Shooting Struggles Result in Loss at Green Bay for YSU

Heidi Schlegel (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Heidi Schlegel (Photo by Ron Stevens)

Green Bay, Wis. -- The Youngstown State women's basketball team had its worst shooting day in four seasons in a 66-43 loss to Green Bay on Saturday afternoon at the Kress Events Center.

The Penguins shot just 22.9 percent against the preseason favorites to win the Horizon League, and poor starts to both halves were especially damaging. The last time YSU had a worst shooting game was the season opener in 2011-12 at West Virginia, which was 108 games ago.

Green Bay improved to 12-3 overall and 2-0 in conference play, while YSU dropped to 12-3 and 1-1.

YSU made just 1-of-16 field-goal attempts to start the game, and it didn't score until the 15:06 mark of the second half.

Heidi Schlegel was the only Penguin in double figures with 14 points, and Janae Jackson was next with seven points off the bench.

Megan Lukan scored a season-high 19 points and added 10 rebounds to lead the Phoenix.

Despite having just one field goal in the first 11 minutes, YSU found itself down a manageable 18-8 after a Kelsea Newman 3-pointer with 8:49 left before halftime. Green Bay scored seven of the next nine points to go up by 17, and YSU got no closer than 15 the rest of the contest.

The Phoenix led 33-16 at halftime, and it opened the second half by scoring the first 12 points to pull away. The lead grew to 31 with seven minutes left, and YSU closed the gap for the final score by going on a 14-4 run over the next five minutes.

Youngstown State will return home to play host to Cleveland State on Thursday at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN and ESPN3.