Penguins Hope to Rebound in Saturday Contest at Detroit

Penguins Hope to Rebound in Saturday Contest at Detroit
Youngstown State at Detroit
Date & Time Saturday, March 1 at 1 p.m.
Location Calihan Hall (Detroit, Mich.)
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The Youngstown State women's basketball team will try to regroup for its final road game of the regular season when it plays at Detroit on Saturday. Tipoff at Calihan Hall is set for 1:07 p.m., and the game will be covered live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio and the Horizon League Network.

The Penguins are coming off a disappointing 73-65 home loss to UIC on Thursday evening that dropped them into a tie for second place in the conference standings. Green Bay leads the league at 10-3, and YSU is tied with Wright State with a 9-4 league record. YSU could clinch a first-round home tournament game with a victory against the Titans, and it still controls its own destiny to finish second in the conference. Green Bay would have to get upset in its last three games to give YSU a shot at the league title.

YSU led UIC by as many as 11 in the first half on Thursday, but too turnovers and offensive rebounds doomed them in the eventual 73-65 defeat. YSU was up 23-12 with 8:45 left in the first half, but the Flames outscored the Penguins 21-8 the rest of the period to go up 33-31. UIC built its lead to eight in the first five minutes of the second half, but YSU went on an 11-2 run to take a 44-43 lead with 12:34 remaining. UIC hit a trey on its next possession and did not trail again.

Heidi Schlegel had 17 points in 37 minutes against the Flames, and she ranks third in the Horizon League with 19.8 points per game. Latisha Walker came off the bench to score 14 points and grab seven rebounds, but no other Penguin reached double figures. Liz Hornberger went 2-for-9 from 3-point range on an off shooting night, and the Penguins were 6-for-17 as a group from distance. YSU is shooting a league-best 40.2 percent from 3-point range during conference play.

Detroit rallied for an 81-79 victory over Valparaiso on Wednesday, and it has won two of its last three home games to improve to 5-21 overall and 2-11 in Horizon League play. Senee Shearer, one of three Titans who will be honored during Saturday's Senior Day ceremony, leads the Horizon League with 83 3-pointers. YSU has lost five straight games at Calihan Hall.

Youngstown State will return home for the final week of the regular season for games against Wright State and Cleveland State. The Penguins and Raiders will play Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.

Top Story Lines

  • YSU has tied last season's team for its best Horizon League start through 13 games at 9-4.
  • In YSU's nine Horizon League wins, opponents have averaged 62 points. In the three league losses, opponents have averaged 84.2 points.
  • The Penguins have their best scoring offense in 14 years, and they are shooting a conference-best 40.2 percent from 3-point range during league play.
  • Heidi Schlegel is the reigning Horizon League Player of the Week. She scored the 1,000th point of her career at Green Bay on Sunday.
  • Liz Hornberger has been the Horizon League's top 3-point shooter during conference play. She's averaging 3.2 makes per game while shooting 46.7 percent.

Scouting Detroit

Detroit is 5-21 overall and 2-11 in Horizon League play after rallying for an 81-79 win over Valparaiso on Wednesday. The Titans also beat Milwaukee at home on Feb. 8, making them winners of two of their last five overall and two of their last three at Calihan Hall.

Senior guard Senee Shearer leads the league with 83 3-pointers, and she is second in scoring at 19.9 points per game. Megan Galloway is the reigning Horizon League Freshman of the Week and is averaging 7.8 points and 6.2 rebounds.

Last Time vs. Detroit

YSU battled back from a 14-point first-half deficit to defeat Detroit 80-71 on Jan. 29 at the Beeghly Center. Karen Flagg scored 16 of her career-high 26 points in the first half, and she finished off a solid all-around night with eight rebounds, five assists, three blocks and a steal.

The Penguins trailed 36-22 in the first half and didn't lead in the second half until Heidi Schlegel's lay-up with 5:43 left made the score 65-64. That bucket was in the middle of an 8-0 run for YSU, and the Guins ended the game on an 8-2 spurt.

Series with Detroit

Detroit is 18-15 all-time against Youngstown State in the series that dates back to 1983. YSU won five of the first eight meetings and claimed five straight victories against the Titans in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.

Detroit has won eight of the last 11 games since the start of the 2008-09 season, though YSU has won three of the last five.

Recapping UIC

Youngstown State was bothered by UIC's defensive pressure and size all night and committed 20 turnovers in a 73-65 loss to the Flames on Thursday at Beeghly Center.

Heidi Schlegel led YSU with 17 points and Latisha Walker came off the bench to score 14 points and grab seven boards.

