Posts Carry Penguins to 73-66 Win at Tennessee State

Heidi Schlegel (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Heidi Schlegel (Photo by Ron Stevens)

Nashville, Tennessee -- Youngstown State had four post players score in double figures, and Heidi Schlegel led all players with 21 points as the Penguins beat Tennessee State 73-66 in the final game of the Teresa Phillips Thanksgiving Classic on Sunday.

Schlegel was named the Classic's Most Valuable Player as she posted her second double-double in as many games. YSU improved to 6-0 and has matched its best start as a Division I program, and Tennessee State dropped to 1-5.

While Schlegel did most of her damage from the perimeter with four 3-pointers, three other posts were big contributors inside. Freshman Sarah Cash had 13 points in 14 minutes, and fellow freshman Morgan Olson finished with 10 points and nine rebounds. All of those totals were career highs as they filled in for Latisha Walker, who had 10 points and six rebounds before fouling out in 15 minutes.

YSU made its first six shots and was shooting better than 70 percent 13 minutes into the first half. That helped the Penguins take a 26-11 lead, but Tennessee State went on a 10-2 run to get back into the game. Schlegel hit a 3-pointer with 4:06 left in the first half to stop the spurt and put YSU up 31-21, and that was the last time the Penguins led by double digits in the first half.

Youngstown State scored eight of the first 11 points of the second half to take a 44-32 lead on an Olson bucket, and the Tigers weren't able to get closer than seven the rest of the game. Schlegel's fourth 3-pointer of the game capped a 12-2 lead that gave the Penguins their largest lead of the game at 64-47 with 6:14 remaining.

YSU still led by 17 with three minutes left when Tennessee State made a late run to get the final score margin in single digits.

Youngstown State shot 48.1 percent for the game and was 6-for-13 from 3-point range. The Penguins committed 19 turnovers, but only six of those came in the second half. YSU held a 47-33 rebounding edge.

Youngstown State's next game is against Oberlin on Dec. 6. Tipoff at Beeghly Center will be at 2 p.m.