Destiny Leo shooting a jumpshot against Austin Peay, Nov. 22 in Woodling Gymnasium at Cleveland State University.
Credit: Cleveland State Athletic Department
Destiny Leo shooting against Austin Peay, Nov. 22, 2023, in Woodling Gymnasium at Cleveland State University.

CSU women’s basketball sweeps Viking Invitational

Cleveland State won all three games in the Holiday Express Viking Invitational at Woodling Gymnasium, defeating Austin Peay, Chicago State and University Missouri-Kansas City to take the title.

Cleveland State women's basketball hosted the Viking Invitational, Nov. 22-25, winning all three of their games at Woodling Gymnasium against visiting Austin Peay, Chicago State and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The Vikings' dominance showcased a team ready for a real run at the Horizon League title this season.

Day 1 - Nov. 22:

  • The Vikings opened the tournament against Austin Peay. 
  • It was a tightly contested contest against the Governors, with both teams shooting 44% for the game, which CSU won 62-57. 
  • Austin Peay outrebounded Cleveland State 31-29. Carmen Villalobos led the Vikings with seven rebounds. 
  • Both teams recorded 30 points in the paint. 
  • The Governors’ bench outscored the Vikings 30-14, led by Shamarre Hale.
  • Destiny Leo (22 points) and Colbi Maples (21 points) led the Vikings Offensively.
  • Cleveland State held a 10-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter before Austin Peay went on a run to make the game single digits.
  • Both teams traded baskets back and forth in the fourth quarter, but the Vikings were able to hold off Austin Peay by making multiple free throws in the game's final minutes to earn the victory. 
  • It was the closest game the Vikings played in the tournament.

Day 2 - Nov. 24:

  • The Vikings hosted the Chicago State Cougars two days later in Woodling Gymnasium.
  • Cleveland State started strong and maintained control for the rest of the game, running out winners 95-41.
  • Cleveland State held an edge over the Cougars in nearly every box score category: They outrebounded them 52-33, converted more assists (14-7), scored more points off turnovers (30-7), points in the paint (56-12), bench points (58-13) and had more second-chance points (16-7). 
  • Four Vikings finished with double-digit points: Destiny Leo, Mickayla Perdue, Faith Burch and Paulina Hernadez. 
  • Burch had a career day, scoring the first double-double of her collegiate career.
  • The victory marked a milestone for Chris Kielsmeier, Cleveland State women's basketball head coach, who picked up his 100th win at CSU. 

Day 3 - Nov. 25:

  • Cleveland State finished the Viking Invitational against the University Missouri-Kansas City Roos, continuing their dominance from the previous game, winning 82-55.
  • The Vikings had impressive performances on offense and defense. Cleveland State shot 50% from three-point and 51% overall. They held the Roos to 36% shooting. 
  • Cleveland State applied defensive pressure, forcing 19 turnovers, 14 of which were steals. This is the third time the Vikings forced double-digit steals in the year.
  • Colbi Maples, Mickayla Perdue and Jordana Reisma all scored double-digits for the Vikings. Maples was the leading scorer with 17 points. 
  • Jordana Reisma had her first double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds, posting a team-high in rebounds. The Vikings held a 39-30 rebounding edge over the Roos.
  • The Vikings applied pressure inside the Roos, scoring 46 points in the paint. 
  • Cleveland State held a double-digit lead for most of the game, extending it after halftime with a 9-0 run in the third quarter.

The Vikings improved to 5-1 on the season with their three victories in the invitational. They continued that form with a win against Robert Morris 72-59 at home on Wednesday in their Horizon League opener. 

The Vikings continued their excellent form on Saturday, improving to 7-1 after defeating Northern Kentucky 72-60.

Next, Cleveland State hosts Niagara on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.