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Cleveland State vs. Green Bay
SETTING THE SCENE
The Cleveland State women's basketball team will close out its brief two-game homestand on Saturday, January 28, hosting nationally ranked Green Bay at 1:00 p.m. Entering the contest Cleveland State stands at 10-10 overall this season and 5-4 in Horizon League play, while No. 24/25 Green Bay owns an 18-2 overall record and a perfect 9-0 mark in league action.
A WIN SATURDAY WOULD…
Improve Cleveland State to 6-4 in Horizon League play…Snap a two-game losing skid for the Vikings…Mark Cleveland State's first victory over Green Bay since the 2009-10 season…Mark the fourth win for the Vikings out of their last seven games.
THE CLEVELAND STATE/GREEN BAY SERIES
This will be the 65th meeting between the two teams, with Green Bay owning a 59-5 advantage in the overall series. Cleveland State's last victory over the Phoenix came during the 2009-10 season, when the Vikings upset Green Bay in overtime in the Horizon League Semifinals, 83-75.
SCOUTING THE PHOENIX
Green Bay enters Saturday's contest nationally ranked in both Top-25 polls, owning an 18-2 overall record this year and a perfect 9-0 record against Horizon Leauge opponents...Green Bay is the only team to be undefeated in league play, and sits at the top of the league standings...The Phoenix enter Saturday's matchup on a 10-game winstreak, with their only two losses on the season coming to Wisconsin (54-53) and former No. 1 Notre Dame (71-67)...For the season, Jessica Lindstrom is averaging a double-double with 11.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game, while Mehryn Kraker is averaging a team-best 18.0 points per game...Lindstrom and Kraker both rank second among league players in rebounding and scoring, respectively.
LAST TIME OUT…
Cleveland State dropped a heartbreaker to Milwaukee on Kids Day, falling to the Panthers, 80-78. Cleveland State had four players finish in double-figures, led by Khayla Livingston with her fourth 20-point game of the season after ending right on the number. As a team, the Vikings shot 46-percent from the field on the game, including a .615 clip during the fourth quarter.
CLEVELAND STATE VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
Green Bay marks the second Top-25 opponent for the Vikings this season, as Cleveland State faced No. 8 Ohio State earlier this year during the non-league slate. Prior to the Ohio State contest back in November, Cleveland State's last contest versus a ranked opponent came during the 2011-12 season when they faced No. 11 Green Bay during regular season play.
VIKINGS RETURN TO WOLSTEIN
Saturday's game against Green Bay will mark just the second home contest for Cleveland State over the last three weeks, and will be the second of just two home games during a nine-game stretch. The Vikings, who have just four home games during the month of January, are happy to be home, as they own a 3-1 record in Horizon League action when playing in the Wolstein Center this season.
BOSLEY ON CSU CAREER BLOCKED SHOTS LIST
Entering Saturday's game against Green Bay, junior Shadae Bosley ranks ninth in the CSU Career Record book with 69 blocked shots. Bosley, who became just the 10th Viking to record 60 career blocks earlier this season, has tallied 23 total blocked shots this year and ranks second in the Horizon League averaging 1.3 blocks per game. Bosley enters Saturday's game just three blocked shots shy of moving into eighth place on the list.
…VOSKUHL CLOSING IN ON 50 CAREER BLOCKED SHOTS
Entering Saturday's contest against the Phoenix, Olivia Voskuhl is closing in on becoming the seventh player under head coach Kate Peterson Abiad to record 50 blocked shots, entering the game with 46 career blocks. Voskuhl, who has 15 total blocks this season, ranks 10th among Horizon League players averaging 0.8 blocks per contest, and has notched three blocked shots over the last two games.
LIVINGSTON IN HORIZON LEAGUE PLAY
Over the first nine Horizon League contests of the season Khayla Livingston has really stepped up her offensive performance, averaging 17.4 points per game against league opponents, compared to her 10.1 point per game average that she had during non-league play. Livingston, who enters Saturday's game as one of just two current Vikings to have 750+ points on their careers, has tallied double-digit points in all but one league game this season, including a trio of 20-point performances against Valparaiso (20 pts), Oakland (28 pts), and Milwaukee (20 pts).
BUTLER MAKES MOST OF STARTING LINEUP SPOT
After earning a spot in the starting lineup at Oakland last weekend, senior Chrishna Butler has made the most of her opportunity, having three of the better games of her collegiate career over the last week. In just her second career start at Detroit, Butler recorded career-highs with 17 points, five made field goals, and three made three-point field goals. In the three games that Butler has earned a spot in the starting lineup (@ Oakland, @ Detroit, vs. Milwaukee), she is averaging 10.7 points on a .692 field goal clip, 2.3 rebounds, and has committed just two turnovers averaging 35.3 minutes per contest.
VOSKUHL PICKS UP OFFENSIVE PLAY
Ever since regaining her starting spot against Valparaiso (Jan. 12), Olivia Voskuhl has stepped up her offensive play, averaging 12.8 points per game over the last six contests. Voskuhl, who is averaging just 8.6 points per game this season, has recorded double-digit performances in five of the last six games, including a season-high 17 point-performance against UIC (Jan. 14).
ABSHAW CLOSING IN ON 900-POINT PLATEAU
Redshirt sophomore Ashanti Abshaw continues to add to her career point total, entering Saturday's contest against the Phoenix with 879 career points. Abshaw, who has recorded 18 double-digit performances this season, including seven 20-point games, is now 21 points shy of reaching the 900-point plateau. Abshaw leads all current Vikings with her 879 career points and is on track to become one of the fastest Cleveland State players to reach the 1,000-point milestone.
LIVINGSTON FROM BEHIND-THE-ARC
Junior Khayla Livingston returns as one of the top three-point shooters in the Horizon League, as she led all players with a .420 clip from behind-the-arc last season (60-for-143). Livingston, who has tallied a team-high 38 three-pointers so far this season, ranks fifth among league players averaging 2.0 three-pointers per game. Entering Saturday's contest against the Phoenix, Livingston continues to sit at the top of the CSU Career Record book with a .383 clip from three-point for her career (122-for-318).
VIKING STARTING FIVE
Throughout the first part of the 2016-17 season the Vikings have used eight different starting lineups, including four different lineups during Horizon League play. Last time out, Ashanti Abshaw, Chrishna Butler, Khayla Livingston, Jade Ely, and Olivia Voskuhl made up the Viking starting five, with Chrishna Butler earning just the third start in her collegiate career.
…ABSHAW IN THE STARTING LINEUP
Redshirt sophomore Ashanti Abshaw is the only Viking to be a part of the starting five during every game this season, and marked her 49th consecutive start for the Vikings against Milwaukee last time out. Abshaw, who played just six games as a freshman before tearing her ACL, returned to start all 29 games as a redshirt freshman and has started 20 games this year. Abshaw's 49 career starts leads all current Vikings.