Cleveland State Girls’s Basketball group wins WBI Championship


FRANKFORT, KY. – Cleveland State University’s women’s basketball team is bringing home new hardware after winning the Women’s Basketball Invitational Championship on Sunday night – the team’s first title win after the season in program history.

The Vikings defeated Portland 67-64.

Cleveland State finished the season with a 14-9 overall record but was perfect in the WBI tournament over the weekend, winning all three matchups.

At the head of the Vikings on Sunday evening was the senior guard Mariah White, who set up 24 points. Freshman Guard Destiny Leo and Junior Forward Isabelle Gradwell followed with 15 and 13 points respectively.

Two Vikings had double-digit rebounds – Gradwell with 10 and Aminata Ly with the top 14 on the team.

Gradwell’s 15 points and 10 boards gave the striker her second double-double of the season.

White was named the tournament’s MVP, while Leo was named the all-tournament team for her accomplishments.

On their trip to the WIB Championship, the Vikings defeated Manhattan in the first round (68:55) and then defeated Stetson (64:54) before claiming the big win over Portland.