Three years removed from an 0-30 season, the women's basketball team won 23 games to finish second in the Horizon League and earn a berth in the Women's National Invitational Tournament, which is the No. 4 story in Penguins athletics in 2012-13.
Behind Horizon League Player of the Year Brandi Brown, Coach of the Year Bob Boldon and All-Newcomer Team selection Shar'Rae Davis, the Penguins won 13 more games than they did the previous year. That was the fourth-best win improvement in the country, and no team improved its RPI more from the previous season. YSU's turnaround was featured on ESPN.com and NCAA.com.
The Penguins set school records with 11 Horizon League wins and 14 wins at Beeghly Center, and their 23-10 was the best since 1997-98. While Brown's performance on the offensive end will likely be most remembered, the turnaround was also keyed by a monumental improvement on defense. The Penguins allowed 9.7 fewer points per game in 2012-13 than the previous year, which was the 12th-best improvement in the country.
After tying a school record for non-conference wins, the Penguins went 11-5 in Horizon League play to finish second in the conference standings. They defeated Cleveland State at Beeghly Center in the tournament quarterfinals, and they later had a home win over Indiana State in the first round of the WNIT. It was YSU's first appearance in a postseason tournament since 1999-2000, and the Penguins earned their first postseason win in 15 years.
#5: Trio Leads Tremendous Turnaround in Women's Tennis
Led by Paula de Man, Margarita Sadovnikova and Marta Burak, the Youngstown State women's tennis team advanced to the Horizon League Championship match and won more matches in 2012-13 than it did in the previous three seasons combined. That is the No. 5 storyline in Penguins athletics in 2012-13. [ Read More ]
#6: Men's Basketball's Memorable Season Culminates with Tournament Wins
The Youngstown State men's basketball team had one of its most successful seasons as a Division I program, and, with its berth in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, it is the No. 6 storyline in Penguins athletics in 2012-13. [ Read More ]
#7: Ashley Dow Becomes First YSU Swimmer to Win Two League Titles
Sophomore Ashley Dow became the first Penguin swimmer in school history to win two individual titles at the Horizon League Championships, which is the No. 7 story in Youngstown State athletics in 2012-13. [ Read More ]
#8: Dosch Repeats as Second-Team Academic All-American, Gets Drafted By Orioles
In a span of eight days, Youngstown State baseball player Drew Dosch repeated as a Second-Team Academic All-American and was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the seventh round. Dosch's successes earned him eighth place on the list of top 10 moments and storylines of YSU athletics in 2012-13. [ Read More ]
#9: Farmers National Bank Field Built for YSU Soccer
Youngstown State added a new facility gem on its campus, and the Penguins soccer team will play its inaugural season at Farmers National Bank Field this fall. The construction of the new soccer field and softball complex along Fifth Avenue is the No. 9 story in YSU athletics in 2012-13. [ Read More ]
#10: Allison Mitzel Takes Medalist Honors at Horizon League Golf Championship
Youngstown State sophomore women's golfer Allison Mitzel shot 71 and 73 in the final two days of the Horizon League Championship to win the conference title by seven strokes, earning her the No. 10 spot in the top 10 moments and storylines of Penguins athletics in 2012-13. [ Read More ]