YSU Starts Big Wisconsin Road Swing at Milwaukee on Friday

YSU Starts Big Wisconsin Road Swing at Milwaukee on Friday
Youngstown State at Milwaukee
Date & Time Friday, Feb. 21, at 8 p.m. Eastern
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The Youngstown State women's basketball team will head back on the road this week for its annual trip to Wisconsin, starting with a Friday contest at Milwaukee. The Penguins and Panthers will tip at 8 p.m. Eastern at the Klotsche Center, and the game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio and the Horizon League Network.

The Penguins emphatically snapped a three-game losing streak on Saturday with an 84-56 victory over Valparaiso at Beeghly Center. YSU enters this week with an 11-12 overall record and a 7-3 mark in Horizon League play. The Penguins are one game behind league-leading Green Bay, their opponent on Sunday, and they are one of three conference teams with three losses (with Cleveland State and Wright State).

In their win over Valparaiso on Saturday, the Penguins made a season-high 13 3-pointers and shot a season-best 55 percent. Liz Hornberger made six of those 3-pointers, and Monica Touvelle and she combined to go 8-for-9 from the 3-point arc in the first half as YSU built a 42-27 lead. The Penguins led by double digits for the final 26:46 of the game and led by as many as 31 late in the second half. Hornberger finished with a career-high 20 points, and Karen Flagg posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Heidi Schlegel broke YSU's record for free throws in a season and now has made 144 in 2013-14, four more than the pervious mark.

Schlegel ranks third in the Horizon League in scoring with 19.5 points per game and is fifth in rebounding at 7.9 per contest. The redshirt junior needs 27 points to become the 18th player in school history to score 1,000 points. Hornberger ranks second in the conference with 2.5 3-pointers per game, and she is one of five Penguins averaging between 6.8 and 9.7 points.

Milwaukee is 7-17 overall and holds a 3-8 mark in Horizon League play. UWM won at Green Bay to start league play and has beaten Valparaiso and Detroit at home. The Panthers rank eighth in the conference in both scoring offense and scoring defense. YSU beat Milwaukee 87-71 in Youngstown on Jan. 18.

Following this week's road trip, YSU will host UIC on Feb. 27 at 7:05 p.m. YSU's Student Government Association is sponsoring a Beach Night Funfest in conjunction with that game.

Top Story Lines

  • Youngstown State has tied last season's team for the best start to Horizon League play in school history at 7-3. YSU finished 11-5 in the conference last year.
  • In YSU's seven Horizon League wins, opponents have averaged 60.9 points. In the three league losses, opponents have averaged 88 points.
  • Of YSU's six remaining games, three are against teams that are tied or above YSU in the standings.
  • Heidi Schlegel needs 27 points to become the 18th member of YSU's 1,000-points club. She has already scored 188 more points this season than in any other season.

Scouting Milwaukee

Milwaukee is 7-17 overall and 3-8 in Horizon League play following a 79-54 loss at UIC on Monday evening. The Panthers ran into some travel issues before the game and had their lowest offensive output since Dec. 15. UWM ranks eighth in the conference in both scoring offense and scoring defense.

Angela Rodriguez is averaging 17.1 points and a conference-best 5.7 assists per contest. Ashley Green averages 14 points, and she needs 16 points to reach 1,000 for her career.

Last Time vs. Milwaukee

Youngstown State had its highest-scoring game of the season and outscored Milwaukee by eight in each half in an 87-71 victory on Jan. 18 at Beeghly Center. Four Penguins scored in double figures, and Heidi Schlegel had a team-best 20 points.

The Penguins never trailed, and the only time the score was tied was at 7-7. YSU scored the next five points, and the lead vacillated between one and eight points the rest of the first half. A 7-0 run midway through the second half put YSU up 67-51, and the Penguins led by double figures the rest of the contest.

Series with Milwaukee

Milwaukee holds a 24-8 edge against Youngstown State in the all-time series that dates back to 1991.

Youngstown State has won three straight contests, taking both games last season and an 87-71 decision on Jan. 18. Milwaukee had won 15 straight against YSU prior to last year.

Recapping Valparaiso

Youngstown State made a season-high 13 3-pointers and shot a season-best 55 percent to beat Valparaiso 84-56 on Saturday at Beeghly Center.

Liz Hornberger made six 3-pointers, including one at the first-half buzzer, and scored a career-high 20 points. Three other Penguins scored in double figures, and Karen Flagg had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

The Penguins never trailed and were never tied after scoring the first points of the game. They buried eight 3-pointers in the first 15:30 and led by double digits for the final 26:46 of the game.

Hornberger Tallies 200th Assist

Senior guard Liz Hornberger became the 22nd player in Youngstown State history to record 200 assists. Hornberger currently has 203 in her four-year career. She only needs 22 to climb into the top 20. Of the 22 YSU players who have registered 200 career assists, Hornberger has the seventh-best assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.38:1.

Thompson Enters Starting Lineup

Senior guard Melissa Thompson made her first start since Dec. 8. She replaced forward Latisha Walker, who had started each of the first 22 games, in the starting lineup. The Penguins had started the same five players for 15 consecutive games before making the change against Valparaiso. Thompson was one of three players to start all 33 games last season.

Penguins Are Sharers

Youngstown State finished with 21 assists on 27 baskets against Valparaiso. It was the third time in the last four games that it posted at least 20 assists, and it was the fourth game with at least 20 assists during Horizon League play. Prior to this season, the Penguins had registered at least 20 assists in a Horizon League game just four times combined in the last eight seasons. YSU has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.2 during Horizon League play and 1.5 over the last seven games. For the year, YSU has its best assist-to-turnover ratio since 1999-2000.

Odds & Ends

Youngstown State had its fourth-highest shooting percentage in a Horizon League game at 55.1 percent... The Penguins achieved their second-largest margin of victory in a Horizon League game, trailing only the 37-point win over Loyola on Jan. 26, 2013... Heidid Schlegel set YSU's record for most free throws in a season... Latisha Walker recorded a career-high three steals and had seven rebounds in just 13 minutes... Amanda Barger scored her first four points of the season... Four different starters had at least four assists... YSU shot 60 percent from both inside and beyond the arc in the first half... Valparaiso had 13 offensive rebounds but just 11 second-chance points... YSU's bench players scored a season-high 32 points.