Women's Basketball Ends Road Swing at Green Bay on Saturday

Natalie Myers (Photo by Dustin Livesay)
Natalie Myers (Photo by Dustin Livesay)

Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State will complete a four-game road stretch on Saturday at Green Bay. Tipoff against the Phoenix is set for 2 p.m. Eastern, and the game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
  • YSU is 1-2 so far on this four-game road swing. The Penguins won 65-59 in overtime last Saturday at UIC, and they are coming off an 86-82 loss at Milwaukee on Thursday.
  • The Penguins shot 56.4 percent, their best performance in more than a decade, in Thursday night's loss. Milwaukee shot 55.2 percent and scored 21 points from offensive rebounds.
  • YSU made 13 3-pointers against Milwaukee to surpass 200 for the seventh consecutive season. The Penguins have made at least nine 3-pointers in 13 of the last 16 games after having eight or fewer in each of its first eight contests of the season.
  • Alison Smolinski leads the Horizon League with 61 total 3-pointers and 43 during league play. She is 10 3s away from tying teammate Nikki Arbanas' conference record for 3-pointers made in Horizon League games.
  • The Penguins have been decimated by injuries to significant players this season. Three of YSU's top five scorers from last season are out for the year with injuries. YSU has had 12 different starting lineups as a result, including six in the last seven games.
  • Even with the injuries, YSU is averaging 3.7 more points per game than it did last season. The problem has been defense as the Penguins are allowing 10.7 more points than last year.
  • A freshman or sophomore has led the Penguins in scoring in 14 of the last 16 games.
  • Mary Dunn is the Horizon League's top freshman scorer at 11.7 points per game.

A Win Would...

  • Improve YSU's Horizon League record to 5-9.
  • Allow YSU to split the season series with Green Bay.
  • Be YSU's second win at the Kress Center in the last four years.

On This Date

  • Youngstown State is 6-8 all time in games played on Feb. 11. The Penguins are playing on the date for the third straight year. YSU actually played at Green Bay last year on Feb. 11 and lost 69-35. The Penguins beat Oakland 76-54 at Beeghly Center in 2015.
  • YSU set a school record with 16 3-pointers at Loyola Chicago on Feb. 11, 2012.
  • Individually, Donna Djorovic recorded six of YSU's 10 blocks against Western Michigan on Feb. 11, 1993. Mary Jo Vodenichar scored 30 points vs. EKU in 1985.

Scouting Green Bay

  • Green Bay has a 20-4 overall record, and the Phoenix is second in the Horizon League standings with an 11-2 conference mark. UWGB beat Cleveland State 79-60 on Thursday after dropping two close contests at Oakland and at Detroit Mercy last week.
  • Green Bay leads the conference in many statistical categories, including scoring defense, field goal percentage and rebounding margin.
  • Mehryn Kraker leads the Horizon League with 19.1 points per game. Jessica Lindstrom averages a double-double with 12.2 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Series with Green Bay

  • Green Bay holds a 35-3 lead in the all-time series with Youngstown State, and the Phoenix has won six straight meetings.
  • YSU has won twice at Green Bay. The Penguins beat the Phoenix when it was ranked No. 23 in the country 60-56 on Feb. 19, 2005, and on Feb. 23, 2014, in Coach John Barnes' first season.

Recently vs. Green Bay

  • In Youngstown on Jan. 26, No. 24 Green Bay outscored YSU 22-5 in the second period en route to an 84-51 victory. YSU led 19-18 after the first period, but Green Bay scored the first eight points and the final 14 of the second.
  • At Green Bay last season, YSU led 14-9 in the first period before the Phoenix scored 20 straight points to grab control in a 69-35 victory. Green Bay was plus-27 in rebounding margin and scored 22 second-chance points.

Recapping Milwaukee

  • Youngstown State had its best shooting day in more than a decade but struggled on the defensive glass in an 86-82 loss at Milwaukee on Thursday evening.
  • While YSU shot 56.4 percent, Milwaukee countered at 55.2 percent and had a 21-3 edge in second-chance points. UWM had 13 offensive rebounds to YSU's 16 defensive rebounds.
  • Although Milwaukee led for almost 33 minutes, the score was tied 12 different times. The final tie was at 82-82 when Indiya Benjamin hit a 3 with 59.5 seconds left. Four Steph Kostowicz free throws accounted for the final points of the game.
  • The Penguins had their third-best field-goal percentage ever in a Horizon League game at .564. YSU shot at least 46 percent in every period with a high of 73.3 percent (11-for-15) in the third. Overall, it was YSU's best field-goal percentage in any game since shooting 57.4 percent at Green Bay on Feb. 16, 2006, or 335 games ago.
  • YSU had 17 rebounds, which was a school record for fewest in a game. The previous record was 18, which was most recently recorded in 2010.
  • Benjamin scored a team-high 21 points, including 10 in the fourth period, and made five 3-pointers to become the seventh player in program history to record at least 150 3-pointers in a career. She is currently tied for sixth all time at YSU with 153 career makes, and she is 46 behind the school record.
  • Mary Dunn came off the bench to score 17 points. It was her first game in double figures since Jan. 22 at Oakland.
  • Natalie Myers had eight of YSU's 16 defensive rebounds.
  • Melinda Trimmer set a new career high with seven assists in what was her first career start. The Penguins used their 12th different starting lineup this season and their sixth different combination in the last seven contests.