Walker, Schlegel Too Much For Zips As Penguins Win 75-62

Heidi Schlegel
Heidi Schlegel

Penguin posts Heidi Schlegel and Latisha Walker each scored 25 points to help lead the Youngstown State women's basketball team to an impressive 75-62 win over previously unbeaten Akron on Monday night at the Beeghly Center.

With the victory, YSU improves to 11-1 on the year while Akron falls to 10-1.

Schlegel had an impressive first half scoring 17 of her game-and-season high 25 points while Walker had 16 of her career-high 25 in the second. Schlegel and Walker each finished with double-doubles. Schlegel had 15 rebounds on the night while Walker had 11 in the contest. It was Walker's sixth double-double of the young season while it was the fifth for Schlegel.

Schlegel was 9-of-19 from the field and 5-of-5 from the free-throw line while Walker was an impressive 9-of-13 from the floor and 7-of-11 from the free-throw line. Walker also finished with three blocks.

YSU trailed for just 64 seconds in the contest and that came early in the second half. The Guins led the entire first half before the Zips finally went on top at 43-42 with 15:54 left in the game on a three-point play by Katie Nunan. That advantage lasted for 64 seconds before a Walker layup at the 14:50 mark and the Penguins never trailed again.

After the Zips crept within a point at 46-45, YSU scored the next nine points to seize control. Schlegel started the run with a putback, Walker made two free throws, Schlegel made an open layup off a nifty pass from Indiya Benjamin and then Kelsea Newman banked in a 3-pointer with 9:00 left to push the advantage to 10.

The Penguins made 20-of-25 free throws in the contest while the Zips were just 5-of-7. YSU ended the contest with authority from the line making its final 10 attempts in the last 2:04. 

The Zips made just one 3-pointer in 17 attempts and shot 38.9 percent from the field making 28-of-72 shots. YSU made 25-of-59 attempts (42.4 percent) and converted five 3-pointers.

Schlegel scored half of the Penguins' points in the first half knocking down 17 of 34. The Guins led the entire first half as Akron tied the game on four occasions.

Schlegel was 6-of-12 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers.

The Guins' biggest lead in the first half was eight on two occasions - 16-8 and 22-14. The Zips rallied to tie the contest at 29 and 31 before the Penguins took a 34-31 lead at the intermission following a three-point play by Schlegel.

In the first half, YSU shot 38.9 percent making 14-of-36 attempts while Akron converted 15-of-29 shots (51.7 percent). Leading the way for the Zips was Anita Brown who had 24 points while Sina King had 18 and 12 rebounds.

The Penguins play their final non-conference game of the season when they visit Cornell on Friday. Tipoff for the contest against the Big Red is set for 7 p.m.