Woman shoots a basketball
Credit: Cleveland State Athletics
CSU’s Mickayla Perdue (0) shoots a basket in the game against Toledo, March 21, 2024.

CSU women’s basketball falls to Toledo in invitational

The first round loss in the Women's Basketball Invitation Tournament marked the end of a historic season, which saw the Vikings deliver the second highest single season win total in program history.

Cleveland State’s women’s basketball team fell to Toledo 76-68 in the first round of the Women’s Basketball Invitation Tournament (WBIT) in Toledo on March 21.

The postseason loss marked the end of a historic season for the Vikings. Their 29-6 overall record was the second highest single season win total in program history.

In Thursday's game, CSU and Toledo traded the lead numerous times in the first two quarters, which ended with the Vikings taking a 28-26 lead into halftime. 

However, Toledo took a quick lead in the beginning of the third quarter and kept it through much of the second half.

The Vikings fought valiantly, never giving up, but fading in the closing minutes to close out a memorable season.

CSU’s Mickayla Perdue finished the game with 31 points, her 15th 20-point game of the season. Two other Vikings, Jordana Reisma and Colbi Maples, scored double-digits against Toledo. CSU’s Faith Burch grabbed 10 rebounds, the fourth time this season that she recorded double-digit rebounds.

The WBIT invitational was Cleveland State's fourth straight postseason appearance, and third different postseason tournament (NCAA, WBIT, WBI) for the Vikings under head coach Chris Kielsmeier.