Penguins Set to Battle Green Bay on Saturday at Beeghly

Latisha Walker (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Latisha Walker (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Youngstown State vs. Green Bay
Date & Time Saturday, Feb. 28, at 4:30 p.m.
Location Beeghly Center | Valparaiso, Ind.
Tickets YSU Athletic Ticket Office | (330) 941-1YSU
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Scouting Report

  • The Youngstown State women's basketball team begins the final stretch of the regular season on Saturday when it hosts Green Bay at Beeghly Center. Tipoff against the league-champion Phoenix is set for 4:30 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio and ESPN3.
  • The Penguins have won four straight games to improve to 19-7 overall and 8-5 in Horizon League play and climb into a tie for third place in the league standings. Green Bay has already clinched the No. 1 seed in the tournament and a share of the regular season title with a 12-1 start. Wright State is a game up on YSU at 9-4, and Cleveland State is tied for third at 8-5.
  • YSU won a pair of road games last week behind back-to-back 38-point performances by fifth-year senior Heidi Schlegel. The Penguins scored the final 11 points to rally for a 79-73 win at Milwaukee on Thursday, and they led for all but 57 seconds on Saturday in an 87-69 win at Valparaiso.
  • Schlegel has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week for each of the last two weeks, and she was named the National High-Major Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. Last week she was also recognized as the Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Month and a member of the WBCA's "So You Want To Be A Coach" Class of 2015.
  • Schlegel's 38 points are tied for the 24th most in a game by a Division I player this season. They are also the most points scored by a Horizon League player in 2014-15.
  • Schlegel's 76-point week rocketed her up to sixth place on YSU's career points list with 1,615. Ann Marie Martin is fifth with 1,630.
  • The Penguins are one win away from collecting their second 20-win season in the last three years and the 10th overall.
  • YSU plays its final three games of the regular season in Northeast Ohio, and two of those games will be at Beeghly Center. The Penguins are 9-2 at home this season.
  • The Penguins are 30-14 overall since the start of Horizon League play in 2013-14, and they are 29-16 in conference games since the start of league play in 2012-13.
  • Indiya Benjamin and Nikki Arbanas are the Horizon League's top two freshmen in 3-point field goals and assists per game, and they rank fourth and sixth, respectively, in points per game.

A Win Would...

  • Give YSU at least 20 wins in its first 27 games for the second time in the last three years.
  • Give YSU its 10th 20-win season
  • Be YSU's fifth consecutive victory
  • Allow YSU to beat Green Bay for the third time in the last four meetings.
  • Be YSU's 31st in its last 45 games.

On This Date

  • Youngstown State is 4-6 in its history in games played on Feb. 28. The Penguins beat UIC 79-66 at Beeghly Center in 2013 in their most recent game on Feb. 28.
  • Brandi Brown scored 39 points, the seventh most in a game in program history, on that win over the Flames on Feb. 28, 2013. She was 11-for-12 from the free-throw line that game, which gave her the 12th-best percentage by a Penguin with a minimum of 10 attempts.
  • Against Loyola Chicago in 2002, Jen Perugini started her stretch of making 32 consecutive free throws that extended into the following season. That was the second-longest streak of consecutive free throws made in school history.

Scouting Green Bay

  • Green Bay has already clinched the No. 1 seed for the Horizon League Tournament and a share of its 17th consecutive regular-season title. It can win the title outright at Oakland, the only team that has beaten the Phoenix in league play, on Thursday.
  • The Phoenix leads the Horizon League in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense, field goal percentage, assists and assist-to-turnover ratio. Green Bay was ranked in the top 25 earlier this season, and it has won each of its five games since the Oakland loss by at least 16.
  • Green Bay is built on balance with its highest scorer (Mehryn Kraker) averaging 12.6 points and its top rebounder (Megan Lukan) averaging 5.0 rebounds. Six players average at least 7.4 points.

Series with Green Bay

  • Green Bay leads the all-time series with Youngstown State 30-3, and all 33 meetings have been in conference play or a conference tournament.
  • YSU swept the Phoenix last season, winning 66-57 in Youngstown and 72-63 in Green Bay. The Penguins became just the second league team in the last 16 years to beat Green Bay twice in the regular season. Before the win last Jan. 16, Green Bay had beaten YSU 17 straight times.
  • Green Bay beat YSU 66-43 on Jan. 10 at the Kress Center. The Penguins shot just 22.9 percent in the loss.

Recapping Valparaiso

Heidi Schlegel scored 38 points for the second consecutive game, and Youngstown State pulled away in the second half to beat Valparaiso 87-69 on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

YSU led for all but 57 seconds in the game, and a 14-2 run midway through the second half allowed the Penguins to pull away in a game that was within single digits for most of the first 30 minutes.

YSU led by nine four times in the first half, and Schlegel scored six points in the final 1:02 to give the Penguins a 40-32 halftime lead. Valpo got within 57-52 with 10:40 remaining before Kelsea Newman hit a 3-pointer at the end of the shot clock to spark a 14-2 run that put the Penguins up 71-54 with 7:47 left. Valpo got no closer than 15 the rest of the way.

Newman had eight points during that 14-point run, and she finished with a career-high 19 points. She made five of Youngstown State's 12 3-pointers. Schlegel added 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals to go along with her 38 points.

Quick Notes

  • Schlegel set a new school record for points in consecutive road games with 76.
  • Schlegel's 38 points came on 16-for-24 shooting from the field, including 3-for-6 from 3-point range, and three free throws. She had 19 points in each half.
  • Newman topped her previous career high of 16 points. She went 5-for-11 from 3-point range and added five rebounds.
  • Indiya Benjamin had seven assists against just one turnover while scoring 14 points.
  • The Penguins had just one turnover and grabbed 12 offensive rebounds in the second half.
  • YSU won its third straight Horizon League road game, which is something they've done just one other time.
  • YSU matched its season high with 12 3-pointers.

Historic Look at Schlegel's 38's

  • YSU fifth-year senior forward Heidi Schlegel had the pinnacle performances of her memorable career last week when she posted back-to-back 38-point performances at Milwaukee and Valparaiso.
  • Those 38 points topped her previous career high by 10 points, and Schlegel tied for the eighth-most points in a game in school history. She joins a select group of Dorothy Bowers (three times), Wanda Grant (three times), Brandi Brown (twice), and Brianne Kenneally (once) as the only players to score at least 38 points in a game. Schlegel's 76 points are the most in school history in consecutive road games.
  • Nationally, Schlegel's 38 points rank tied-for-24th in a game this season. She's one of three players (Drake's Lizzy Wendell and Wagner's Jasmine Nwajei) to score at least 38 twice. The 38 points are the 12th-most ever scored in a Horizon League game and the seventh-most in a league road game. The last Horizon League player to score at least 38 points in a game was former Penguin Brandi Brown with 42 on March 3, 2013. The last player to score 38 on the road was Milwaukee's Traci Edwards with 45 at Loyola on Feb. 21, 2008.