Penguins Make Short Trip to Pitt for Monday Morning Contest

Natalie Myers
Natalie Myers

Scouting Report

  • The Youngstown State women's basketball team will make a short trip eastward on the turnpike for its first road contest of the season on Monday morning at Pittsburgh. Tipoff at the Petersen Events Center is set for 11 a.m, and the game will be broadcast on 1390 WNIO, iHeart.com, WatchESPN and the ACC Network Extra. It will be a kids day game, and 10,000 Pittsburgh-area students are expected to be in attendance.
  • The Penguins are coming off a 77-64 loss to American in their season opener on Friday evening. YSU was outscored by 11 in the second period, and its shooters never got on track enough to made a comeback.
  • YSU won its first six games last season, and it started 10-0 in 2014-15 before a loss at Pittsburgh on Dec. 21, 2014.
  • The Penguins have won 21 games and advanced to a postseason tournament in each of the past two seasons. YSU went 21-13 last season and won two games in the Women's Basketball Invitational. The Penguins had not played in back-to-back postseason tournaments in their history prior to last year.
  • YSU returns an experienced group in 2016-17, led by seniors Kelsea Newman and Jenna Hirsch and juniors Indiya Benjamin and Sarah Cash. Benjamin and Cash were both named preseason all-Horizon League, and the Penguins were tabbed to finish fourth.
  • YSU made a school record 299 3-pointers and finished 11th in the country with 8.8 3-pointers per game in 2015-16.

A Win Would...

  • Be YSU's first of the 2016-17 season.
  • Be YSU's first against an opponent from a "power five" conference since a win at Pitt on Nov. 9, 2012.
  • Give head coach John Barnes his first win over a "power five" team at YSU.
  • Be YSU's 21st in 26 regular-season non-conference games dating back to the start of the 2014-15 season.

On This Date

  • YSU is 1-2 in three previous games played on Nov. 14, and only one of those contests have come since 1998. The last contest on Nov. 14 was against High Point at Elon in 2009, a game that YSU lost 73-50.
  • YSU's win on this date came in 1998, which was a 76-66 home victory over Wright State.

Scouting Pittsburgh

  • Pitt opened the season convincingly with an 89-54 win over Mount St. Mary's on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers led 43-20 at halftime and scored at least 20 points in each period.
  • Pittsburgh returns four of its top five scorers from last season's team that finished with a 13-18 record. Freshman guard Jasmine Whitney shined in her debut with 17 points and 11 assists in 31 minutes.

Series with Pittsburgh

  • Youngstown State is 4-14 all time against Pittsburgh, including 2-5 at Beeghly Center and 2-9 in the Steel City. The teams have played five times since 2008, and this will be the fifth time in the last six meetings that the teams will play in Pittsburgh.
  • Pitt won the first four meetings of the series, and it had other winning streaks of four and five. YSU's wins have come in 1984, 1990, 1991 and 2012.

Last Time vs. Pitt

  • YSU shot 25.8 percent and trailed by double digits for the entire second half in a 78-52 loss at Pittsburgh on Dec. 21, 2014. The Penguins entered the contest with a 10-0 record.
  • The Penguins trailed just 17-13 just over seven minutes into the game, but Pittsburgh scored 13 straight points to push the lead to 30-13. YSU did not get the margin back to single digits the rest of the game.

Recapping American

  • American shot 54.7 percent and used an 11-point edge in the second quarter to beat Youngstown State in the season opener for both schools on Friday.
  • YSU went 1-for-13 from the field, including 0-for-6 from 3-point range, in that second period. The Penguins also had six turnovers in that 10-minute stretch.
  • YSU's bench accounted for 47 of the team's 64 points, or 73.4 percent of its total. YSU's top two scorers, forward Sarah Cash and guard Kelley Wright, combined for 29 points off the bench.
  • Cash, a starter every game last season, sat out much of the preseason with nagging knee pain. She scored her 16 points in just 13 minutes.
  • Wright scored 10 of her 13 points from the free-throw line. She made all 10 of her attempts from the charity stripe to become the eighth different Penguin to go at least 10-for-10 in one game.
  • YSU made 25 of its 28 attempts from the free-throw line.
  • YSU's three starting guards combined to go 4-for-31 from the field overall and 1-for-15 from 3-point range.