Penguins Look to Bounce Back Monday at Northern Kentucky

McKenah Peters (Photo by David Dermer)
McKenah Peters (Photo by David Dermer)

Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State will try to secure a first-round bye in the Horizon League Tournament and a winning record in conference play as it plays at Northern Kentucky on Monday. Tipoff at BB&T Arena is set for 5 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 1390 WNIO, iHeartRadio, ESPN3 and WatchESPN. YSU's men will play the Norse afterward.
  • The Penguins are coming off a 67-42 loss to #19/15 Green Bay on Saturday that snapped a five-game winning streak and gave YSU its first setback of February. YSU trailed by seven at halftime but was outscored 21-0 in the third period as it dropped back to sixth in the league standings with the loss.
  • YSU can finish anywhere from third to seventh in the final standings. At 9-7, the Penguins are 2½ games ahead of seventh-place NKU and 1½ games behind third-place Wright State. One more win or NKU loss gives YSU a bye until the quarterfinals of Motor City Madness.
  • Youngstown State has won five straight Horizon League road games for the first time in program history. Going back to a 66-52 win at Cleveland State on Jan. 20, YSU has won seven of its last nine games with wins over three of the top five teams in the standings.
  • The Penguins are one of 11 teams in the country to make at least 200 in each of the last eight seasons, and they are on track to lead the conference in 3-pointers per game for the fourth straight year.
  • Indiya Benjamin is the program's leader in career assists, and she's two 3-pointers away from tying that career mark. She will tie YSU's record for career starts against NKU with 123.
  • Chelsea Olson has been named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week an unprecedented four straight weeks.

Previewing Northern Kentucky

A Win Would...

  • Improve YSU's record to 14-14 overall and 10-7 in Horizon League play.
  • Secure a bye to the quarterfinals of the Horizon League Tournament.
  • Be YSU's first in four tries at BB&T Arena.

On This Date

  • YSU is 8-7 all-time in games played on Feb. 19.
  • Heidi Schlegel scored 38 points the last time YSU played on the date in a 79-73 win at Milwaukee in 2015.

Scouting The Norse

  • Northern Kentucky is 8-18 overall and 6-9 in Horizon League play following a 73-60 loss at Wright State on Saturday. NKU entered that game on a season-long three-game winning streak.
  • NKU is a very young team, and its top four scorers are either freshmen or sophomores. Redshirt sophomore Molly Glick averages 12.7 points and has made 55 3-pointers, which are both team highs. Freshman Kailey Coffey averages 9.2 points and 6.3 rebounds.
  • Indiya Benjamin hit a go-ahead floater with 24.7 seconds left to help YSU to a 54-51 win over NKU on Jan. 25. The Penguins trailed by 12 in the first period before rallying. YSU committed 22 turnovers, which led to 24 NKU points.

Recapping Green Bay

  • Youngstown State's winning streak came to a halt at the hands of No. 19/15 Green Bay on Saturday in a 67-42 loss to the Phoenix at Beeghly Center.
  • The Penguins came in red-hot on a five-game winning streak and carrying momentum from an 86-85 overtime win over Milwaukee on Thursday, but Green Bay showed why it leads the country in scoring defense. The Phoenix held YSU scoreless in the third period and to 26.9 percent shooting for the game.
  • Green Bay scored the first six points of the game and never trailed. It went on a 16-3 run to go up 24-8 with under a minute left in the first quarter.
  • Benjamin banked in a one-handed heave from Green Bay's 3-point line at the buzzer to get the Penguins to with 24-14 at the end of the period. She then hit a triple from normal distance with 1:29 left in the second period to bring YSU to within 33-28, and Green Bay led 35-28 at halftime. That lead ballooned to 56-28 at the end of the third.
  • The Penguins were 9-for-30 from 3-point range and 5-for-22 inside the arc.
  • YSU outscored Green Bay 28-22 in the second and fourth periods, but the Phoenix had a 45-14 edge in the first and third periods.
  • Benjamin scored all 17 of her points in the first half. She made a season-high four 3-pointers in the game, and YSU finished with nine as a team.
  • Alison Smolinski made her first appearance of Horizon League play after breaking a bone in her foot in the final non-conference game on Dec. 20. She played three minutes and missed her only shot attempt.
  • Chelsea Olson was held scoreless for the first time since Dec. 16. She was whistled for two fouls in the first half and played just 12 minutes total.
  • McKenah Peters made two of 3-pointers and has made at least one 3 in five straight.
  • Green Bay converted 14 YSU turnovers into a 20-3 edge in points off turnovers.
  • Benjamin was recognized before the game for breaking Danielle Carson's career assists record, and Carson was there to present her with a commemorate basketball.

Up Next

  • Youngstown State will celebrate Senior Day on Saturday at Beeghly Center. Tipoff against Cleveland State in the regular-season finale is set for 4:15 p.m., and Indiya Benjamin, Morgan Olson and Kelley Wright will be honored prior to the game.
  • Fans will receive a YSU Team Photo, courtesy of Medical Mutual, WBCB and TV-21 WFMJ.