Penguins Earn Impressive 80-48 Win at Canisius

Kelsea Newman (Photo by Kelsea Newman)
Kelsea Newman (Photo by Kelsea Newman)

The Youngstown State women's basketball team made 12 of its first 17 attempts from 3-point range and had five players score in double figures in an impressive 80-48 win at Canisius on Saturday evening.

The 32-point victory was the widest margin for YSU in a road game since Feb. 10, 2000, at Chicago State. The Penguins held Canisius to 31 percent shooting and outscored the Golden Griffins 41-19 in the second half.

YSU improved to 8-0 with the victory and won at Canisius for the first time in four tries. Canisius, which was averaging 77 points in a four-game winning streak entering the contest, is now 4-4.

Kelsea Newman made five 3-pointers, and she led all players with 15 points while playing a career-high 29 minutes. Nikki Arbanas, Heidi Schlegel and Latisha Walker all had 11 points, and Jenna Hirsch registered 10.

The Penguins shot 54.5 percent overall and finished 12-for-20 from beyond the arc for 60 percent. YSU had 28 assists on 30 field goals.

YSU was 8-for-12 from distance in the first half, and it went on a big 17-2 run midway through the period to grab hold of the game. The Penguins led 39-29 at the break despite Schlegel playing just two minutes due to foul trouble.

Janae Jackson's 3-pointer gave YSU a 13-8 lead just more than five minutes into the game, but Canisius scored the next six points to take its only lead of the game at 14-13. That came with 13:25 left in the half, and the Golden Griffins didn't make another field goal until the 4:47 mark. By that time, the Penguins had built a 30-18 lead, and Canisius got no closer than eight the rest of the contest.

YSU led by as many as 13 twice in the first half following 3s by Hirsch and Arbanas, and the Penguins went on a 10-2 run once Canisius got within eight in the first minute of the second half. Schlegel's jumper at the 9:47 mark put YSU up by 20 for the first time, and the lead ballooned to 30 with 1:59 left on a Morgan Olson basket. The final score was the largest margin of the game.

Canisius, coming off a 91-point effort on Thursday, was led by 10 points from Crystal Porter and Tiahana Mills.

Youngstown State will play at Robert Morris on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on 1390 WNIO.