The Youngstown State women's basketball team's five fall signees entered their senior years with an already impressive list of collective accolades that ranked the class among the top 25 percent in the country. The future Penguins had remarkable senior campaigns with four of the five being named First-Team All-Ohio and the fifth earning third-team honors. Below is a summary of their individual accomplishments since signing National Letters of Intent in November 2014.
Bre Berryman (6-foot-5, center, Indian Creek High School)
First-Team All-Ohio at Division II for the second time in her career… Eastern District Player of the Year, First-Team All-OVAC and First-Team Buckeye 8 honors for the fourth straight year… Averaged 22.2 points and 13.8 rebounds… Nominated for the Ohio Associated Press Ms. Basketball award… Named MVP of the East team with 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks in the District V All-Star game… Had eight points in the West Virginia-Ohio All-Star game… For the year, posted 532 points, 304 rebounds and 144 blocks… Finished her career with 1,827 points, 1,167 rebounds and 489 blocks… One of 11 girls in Ohio who was nominated for the McDonald's All-American girls basketball team.
Jill Blacksten (6-foot-2, wing, Newark Catholic High School)
First-Team All-Ohio at Division IV for the third straight year and district player of the year for the second consecutive year… Columbus Dispatch All-Metro team… Led Newark Catholic to a regional final as a senior and four straight league and district titles… Averaged 19.1 points and 10.7 rebounds while shooting 57 percent from the field and 86 percent from the free-throw line… Finished her career with more than 1,700 career points… One of 11 girls in Ohio who was nominated for the McDonald's All-American girls basketball team.
Marissa Brown (6-foot-3, post, Bishop Hartley High School)
Third-Team All-Ohio and First-Team All-Central District at Division II, averaging 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds… Scored eight points in the Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Game… Surpassed 1,000 career points on Feb. 17 against Westerville Central… Had an outstanding postseason to lead the Hawks to their second Division II district championship in the last three seasons… Had a career high of 35 points against Beechcroft in the district semifinal… Scored 16 points in the district title game… Scored 14 second-half points, including the winning basket with 9.3 seconds to go, in a district tournament game.
Alison Smolinski (5-foot-9, guard, North Royalton High School)
First-Team All-Ohio and the Northeast Lakes District Player of the Year at Division I… Averaged 15.1 points in leading North Royalton to a 25-2 record… The Bears finished No. 1 in the final regular season cleveland.com girls basketball top 25… Had 17 points in the district title game against Bearea-Midpark… Scored 16 points in the Greater Cleveland Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Games… Recorded her 1,000th career point on Dec. 26
Melinda Trimmer (5-foot-7, guard, West Branch High School)
First-Team All-Ohio and the state's Co-Player of the Year at Division II… Also named Academic All-Ohio, Northeast Inland District Player of the Year and Northeastern Buckeye Conference Player of the Year… Averaged 20.2 points and 9.0 assists while posting a 4.0 grade-point average… Nominated for the Ohio Associated Press Ms. Basketball award… West Branch went 27-2 and advanced to the state final four for the first time in 11 years… Led West Branch in scoring and assists all four years and led the Warriors to a 94-13 record in four years… Finished her career with school records of 1,748 points and 800 assists… Became the all-time leading scorer on Dec. 17 against Canton South… Set the school record for assists in a game with 17 on Feb. 26 against Hubbard.