The Youngstown State women's basketball team had its best all-around performance of the season as the Penguins defeated Ohio Valley 84-52 on Friday night at the Beeghly Center.
In scoring a season-high 84 points, YSU shot 47.8 percent from the field (33-of-69), 42.3 percent from three-point range (11-of-26) and grabbed 50 rebounds to outrebound the Fighting Scots by 19. The Guins also dished out 23 assists on the night as well. On defense, YSU held Ohio Valley to just a 31.8 performance from the field.
The Penguins had a strong performance from the outset of the contest in picking up their second win of the season. YSU never trailed in the contest and took the lead for good after breaking a 7-all tie five-and-a-half minutes into the game.
From the point of the 7-7 tie, the Guins scored the next nine points to seize control. Liz Hornberger knocked down a 3-pointer to break the deadlock and following at Latisha Walker free throw, Hornberger drained another trey and the onslaught was on. With the game 28-16 at the 7:36 of the first half, the Penguins went on an 18-3 run to increase the advantage to 46-19. At the break, the Guins led 46-21.
In the second half, YSU outscored the Fighting Scots 38-31. The closest Ohio Valley could get was 29 points at 59-30 and the biggest leads for the Penguins were 81-39 and 84-42.
Four players finished in double figures led by Jenna Hirsch who scored 15 points and had five assists in making her first career start. Monica Touvelle had 13 points, grabbed six rebounds and made four 3-pointers. Latisha Walker had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds and Karen Flagg had 11 points coming off the bench for the first time this season.
With the victory, YSU improves to 2-6 on the campaign while OVU is now 3-8. Imani Ward had a game-high 18 points off the bench for the Fighting Scots.
The Penguins close out their five-game homestand with a special School Day game against Malone. Tipoff for the contest is set for 11:05 a.m. at the Beeghly Center and more than 1,300 area school students are expected to attend the contest.