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Winton leads the Vikings

November 10, 2011

By Amanda Wood

With four starters returning for the 2011-12 season, the Cleveland State women's basketball team is expected to have yet another successful season under ninth year head coach Kate Peterson Abiad. The starting lineup is centered on junior Shalonda Winton, a preseason first team all-league pick.

Winton is just 15 rebounds shy of breaking into the top-20 on the all-time career rebounds list at CSU. After two seasons in a Viking uniform Winton has collected 460 rebounds, including 300 last year, the fourth highest single season total in program history.

CSU was also picked to finish second in the Horizon League Preseason Poll, receiving 238 points. The Vikings finished behind preseason favorite Green Bay, who received 29 first place votes and 299 points.

Winton was named to the preseason all-league first team, marking the fifth straight year that a Viking has been selected to the preseason first team.

Last season, Winton led the Vikings with 28 blocked shots, helping CSU to 121 total blocks, the second most in a season in school history. She was also one of four Vikings to tally at least 100 assists, as CSU dished out 495 assists, the fourth most in a season in school history.

The team opened up their exhibition portion of their schedule on Nov. 1, playing in Woodling Gym against John Carroll. The Vikings posted an 87-55 victory over John Carroll.

CSU had five players score in double figures, led by Winton who posted 16 points and 15 rebounds.

The final exhibition game against Case Western Reserve was no different story. The Vikings topped off Case with an 85-42 triumph.

Winton once again scored in double figures, to lead CSU with 23 points, seven rebounds and six steals, while senior Takima Keane added 17 points and fellow senior Janelle Adams added 12 points and three steals.

The Vikings will open the regular season this Friday (Nov. 11) when CSU hosts Tennessee State at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.