Penguins Pick Up Impressive 79-65 Win Over Cleveland State

Kelsea Newman had 12 points and dished out seven assists.
Kelsea Newman had 12 points and dished out seven assists.

Youngstown -- Heidi Schlegel led the way with 25 points and a season-high 18 rebounds, while Latisha Walker added 21 as the Youngstown State women's basketball picked up a 79-65 win over Cleveland State on Thursday night at the Beeghly Center.

Schlegel and Walker combined to make 17 of 24 shots from the field while going 12-of-14 from the free-throw line. Schlegel scored 14 of her game-high 25 in the second half while Walker had 13 after the intermission.

The Penguins improve to 13-3 overall and 2-1 in the Horizon League with the win while Cleveland State drops to 9-6 and 1-1.

Sophomore Kelsea Newman added 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting from behind the arc and dished out a career-high seven assists. Freshman Indiya Benjamin also recorded seven assists with nine points.

As a team, the Penguins were credited with 19 assists on 27 made field goals, and they outrebounded the Vikings, 47-29. The Penguins were had to stop inside scoring 40 points in the paint compared to just 26 for the Vikings.

The Penguins, who shot 51.9 percent from the field in the second half and 50 percent overall, led by 12 at the half and held a double-digit lead the entire second half.

YSU led by as many as 18 on two occasions - 64-46 and 66-48 - with under six minutes left. 

In the first half, the Penguins, who shot 48.1 percent for the half, struggled from the 3-point line, but were nearly automatic from inside the arc. YSU made just 4-of-14 3-point attempts and went 9-for-13 from inside the line.

YSU also dominated on the boards outrebounding the Vikings, 24-15. The Guins also scored 18 of its 39 first-half points in the paint.

Youngstown State led for nearly 19 minutes while the Vikings were ahead for just 50 seconds.

Leading by one, 14-13, with 12:28 left, the Penguins went on a 9-1 run to boost their lead to nine, 23-14. Walker scored five of her eight first-half points during the run, and Benjamin closed the run with a 3-point play at the 7:29 mark.

CSU's Kiersten Green's jumper at the 4:50 mark brought the Vikings within six, 28-22, but 3-pointers by Benjamin and Newman and a free throw by Schlegel gave the Penguins a 15-point lead with just over a minute left before the intermission.

The Vikings scored five of the last seven points of the half and YSU took a 39-27 lead into the locker room.

The Penguins host Wright State, Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.