Women's Basketball Wraps Up Homestand vs. IUPUI on Saturday

Melinda Trimmer (Photo by Chris Kilroy)
Melinda Trimmer (Photo by Chris Kilroy)

Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State concludes its longest homestand in 27 years and looks to make an early move to the top of the Horizon League standings as it hosts IUPUI on Saturday. Tipoff against the newest member of the conference is set for 4:15 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio, ESPN3 and WatchESPN. YSU's men's team will play later in the evening as part of a doubleheader.
  • YSU scored 65 of its 76 points in the final 24-plus minutes in its 76-63 win over UIC on Thursday. The Penguins shook off a sluggish start to improve to 2-1 in the Horizon League and 4-1 in their six-game stretch at Beeghly Center.
  • The Penguins were 28-for-37 from the free-throw line in the win over the Flames. YSU came into the game averaging just over 12.4 attempts per game from the charity stripe. YSU made 28 free throws for just the second time in the last decade and had its most attempts since 2009.
  • YSU is one of four teams in the conference with a 2-1 league record. IUPUI, which joined the Horizon League in the summer, is the lone unbeaten team at 2-0.
  • Senior point guard Indiya Benjamin is one of two active players in the country with career totals of at least 1,000 points, 500 assists and 150 3-pointers.
  • Five of YSU's five wins this season have been by at least 13 points, and the other is a two-point win over Northern Arizona.
  • After this six-game homestand, the longest since the 1990-91 season, YSU will play eight of its next 10 contests on the road.

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 will open at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Fans will receive a YSU mousepad, courtesy of Greenwood Chevrolet, HBK and TV-21 WFMJ.

Previewing IUPUI

A Win Would...

  • Be YSU's seventh of the season and complete the six-game homestand with a 5-1 record.
  • Improve YSU's record to 6-3 at Beeghly Center.
  • Give YSU a record of 3-1 in Horizon League play, which would – at worst – tie for first in the conference.

On This Date

  • YSU is 6-4 all time in games played on Jan. 6. The Penguins' last game on the date was a 71-57 loss to No. 20 Green Bay at Beeghly Center in 2011. YSU is 1-1 against IUPUI on Jan. 6.
  • YSU has been in some high-scoring affairs on Jan. 6. The Penguins beat Valparaiso 102-85 on Jan. 6, 1997, and they lost 103-69 at Western Michigan in 1987.

Scouting IUPUI

  • IUPUI is the lone unbeaten team in the Horizon League and comes to Youngstown with an overall mark of 10-3 and a 2-0 league record. The Jaguars' three losses were by four at UCF, in overtime to Miami (Ohio) and by 14 at perennial power DePaul.
  • IUPUI ranks second in the league with 73.7 points per game, and it averages more than 20 points in the first period. The Lady Jags lead the league with a .454 field-goal percentage.
  • Danielle Lawrence leads the Jaguars with 17.4 points per game, and she had 38 points in an 80-57 win at Memphis. Freshman Macee Williams averages 11.9 points and 7.8 rebounds while shooting a conference-best 68.2 percent from the field.

Recapping UIC

  • Youngstown State shook off a sluggish first period to shoot 49 percent and beat UIC 76-63 on Thursday evening at Beeghly Center.
  • The Penguins committed eight turnovers and scored just six points in the first period as they trailed 13-6, but a hot stretch to close the second and a pair of buzzer-beaters helped them win for the fourth time in the last five games.
  • YSU scored 19 points in the final 4:09 of the first half, and it scored 65 of its 76 points in the final 24-plus minutes of the game. The Penguins started 3-for-17 from the field but finished making 17 of their final 24 attempts.
  • Chelsea Olson hit a 3-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer and give YSU a 30-23 lead. UIC rallied to take a pair of one-point leads in the third period, and it trailed just 47-46 when Melinda Trimmer's running 30-footer at the end of the period put the Penguins up four.
  • Trimmer's buzzer-beater was followed by a McKenah Peters 3-pointer 12 seconds into the fourth period, and the Penguins went on an impactful 14-3 run. UIC got within 55-49, but YSU pulled away with a 14-5 spurt to go up 69-53 with 3:19 left.
  • YSU stayed in the game by going 11-for-13 from the free-throw line in the second period. The Penguins were 28-for-37 from the line for the game after coming into the contest averaging just over 12.4 attempts per contest. YSU made 28 free throws for just the second time in the last decade and had its most attempts since 2009.
  • Sarah Cash scored a game-high 17 points, and Peters came off the bench to score 14. The freshman guard did not miss from the field, going 4-for-4 overall and 3-for-3 from beyond the 3-point arc. Indiya Benjamin added 13 points and eight assists.
  • YSU beat UIC 31-26 in rebounding and limited the Flames' 11 offensive rebounds into six second-chance points.
  • YSU got a huge boost from its bench. In addition to Peters' 14 points, Trimmer scored nine points and Mary Dunn had eight.

Up Next

  • Youngstown State will begin a stretch of three road games in five days as it plays at nationally-ranked Green Bay on Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern. The game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN and ESPN3.