The Youngstown State women's basketball team made a season-high 13 3-pointers and shot a season-best 55 percent to beat Valparaiso 84-56 on Saturday afternoon at Beeghly Center.
Youngstown State emphatically snapped its three-game losing streak and improves to 11-12 overall and 7-3 in Horizon League play. Valparaiso dropped to 3-21 and 1-10.
Liz Hornberger made six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 20 points, and Monica Touvelle made four triples en route to 14 points. Karen Flagg had 14 points and 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season, and Heidi Schlegel added 12 points.
Schlegel set YSU's single-season free throws record at the 15:30 mark of the first half, breaking Brianne Kenneally's mark of 140 during the 1999-2000 season. The senior from Wapakoneta, Ohio, finished 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the game to increase her season total to 144.
The Penguins had 21 assists on 27 buckets while registering eight steals, their most during conference play. YSU was 13-for-24 from 3-point range and 17-for-19 from the free-throw line.
Charae Richardson led Valparaiso with 19 points, and Sharon Karungi finished with 12. The Crusaders played without starting forward Liz Horton.
Youngstown State made eight of its 3-pointers in the first 15-and-a-half minutes, and Hornberger made the ninth at the first-half buzzer as the Penguins built a 42-27 lead at the break.
Hornberger hit a 3 for the first points of the game at the 19:06 mark, and YSU never trailed from that point forward. Valpo cut the deficit to one on three occasions, including 8-7 when Jessi Wiedemann made the Crusaders' only triple of the first period. Schlegel's record-setting free throws at the 15:30 mark started a 15-6 run for the Penguins that put them ahead by double digits for the first time.
Valpo cut the deficit to eight twice, but Touvelle hit a 3-pointer to start an 11-0 run as the Penguins went up 36-17 with 4:29 remaining. The Penguins led by double digits for the final 26:46 of the game. Valpo scored seven straight points late in the period to get within 12 before Hornberger's buzzer-beater.
Richardson scored on the first possession of the second half to get Valpo's deficit down to 13, but that's as close as the Crusaders would get. The Penguins went up by 20 for the first time on a Latisha Walker basket at the 10:57 mark, and they were up by at least 20 for the final six minutes. The largest lead was 31 on Amanda Barger's two free throws with 25 seconds left.
Youngstown State will play at Milwaukee on Friday at 8 p.m. Eastern.