Four Reach Double Figures in Women's Basketball's 69-54 Win Over Bucknell

Janae Jackson scored 13 points as the Penguins beat Bucknell 69-54.
Janae Jackson scored 13 points as the Penguins beat Bucknell 69-54.

Four Penguins scored in double figures as the YSU women's basketball team picked up an impressive 69-54 win over Bucknell on Tuesday night at the Beeghly Center.

Heidi Schlegel had 14 points, Janae Jackson had 13, Latisha Walker added 11 and Indiya Benjamin finished with 11 as the Guins improved to 4-0 on the season. Bucknell drops to 2-2 with the loss.

YSU held a 44-40 lead at the 16:23 mark of the second half before scoring 11 of the next 12 points to forge out to a 55-41 lead with 11:56 left in the contest.

Bucknell made run at the Penguins over the next eight-plus minutes by outscoring the Guins 13-5 over that period to pull within 60-54 at the 3:41 mark. But the Penguins stopped the Bison cold holding them scoreless the final 3:41. In the meantime, YSU scored the final nine points for the final 15-point margin.

For the game, YSU shot 37.9 percent, but made 9-of-17 attempts from beyond the 3-point arc (52.9 percent). At the line, the Guins were 16-of-20. Bucknell was almost indentical making 22-of-59 shots from the floor. However, BU made just four 3-pointers and six free throws.

Schlegel also grabbed nine rebounds and led the team with four assists. Jackson was 5-of-10 from the field and made 3-of-4 from the free-throw line while grabbing four rebounds.

After missing its first seven shots, YSU made six of its next nine field-goal attemtps, including four 3-points to build a 21-11 lead with 7:47 left before halftime. Schlegel and Benjamin each hit pair of 3's to jump start the Penguins offense and give YSU a 16-6 edge with 11:14 to go.

Nikki Arbanas hit the Penguins' fifth 3-pointer of the half to give YSU the 21-11 lead.

After Bucknell used a 14-5 run to get within one, 26-25, Jackson, who had 11 first-half points in four minutes, scored eight of the Penguins next 10 to take a 36-29 lead into the lockerroom.

The Penguins finished the first half shooting just 33.3 percent (11-of-33) from the field while Bucknell shot 40 percent (12-of-30) from the floor. The Penguins also made 9-of-10 from the free-throw line in the first half.

The Guins are back in action against Nicholls State, Saturday, Nov. 29, at 2 p.m. in the Teresa Phillips Thanksgiving Classic at Nashville, Tenn. The Penguins also play Tennessee State, Sunday, Nov. 30 at 3 p.m.