Penguins Look to Bounce Back Wednesday vs. Detroit

YSU Women's Basketball Huddle vs. Detroit (Photo by Ron Stevens)
YSU Women's Basketball Huddle vs. Detroit (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Youngstown State vs. Detroit
Date & Time Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m.
Location Beeghly Center
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Scouting Report

  • The Youngstown State women's basketball team will return home for two games this week, starting with a Wednesday contest against Detroit. Tipoff against the Titans is set for 7 p.m., and live coverage will be available on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio and ESPN3.
  • The Penguins split their two games last week, earning a 75-70 home win over Wright State on Thursday and losing 85-82 at Oakland on Saturday.
  • In their first 221 Horizon League games over 13-plus seasons, YSU had one 20-point outing from a freshman. Nikki Arbanas and Indiya Benjamin both scored 20 last week.
  • Arbanas averaged 16 points and 3.5 assists last week to be named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week. She made six 3s, the most in a Horizon League game this season, in eight attempts in a 20-point performance at Oakland.
  • Benjamin scored 22 points, the most ever by a YSU freshman in a Horizon League game, in the win over Wright State.
  • YSU's 82 points at Oakland on Saturday were the most in a regulation loss since the season opener in 2000-01 at Bowling Green. The Penguins had won 19 straight non-overtime games when they scored at least 82 points.
  • Oakland led 55-45 with 15 minutes left, but YSU answered with an 11-0 run and led by five with eight minutes remaining. The Penguins didn't trail again until there were fewer than two minutes left, and they were outscored 8-2 down the stretch.
  • YSU started the Horizon League slate by playing the five teams other than itself that were ranked in the top six in the conference's preseason poll. Three of those contests were on the road.
  • Youngstown State set a school record with 11 non-league victories, and it has won at least 14 of its first 18 games for the first time since 1997-98. YSU won 22 games during the 2014 calendar year, the most since 1999.
  • The Penguins are 25-11 overall since the start of Horizon League play in 2013-14, and they are 24-13 in conference games since the start of league play in 2012-13. YSU is 3-0 against teams who went to the NCAA Tournament last year.
  • Including two postseason wins, Youngstown State has a 17-3 record at Beeghly Center against Horizon League teams over the last three seasons.

A Win Would...

  • Give YSU at least 15 wins in its first 19 games for the first time since 1997-98.
  • Allow YSU to improve to 8-0 at Beeghly Center this season.
  • Give YSU an 18-3 home record against league opponents over the last three years.
  • Be YSU's 26th in its last 37 games.

On This Date

  • Youngstown State is 4-6 in its 10 games played on Jan. 28. YSU's last win on the date came at Beeghly Center against UIC in 2002.
  • The Penguins have lost three straight games played on Jan. 28, including one at Detroit in 2010. The last contest on Jan. 28 resulted in an overtime loss at home to Wright State in 2012.

Scouting Detroit

  • Detroit went 1-1 last week to bring its record this season to 7-12 overall and 2-4 in Horizon League play. The Titans are 5-4 at Calihan Hall and 2-8 in road and neutral-site games.
  • Detroit's win last week was a 73-62 victory on Thursday over Oakland, which went on to defeat YSU 85-82 two days later. The Titans' other league victory came at home over UIC.
  • Detroit ranks last in the Horizon League in scoring offense despite having four players averaging at least 9.9 points per contest. The Titans rank sixth in scoring defense.
  • Rosanna Reynolds, a sophomore guard who missed last season with an injury, is averaging 15.6 points and leads the Horizon League with 47 3-pointers. Fellow sophomore Haleigh Ristovski leads the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio and ranks fifth in 3-pointers made.

Series with Detroit

  • The Youngstown State-Detroit series has been dominated by the home team. The Penguins are 12-5 against the Titans at Beeghly Center, and Detroit holds a 14-3 advantage at Calihan Hall. Detroit leads the overall series 19-15.
  • YSU won five straight meetings in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons, but the Titans swept the Penguins in each of the next three seasons. The teams have split each of the last three seasons.
  • YSU has beaten Detroit three straight years at Beeghly Center, including an 80-71 victory in 2014. The Penguins trailed by 14 in the first half and didn't have a lead in the second half until there were fewer than six minutes remaining. YSU outscored the Titans 19-7 over the final 6:12.

Recapping Oakland

In a game that featured 14 lead changes and eight ties, Oakland outscored YSU 8-2 over the final 2:20 to defeat the Penguins 85-82 in a shootout at the Athletics Center O'Rena on Saturday afternoon.

YSU trailed by as many as 10 in the second half, but it answered with an 11-0 run and eventually led by five with eight minutes left. YSU's final lead came with under three minutes remaining when Schlegel drove in for a bucket at the 2:46 mark, and the senior added a free throw 21 seconds later to put the Penguins up 80-77.

Elena Popkey hit a quick 3-pointer for Oakland to tie the score, and Schlegel was whistled for a moving screen on YSU's next possession. Olivia Nash then hit another triple for the Golden Grizzlies to put them up 83-80 with 1:49 left, and Oakland had two offensive rebounds in the final 80 seconds that allowed it to kill more clock. Schlegel's contested 3-pointer in the final seconds went off the front of the rim.

Schlegel finished with 22 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and Nikki Arbanas made six 3-pointers in a 20-point effort.

Quick Notes

  • YSU had its most points in a loss since a 94-87 loss in double overtime to Milwaukee on Feb. 9, 2008. The last time YSU lost in regulation when scoring at least 82 points was the season opener (Nov. 18) in 2000-01, a 95-88 loss at Bowling Green.
  • Arbanas became the third Penguins freshman in school history to make at least six 3-pointers in a game, joining Dianne Rappach (twice) and Barb Fabianova. Fabianova was the most recent on Jan. 31, 2002.
  • Oakland had three players, including two starters, foul out.
  • Walker missed just under eight minutes in the first half with an injury. She came back and finished with 14 points and eight rebounds in just 16 minutes.
  • In a game where 167 points were scored, only 20 came from the team's bench players.