corona, Calif./Centennial) and Nafeshia Holifield (Milwaukee, Wis./Milwaukee Vincent) will join the Vikings for the 2012-13 season. Flanagan, a 5-foot-5 combo guard, comes to CSU after earning first team all-league honors as a sophomore and junior. The two-time Team MVP averaged 15.8 points, 4.3 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game as a junior, and set the Roosevelt High School record with 62 three-pointers made in a season. Holifield is a 6-foot power forward who averages 10.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. Milwaukee Vincent, which is the same high school as current Viking Destinee Blue, has won the state championship three times out of the past five years.

The Vikings will close out their four-game homestand on Saturday (Feb. 4) when they host the Valparaiso Crusaders at 2:00 p.m.