YSU Hosts Ohio Valley Monday Night in Beeghly Center

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

Scouting Report

  • Fresh off its first victory of the season in Chicago on Saturday, the Penguins return home to host Ohio Valley in a quick turnaround on Monday at 7 p.m. The game against the Division II Fighting Scots will be broadcast live on ESPN3, WatchESPN, 570 WKBN and iHeartRadio.
  • YSU flashed its offensive potential in a 73-49 win at Loyola Chicago on Saturday. The Guins went on an 18-0 run in the first period and led by at least 20 for the final 22 minutes.
  • YSU came into the game averaging 51 points and 19.5 turnovers while shooting 20.8 percent from 3-point range. Against the Ramblers, YSU scored 73 points, limited its turnovers to nine and went 12-for-26 from beyond the arc.
  • The Penguins have built double digit leads in the first 12 minutes in all three of their games.
  • The Penguins are hungry to get back to their winning ways after enduring an injury-plagued 2016-17 season that ended with a 9-21 record and a first-round loss in the Horizon League Tournament. In each of the previous two seasons, YSU won 21 games and advanced to play in a postseason tournament.
  • Indiya Benjamin scored the 1,000th point of her career in the final minute of Tuesday's game against Kent State. She is one of two Penguins ever to have 1,000 career points, 450 career assists and 150 career 3-pointers.
  • YSU returns three players – Benjamin, Mary Dunn and Alison Smolinski – who averaged more than 11 points last season, and it also welcomes back two players – Nikki Arbanas and Sarah Cash – who averaged more than 11 points in 2015-16. This is the first time in program history that the Penguins enter a season with five players who have averaged double figures previously.

Tickets & Promotions

  • Advance tickets for Monday'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 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
  • Fans in attendance will receive a YSU Schedule Magnet courtesy of Rulli Brothers, Chemical Bank and TV-21 WFMJ.

Previewing Ohio Valley

Scouting Ohio Valley

  • Ohio Valley, a Division II school competing in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, is 0-2 this season with losses to Indiana-East (91-54) and Central State (98-70).
  • The Fighting Scots have allowed their first two opponents to shoot a combined .456 from the field. OVU is averaging 33 turnovers per game.
  • Eight different players have started a game – Ariel Johnson and Alyssa Murray are the only two that have started both. Johnson is averaging a double-double with 11.5 points and 10.5 rebounds.

A Win Would...

  • Even YSU's overall record at 2-2 and its record at Beeghly Center at 1-1.
  • Be the Penguins' 18th straight over a non-Division I opponent.

On This Date

  • YSU is 5-1 in six previous games played on Nov. 20. YSU's first win last season, a 102-94 victory over Sacrament State in Hawaii, came on the date.
  • YSU's first win under John Barnes came on Nov. 20, 2013, vs. Northern Kentucky.

Recapping Loyola Chicago

  • Youngstown State emphatically broke out of its early-season offensive slump by shooting 48 percent and making 12 3-pointers in a 73-49 win at Loyola Chicago.
  • The Penguins scored 18 points in the first period to go up 20-3 and were never threatened afterward. YSU made four 3-pointers during that 18-0 run. The Penguins had two points in the first 3:12 of the first period and 24 over the final 6:48. The 18-0 run was part of a larger 32-4 spurt that extended into the second period.
  • YSU led by double digits for the final 34 minutes and by at least 20 points for the final 22 minutes. The largest margin was 61-30 early in the fourth period.
  • Youngstown State won at Gentile Arena for the first time after losing all 14 times the programs played when the Ramblers were in the Horizon League.
  • After being frustrated when good shot selection didn't result in buckets the first two games, YSU shot 48.3 percent overall and 46.2 percent from 3-point range against the Ramblers. The Penguins shot 33.9 percent overall and 20.8 percent from 3-point range in their first two games.
  • The Penguins also trimmed their turnovers to eight after averaging 19.5 turnovers in their first two contests.
  • Alison Smolinski went 5-for-5 overall and 3-for-3 from 3-point range in the second half. She finished with a game-high 15 points.
  • After missing her first three field-goal attempts, Sarah Cash made six of her final seven to finish with 14 points in 16 minutes.
  • Chelsea Olson had her best game with 14 points, three rebounds, two steals, a block and an assist. She made all four of her field-goal attempts in the first half.
  • Natalie Myers was in the starting lineup for the first time this season. YSU has used a different starting lineup in each of the first three games. Benjamin, Arbanas and Smolinski have started at guard in all three games. In the post, Cash, Myers, Mary Dunn and Anne Secrest have each started.