2013-14 YSU Women’s Basketball Season Highlights

Liz Hornberger (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Liz Hornberger (Photo by Ron Stevens)

Academic Highlights

  • The program had a 3.46 cumulative grade-point average in the fall semester, which was the second-highest GPA of YSU's teams. Liz Hornberger, Taylor Hvisdak and Heidi Schlegel all had a 4.0.
  • Hornberger and Schlegel were voted Academic All-Horizon League, giving the Penguins two spots on the five-member team. Hornberger holds a 3.98 GPA in criminal justice, and Schlegel owns a 3.74 GPA in middle childhood education. It was the first time since the YSU joined the Horizon League 2001-02 that two Penguins were voted academic all-league. The program has had a student-athlete on the academic all-league team in four straight seasons.
  • Heidi Schlegel was voted the Horizon League Student-Athlete of the Month in December and January.

Team Highlights

  • The Penguins were 10-6 in Horizon League play for their second-best record since joining the conference in 2001-02. They matched their best start ever to conference play with six straight victories.
  • YSU advanced to semifinals of the Horizon League Tournament for the second straight year. The Penguins had one tournament win in the first 11 years combined in the conference.
  • In the first year under head coach John Barnes, YSU had its best offense in more than a decade. The Penguins averaged 70.3 points, the most since 1999-00, and their most points per possession in 16 years. Additionally, they had their best 3-point shooting percentage in nine years, their best field goal percentage in 12 years, their best assist-to-turnover ratio in 14 years and their best rebounding advantage in 19 years.
  • The senior class was part of 54 wins, including 28 league wins. That was the most by a YSU class since the seniors in 2001-02.
  • The Penguins beat Green Bay at Beeghly Center for the first time in school history on Jan. 16 and stopped a 17-game losing streak to the Phoenix in the process. YSU then beat Green Bay on the road on Feb. 23 to become just the second league team in the past 16 years to sweep the regular season series with the Phoenix.
  • The 15 wins in John Barnes' first year were the most under a rookie head coach.

Individual Highlights

  • Schlegel had a breakout year where she averaged 20 points and 8.0 rebounds to earn First-Team All-Horizon League honors. She scored the 1,000th point of her career on Feb. 23 in Green Bay, and she set new school records with 192 free throws made and 238 free throws attempted. Her 19 20-point games were the most by a Penguin in 26 years, and the 621 points she scored were the fifth-most in school history. Schlegel also became just the second Penguin to be voted to the Horizon League's All-Tournament Team.
  • Hornberger was named the team's Coach Ed DiGregorio MVP after the best campaign of her career. The vocal leader of the program, she led the Horizon League during conference play with 3.1 3-pointers per game while averaging 12.1 points against conference teams. She became YSU's record holder in career 3-pointers with 199, and her 80 makes from long distance this past season were the second-most in school history. Additionally, she set a school record by playing 1,084 minutes in 2013-14.
  • Monica Touvelle was voted the Horizon League's Sixth Player of the Year. She averaged 5.7 points and 1.9 rebounds while battling a nagging injury throughout the campaign. Touvelle finished her career with 178 3-pointers, which ranks third in school history.
  • Jenna Hirsch was voted to the Horizon League's All-Freshman Team. She started 22 games in her first year with the program and averaged 7.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists. Among Horizon League freshmen, she ranked second in assists and minutes while also ranking fourth in scoring and rebounding.
  • Hornberger was named the Horizon League Player of the Week on Jan. 20, and Schlegel earned the honor on Feb. 25. Hirsch was the conference freshman of the week on Dec. 23 and Jan. 20, and Newman earned the freshman award on Dec. 30.