Penguins Look to Enter Christmas Break with Win Over Vermont

Liz Hornberger | Photo by Ron Stevens
Liz Hornberger | Photo by Ron Stevens
Youngstown State vs. Vermont
Date & Time Saturday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m.
Location Stabler Arena (Bethlehem, Pa.)
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The Youngstown State women's basketball team will try to enter the Christmas break on a good note as it plays Vermont on Saturday afternoon at the Lehigh Christmas City Classic. The game will be broadcast live on 1390 WNIO and the Patriot League Network.

The Penguins lost 69-48 to Delaware on Friday evening in the first round of the tournament, and Vermont lost 87-78 to Lehigh. Youngstown State got behind 20-6 in the first seven minutes but rallied to get within three before halftime. The Penguins trailed just 43-38 with 13 minutes to play before an eight-minute field-goal drought doomed them. Delaware went on a 16-4 run during that drought and ended up outscoring YSU 37-21 in the final 20 minutes. The Blue Hens had a glaring 25-0 edge in points off turnovers in the second half.

Heidi Schlegel had a game-high-tying 17 points despite being held scoreless over the final 12 minutes. She leads the Penguins with 19.8 points per game. Monica Touvelle and Jenna Hirsch both scored eight points, and Hirsch added a career-best seven rebounds. Bethlehem-area natives Karen Flagg (seven points) and Liz Hornberger (scoreless) were both held below their season scoring averages and will be looking to bounce back in front of friends and family.

Vermont is 4-6 overall after its loss to Lehigh on Friday evening. The Catamounts trailed by as many as 19 in the second half before cutting the deficit to five in the final minute. Junior forward Niki Taylor averages 12.8 points as one of four Vermont players averaging double figures.

Youngstown State will have a week-long break before playing at Akron on Dec. 29 at 2 p.m.

Top Story Lines

  • Youngstown State started the season by playing eight of its first nine games at home. The Penguins are now in a stretch of playing five of six on the road.
  • Seniors Karen Flagg (Chester, Pa.) and Liz Hornberger (Reading, Pa.) are both from within 60 miles of Stabler Arena.
  • The Penguins had their three best shooting games of the season – 47.8 percent against Ohio Valley, 42 percent against Cincinnati and 41.4 percent against Miami (Ohio) – before slowing down to 38 percent against Malone on Monday and 28.8 percent against Delaware.
  • In 10 games, Preseason Second-Team All-Horizon League forward Heidi Schlegel has posted the six highest scoring games of her career, ranging from 27 points to 22.

Scouting Vermont

  • Vermont is 4-6 and is in the consolation game of the Christmas City Classic due to an 87-78 loss to Lehigh on Friday evening. The Catamounts' wins have been over North Florida, Wagner, UMass-Lowell and Canisius, and three of those victories have been at home.
  • Niki Taylor leads Vermont with 12.8 points and 7.1 rebounds, and four of her teammates are averaging at least eight points.
  • The Catamounts average 70.3 points as a team and are plus-6.6 in rebounding margin for the season.

Series with Vermont

  • Youngstown State has never played Vermont in women's basketball. The Penguins are 2-1 all-time against teams in the America East conference. YSU is 1-1 against Stony Brook and 1-0 against Albany. The Penguins defeated the Seawolves 76-43 last season at Beeghly Center.