YSU led by 11 in the first half at 23-12 with 8:45 remaining. UIC scored eight straight points and rallied to lead by two at halftime. After trailing by eight, YSU went on an 11-2 run to take its only lead of the second half at 44-43 with 12:34 remaining. Terri Bender hit a 3-pointer on UIC's next possession, and the Flames never trailed again.

Stats Tell Story

UIC outplayed Youngstown State in some key areas in the victory. The Flames held a 39-27 edge in rebounding, including a 15-6 advantage in offensive boards. That resulted in UIC outscoring YSU 14-5 in second-chance points. The Flames also scored 21 points off YSU's 20 turnovers, and they held a 38-32 edge in paint scoring.

Change from January

UIC was much more efficient offensively in Thursday's contest than it was the first time it played Youngstown State. On Jan. 11 in Chicago, the Flames shot 32.4 percent overall, including 4-for-18 from 3-point range, and were 10-for-21 from the free-throw line. On Thursday, UIC shot 45.2 percent, was 4-for-8 from 3, and made 13-of-19 from the free-throw line. Katie Hannemann scored 24 points on Thursday after being held to eight in the contest in January.

Penguins Were Quiet From 3

YSU shot a respectable 35.3 percent (6-for-17) from 3-point range, but the Flames did a good job of perimeter defense in limiting the attempts and makes. The 17 attempts from the arc were the fewest by YSU attempting 16 at UIC on Jan. 11. The Guins were 1-for-8 from distance in the first half, and three of their five makes in the second half came on three straight possessions as it turned a 43-35 deficit into a 44-43 lead with 12:34 left. YSU did not convert another triple until Hornberger's make at the 4:05 mark. The Penguins trailed 65-51 by that point.

Odds & Ends

YSU was minus-12 in rebounding margin, its largest deficit of the season... UIC had the most steals (13) against YSU since Buffalo had 13 in the second game of the season... The Penguins made nine of their first 13 field goal attempts to start the game but made just four if its final 16 shots to end the first half... The Penguins were 1-for-8 from 3-point range in the first half and 5-for-9 in the second half... After YSU took a 44-43 lead, it had five turnovers before making another field goal... YSU's 65 points were the fewest since the Horizon League opener at Valparaiso on Jan. 9... UIC shot 55.6 percent in the second half while posting eight steals.

Schlegel Joins YSU's 1,000 Points Club

  • Junior Heidi Schlegel became the 18th player in YSU women's basketball history to score 1,000 points on Feb. 23 at Green Bay. She reached the milestone on a bucket in the lane with 19:02 remaining in the first half on a pass from Melissa Thompson.
  • Schlegel is the ninth Penguin to reach 1,000 as a junior, and she ranks 17th in school history with 1,038 points.
  • Schlegel scored 47 points in seven games in an injury shortened true-freshman campaign in 2010-11. She scored 261 as a redshirt freshman, and she had 216 last year. She has 497, 236 more than her previous high, in 25 games this season. This season she has scored 514 points, the ninth-highest total in school history.
  • Of the 18 Penguins who have scored 1,000 points, Schlegel is the 16th from Ohio.

Schlegel Named Horizon Player of the Week

  • Heidi Schlegel is the Horizon League Player of the Week following a weekend when she averaged 24 points and 7.5 rebounds while scoring the 1,000th point of her career.
  • Schlegel finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds against Green Bay on Sunday as YSU moved into a three-way tie for first place in the conference standings. On Friday in the win over Milwaukee, the junior forward had 25 points on 10-for-13 shooting with five rebounds.

The Winning Formula

  • For Youngstown State during Horizon League play, wins and losses have been largely decided by its defense. In the nine conference victories, YSU has held opponents to 62 points per game and 37.9 percent shooting. In the three losses, opponents have averaged 88 points and shot 44.2 percent.
  • YSU is 10-3 when it allows fewer than 70 points, 11-4 when it posts a better shooting percentage and 13-6 when it shoots more free throws. The Penguins are also 13-6 when at least three Penguins score in double figures, and they are 12-5 when outrebounding opponents. They are 6-0 when committing fewer turnovers than their opponents.

3-Pointers Are Key to Offense

  • YSU has really been zoned in from distance in league play. Youngstown State has averaged 9.2 3-pointers made while shooting 40.2 percent in the 12 league games. It leads the league in 3-point percentage during league play and ranks second in 3s per game. The Guins averaged 6.1 3s and shot 29.6 percent from the arc in non-conference play.
  • YSU has made at least 10 3-pointers in six of its last 10 contests and has made at least six triples in all 13 conference contests.
  • Only four teams in the country made more 3-pointers in the previous two seasons than YSU. The Penguins rank tied-for-35th nationally in 3s per game this season with 7.6 per contest, and their 3-point shooting percentage is the highest its been since 2004-05.
  • The Penguins have made 198 3-pointers this season, which is the fifth-most in school history. They've made at least 200 three times in their history, with each time coming the past three seasons. The record is 275 by the 2011-12 team.

