By Bryant Kizer
Ashanti Abshaw posted a double-double as Cleveland State Lady Vikings douched University of Illinois-Chicago Flames 72-69.
Abshaw, a Cleveland Height’s standout, recorded her sixth double-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds and three steals to give the Vikings their first two-game winnings streak in 2016.
The Vikings, who are 4-11 in the Horizon League is trying to stay out of Green Bay (14-1) top-seed bracket. With two games to go, they might have a chance. The Vikings must beat Valparaiso (4-11) on Monday and win two back-to-back road games against Wright State (10-5) and Northern Kentucky (8-7).
The red-shirt freshman, who has four Horizon League freshman of the week awards, had some company to fan the Flames top-scorer Ruvanna Campbell.
“Ashanti has led us all year long. She leads in points, rebounds and every offensive categories. She has just strive, but she still has a lot to learn and she would tell you that,” said Vikings head coach Kate Peterson Abiad.
Sophomore Khayla Livingston had 15 points and four assists. Allison Mitchell added nine points on seven-out-of-eight free-throw shooting.
Campbell, a near 18 points a game and 14 rebounds a game, had 25 points and 13 boards. The senior also had four assists and three steals.
Starting guard Kendyl Nunn had a double-double as well with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Coming off the bench for the Flames (3-13 HL, 12-15), Brittnay Bird had 12 points.
The Vikings (7-18 overall) lead the Flames 35-31 at the half. Abshaw leads with 12 points. Their defense has seven steals.
The Vikings host Valparaiso on Monday at 5:30 p.m.