Penguins Try to Defend Home Court vs. Detroit in Quarterfinals

YSU Women's Basketball Huddle
YSU Women's Basketball Huddle
Youngstown State vs. Detroit
Date & Time Wednesday, March 11, at 7 p.m.
Location Beeghly Center | Youngstown, Ohio
Tickets YSU Athletic Ticket Office | (330) 941-1YSU
Radio iHeartRadio | 570 WKBN
Video ESPN3 (Live)
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Scouting Report

  • The fourth-seeded Youngstown State women's basketball team will host fifth-seeded Detroit in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League Tournament on Wednesday at Beeghly Center. Tipoff against the Titans is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio and ESPN3.
  • The Penguins are hosting a tournament game for the third straight season and will try to advance to the semifinals for the third consecutive year. YSU beat Cleveland State 69-62 in 2013 and topped Oakland 68-64 last year in the quarterfinals.
  • YSU and Detroit split the regular-season series with each team winning on the road. The Penguins lost 59-58 at Beeghly Center on Jan. 28 and won 70-65 at Detroit on Feb. 14. YSU led the Titans 35-19 at halftime in the loss at home.
  • YSU finished the regular season with a 20-9 record and a 9-7 mark in Horizon League play. The Penguins earned their second 20-win season in the last three years and won at least nine league games for the third straight season. YSU had not won more than eight league games or placed higher than fifth from 2001-02 through 2011-12.
  • Senior forward Heidi Schlegel was named First-Team All-Horizon League, and guard Indiya Benjamin was voted to the All-Freshman Team. Schlegel is just the fifth player in YSU history to earn first-team all-conference honors twice and the first in 15 years.
  • Youngstown State ended the regular season with an 80-57 victory over Valparaiso on Saturday. Schlegel led all players with 26 points, and Latisha Walker had 14 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high-tying six blocks. YSU never trailed in the game and led by double digits for the final 24 minutes.
  • YSU finished the regular season leading the Horizon League in free-throw percentage, 3-point field goal percentage and ranking second in field-goal percentage. The Penguins also averaged a league-high eight 3-pointers per game.
  • Schlegel will finish her career as one of the top players in school history. She ranks fifth in school history in career points, seventh in career rebounds and first in career free throws.
  • The Penguins have three players who have made at least 45 3-pointers for the second time in school history. Nikki Arbanas (47) and Benjamin (46) have the top two totals ever by freshmen.

A Win Would...

  • Give YSU 21 victories for the sixth time in school history and for the second time in the last three years.
  • Advance the Penguins to the semifinals of the Horizon League Tournament for the third straight season.
  • Improve YSU's record against Detroit in the conference tournament to 2-0.

On This Date

  • Wednesday's game will be the first time YSU has ever played on March 11. It's the first date since New Year's Day that YSU has not played.

Scouting Detroit

  • Detroit finished the regular season with a 12-17 overall record and a 7-9 mark in league play. The Titans have won three of their last five games, and they nearly beat Green Bay on Saturday. Detroit trailed by as many as 20 and had a shot to win at the buzzer in a 52-51 loss to the regular-season champions.
  • The Titans ranked fifth in the conference in scoring defense and fourth in field goal percentage defense. Detroit was seventh in scoring offense. In league play, Detroit was second in 3-point field goal percentage, fourth in scoring defense and sixth in scoring offense.
  • Redshirt sophomore Rosanna Reynolds was voted Second-Team All-Horizon League, and Darianne Seward was named to the All-Freshman Team. Reynolds ranked seventh in the conference with 15.6 points per game, and teammate Ellisha Crosby was ninth with 13.3 points per game. Seward averaged 11.7 points.

Series with Detroit

  • The Youngstown State-Detroit series has been dominated by the home team, but, oddly, both teams won on the opponent's floor in 2014-15. Detroit rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat YSU 59-58 on Jan. 28 at Beeghly Center, and the Penguins prevailed 70-65 at Calihan Hall on Feb. 14.
  • The Penguins are 12-6 against the Titans at Beeghly Center, and Detroit holds a 14-4 advantage at Calihan Hall. Detroit leads the overall series 20-16, but YSU has won the only postseason meeting between the squads. The Penguins topped the Titans 65-54 in a No. 7 versus No. 10 game in the Horizon League Tournament on March 10, 2008, at Beeghly Center.
  • The tournament win was YSU's fifth straight against Detroit over 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 four regular seasons.

Recapping Valparaiso

Seniors Heidi Schlegel and Latisha Walker shined on Senior Day to lift Youngstown State to an 80-57 win over Valparaiso on Saturday at Beeghly Center in the regular-season finale.

Schlegel had 26 points, 14 of which came from the free-throw line, and Walker registered 14 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks, as YSU earned its 20th win of the season and secured a first round home game in the Horizon League Tournament.

YSU went on a 14-3 run in the first half when the score was tied at 16, and the Penguins led by at least eight the rest of the game. The margin was double digits for the final 24:11.

YSU pulled away midway through the second half with a 15-4 run that made the score 61-40. The lead increased to as many as 31 when Indiya Benjamin made a three at the 7:16 mark to put the Penguins ahead 73-42.

Quick Notes

  • YSU tied its largest margin of victory in league play at plus-23.
  • Jenna Hirsch was back in the starting lineup for the first time since Jan. 24 and scored a season high 13 points.
  • Walker blocked six shots in a game for the second time this season, and she also had a game with five blocks. The six blocks tied for the fourth most in a game in school history.
  • YSU made at least nine 3-pointers for the fourth time in the last five games.
  • Kelley Wright played 21 minutes – her most against a Division I team this season – and recorded five points, three rebounds and a pair of steals. She has scored in five of the last seven games.
  • Sarah Cash made two 3-pointers for the first time in her career. She had not made a triple since Jan. 22 and not attempted one since Jan. 28.
  • Walker and Schlegel combined to go 20-for-23 from the free-throw line.