Penguins Falter in Second Half In Home Loss to Titans

Penguins Falter in Second Half In Home Loss to Titans

The Youngstown State women's basketball let a 16-point halftime lead get away from them as Detroit rallied for a 59-58 win on Wednesday night at the Beeghly Center.

The Penguins led 35-19 at halftime, before they missed their first 10 field-goal attempts in the second half. That allowed the Titans to score the first 14 points of the period. The game was within six points the rest of the game.

Detroit took its first lead since 17:25 of the first half with 7:41 left in the contest following a 3-pointer by Rosanna Reynolds. After that 3-pointer, the lead changed hands four times until the 5:04 mark when a basket by Ellisha Crosby put the Titans ahead 45-44. 

The Penguins (14-5 overall and 3-3 in the Horizon League) trailed 51-46 but a three-point play by Heidi Schlegel at the 2:29 mark and a pair of free throws by Jenna Hirsch tied the contest at 51 with 2:07 remaining.

Reynolds beat the press for a fast break layup but the Guins answered right back with a Schlegel layin. Once again, UDM quickly pushed the ball down the floor and Darianne Seward's layup made the score 55-53 with 1:39 remaining.

Down two, Schlegel split a pair of free throws with 49.5 seconds left in the contest to make it a one-point game. Twenty six seconds later Reynolds converted a hanger in the paint to push the Titan lead up to 57-54.

With 9.2 ticks left Kelsea Newman made two free throws, but the Titans' Haleigh Ristovski converted two free throws with 6 seconds left. Moving up court quickly, Nikki Arbanas was fouled before attempting a possible game-tying 3-pointer. She made both free throws and eventuall Detroit was able to hold on for the win.

For the game, Detroit shot 38.1 percent (24-of-63) from the field and went 8-of-16 from beyond the 3-point arc. YSU was 19-of-63 from the field (30.2 percent) and 9-of-30 from behind the 3-point line.

Schlegel finished with 15 points and 15 rebounds while Arbanas had 13 points and Jenna Hirsch and Newman both had 10.

Youngstown State made eight 3-pointers in the first half, and it used a 13-3 run midway through the period to take a 35-19 lead into the break.

YSU's first three baskets were all from beyond the arc, and the Penguins held a 9-5 advantage after six minutes. Detroit's Nicole Urbanick made a triple in the corner to cut the margin to one, but YSU scored 13 of the next 16 points as the Titans went without a field goal for almost eight minutes. Newman and Benjamin both had 3s in the spurt, which was capped on a fast-break layup by Arbanas on a pass from Hirsch.

Detroit's Ellisha Crosby stopped the run with a 3-pointer at the 7:51 mark, but YSU scored the next eight points to go up by 16 for the first time in the period. The Penguins also scored the final five points of the half.

Arbanas was 3-for-4 from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes, and Schlegel had 11 rebounds in the period.

The Titans shot just 21.2 percent overall, and they were 3-for-25 inside the 3-point arc.

The Penguins will look to snap their two-game losing streak on Saturday when they play host to Milwaukee. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.