YSU Hosts Point Park in Fourth Annual Chick-Fil-A School Field Trip Game

Morgan Brunner (Photo by Jay Metzger)
Morgan Brunner (Photo by Jay Metzger)

The Youngstown State women's basketball team will host NAIA opponent Point Park on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in its final non-conference game of the season. The game, which will be the Fourth Annual Chick-Fil-A School Field Trip Game, will be broadcast live on 1390 WNIO/iHeart.com and ESPN3/WatchESPN.

Youngstown State is coming off an 80-75 loss to Cornell on Saturday in its first action after finals week. The Penguins trailed 36-34 at halftime, but a bad third period put them down 62-42 heading into the fourth. YSU trimmed the deficit down to five with four minutes left, but it couldn't get closer until the final minute.

YSU's last three home games have all been close. In addition to Saturday's five-point loss to Cornell, the Penguins beat Saint Francis U 69-68 on Dec. 3, and they lost 76-74 in overtime to Akron on Dec. 6.

YSU forward Mary Dunn is the Horizon League Freshman of the Week for the third time in the first six weeks of the season. She tied her career high with 19 points against Cornell in YSU's lone contest of the week. She leads all Horizon League freshmen in scoring, field-goal percentage and blocks.

Due to early-season injuries, Youngstown State has used six different starting lineups in the first 10 games of the season. Three projected starters heading into the season that accounted for 31.9 points per game, 83.8 minutes per game and 149 3-pointers last year have missed the last three games because of injuries. Two of those players are out for the season.

A Win Would...

  • Improve YSU's record to 1-0 against Point Park
  • Be YSU's 17th straight against non-Division I opponents in a streak dating back to 1990.
  • Be YSU's 24th in 35 regular-season non-conference games dating back to the start of the 2014-15 season.

On This Date

  • Youngstown State is 7-9 in 16 previous games played on Dec. 21. Of the 16 games, only three have been played at Beeghly Center.
  • The Penguins will be playing on the date for the fourth straight year on Wednesday. YSU beat Vermont in 2013, and it has lost at Pittsburgh and at Akron the last two years.
  • Dec. 21 has been a heavy free-throw day in YSU's history. The Penguins went 33-for-36 from the line against Coppin State in 2005 for their fourth-most free throws in a game in program history. YSU attempted a record 43 against Clarion one year later on Dec. 21, 2006.
  • Individually, Tiara Scott had an impressive 25-point, 21-rebound performance at Akron in 2007. Danielle Carson tied a school record with 16 assists against Montevallo in 1985.

Scouting Point Park

  • Point Park comes to Youngstown with an impressive 13-2 record. The Pioneers had won 11 consecutive games before losing 80-74 to city foe Carlow last Wednesday. Point Park received votes in the NAIA Division II Top 25 poll that was released on Dec. 13.
  • Four Pioneers are averaging at least 10.2 points, and Point Park has made 109 3-pointers in their 15 games. Point Park ranks fourth in the River States Conference in scoring offense at 74.3 points per game, and it leads the conference in scoring defense allowing just 53.8 points per contest.

Non-Division I Winning Streak

  • YSU enters today's game having won 16 consecutive contests against non-Division I opponents. The last loss against a non-D1 team came at Edinboro in 1990. All time, YSU is 65-11 against teams that currently do not compete at the Division I level.
  • Youngstown State previously defeated Tiffin this season 84-62 on Nov. 23.

Recapping Cornell

  • Youngstown State used a frantic rally to trim a 20-point deficit down to four but couldn't overcome a poor third period in an 80-75 loss to Cornell on Saturday.
  • The Penguins trailed just 36-34 at halftime, but Cornell scored 14 of the first 16 points in the third period to go up 50-36. The Big Red worked its lead up to 62-42 by the end of the period and outscored YSU 26-8 in the 10-minute session.
  • Youngstown State turned up the intensity in the fourth and shaved 11 points off the deficit in the first three minutes when Jenna Hirsch's 3-pointer made the score 66-57. A Jen Oduho basket trimmed the difference all the way down to five with 4:04 left, capping a 21-6 run that made the score 68-63. YSU got within four with 53 seconds left, but that was as close as the score got.
  • Mary Dunn scored 19 points for the second straight home game to tie a career high. She has scored at least eight points in each of her eight starts and has been in double figures in six times. She was named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week.
  • Three other Penguins scored in double figures – Hirsch and Alison Smolinski scored 11 points, and Mailee Jones scored 10. Both Smolinski and Jones came off the bench.
  • Smolinski went 3-for-5 from 3-point range and made multiple 3-pointers for the fifth time in the last six games. She is shooting 44.1 percent from beyond the arc over those last six contests.
  • Jen Oduho scored a career-high seven points in just eight minutes and was a key defender in the post in the fourth period.
  • Cornell's Nia Marshall scored 14 of her game-high 22 points in the third period. She was 6-for-7 from the field in the third, and Cornell was 11-for-14 as a squad.