Penguins To Go For Third Straight Win in Milwaukee on Thursday

Kelley Wright (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Kelley Wright (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Youngstown State at Milwaukee
Date & Time Thursday, Feb. 19, at 8 p.m. ET
Location Klotsche Center | Milwaukee, Wis.
Radio iHeartRadio | 570 WKBN
Video ESPN3 | Time Warner Cable SportsChannel
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Scouting Report

  • The Youngstown State women's basketball team will try to keep itself in the top half of the Horizon League standings this week with a pair of road games, starting with Thursday's contest at Milwaukee. Tipoff at the Klotsche Center is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio and ESPN3.
  • The Penguins went 2-0 last week and beat a pair of teams who bested them during the first half of league play. YSU topped Oakland 76-54 at home on Wednesday and Detroit 70-65 on the road on Saturday.
  • YSU gained some separation in the conference standings with the two wins last week. The Penguins are now in fourth place by themselves in the Horizon League standings. They are a half game behind third-place Cleveland State and 1.5 games ahead of fifth place Detroit.
  • YSU snapped a six-game losing streak at Calihan Hall and a 10-game skid in the state of Michigan with Saturday's win. The Penguins went on a 21-2 run and led by as many as 17 in the first half.
  • Heidi Schlegel broke YSU's record for career free throws on Saturday. She was 11-for-13 from the free-throw line in the game and upped her career total to 453.
  • Schlegel is the Horizon League Player of the Week – by the conference office and College Sports Madness – after averaging 19.5 points and 12 rebounds in leading the Guins to two wins. She was also named the conference player of the week on Jan. 19. She ranks fifth in the league in scoring and is third in rebounding.
  • Youngstown State has surpassed its win total from all of last season with at least six games remaining. YSU has won at least 15 games for the third straight season after winning 14 or fewer in each of the previous 12 seasons.
  • The Penguins are 28-14 overall since the start of Horizon League play in 2013-14, and they are 27-16 in conference games since the start of league play in 2012-13.
  • Youngstown State ranks fourth in the country in free-throw percentage at 77.9 percent. It also leads the Horizon League in 3-point field-goal percentage (.353) and ranks second in field-goal percentage (.424).
  • Indiya Benjamin and Nikki Arbanas are the Horizon League's top two freshmen in 3-point field goals and assists per game, and they rank fourth and sixth, respectively, in points per game.

A Win Would...

  • Give YSU at least 18 wins in its first 25 games for the second time in the last three years.
  • Extend YSU's winning streak over Milwaukee to six games.
  • Be YSU's 29th in its last 43 games.

On This Date

  • Youngstown State has an even 7-7 record in games played in its history on Feb. 19. The last game on the date was four years ago at Wright State, which resulted in a 70-67 loss.
  • The Penguins' last win over a ranked opponent came on Feb. 19, 2005, when YSU beat No. 23 Green Bay 60-56. The Penguins stopped the Phoenix's streak of 55 straight conference wins at home.
  • Among the individual highlights, Liz Hauger set a school record by going 12-for-12 from the free-throw line against Eastern Illinois on Feb. 19, 1996. Brianne Kenneally and Brandi Brown have since tied Hauger's record.

Scouting Milwaukee

  • Milwaukee is 8-15 overall and 4-7 in Horizon League play entering this week. The Panthers lost twice last week, falling 69-56 at Valparaiso and 79-62 at home to Green Bay. UWM is 3-2 in league play at the Klotsche Center.
  • UWM senior Ashley Green ranks second in the Horizon League in scoring at 19.9 points per game, and Jenny Lindner and Jaleesa Armstrong both average 10 points.

Series with Milwaukee

  • Milwaukee leads the all-time series with YSU 24-9, but the Penguins have swept the Panthers in each of the last two seasons. UWM had won 15 consecutive games versus Youngstown State before the Penguins won 67-50 at Beeghly Center on Jan. 17, 2013.
  • Youngstown State led Milwaukee 51-29 at halftime and shot 59.2 percent for the game in an 87-64 win over the Panthers on Jan. 31. Heidi Schlegel had 23 points, and Indiya Benjamin posted 18 points in the first half.

Recapping Detroit

Youngstown State went on a 21-2 run early in the first half and held off Detroit down the stretch in a 70-65 win at Calihan Hall on Saturday.

The Penguins led by as many as 17 in the first half – when Heidi Schlegel set the program's record for career free throws at the 7:41 mark – and they went 12-for-14 from the free-throw line in the second half to keep the Titans from catching them.

Schlegel finished with 19 points and a game-high 16 rebounds, 12 more than any other Penguin, and Indiya Benjamin had 18 points and four assists without committing a turnover.

Detroit scored the first four points of the game and trailed 9-6 before going without a point for more than six minutes. Back-to-back 3s by Krista Pietropola and Kelsea Newman put the Penguins up 21-6, and Schlegel's two free throws extended the lead to 25-8. YSU led by double digits for the final 10:54 of the first half

Detroit trimmed the margin to four with 8:28 remaining after a 10-0 run, and the margin was three with 11 seconds left. Schlegel went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the final 10 seconds.

Quick Notes

  • YSU snapped a 10-game losing streak in the state of Michigan and avenged a 59-58 loss to Detroit in Youngstown when it squandered a 16-point halftime lead.
  • The Penguins attempted 19 3-pointers in the first half but just eight in the second half.
  • Schlegel and Benjamin both scored 13 points apiece in the second half.
  • Latisha Walker was extremely efficient in her 12 minutes. She was 6-of-7 shooting with four rebounds and three steals.
  • With starter Nikki Arbanas in foul trouble, YSU got strong bench play. Ashley Lawson played 17 minutes, which is tied for the most in her career in a Horizon League game. Krista Pietropola scored six points, her most in league play, in 11 minutes.