Youngstown State junior Heidi Schlegel scored a game-high 24 points and the Penguins went toe-to-toe with West Virginia in the second half but dropped an 85-58 contest on Saturday at the Beeghly Center.
Schlegel was 6-of-12 from the field and went 11-of-13 from the free-throw line in 28 minutes of action. She had 12 points in each half. Karen Flagg had a double-double scoring 14 points while grabbing a career-high 13 rebounds. LaTisha Walker had nine points as the starters scored 50 of the Guins' 58 points.
With the loss, YSU falls to 1-4 on the season while West Virginia improves to 5-1.
In the second half, the Penguins were outscored by just six points (40-34). YSU shot 39.3 percent in the final 20 minutes after shooting 22.9 percent in the opening half.
For the game the Penguins shot 30.2 percent while West Virginia converted at a 50-percent clip (32-of-64). The Mountaineers only led on the boards 42-37 and the Penguins finished with 16 offensive caroms. YSU also had 15 assists on 19 baskets in the contest.
On three occasions after the intermission the Guins were able to cut the WVU deficit to 21 points (47-26 at the 18:51 mark, 54-33 with 13:26 left and 5:52 at 67-46), but could not get any closer.
Leading the way for the Mountaineers was Bria Holmes who scored 19 points. Christal Caldwell had 17 and Taylor Palmer added 14.
West Virginia scored the first nine points of the day and led the entire contest. Youngstown State trimmed the deficit to four nine minutes into the first half, but the Mountaineers closed out the first half on a 20-8 run to take a 45-24 lead into the locker room.
Walker scored YSU's first points at the 17:07 mark, but she picked up her second foul on the next possession and played just four minutes the entire first half. Christal Caldwell converted a three-point play at the 16:25 mark for three of her 13 first-half points to put the Mountaineers up by double digits for the first time at 12-2.
Youngstown State went on a 9-3 run to make the score 15-11 on Schlegel's lay-up with 11:05 remaining, and Schlegel hit a 3-pointer at the 8:21 mark to cut YSU's deficit to 25-16. The Mountaineers outscored YSU 20-8 over the final eight minutes of the half with 11 of those points coming from Holmes.
Holmes had 16 of her points in the first half while Caldwell had 13 in 10 minutes. Schlegel scored 12 of her points in the first half.
The Penguins play the second game of a five-contest homestand on Wednesday night against Miami (Ohio). Tipoff at the Beeghly Center is set for 5:15 p.m.