YSU Drops into the Pack in Conference Standings with Loss at Wright State

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

Fairborn, Ohio -- Wright State flexed its offensive muscles and remained in sole possession of second place in the Horizon League standings with a 92-55 victory over the Youngstown State women's basketball team on Thursday afternoon at the Nutter Center.

YSU, which beat Wright State 75-70 two weeks ago and could have moved into a tie for second with a victory, drops to 15-6 overall and 4-4 in Horizon League play. The Raiders are now 17-5 overall and 6-2 in the conference, one game back of league-leading Green Bay.

YSU's Heidi Schlegel scored 14 of YSU's 27 first-half points, and she finished the game with 18 despite playing just nine minutes in the second half. The senior moved into eighth place on the school's all-time scoring list, surpassing Athletics Hall of Famers Brianne Kenneally and Liz Hauger. Schlegel is up to 1,485 points in her career.

Jenna Hirsch added 11 points off the bench, and she connected on three of YSU's six 3-pointers in the contest. Ashley Lawson scored a season-high four points in 12 minutes.

Tay'ler Mingo led all scorers with 23 points, and she added seven assists and seven steals. Three Raiders finished with 10 rebounds, and Tayler Stanton and Breanna Stucke both had double-doubles.

Wright State played a 2-3 zone for much of the game, and YSU, the conference's leader in 3-point shooting coming into the contest, went just 6-for-25 from beyond the arc.

Wright State scored nine of the first 11 points and led 9-2 at the 16:20 mark. YSU made three of its six 3-pointers in the game over the next two minutes, and Hirsch's triple knotted the score at 11. The Raiders outscored the Penguins 37-16 the rest of the period and held a 48-27 lead at the break.

Mingo sparked the run with buckets and forcing turnovers. She had three layups off steals in a three-minute span, and her third gave Wright State its first 10-point lead at 26-16 with 10:41 left. A Sarah Cash jumper got the margin back into single digits two minutes later, but Wright State went on a 13-2 run to go up 39-20. The Raiders' largest lead came of the period came when Stucke's 3-pointer put them ahead 48-24 with 1:20 left before halftime.

Wright State scored the first 13 points of the second half to go up 61-27, and YSU got no closer than 25 in the second half.

The Raiders finished the game shooting 52.9 percent, and they were 8-for-16 from 3-point range. They had a sizeable 29-5 edge in points off turnovers, and Stanton had nine offensive rebounds to help the Raiders to an 18-7 advantage in second-chance points.

Youngstown State returns home to host UIC on Saturday at Beeghly Center. Tipoff against the Flames is set for 2 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio and ESPN3. The Penguins will wear pink as part of the Play 4Kay initiative to fight against women's cancers.