Penguins Start Challenging Week at Wright State on Thursday

Latisha Walker (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Latisha Walker (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Youngstown State at Wright State
Date & Time Thursday, Feb. 5, at Noon
Location Nutter Center | Fairborn, Ohio
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Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State starts a challenging week at Wright State on Thursday with a noon game at the Nutter Center. The game will be broadcast live on 1390 WNIO, iHeartRadio and ESPN3.
  • The Penguins beat both the Raiders and UIC – Saturday's opponent – last month, but both games were close. YSU beat UIC 69-66 to open Horizon League play on Jan. 8, and it topped Wright State 75-70 in Youngstown on Jan. 22.
  • This could be a big week as the standings start to take shape in the midpoint of the conference season. Wright State is second in the league with a 5-2 record, and UIC is tied for fifth at 3-4. YSU is in a tie for third with Cleveland State at 4-3.
  • Youngstown State has matched its win total from all of last season with at least 10 games remaining. YSU is off to a 15-5 start for the second time in the last three years.
  • YSU bounced back with an impressive 87-64 win over Milwaukee on Saturday. The Penguins, who had dropped back-to-back games by one possession, built a 51-29 lead at halftime and shot 59.2 percent for the game. That was their best shooting game since it shot a school-record 68.8 percent vs. Western Illinois on Feb. 23, 1998.
  • Heidi Schlegel will likely move past Brianne Kenneally and Liz Hauger on YSU's all-time scoring list this week. Schlegel is currently 10th with 1,467 points in her career, one behind Hauger and four behind Kenneally.
  • Nikki Arbanas and Indiya Benjamin are both closing in on YSU's freshman 3-pointers record. Arbanas is five behind the record, and Benjamin is eight back.
  • The switch of Kelsea Newman for Jenna Hirsch in the starting lineup is paying off so far. Newman is averaging 12.5 points in the two games, and Hirsch is averaging 11. They were averaging 6.1 points and 4.8 points, respectively, in their previous roles.
  • Youngstown State leads the Horizon League in free-throw percentage (.782), field-goal percentage (.428) and 3-point field goal percentage (.364). The Penguins are fourth in the country in free-throw percentage.
  • The Penguins are 26-12 overall since the start of Horizon League play in 2013-14, and they are 25-14 in conference games since the start of league play in 2012-13.

A Win Would...

  • Give YSU at least 16 wins in its first 21 games for the second time in the last three years.
  • Give YSU a regular-season sweep of Wright State for the second time in three years.
  • Allow YSU to surpass last season's win total.
  • Be YSU's 27th in its last 39 games.

On This Date

  • YSU is 4-9 all time in games played on Feb. 5, and the Penguins will be looking to snap a six-game skid on the date. YSU's last win on Feb. 5 came at home against IUPUI in 2000.
  • YSU is playing at Wright State on Feb. 5 for the second consecutive year. The Penguins lost 93-81 last year.

Scouting Wright State

  • Wright State boasts a 16-5 overall record and a 5-2 mark in the Horizon League, which ranks the Raiders second in the conference behind Green Bay.
  • Wright State leads the conference and ranks 15th in the country with 78.3 points per game. The Raiders have scored more than 100 points three times this season, including their last game when they lit up the scoreboard in a 108-89 win at Oakland on Thursday.
  • Tay'ler Mingo leads the Horizon League and ranks sixth in the country in scoring with 23.4 points per game. The senior guard is also second in the country with 3.7 steals per game. Tayler Stanton is second in the country in offensive rebounds per game with five.

Series with Wright State

  • Youngstown State is 24-27 in the all-time series with Wright State. The programs have played at least once in every season dating back to 1987-88.
  • The Penguins won 18 of the first 22 meetings with the Raiders, but Wright State took 20 of the next 23 up through the 2011-12 season.
  • Each of the last two seasons have resulted in season sweeps. The Penguins beat the Raiders twice in the regular season in 2012-13, and Wright State beat YSU three times last season. YSU beat Wright State 75-70 on Jan. 22.

Recapping Milwaukee

Youngstown State built a 22-point halftime lead and bounced back from back-to-back losses with an impressive 87-64 victory over Milwaukee at Beeghly Center on Saturday.

The Penguins led 51-29 at halftime, and they shot 66.7 percent in the second half to end any comeback hopes for the Panthers. YSU's lead was 20-19 at the 12:10 mark of the first half, but the Penguins outscored the Panthers 31-10 the rest of the period.

Indiya Benjamin scored 16 of her 18 points in the first 15 minutes, and Heidi Schlegel scored 15 of her game-high 23 points over just 11 minutes in the second half. YSU held Milwaukee's Ashley Green to 13 points, almost seven below her average of 19.8 points coming into the contest.

YSU's lead surged to 31 when Schlegel's day ended with 7:47 left.

Quick Notes

  • YSU had the fifth-best shooting day in its history. The Penguins shot 59.2 percent from the field, their best since making 68.8 percent vs. Western Illinois on Feb. 23, 1998. The 59.2-percent mark is also the best in a Horizon League game this season and the second-best in the conference all season.
  • YSU posted its highest-scoring first half since having 51 points at Wright State on Feb. 24, 2002.
  • Milwaukee's 19 rebounds were the fewest by an opponent since at least 1995-96. The previous season low was 29 by Cleveland State.
  • YSU's 23-point win came despite the Penguins not having a field goal and scoring just two points in the final 7:47.
  • Heidi Schlegel went 9-for-9 from the FT line. The last Penguin to make at least 9-of-9 was Brandi Brown, who went 12-for-12 versus UIC on March 3, 2011.
  • Indiya Benjamin was 4-for-4 from 3-point range. Before Nikki Arbanas went 5-for-5 from distance in the opener, the last Penguin to go perfect on at least four attempts was Monica Touvelle in 2011 against Cleveland State.