December 13, 2016

Women’s basketball dominates Lake Erie 65-42

The Cleveland State University women’s basketball team ended a three game home stretch with a 65-42 victory over Lake Erie College on Sunday, Nov. 27 to give the Vikings a 2-3 record on its season.

The game provided for a series of special statistics for both the team and for head coach, Kate Peterson Abiad. Not only are the Vikings now 6-0 against Lake Erie with this win, but every player saw game time and scoread at least once. Coach Peterson Abiad also notched her 175 win in her tenure with Cleveland State.

When the second half of the game started, Coach Peterson Abaid said it was time to put the second group of girls in to keep the game plan rolling.

“Within the first 60 seconds [of the second half], I noticed that we were just playing at this same pace and we weren’t really taking a step up,” Peterson Abiad said. “So I was able to put the next group in, and that’s a group that plays together at practice and they feel very comfortable with one another. And I think it showed.”

The example the team put on the floor for the game against Lake Erie showed just what the team is capable of doing, according to Peterson Abaid. She described the team’s playing as “an example of what it is we’re trying to accomplish.”

Coach Peterson Abiad congratulated the team after its win over Lake Erie and the efforts put in to come out on the winning side.

“I told [the team] in the locker room afterwards [that] they didn’t just hold down the fort, so to speak, they built the fort,” Peterson Abiad said. “They started to really make things happen.”

Now the Vikings are a perfect 6-0 against Lake Erie, with all of the wins coming under Peterson Abiad’s tenure. She said Lake Erie’s head coach, Bob Booher, has agreed to play Cleveland State every year even though the teams are in different divisions. She also said that it has become a rivalry from which both teams can grow.

“[Coach Booher] believes [his players] learn and grow from [the game], and I believe our kids do too,” Peterson Abiad said. “It was a game we could really work on some things. I’m always very appreciative of his willingness to come play us. So it’s a nice little healthy rivalry I guess that we’ve developed.”

Peterson Abiad was also able to win her 175th game as head coach of the Vikings. It’s an achievement that she said took awhile, but she said she hopes to win many more down the road.

“It feels like it’s been a long time coming,” Peterson Abiad said. “Wins haven’t come as quickly and as easily as I’d like them to… I’m hoping that we’re building that next round of kids that are really going to take off and win a lot of games… we’re hoping to just continue to build this up so we can be a major contender. So 175th, I hope 200th comes really quick.”

The Vikings next games are at Bucknell University, Sunday, Dec. 18 and at Bowling Green State University, Wednesday, Dec. 21. The next home game at the Wolstein Center takes place Saturday, Dec. 31 at 1 p.m.


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