The Lady Vikings lose to D-II Notre Dame
By Bryant Kizer
This is probably one of the worst defeats in history Cleveland State’s Lady Vikings’ head coach Kate Abiad as they lost to Division-II Notre Dame 66-51 at the Wolstein Center.
The recipe for at Lady Vikings loss they had 19 turnovers and they only hit one of 14 three-point tries.
Despite Ashanti Abshaw’s game-high of 25 points and 12 rebounds, the rest of the group did not do much. Khayla Livingston had three points. The junior guard was one out of 10 from the field and five turnovers.
However, if you are a Falcon fan, you are happy that it is their first victory against a D-I school.
Kelsey Miller, from Fresno, Ohio, led with 14 points and six rebounds. Seina Adachi had 12 points, six rebounds and three steals ( all of them in the second half).
“This was a great win for us and our program,” said Falcons’ head coach Katie Hine.
Erin Haislah added that this could be a victory that gives us more momentum.
The Falcons (2-5), who had lost three out of four, brought their brand of tough man-to-man defense to the game. They took a 10-8 first quarter lead and built at 11-point lead at 25-14 with 2:14 left.
The Falcons just came up with every loose ball and having three-point shots.
They led at half, 27-21. Even though team shot percentage(10-for-32 .31.3%) was same. The Falcons hit seven threes, and the Vikings (4-5) had one.
The Vikings made their only run in the third quarter and they finally grab the lead. The Vikings went on a 13-2 run and took a 36-35 lead. Abshaw and Shadae Bosley started to dominate.
However, the Falcons responded. Thanks to back-to-back steal-and-baskets by Adachi, the Falcons led after three, 44-39.
The Vikings just fell apart in the fourth quarter. They shot 31.3% (5-out of-16) to the Falcons 66 percent (10-15). They were outscored 22-12.
The Falcons hit and tied a season-high with 11 three’s. They assisted on 17 out of 27 field goals.
The Vikings, who had their two-game winning streak snapped, has seven days to get their act together. They are on the road to take on Bucknell on Dec. 18.