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Cleveland State women's basketball star Destiny Leo named Horizon League Player of the Year

The junior from Willowick is the third player in program history to earn the award. Senior Deja Williams also took home Sixth Player of the Year honors.

CLEVELAND — Among Horizon League women's basketball stars, there is truly no one better than Destiny Leo.

The Cleveland State guard was named the conference's Player of the Year on Monday, as well as an all-league first-team honoree. The junior from Willowick is just the third player in Vikings history to be named the Horizon League's top player, joining Audra Cook in 2000 and Kailey Klein in 2009.

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Leo has averaged 17.9 points per game while leading the conference in 3-point (38.5%) and free-throw percentage (91.9%). She has scored at least 20 points in 12 contests and 30 in four, helping to lead CSU to a program-best 27-4 record.

A legend on the court at Eastlake North, the 21-year-old Leo was already a first-team All-Horizon League selection last year while also being named the conference's Sixth Player of the Year as a freshman in 2021. This season, it was her teammate Deja Williams who took home the latter award, with the senior guard averaging 6.5 points, 2.0 assists, and 1.3 steals across 22.3 minutes per game off the bench.

Forward Brittni Moore joined Leo as an all-conference selection, making the second team with 11.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Her fellow frontcourt senior Amele Ngwafang also made the third team as well as the all-defensive team, recording seven double-doubles along with 9.9 rebounds per contest.

Finally, forward Jordana Reisma was selected to the all-freshman team after averaging 6.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game. Her 39 total blocks rank second in the conference.

The Vikings are seeded second in the upcoming Horizon League Tournament and will host a quarterfinal game Thursday afternoon at the Wolstein Center against No. 7 Milwaukee. The winner of the conference tourney will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

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