Penguins Hope to Snap Skid Against Valparaiso on Saturday

Penguins Hope to Snap Skid Against Valparaiso on Saturday
Youngstown State vs. Valparaiso
Date & Time Saturday, Feb. 15, at 4:35 p.m.
Location Beeghly Center
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The Youngstown State women's basketball team hopes a return home will come with a return to its winning ways as it hosts Valparaiso on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 4:35 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with the YSU men's team. Live coverage will be available on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio and the Horizon League Network.

The Penguins were 6-0 in Horizon League play and held a two-game lead in the conference standings after beating Detroit on Jan. 29 to conclude a four-game home stand. Since then, they've lost three straight road games at Cleveland State, Wright State and Oakland and have moved into a three-way tie for second place at 6-3 with CSU and WSU.

In their most recent setback, the Penguins allowed Oakland to go on big runs at the start and finish of an 87-67 decision on Saturday. The Golden Grizzlies led 31-15 after 11 minutes, and YSU slowly chipped away and had the deficit down to four with 11:21 remaining. The deficit was still just six at 64-58 with 7:11 left, but Oakland went on a 19-4 run over the next four-and-a-half minutes to stave off the comeback attempt. Heidi Schlegel led all players with 28 points, which tied her career high, and 13 rebounds. No other Penguins player had more than 10, and YSU's 35.3 percent shooting was its worst since the league opener at Valparaiso.

Schlegel continues to rank third in the Horizon League with 19.9 points per game, and she's elevated to fifth in rebounds per game with six double-doubles in the last nine games. She has tied YSU's single-season record with 140 made free throws. Kelsea Newman was solid last week with an average of 12 points, and the Penguins continue to be balanced with five players averaging between 6.9 and 9.5 points.

Valparaiso is 3-20 overall and 1-9 in Horizon League play, and it has lost five straight games following its 85-44 win over Detroit on Jan. 23. Charae Richardson leads Valpo with 10.8 points per game, and four of her teammates average at least 9.4 points.

Youngstown State will head back on the road for its annual trip to Wisconsin. The Penguins will play at Milwaukee on Feb. 21 and at Green Bay on Feb. 23.

Top Story Lines

  • During its 6-0 start in league play, YSU was leading the Horizon League in scoring defense at 61.7 points per game. The Guins have allowed 88.0 ppg during the last three games.
  • Heidi Schlegel is one free throw away from breaking the school record for most free throws in a season. She's also had six double-doubles in YSU's nine conference games.
  • Youngstown State is still off to its second-best start ever in Horizon League play at 6-3.
  • Prior to being held to 67 points at Oakland, YSU had scored at least 80 points in three straight games for the first time since 2000.
  • YSU has won six of its last seven games played at Beeghly Center.