The Youngstown State women's basketball team scored 20 straight points at one time in the first half and never looked back beating Oberlin 92-43 on Saturday afternoon at the Beeghly Center. The victory improves YSU to 7-0 to start a season for just the second time in school history.
YSU, which last started a campaign 7-0 in 1978-79, had everyone who dressed for the game scored and made a field goal. Finishing in double figures were Nikki Arbanas (13), Janae Jackson (12), Indiya Benjamin (11) and Sarah Cash (11). Overall, 11 players grabbed rebounds and 10 added assists.
In the final 31 minutes of the game, the Guins outscored the Yeowomen, 80-31. The 92 points were the most scored since YSU had 94 against Cleveland State last March.
The Penguins trailed 12-11 after the first nine minutes of the contest. After Latisha Walker made a free throw with 11:01 to knot the game at a dozen, Arbanas drained 3-pointers on three of YSU's next four possessions to quickly make the score 21-12 in less than 12 minutes.
The run kept going as Walker made a jumper, Arbanas had a steal-layup, Cash converted four straight free throws and Jackson capped off the 20-0 run with a bucket. Oberlin's Connie Estevez ended a near five-minute scoring drought making a 3-pointer at the 6:10 mark.
In all, the Guins opened up a 38-15 lead thanks in part to a 27-3 run over a span of 8:31 in the first half.
At halftime, YSU led 41-19 as eight players had points and nine had at least one rebound. The Guins dominated the boards outrebounding the Yeowomen 28-17, 14 of which came on the offensive glass. In the opening half, YSU did not have a turnover while Oberlin had 10. The Guins had 14 points off of OC turnovers.
For the half, YSU shot 33.3 percent making 14-of-42 attempts from the floor while Oberlin also converted at a 33.3 percent clip hitting 8-of-24 shots.
YSU freshmen Krista Pietropola, Kelley Wright and Ashley Kirila all scored the first points of their careers in the game. Pietropola finished with eight points while Wright had three and Kirila scored her two career points in the final five minutes.
For the game, YSU shot 49.3 percent (36-of-73) after converting on 22-of-31 shots (71 percent) in the second half. The Penguins outscored the Yeowomen 52-24 after halftime. YSU outrebounded Oberlin 48-31 and had just three turnovers in the game, all coming in the final 15 minutes. YSU had an impressive 51 bench points and scored 52 points in the paint.
The win was the Guins' 11th straight against a non-Division I foe.
The Penguins return to action on next Saturday following finals week when they visit Canisius. Tipoff for the contest in Buffalo is set for 7 p.m.