Penguins Resume Home Stand vs. Ohio Valley on Friday Evening

Penguins Resume Home Stand vs. Ohio Valley on Friday Evening
Youngstown State vs. Ohio Valley
Date & Time Friday, Dec. 13 at 7:05 p.m.
Location Beeghly Center (Youngstown, Ohio)
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After a four-day break from competition for fall semester finals, the Youngstown State women's basketball team will be back in action on Friday evening against Division II opponent Ohio Valley University. Tipoff against the Fighting Scots is set for 7:05 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio and the Horizon League Network.

The Penguins will be playing their fourth consecutive home game and will be looking for their first win during the home stand. Youngstown State lost both of its contests last week, a 70-67 setback to Miami (Ohio) and an 83-62 loss to Cincinnati. The Penguins held a 67-61 lead over the RedHawks with 90 seconds left, and they jumped up 13-4 on Cincinnati before the Bearcats got hot offensively. Cincinnati ended the first half on a 15-5 run and started the second half on a 13-3 spurt. The Penguins trimmed the deficit down to 12 with five minutes left but got no closer.

Against Cincinnati, Heidi Schlegel scored a game-high 24 points while shooting 50 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free-throw line for her fifth 20-point game of the season. Karen Flagg scored 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting, but she was the only other player in double figures. The Penguins shot a season-best 42 percent in the contest, and a season-high 12 players appeared in the game as sophomore guard Amanda Barger returned from a nagging back injury.

Ohio Valley is 3-7 overall and 0-2 in Great Midwest Athletic Conference contests. The Fighting Scots already have more wins this season than all of last year with victories over Penn State Beaver, Oakland City and Kenyon. Kayla Parsely is averaging 10.4 points and 10.0 rebounds.

The Penguins will conclude their five-game home stand on Monday against Malone University at 11:05 a.m. Approximately 1,300 area students are expected to attend the special day game.

Promotion

Fans who donate a coat or blanket in the front lobby of Beeghly Center will receive two free general admission tickets to a future women's basketball game this season. The coat and blanket drive is a partnership between the YSU women's basketball program and the Salvation Army.

Top Story Lines

  • Youngstown State is coming off its best two shooting games of the season – 42 percent against Cincinnati and 41.4 percent against Miami (Ohio).
  • The Penguins have scored between 62 and 67 points five times in seven games.
  • In seven games this season, Preseason Second-Team All-Horizon League selection Heidi Schlegel has posted the five highest scoring games of her career, ranging from 27 points to 22.
  • Youngstown State was 11-for-19 (57.9 percent) from 3-point range in the win over Northern Kentucky. It is 27-for-128 (21.1 percent) in its other six games.
  • Three YSU players who appeared in at least 28 games last season, two of which played in every game, missed the first five games due to various medical reasons.
  • 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.
  • The four-member senior class is the largest for YSU since the 2008-09 squad had six.

Scouting Ohio Valley

  • Ohio Valley University is a Division II team which plays in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. The Fighting Scots are 3-7 this season with wins over Penn State Beaver, Oakland City and Kenyon. They were finished with two wins in 2012-13.
  • The Fighting Scots are allowing 75.2 points, and opponents are shooting 45 percent against them. They are forcing 10.4 steals per game and have a plus margin in turnovers and rebounding.
  • Senior Kayla Parsely is averaging a double-double with 10.4 points and 10.0 points per game while shooting 50.6 percent. Ndeye Meissa Diop is averaging 8.9 points overall but is averaging an impressive 16 points in OVU's two G-MAC games.

Series with Ohio Valley

  • This will be the first meeting between Youngstown State and Ohio Valley in women's basketball.
  • The Penguins are 5-0 all-time against teams currently in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. YSU went 4-0 against Central State from 1980-83, and it defeated Davis & Elkins in 1981.

Recapping Cincinnati

Cincinnati used big scoring runs just before and after halftime en route to an 83-62 win over Youngstown State on Dec. 8 at the Beeghly Center.

YSU led 13-4 in the first four minutes and did not trail until Cincinnati went ahead 25-22 after 13 minutes. The Bearcats closed the first half on a 15-5 run and opened the second outscoring the Penguins 13-3.

