Penguins Head to Oakland in Quick Turnaround

Jenna Hirsch (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Jenna Hirsch (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Youngstown State at Oakland
Date & Time Saturday, Jan. 24, at 3 p.m.
Location Athletics Center O'Rena
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Scouting Report

  • The Youngstown State women's basketball team will face a quick turnaround when it travels to Oakland for a 3 p.m. contest at the Athletics Center O'Rena. The game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio and ESPN3.
  • The Penguins are coming off a 75-70 win over defending Horizon League Tournament Champion Wright State on Thursday in Youngstown. YSU outscored the Raiders 49-41 in the second half after trailing by eight late in the first half.
  • Indiya Benjamin scored 22 points, the most ever by a YSU freshman in a Horizon League game, in the win. Reigning Horizon League Player of the Week Heidi Schlegel had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and freshmen combined for 43 of YSU's 75 points.
  • Saturday's game at Oakland continues YSU's challenging start to league play. The Penguins' first four games were against the top four teams in the preseason poll, and Oakland was picked to finish sixth.
  • Youngstown State set a school record with 11 non-league victories, and it has won at least 14 of its first 17 games for the first time since 1997-98. YSU won 22 games during the 2014 calendar year, the most since 1999.
  • The Penguins are 25-10 overall since the start of Horizon League play in 2013-14, and they are 24-12 in conference games since the start of league play in 2012-13. YSU is 3-0 against teams who went to the NCAA Tournament last year.

A Win Would...

  • Give YSU at least 15 wins in its first 18 games for the first time since 1997-98.
  • Allow YSU to win at least four of its first five Horizon League games for the second straight year (and the second time ever).
  • Be YSU's 26th in its last 36 games.
  • Be YSU's first at the Athletics Center O'Rena since 2000.
  • End a nine-game losing streak in games played in Michigan dating back to Valentine's Day in 2008.

On This Date

  • Youngstown State is 4-4 in its history when playing on Jan. 24. The Penguins have won three of their last four contests on the date and are 2-1 in Horizon League play on Jan. 24.
  • YSU's last game on Jan. 24 was in 2013 when the Penguins won 72-63 at Cleveland State.
  • The Penguins are 2-2 when playing away from Beeghly Center on Jan. 24, and they are 0-1 when playing in Michigan. YSU lost 73-50 at Detroit in 2009.

Scouting Oakland

  • Oakland has an 8-9 overall record and a 2-2 mark in Horizon League play. The Golden Grizzlies are 5-2 at the Athletics Center O'Rena with their two losses coming to Indiana and UIC.
  • Oakland is coming off a 73-62 setback to Detroit on Thursday evening. The Golden Grizzlies led by as many as 10 in the second half before the Titans rallied.
  • The Golden Grizzlies are fourth in the Horizon League in scoring offense and fifth in scoring defense. They lead the conference in 3-point field-goal percentage defense (.256), assists per game (15.9) and 3-pointers per game (7.7).
  • Junior Olivia Nash ranks ninth in the conference in scoring (14.1 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (8.7 rpg). Guards Elena Popkey (11.9) and Nola Anderson (11.1) also average double figures.

Series with Oakland

  • Youngstown State has a 5-7 record all time against Oakland, and the Penguins are 2-4 when playing in Rochester, Mich. YSU's last road win over the Golden Grizzlies came on Jan. 8, 2000, when both programs where in the Mid-Continent Conference.
  • Both teams defended their home floors with victories in 2013-14, and both regular-season meetings were lopsided. YSU scored 18 of the first 20 points en route to a 79-64 at Beeghly Center on Jan. 25, and Oakland closed the game strong at the O'Rena to win 87-67 on Feb. 8.
  • Youngstown State won 68-64 at Beeghly Center in the Horizon League Tournament to advance to the semifinals for the second straight year. Melissa Thompson broke a 64-64 tie with a three-point play with 36 seconds left.

Recapping Wright State

Freshman Indiya Benjamin scored 16 of her career-high 22 points in the final 15 minutes, and Youngstown State rode a hot-shooting second half to top Wright State 75-70 on Thursday at Beeghly Center.

Benjamin and two freshman teammates, Nikki Arbanas (12) and Sarah Cash (9) combined for 43 of YSU's 75 points overall and 31 of its 49 in the second half. Senior Heidi Schlegel scored 12 of the other 18 points in the final 20 minutes, including six in a three-possession span when YSU really starting to grab momentum to close out the game. She finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds.

The Penguins went eight minutes without a field goal in the first half and found themselves down 29-21 at one point. They closed out the period making four of their final six attempts from the floor, and YSU went on to shoot 60.7 percent in the second half.

Despite 30 points – 23 of which came in the second half – from Tay'ler Mingo, the Horizon League's top offense couldn't keep up. YSU went on a 7-0 run to go up 45-43 with 12:26 left, and the Penguins went ahead for good when Arbanas and Benjamin started a 10-3 spurt with back-to-back 3s fewer than four minutes later.

Quick Notes

  • Indiya Benjamin's 22 points were the most ever scored by a Penguins freshman in a Horizon League game.
  • In addition to her nine points off the bench, Sarah Cash had five blocks, which tied for the eighth-most in a game in YSU history.
  • Heidi Schlegel posted her seventh (and second straight) double-double of the season with her 19 points and 13 rebounds.
  • Youngstown State missed its first seven attempts from 3-point range but made six of its final nine shots from beyond the arc.
  • YSU missed eight straight field-goal attempts in the first half during its eight-minute drought. The Penguins made 6-of-12 to start the period and 4-of-6 to end it.
  • Wright State came into the game forcing 19.3 turnovers per game. YSU committed just 12 turnovers.