Penguins Hope to Snap Short Skid Saturday vs. Milwaukee

Kelsea Newman (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Kelsea Newman (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Youngstown State vs. Milwaukee
Date & Time Saturday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m.
Location Beeghly Center
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Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State will try to snap a two-game skid when it hosts Milwaukee at Beeghly Center on Saturday. The game will start at 2 p.m., and live coverage will be available on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio and ESPN3.
  • The Penguins have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season, and both losses were by one possession. They lost 85-82 at Oakland last Saturday and 59-58 at home to Detroit on Wednesday.
  • YSU held a 35-19 lead on Detroit at halftime, but the Titans rallied in the second half for the upset. The Penguins missed their first 10 field goal attempts in the second half, and Detroit started the period on a 14-0 run. YSU led for more than 31 minutes.
  • Sophomore Kelsea Newman made her first career start on Wednesday. YSU had used the same starting lineup (Jenna Hirsch instead of Newman) in the first 18 games.
  • In its first 221 Horizon League games over 13-plus seasons, YSU had one 20-point outing from a freshman. Nikki Arbanas and Indiya Benjamin both scored 20 last week.
  • The Penguins are 25-12 overall since the start of Horizon League play in 2013-14, and they are 24-14 in conference games since the start of league play in 2012-13.
  • Including two postseason wins, Youngstown State has a 17-4 record at Beeghly Center against Horizon League teams over the last three seasons.

A Win Would...

  • Give YSU at least 15 wins in its first 20 games for the second time in the last three years.
  • Allow YSU to improve to 8-1 at Beeghly Center this season.
  • Give YSU an 18-4 home record against league opponents over the last three years.
  • Be YSU's 26th in its last 38 games.

On This Date

  • Youngstown State has an impressive record of 12-3 in games played on Jan. 31. The Penguins won 10 of their first 11 games on the date, and they beat UIC 67-54 at Beeghly Center two years ago in their most-recent Jan. 31 contest.
  • Some of the best individual shooting performances in school history have come on Jan. 31. Holly Seimetz went 12-for-13 from the field at Ashland in 1980, and she was 9-for-10 a year later against Toledo. Barb Fabianova went 6-for-7 from 3-point range on Jan. 31, 2002, against IPFW.

Scouting Milwaukee

  • Milwaukee will come to Youngstown with a 7-12 overall record and a 3-4 mark in Horizon League play. The Panthers had their modest two-game winning streak snapped at Cleveland State on Thursday, 67-58.
  • Senior guard/forward Ashley Green is one of the league's top players, ranking second in scoring at 19.8 points per game and fifth in rebounding at 7.7 per contest. She leads the league in minutes per game and ranks sixth in field-goal percentage.
  • Green is the lone returning starter from last year's team. The Panthers have seven newcomers, including four true freshmen.

Series with Milwaukee

  • Milwaukee leads the all-time series with YSU 24-9, but the Penguins have swept the Panthers in each of the last two seasons.
  • UWM had won 15 consecutive games versus Youngstown State before the Penguins won 67-50 at Beeghly Center on Jan. 17, 2013. Last season, YSU beat Milwaukee by 16 at home and by 12 on the road.

Recapping Detroit

Youngstown State let a 16-point halftime lead get away from it as Detroit rallied for a 59-58 win on Wednesday night at Beeghly Center.

The Penguins led 35-19 at halftime, but they missed 10 field-goal attempts and committed four turnovers before scoring in the second half. That allowed the Titans to score the first 14 points of the period, and the game was within six points the rest of the way.

The Penguins trailed 51-46 before a three-point play by Heidi Schlegel and a pair of free throws by Jenna Hirsch tied the contest at 51 with 2:07 remaining. The score was tied again at 53, but YSU was never able to reclaim the lead.

Schlegel finished with 15 points and 15 rebounds, and Nikki Arbanas scored 11 of her 13 points in the first half to lead YSU. Rosanna Reynolds had 19 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists to pace Detroit.

Quick Notes

  • YSU lost when holding a double-digit lead at halftime for the first time since Dec. 12, 2010. The Penguins led Western Michigan 34-13 at halftime and lost 69-64 in overtime. Current YSU assistant Brenna Banktson was a Broncos player in that game.
  • The Penguins were 8-for-18 from 3-point range in the first half, but they were 1-for-12 in the second half. YSU's first five treys were made by five different players.
  • Kelsea Newman made her first career start and finished with 10 points in 27 minutes. She tied her career high with six rebounds.
  • Jenna Hirsch, who came off the bench for the first time, had 10 points, six rebounds and four assists (without a turnover) in 28 minutes.
  • Six different Penguins played at least 27 minutes in the game.
  • YSU went on a 13-3 run midway through the first half en route to its 16-point halftime lead. The Penguins also scored the final five points of the period.
  • Detroit was 3-for-25 inside the arc in the first half but rebounded to make 13-of-22 from that distance in the second period.