Heidi Schlegel led the Penguins with 24 points on 7-for-14 shooting. Karen Flagg added 10 points and five rebounds. Bianca Quisenberry had 21 points, nine rebounds and nine assists off the bench for Cincinnati.

YSU'S FAST START: Youngstown State made its first three 3-point attempts and five of its first six field-goal attempts in the game. The hot start allowed the Penguins to take leads of 13-4 and 15-6.

BEARCATS CAUGHT FIRE: While YSU started 5-for-6, Cincinnati did its damage later in the first half. After starting 3-for-12, the Bearcats finished the half making 13-of-20 (65 percent). They went on to go 17-for-31 (54.8 percent) in the second half.

BARGER'S DEBUT: Amanda Barger made her first appearance of the season at the 16:43 mark of the first half. She ended up playing four minutes in the contest as she continues to work her way back from a back injury. She finished with a rebound and an assist.

WALKER ON EFFICIENT STRETCH: Latisha Walker shot 60 percent (3-for-5) from the field against the Bearcats. It's the third straight contest in which she's shot at least 50 percent. She was 4-for-4 against West Virginia and 3-for-6 versus Miami (Ohio) prior to the Cincinnati game. The recent stretch has followed her two worst shooting games of the year when she went a combined 6-for-20 against Northern Kentucky and Bucknell.

MILESTONES REACHED: Karen Flagg got her 100th assist as a Penguin on a pass leading to a Liz Hornberger 3-pointer at the 17:27 mark of the first half. Flagg scored her 250th career point when she sank a 3-pointer for the first bucket of the game. Melissa Thompson scored her 300th career point with 6:31 left in the second half.

ODDS & ENDS: A season-high 12 players appeared in the game... Every player who played at least 10 minutes scored... Cincinnati shot 52.4 percent, the highest by an opponent this season... As a result, YSU grabbed a season-low 26 rebounds... YSU did not have a steal in a game for the first time since at least 1990... The Penguins upped their tempo in the second half, and all 16 fast-break points by the teams were scored in the second half... YSU had a season-high six fast-break points with four of those coming in a four-possession span by Jenna Hirsch... The 46 points scored by Cincinnati in the second tied for the most scored in a half against the Penguins this season (first half of VCU game).

Better Shooting Lately

  • Youngstown State is coming off its best two shooting games of the season – 42 percent against Cincinnati and 41.4 percent against Miami (Ohio). The previous high before the previous two games was in the win over Northern Kentucky.
  • YSU has also made at least five 3-pointers in its last three games after doing it once in the first four.
  • Unfortunately for the Penguins, opponents are also shooting much better over the last three games. Teams are shooting 48.9 percent against YSU over the last three games. The first four opponents collectively shot 36.9 percent. None of the first four shot better than 39 percent.

Touvelle, Hornberger Closing in on 150 Treys

  • Seniors Monica Touvelle and Liz Hornberger are nearing their 150th career 3-pointers.
  • Touvelle has made 141 triples in her career (in 95 games), and Hornberger has made 132 (in 98 games). Touvelle's total ranks seventh in school history, while Hornberger ranks 10th.
  • Currently only four YSU players have ever made 150 3-pointers – Dianne Rappach (198), Leslie Majewski (166), Kenya Middlebrooks (162) and Cathy Hanek (153).

Schlegel Playing at New Level

  • Through the first seven games of her redshirt junior season, Heidi Schlegel is playing offensively at a level she hadn't experienced in her first three seasons.
  • Schlegel is averaging 21.0 points over the first seven games with point totals of 27, 24 (twice), 23, 22, 15 and 12. Her three highest scoring games have come against arguably the toughest opponents – VCU, West Virginia and Cincinnati. The Wapakoneta, Ohio, native had eclipsed 20 points just once coming into this season, and she scored more than 15 points just once last season.
  • Schlegel's point total through five games was notable in recent YSU history. Over the past 20 years, only Brianne Kenneally had scored more points in the first five games of a season than Schlegel's 111 points this season. Kenneally had 151 points to start 2000-01.