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.
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.