YSU Starts Second Half of League Play Saturday vs. UIC

Indiya Benjamin (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Indiya Benjamin (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Youngstown State vs. UIC
Date & Time Saturday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m.
Location Beeghly Center
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Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State begins the second half of its Horizon League schedule on Saturday when it hosts UIC at Beeghly Center. Tip against the Flames is set for 2 p.m., and live coverage will be available on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio and ESPN3. The Penguins will wear pink as part of the Play 4Kay initiative to fight against women's cancers.
  • YSU enters the second half of league play in fourth place in the league standings with a 4-4 mark. The Penguins are coming off a disappointing 92-55 at Wright State in a battle for second place. Six teams have between three and five league victories.
  • Youngstown State has matched its win total from all of last season with at least nine 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.
  • Two school records could go down in the game versus UIC. Heidi Schlegel needs 10 free throws to break the career mark of 443. Nikki Arbanas needs five 3-pointers to surpass the previous record of 41 makes by a freshman.
  • Schlegel ranks fifth in the Horizon League in scoring and is third in rebounding. She's making a strong case to be the first Penguin in 15 years to earn first-team all-conference honors in back-to-back seasons.
  • The Penguins are 26-13 overall since the start of Horizon League play in 2013-14, and they are 25-15 in conference games since the start of league play in 2012-13.

A Win Would...

  • Give YSU at least 16 wins in its first 22 games for the second time in the last three years.
  • Give YSU a regular-season sweep of UIC for the second time in three years.
  • Allow YSU to surpass last season's win total.
  • Be YSU's 27th in its last 40 games.

On This Date

  • YSU is 7-5 in its 12 games played on Feb. 7. The Penguins snapped a three-game losing streak on the date last season when it beat Detroit 58-53 at Beeghly Center to improve to 6-0 in Horizon League play.
  • YSU had the fifth-highest scoring game in its history on Feb. 7, 1976, when it beat Hiram 108-55 in Youngstown.

Scouting UIC

  • UIC is 13-8 overall and 3-5 in Horizon League play coming into Saturday's game. The Flames are coming off a 75-73 overtime loss in Chicago to Cleveland State on Wednesday.
  • Four of the Flames' five league losses have come by five points or fewer, and two have been in overtime.
  • UIC leads the league in scoring defense, field-goal percentage defense, steals and rebounding margin. As a team, the Flames are third in the country in offensive rebounds per game.
  • Forward Ruvanna Campbell is a Horizon League Player-of-the-Year candidate. She ranks third in the country with 14.1 rebounds per game, and she is third in the conference with 18 points per game. Terri Bender is eighth in the league with 14.9 points per game.

Series with UIC

  • YSU is 13-18 all time against UIC with a 6-9 record at Beeghly Center. All 31 contests against the Flames have come during conference play, and the teams have never played in a conference tournament.
  • YSU has won four of the last five meetings, including a 69-66 win at the UIC Pavilion in the Horizon League opener on Jan. 8. The Penguins went 25-for-29 from the free-throw line in the victory and shot 58.8 percent in the second half. YSU led for the final 11:11 and held a 64-55 lead with 3:21 left.
  • UIC beat the Penguins 73-65 last season at Beeghly Center when YSU was battling for the league title.

Recapping Wright State

Wright State flexed its offensive muscles and remained in sole possession of second place in the Horizon League standings with a 92-55 victory over YSU on Thursday at the Nutter Center.

YSU, which held Wright State to 70 points in a 75-70 victory two weeks earlier, couldn't harness the league's top-scoring offense Thursday. The Raiders shot 52.9 percent, up from 33.3 percent in the first meeting, and they had 30 more points in the paint and 17 more off turnovers than they did at Beeghly Center.

After YSU tied the score at 11-11, Wright State outscored the Penguins 37-16 over the final 14 minutes of the first half. The Raiders then opened the second half by scoring the first 13 points.

Heidi Schlegel had 14 of YSU's 27 first-half points, and she finished the game with 18 despite playing just nine minutes in the second half. Jenna Hirsch added 11 off the bench. Wright State's Tay'ler Mingo led all scorers with 23 points, and three Raiders had 10 rebounds apiece.

Quick Notes

  • Schlegel moved into eighth place on YSU's career scoring list, surpassing Athletics Hall of Famers Liz Hauger and Brianne Kenneally. Schlegel currently has 1,485 points in her career.
  • Hirsch scored 11 points for her third straight game in double figures. It's the first time in her career that she's scored 10-plus points in three consecutive contests. Hirsch tied her career high with three 3-pointers made.
  • YSU, which came into the contest leading the league in 3-point field-goal percentage, went just 6-for-25 from beyond the arc in the game. The Penguins made three straight attempts from 15:54 to 14:16 of the first half. They went 3-for-19 the rest of the game.
  • Indiya Benjamin contributed a career-high-tying seven assists, but Wright State held her scoreless on just four field-goal attempts. Benjamin scored 22 points in the first meeting two weeks ago.
  • Sarah Cash set a new career high with six rebounds while playing just 14 minutes.