Defending Beeghly Center

  • Youngstown State has done an excellent job of winning Horizon League games at home over the past two seasons. The Penguins are 12-2 in conference play at Beeghly Center over the past two seasons and had won 11 straight home league games prior to losing to UIC at home on Thursday.
  • YSU was 14-1 at home last year while setting a school record for home wins in a season. The Penguins lost five of their first six home games this season but have gone 7-2 since.

Offense Has Improved as Season Progresses

  • YSU's offense has really been in high gear since the start of January. In the 13 games of 2014, the Penguins are averaging 73.6 points while shooting 43.3 percent overall and 39.1 percent from 3-point range.
  • YSU averaged 59.4 points, shot 33 percent overall and 22.8 percent from the arc in five games in November and has had improved steadily since. The scoring average has gone from 59.4 points in November to 70 points in December, 71.4 points in January and 75.7 points in February. YSU's field-goal percentage was 44.5 percent in February.
  • YSU's average of 69.9 points per game is its highest since 1999-00 (74.1 ppg), and its .403 shooting percentage is the highest since 2001-02 (.421). YSU has upped its scoring by 6.6 points per game in 2013-14 despite losing two of its top three scorers from last year.

Barnes Sets Wins Record for First-Year Coach

  • John Barnes already has the most wins for a first-year women's basketball coach at Youngstown State with 13. Jeff Cohen previously held the record with 11 in 1982-83.
  • In fact, Barnes's total of 13 wins is tied with the first-year win total of the previous three Penguins coaches (Hill 4, Martin 3, Boldon 6) combined.

Continual Improvement in League Play

  • Over the last three seasons, the YSU women's basketball program has steadily become one of the top programs in the Horizon League.
  • In 2011-12, although the Penguins were 4-14 for the second straight year, seven of their final 10 losses were by five points or fewer. They also took Green Bay to overtime in a loss when the Phoenix was ranked 11th in the country.
  • In 2012-13, YSU had its best record to date in the Horizon League by finishing 11-5. The Penguins finished second in the conference and advanced to the tournament semifinals for the first time. YSU also earned the league's automatic bid to the WNIT.
  • This year, YSU has tied last year's team for the best Horizon League record through 13 games at 9-4. The Penguins' 20 league wins over the past two years is almost as much as their combined 22 league wins over the previous six years combined.

Hornberger, Touvelle in 3-Pointer Race

  • YSU seniors Liz Hornberger and Monica Touvelle both have a chance to break the school's record for career 3-pointers. Hornberger is currently second in school history with 187, and Touvelle is third at 175. Dianne Rappach (1988-92) currently holds the record with 198.
  • If the Penguins played only the four remaining games that they are guaranteed, Hornberger would have to average 3.0 makes, and Touvelle would have to average 6.0 per contest to break Rappach's record.
  • Hornberger owns YSU's record with 546 3-point attempts, and Touvelle is fourth at 480. Among players who have made at least 100 career 3-pointers, Touvelle's 3-point percentage of .365 ranks sixth while Hornberger's .342 is 10th.
  • Hornberger also has a shot at the season 3-pointers record, which is currently 87 by Heather Karner in 2007-08. Hornberger has made 68 so far this season and needs two more to be the fifth Penguin to make 70 in a campaign.

Schlegel Emerges as One of League's Top Players

  • One of the biggest questions entering the season was who was going to replace 2013 Horizon League Player of the Year Brandi Brown in the scoring column. Heidi Schlegel has answered that pretty clearly by averaging 19.8 points with a total of 514 in 26 games.
  • Schlegel ranks third in the Horizon League in scoring and is sixth in rebounding. She has already posted the highest scoring (514) and rebounding (203) totals of her career.
  • Schlegel has 15 20-point efforts in YSU's 26 games. The Wapakoneta, Ohio, native had eclipsed 20 points just once in 56 games coming into this season, and she scored more than 15 points just once last season.
  • Schlegel was named the Horizon League Female Scholar Athlete of the Month for December and January. She averaged 17.6 points and 7.0 rebounds during the December and 19.6 points and 8.8 rebounds in January. She carries a 3.74 GPA as a middle-childhood education major, and she had a 4.0 GPA in the fall.