CLEVELAND, Ohio – With a pair of free throws at the 1:02 mark of the second quarter, Ashanti Abshaw recorded her 1,000th career point and helped lead Cleveland State to a 77-58 victory over Northern Kentucky Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Vikings are now 13-14 overall this season and 8-8 in Horizon League play.
· Four Vikings finished the match in double-figures, led by Khayla Livingston with 19 points.
· Ashanti Abshaw added 15 points for the Vikings, with Chrishna Butler adding 12 and Jade Ely posting 11 points.
· Ashanti Abshaw grabbed a team-best nine rebounds on the game, while Olivia Voskuhl and Khayla Livingston both recorded five boards.
· As a team, the Vikings recorded 14 assists, with Ashanti Abshaw and Khayla Livingston both posting four helpers.
· The Vikings grabbed 10 steals on the game, including five from Olivia Voskuhl.
· Shadae Bosley recorded three blocked shots on the game, while Olivia Voskuhl added two and Chrishna Butler added one.
· As a team, the Vikings shot 45-percent from the field, including a .500 clip during the first frame.
· With her three blocked shots against NKU, Shadae Bosley is now tied for sixth in the CSU Career Record book with 83 blocks.
· After recorded two blocks in the game, Olivia Voskuhl is now just one block shy of recording the 50th blocked shot of her career.
· Saturday's 77-58 victory over the Norse gives Cleveland State the season sweep of Northern Kentucky – its third sweep of the year.
· With 15 points against Northern Kentucky, Ashanti Abshaw eclipsed the 1,000-point milestone for her career, becoming the 27th Viking all-time to achieve the feat and the 11th to do so during head coach Kate Peterson Abiad's tenure.
· Abshaw eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in her 62nd game, becoming the third fastest Cleveland State player to achieve the feat.
· Abshaw is the only Viking to record her 1,000th point as a sophomore/redshirt sophomore, and finished the game with 1,007 points.
Cleveland State controlled play throughout the first half, holding the lead for all but two minutes at the start of the contest, heading into the halftime break with an eight-point advantage at 35-27.
The Norse were able to close the gap to just three points over the opening minutes of the third quarter then, going on a 5-0 run until a Chrishna Butler layup stopped the run at the 8:10 mark and put the score at 37-32 Cleveland State. The Vikings were then able to go on an 11-3 run over the next 2:49, extending their lead to double-digits at 46-35 following an Ashanti Abshaw three-pointer at the 5:21 mark.
The two teams then traded baskets over the final minutes of the third quarter, with Cleveland State heading into the final 10 minutes with a 58-45 advantage.
Cleveland State was able to control play throughout the final frame and held a double-digit lead for the rest of the contest, coming away with the 77-58 victory.
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