Cleveland, OH – The Cleveland State women’s basketball team opened play Wednesday at the Hampton Inn Cleveland Downtown Viking Invitational, claiming a 57-53 win over Georgia State. With the victory, the Vikings improve to 3:1 on the still young season.
· Destiny Leo led the Vikings offense with 23 points while Brittni Moore added 16 points.
· Brittni Moore had eight rebounds as a team-best while Sara Guerreiro had six boards.
· As a team, the Vikings recorded eight blocked shots in the game, including four by Jordana Reisma.
· The Vikings recorded 10 assists on the day, with two assists each from Brittni Moore, Destiny Leo and Barbara Zieniewska.
· Destiny Leo recorded her second 20-point game of the season after finishing with 23 points against Georgia State.
· Jordana Reisma has now had a blocked shot in all four games this season after posting a season-best four on the day.
· Cleveland State had 10 assists against Georgia State, marking the second straight game in which the Vikings recorded double-digit assists.
· The victory keeps the Vikings perfectly at Wolstein Center this season.
· This was the first meeting between Cleveland State and Georgia State in program history.
After a strong first half, Cleveland State went into the third quarter with a 32-20 lead at halftime in double digits.
The Vikings were able to maintain their sizable lead in the opening minutes of the third quarter when a Destiny Leo three-pointer at the 8:32 mark gave the Vikings a 37-24 lead while Leo made two baskets in a row and Gabriella Smith built a few games later the CSU lead was 41:27 to 14 points.
Cleveland State then held off a 13-4 run from Georgia State to close the frame and retained a 45-40 lead in the final 10 minutes of action.
During the fourth quarter, the Vikings were able to get on the board first with a Brittni Moore-and-a game, putting the 48-40 score in the frame in under a minute. Despite that momentum, Georgia State closed the gap to four points midway through the quarter before another Moore jumper took the score to 50-44 Cleveland State with 3:47 to go.
The two teams then traded baskets over the next few games until a 7-0 run by Georgia State closed the gap to just one point at 54-53 with 41 seconds left.
The Vikings were able to stop the scoring run with two free throws from Moore to give Cleveland State a 56-53 advantage, while another free throw from Moore following a Deja Williams steal gave the Vikings a 57-53 win.
Cleveland State will continue Friday, November 25 at the Hampton Inn Cleveland Downtown Viking Invitational and host Bellarmine at 4:00 p.m. at the Wolstein Center.