The Youngstown State women's basketball team was picked to finish fourth in the Horizon League in 2016-17 in a preseason poll of the conference's coaches, women's basketball sports information directors and media representatives.
The Penguins, coming off a 21-win season last year in which they advanced to the semifinals of the Women's Basketball Invitational, were slotted below Green Bay, Detroit Mercy and Milwaukee. Individually, junior forward Sarah Cash was voted to Preseason All-Horizon League First Team, and junior point guard Indiya Benjamin was voted to the second team.
In the team poll, Green Bay received 29 of the 30 first-place votes and finished with 299 points in a vote to repeat as conference champions. Detroit Mercy was picked to finish second with 253 points, edging Milwaukee's 246 points. YSU had 195 points to finish in a solid fourth, and it was followed by Wright State (147) and Northern Kentucky (132). Oakland received the other first place vote, and it and Cleveland State tallied 131 points to finish in a tie for seventh. Valparaiso (74) and UIC (42) were tabbed to finish ninth and 10th.
Joining Cash on the first team were Preseason Horizon League Player of the Year Rosanna Reynolds from Detroit Mercy, Cleveland State's Ashanti Abshaw, Milwaukee's Steph Kostowicz and Green Bay's Mehryn Kraker. Green Bay's Jessica Lindstrom and Allie LeClaire, Detroit Mercy's Brianne Cohen and Oakland's Taylor Jones joined Benjamin on the second team.
Youngstown State will open the 2016-17 season at home on Friday, Nov. 11, against American. Tickets for the opener, as well as season and individual game tickets for the remaining schedule, are available at the YSU Athletics Ticket Office by calling (330) 941-1YSU.