Penguins Face Big Challenge at Pittsburgh on Sunday

Latisha Walker (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Latisha Walker (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Youngstown State at Pittsburgh
Date & Time Sunday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m.
Location Petersen Events Center (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
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Scouting Report

  • The undefeated Youngstown State women's basketball team will face its toughest test to date on Sunday when it plays at Pittsburgh on Sunday. Tipoff at the Petersen Events Center is set for 2 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN.
  • The Penguins are 10-0 for the first time as a Division I program and for the first time since they won the first 17 games of the 1978-79 season. Through games completed on Friday, YSU is one of 12 remaining undefeated Division I teams.
  • The Penguins have won 10 straight games for the first time since the 1997-98 season. YSU has posted winning streaks of at least six games in three straight seasons after not having any from 2000-01 through 2011-12.
  • YSU is coming off an 84-33 win over Division II Ohio Valley on Friday morning. No Penguins starter played more than 14 minutes, and YSU's bench combined for 60 points. The 51-point margin of victory was the biggest for YSU since Jan. 5, 1998.
  • YSU opened the 2012-13 season with a 64-50 win at Pittsburgh, and that Penguins team went on to go 23-10 and play in the WNIT. Although that game was just two years ago, nobody on YSU's current roster played in the contest.
  • Senior forward Heidi Schlegel, a First-Team All-Horizon League pick last year, is 13 points from entering the top 10 in school history in career points.

A Win Would...

  • Give YSU a 11-0 start for the first time since 1978-79.
  • Give YSU its first 11-game winning streak since the Penguins won 12 consecutive contests from Jan. 29 to March 14 in 1998.
  • Be YSU's first against a team while it competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

On This Date

  • Youngstown State is 7-7 all time in games played on Dec. 21, including a 74-67 win over Vermont last year.
  • The Penguins have won four of their last six games played on Dec. 21. One of their seven wins was in the Pittsburgh area at Robert Morris in 1993.

Scouting Pittsburgh

  • Pittsburgh is 7-3 overall and 6-1 at home under second year head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. The Panthers have beaten two Big Ten teams in Michigan (85-64) and Ohio State (78-74).
  • The Panthers rank fourth in the ACC in 3-point field-goal percentage while also ranking third in 3s per game. Pitt is second in the conference and 13th nationally in blocks per game.
  • Senior guard Brianna Kiesel is averaging 17.1 points and four assists while shooting 48.8 percent from 3-point range.

Series with Pittsburgh

  • YSU is 4-13 all time against Pittsburgh in a series that dates back to 1980. The Panthers won eight of the first nine meetings, and YSU has won three of the past eight.
  • Youngstown State beat the Panthers 64-50 on Nov. 9, 2012, in the last meeting between the teams. That victory snapped a five-game losing streak to Pitt, and it was the first win over the Panthers since 1991.

Last Time vs. Pitt

  • Youngstown State made eight second-half 3-pointers and outscored Pittsburgh 43-17 in the period to defeat the Panthers 64-50 on Nov. 9, 2012.
  • Melissa Thompson hit three of those second half, and YSU went on a 15-0 run in the period. The Penguins set a Petersen Events Center record for 3s in a women's game with 12.

YSU vs. ACC Teams

  • YSU is 5-17 all time against teams that are currently in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but it has never beaten a team while it was in the ACC.
  • YSU beat Pittsburgh four times and Virginia Tech once while the programs were members of the Big East Conference.

Recapping Ohio Valley

Youngstown State scored the first 18 points and led Division II Ohio Valley by double digits for more than 36 minutes in an 84-33 victory on Friday morning on Kids Field Trip Day at Beeghly Center.

YSU held a 46-16 lead at halftime, and the Penguins' reserves accounted for 60 points. No YSU starter played more than 14 minutes.

Krista Pietropola scored a game-high 15 points, and Kelley Wright added 13 as both players reached double figures for the first time in their careers. They were two of four players to come off the bench and score at least 10 points. The pair also accounted for eight YSU's nine 3-pointers in the game.

Quick Notes

  • Pietropola had not made a 3-pointer in her first eight games, but the freshman from Pittsburgh went 5-for-7 from beyond the arc against the Fighting Scots.
  • Wright had scored three points total coming into the contest, and she finished with 13.
  • Junior Janae Jackson had five steals in 20 minutes off the bench. Those five steals are the most by a Penguin this season and tied for the most over the last two seasons.
  • Freshman Morgan Olson was an efficient 6-for-8 from the field and finished with a career-high 12 points.
  • YSU had its largest margin of victory since beating Chicago State 106-48 on Jan. 5, 1998. The 33 points tied for the sixth-fewest points YSU has allowed in a game.
  • The Penguins' 53 rebounds were the most since they grabbed 57 caroms at Akron on Dec. 21, 2007. YSU outrebounded an opponent by at least 20 for the first time since being plus-25 at IUPUI on Dec. 3, 2012.
  • YSU registered at least 20 assists for the third time in the last four games.
  • With no player playing more than 25 minutes, no Penguin had more than 15 points, eight rebounds or three assists.