YSU Resumes Non-Conference Play at Akron on Sunday

YSU Resumes Non-Conference Play at Akron on Sunday
Youngstown State at Akron
Date & Time Sunday, Dec. 29 at 2 p.m.
Location James A. Rhodes Arena (Akron, Ohio)
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Following a week-long break for the holidays, the Youngstown State women's basketball team will resume its non-conference schedule at Akron on Sunday at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on 570wkbn.com and mac-sports.com.

The Penguins enter what will be just their second true road game of the season as winners of three of their last four contests. Youngstown State started the stretch with back-to-back home victories over Ohio Valley and Malone, and the Penguins split their two games at the Lehigh Christmas City Classic last weekend. YSU rallied to get within five of Delaware with 13 minutes remaining before the Blue Hens used Penguins turnovers to pull away for a 69-48 win. Youngstown State then built a 19-point lead on Vermont in the first half and held off the Catamounts for a 74-67 win in the consolation game. Karen Flagg was named all-tournament team after averaging 9.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 blocks in the two games.

Junior forward Heidi Schlegel leads Youngstown State in scoring with 18.8 points per game despite being held to an average of 13 points in the two games at Lehigh. Flagg is averaging 9.5 points and a team-high 7.5 rebounds, and Latisha Walker's averages are up to 9.2 points and 7.3 rebounds on the heels of her 20-point, 13-rebound effort in the win over Vermont.

Akron is 5-5 entering Sunday's contest, which will be its final tune-up for Mid-American Conference play. The Zips are 2-1 in limited action in December with wins over George Mason and Rochester College and a loss at Cincinnati. Seniors Rachel Tecca and Hanna Luburgh are outstanding scorers with averages of 25.5 and 24.0 points per contest.

Youngstown State's final non-conference game of the season will be at Beeghly Center against IUPUI on Saturday, Jan. 4, at 2:05 p.m.

Top Story Lines

  • After starting the season 1-6, Youngstown State has won three of its last four games to improve to 4-7.
  • Youngstown State started the season by playing eight of its first nine games at home. The Penguins are now in a stretch of playing five of six on the road.
  • YSU has played only one other true road game this season, which resulted in a 66-41 loss at Bucknell on Nov. 26.
  • The Penguins have shot at least 41 percent in four of their last six games after not shooting 40 percent in any of their first five contests.
  • In 10 games, Preseason Second-Team All-Horizon League forward Heidi Schlegel has posted the six highest scoring games of her career, ranging from 27 points to 22.
  • Youngstown State went 23-10 last season, its best record since 1997-98. The Penguins finished second in the Horizon League, played in the conference tournament semifinals and won a game in the WNIT.

Scouting Akron

  • Akron is 5-5 and will be playing its final non-conference game of the season against Youngstown State on Sunday.
  • The Zips are 2-1 this month with wins over George Mason and Rochester College and a loss at Cincinnati, a team that beat YSU 83-62 earlier this month. Akron lost 90-80 at Wright State on Nov. 17.
  • Akron is averaging an impressive 82.4 points per game, which ranks 20th in the country, and has scored as many as 118 points in a game this season. Senior Rachel Tecca is averaging 25.5 points, and Hanna Luburgh is close behind at 24 points per game.

Last Time vs. Akron

  • Brandi Brown scored a game-high 25 points, and Shar'Rae Davis added 17 as YSU beat Akron 80-71 in a spirited contest on Dec. 20, 2012, at Beeghly Center.
  • YSU outscored the Zips by 10 at the free-throw line and led for the final 31 minutes. Akron got within one early in the second half before YSU scored seven straight points. Another 7-0 YSU run later in the second half pushed its lead to an insurmountable 67-54.

Series with Akron

  • Youngstown State holds a 38-13 edge against Akron in a series that dates back to 1976. The only opponent the Penguins have played more in their history is Cleveland State.
  • The teams have played every season since 1996-97, and the Penguins have gone 13-4 in those contests.