All Nine Players Score As Penguins Knock Off Wilmington, 83-52

YSU vs. Wilmington
YSU vs. Wilmington

Youngstown -- Junior Monica Touvelle scored a game-high 20 points and made six 3-pointers to lead the Youngstown State women's basketball team to an 83-52 win over Wilmington (Ohio) on Sunday afternoon at the Beeghly Center.

All nine players that appeared scored for the Penguins, who improve to 7-2 while Wilmington falls to 6-3.

Senior Brandi Brown just missed a double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds, and freshman Taylor Hvisdak scored a career-high 11 points. Brown and Heidi Schlegel each had five steals for the Penguins, who totaled 16 for the game.

Shar'Rae Davis, who scored three points, dished out a career-high 10 assists.

The Penguins, who shot 42.4 percent for the game, came out hot at the start of each half making their first four 3-pointers of the game and 2-for-4 to start the second half to jump start the offense.

After shooting just 38.7 percent in the first half, the Penguins, who made 12 3's, connected on 45.7 percent after halftime and made eight 3-pointers, four of those came from Touvelle.

The Penguins owned a 14-point lead, 45-31, with 15 minutes left and used a 20-7 run over the next eight minutes to expand their lead to 27, 65-38, with 7:37 to go.

Hvisdak started the Guins' run with a layup with 14 minutes left and added a 3-pointer at the 9:54 mark to put YSU ahead by 24, 60-36.

Wilmington would not get any closer than 23 points, and the Penguins built their advantage to as many as 34 points, with 36 seconds remaining.

After Wilmington scored the first basket of the game for its only lead, the Penguins scored 11 straight to take an 11-2 lead and force a quick Quakers timeout.

The Penguins caught fire early from long distance hitting four straight 3-pointers in the first four minutes of the game to extend their lead to 10, 14-4, at the 15:51 mark. Triples by Touvelle, Amanda Barger, Melissa Thompson and another by Touvelle ignited the Penguins' early run.

But after making their first four from beyond the arc, the Penguins missed their last eight 3-point attempts in the period.

Brown scored 10 of the next 12 YSU points during a five-minute stretch that ballooned the Penguins advantage to 17, 27-10, with 8:48 left before halftime.

Wilmington twice cut the Penguins lead down to 12 - the last with 2:51 left - before free throws from Brown and Thompson pushed the advantage back to 16, 37-21, with 41 seconds to go. Wilmington's Makenzie Wippel's two free throws with four seconds left to get the Quakers within 14 at the half.

The Penguins take a break for finals then visit West Virginia, Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m.