The Youngstown State women's basketball team scored the final 17 points of the first half and got a career-high 29 points from Sarah Cash in an 84-62 win over Tiffin on Wednesday evening at Beeghly Center.
Cash scored 11 of her points in the second period as YSU held a 29-13 advantage in the quarter. The Penguins were 12-for-19 from the field in the second, and Cash was 5-for-5 to lead the effort.
Youngstown State did not trail in the contest, but Tiffin hung tough for the first 15 minutes before the Penguins started to pull away.
An Alison Smolinski 3-pointer at the 3:36 mark of the first period put YSU up 15-8, but Tiffin got within one by the horn and trailed 18-17. The Dragons tied the score twice in the second – at 24 and 30 – before YSU scored the final 17 points over the final 5:42 of the period.
Cash scored the first nine points of the run, and Kelley Wright's fast-break layup at the 2:17 mark gave the Penguins their first double-digit lead of the night at 41-30. Jen Oduho's bucket pushed the lead to 43-30, and the Penguins made four free throws at the 1:20 mark on a common foul and an ensuing technical. The lead did not dip below 15 the remainder of the game.
A Benjamin 3-pointer upped the margin to 20 for the first time at 56-36 with 6:44 left in the third, and the advantage was 70-49 entering the fourth. YSU's largest lead was 82-51 on two Smolinksi free throws with 6:36 left.
Youngstown State shot 51.5 percent for the game and went 6-for-17 from 3-point range. YSU held a 54-24 edge in the paint and scored 17 fast-break points.
Youngstown State's next game will be at Northern Arizona on Monday at 8:30 p.m. Eastern.