Penguins Hosts Milwaukee on Full Saturday at YSU

Morgan Brunner (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Morgan Brunner (Photo by Ron Stevens)

Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State concludes January and begins the second half of Horizon League play hosting Milwaukee on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Beeghly Center. It will be the first half of a doubleheader with the YSU men, and live coverage will be on 570 WKBN, iHeart.com, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
  • YSU be trying to bounce back from an 84-51 loss to No. 24/25 Green Bay on Thursday evening. The Penguins led 19-18 at the end of the first period but were outscored 22-5 in the second as the Phoenix gained control.
  • Youngstown State made 11 3-pointers on Thursday, and five of them came in the first period. YSU has made at least nine 3-pointers in 10 of the last 12 games after having eight or fewer in each of their first eight contests of the season.
  • While Saturday's game starts the second half of YSU's conference schedule, the Penguins and Panthers are playing for the first time. YSU played Cleveland State twice in the first half.
  • Three of YSU's top five scorers from last season are out for the year with injuries. Additionally, Mary Dunn, the Horizon League's freshman leader in scoring, field-goal percentage and blocks, played 97 seconds against Green Bay before leaving with an injury.
  • Even with the injuries, YSU is averaging 3.4 more points per game than it did last season.
  • A freshman or sophomore has led the Penguins in scoring in 11 of the last 12 games.
  • YSU has used nine different starting lineups in the first 20 games of the season. Guards Indiya Benjamin and Jenna Hirsch are the only players who have started every game, and 11 different players have started a game.

Tickets & Promotions

  • Advance tickets for Saturday's game are available at the YSU Athletic Ticket Office in Stambaugh Stadium. Tickets can be ordered over the phone by calling (330) 941-1YSU.
  • The ticket office is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Beeghly Center Ticket Office and gates will open at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
  • The State Farm Kids Day will take place inside the Stambaugh Stadium gymnasium from 2:30-4:30 p.m. prior to the doubleheader with bounce-around inflatables and games.
  • Fans in attendance at the game will receive a YSU lanyard, courtesy of Farmers National Bank, McDonald's and 21 WFMJ.
  • The YSU women's basketball team will autograph its team photo for fans in the gymnastics room between games of the doubleheader.
  • Plus, fans will be able to purchase authentic game uniforms, sweats, warm-ups and other official Penguins gear at the annual YSU Athletic Department Rummage Sale in Beeghly Center. The rummage sale will be in a new location this year. It will be held in the gymnastics room on the first floor on the south end of the arena (under the front lobby).

A Win Would...

  • End a three-game losing streak.
  • Improve YSU's Horizon League record to 4-6.
  • Be YSU's ninth straight over Milwaukee.

On This Date

  • Youngstown State is 5-7 in 12 previous games that have been played on Jan. 28, and each of the last three games have been nerve-wracking ones at Beeghly Center. The Penguins beat Wright State 72-69 last year, and they lost 59-58 to Detroit in 2015. YSU lost 71-66 to Wright State in overtime in 2012.
  • Two notable individual performances by Penguins occurred on Jan. 28. Wanda Grant posted 32 points and 25 rebounds, the second-most in a game in program history, against Cleveland State in 1981. Eight years later, Dianne Rappach went 7-for-8 from 3-point range against Akron.

Scouting Milwaukee

  • Milwaukee is 14-6 overall and 6-3 in Horizon League play following an 80-78 win at the buzzer at Cleveland State on Thursday. The Panthers return their core of players from last year's team that placed second in the conference.
  • The Panthers rank second in the league in scoring offense, field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage, 3-point field-goal percentage and rebounding margin.
  • Preseason First-Team All-Horizon League selection Steph Kostowicz ranks in the top six in the conference in scoring (15.6 ppg), rebounding (7.9 rpg) and field-goal percentage (.530). All five Panthers starters average at least eight points per contest.

Series with Milwaukee

  • YSU has beaten Milwaukee eight straight times but trails the all-time series 24-13. The Panthers had defeated the Penguins 15 consecutive times before a 67-50 YSU win on Jan. 17, 2013, started the current streak.

Last Season vs. Milwaukee

  • In Youngstown on Jan. 7, Kelsea Newman hit a step-back jumper from 18 feet at the buzzer to give YSU a 69-67 win. There were 15 lead changes in the game, and the Penguins trailed 20-5 in the first period. Nikki Arbanas went 7-for-10 from 3-point range.
  • In Milwaukee on Feb. 13, YSU got 30 points from its bench in a 70-62 win at the Klotsche Center. The Penguins had runs of 11-0 and 8-0 in the third period, made 12 3s and shot 50 percent for the game.

Recapping Green Bay

  • Green Bay outscored Youngstown State 22-5 in the second period, and the Penguins fell 84-51 to the No. 24/25 Phoenix on Thursday night at the Beeghly Center.
  • Indiya Benjamin's third 3-pointer of the opening period came just before the buzzer and gave YSU a 19-18 lead after 10 minutes. Green Bay scored the first eight points of the second period, and it also scored the final 14 when YSU trailed just 26-24.
  • YSU leading scorer and rebounder Mary Dunn left the game with an ankle injury at the 8:23 mark of the first period and did not return.
  • Sophomores Alison Smolinski and Melinda Timmer led the Penguins offensively with 10 points apiece. All 10 of Smolinski's came in the third period, and Trimmer scored seven of her 10 in the fourth. Trimmer set a new career high in scoring with her 10 points, surpassing the eight she scored twice previously, including against Detroit Mercy last week.
  • YSU was 5-for-11 from 3-point range in the first period and 4-for-10 in the third. The Penguins went 1-for-8 in both the second and fourth periods. YSU attempted 55 field goals in the game, and 37 of them were from beyond the 3-point arc.
  • With Dunn out, Green Bay controlled the paint. The Phoenix held a 42-8 scoring advantage in the paint, converted 13 offensive rebounds into 21 points and held a 43-25 edge in rebounding.
  • YSU's 51 points were actually more than Green Bay was allowing on averaging coming into the game. The Phoenix ranked second in the country in scoring defense at 48.2 points per game.