Cleveland, Ohio — The Cleveland State University women’s basketball team defeated Wright State University Thursday 71-70 as time expired. The Vikings improve to 13-7 (5-4) on the season.
CSU got off to an abnormally slow start on offense, and scored just five points in the first quarter. The Vikings trailed by 11 after the first quarter.
They turned it around in the second quarter, however, thanks in part to a 13-15 mark from the free throw line. WSU led by as many as 20 points in the first half, but CSU closed the gap to 11 at the half.
The Vikings got off to a hot start in the second half, as a balanced attack capped off with an Ashanti Abshaw 3-pointer brought CSU even with Wright State at 37.
Wright State was able to slow the Viking offense in the following minutes, but CSU took the lead, 40-39.
The two teams stayed close down the stretch, as they exchanged baskets and the lead throughout the final quarter.
With under a minute to play, WSU missed a crucial layup that would have tied the game, and Abshaw turned it into a CSU layup on the other end to give the Vikings a four-point lead with 35 seconds to play.
WSU got a layup and free throw to tie the game with 17 seconds left in regulation. Khayla Livingston had a layup opportunity to win the game, but she narrowly missed it to send the game to overtime.
The Vikings started the overtime period hot, as they built a five point lead, but WSU would not go away.
With 56 seconds left, WSU, down one point, had two free throws to attempt to take the lead, but missed both.
WSU didn’t give up, and made a basket with two seconds left in overtime to take a one point lead.
With two seconds left, CSU in-bounded the ball to Abshaw, who hit from just inside the three-point line at the top of the key as time expired to win the game.
Abshaw finished the game with 22 points. Livingston added a game-high 25 points in the victory.
UP NEXT: The Vikings are at home Saturday to take on Northern Kentucky at 1 p.m. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3.
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