Penguins Host Defending Tournament Champions Wright State on Thursday

Sarah Cash (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Sarah Cash (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Youngstown State vs. Wright State
Date & Time Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m.
Location Beeghly Center
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Scouting Report

  • The Youngstown State women's basketball team will try to remain unbeaten at home and earn a big win early in the conference season against Wright State on Thursday. Tipoff against the Raiders is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio and ESPN3.
  • Including two postseason wins, Youngstown State has a 16-3 record at Beeghly Center against Horizon League teams over the last three seasons. One of those three losses was to Wright State last season.
  • YSU beat Cleveland State 79-65 in the first Horizon League home game of the season last Thursday. The Penguins led for 38:48 and held a double-digit advantage for the final 22 minutes.
  • YSU is in a stretch of playing four out of five and six out of eight games at Beeghly Center. The Penguins are 6-0 at home this season and have won each game by at least 13 points.
  • Youngstown State set a school record with 11 non-league victories, and it has won 13 of its first 16 games for the first time since 1997-98. YSU won 22 games during the 2014 calendar year, the most since 1999.
  • The Penguins have been to the semifinals of the Horizon League Tournament in back-to-back seasons and have a 23-12 record in conference games since the start of league play in 2012-13. They were 22-84 over the previous six seasons.
  • Youngstown State ranks second in the country in free-throw percentage, and it leads the Horizon League in field-goal percentage and 3-point field-goal percentage.
  • Heidi Schlegel ranks seventh in the Horizon League in scoring and is ninth in rebounding. She had 25 points and 18 rebounds against Cleveland State. Latisha Walker leads the conference in field-goal percentage and is fourth in free-throw percentage. She had 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field vs. CSU.

A Win Would...

  • Give YSU a 14-3 overall start for the first time since 1997-98.
  • Allow YSU to win at least three of its first four Horizon League games for the second straight year (and the second time ever).
  • Be YSU's 25th in its last 35 games.
  • Snap a three-game losing streak to Wright State.

On This Date

  • Youngstown State is 6-5 all time in games played on Jan. 22. The Penguins are 2-2 at Beeghly Center and 0-1 against Wright State on the date.
  • YSU's last win on Jan. 22 came at home against Western Illinois in 2001. The Penguins have lost three straight games on Jan. 22.

Scouting Wright State

  • Wright State is the defending Horizon League Tournament Champion and was picked to finish second in the preseason poll. The Raiders have a league-high 14 wins, and they lead the conference in scoring offense, scoring margin and turnover margin. Wright State ranks sixth in the country in offensive rebounds per game, and Tayler Stanton is second individually in the statistic.
  • Senior guard Kim Demmings was the league's preseason player of the year but hasn't played since sustaining an injury in the season opener. Tay'ler Mingo has stepped up and is leading the conference in points, assists and steals, and she is second in the nation in steals per game.

Series with Wright State

  • Youngstown State is 23-27 in the all-time series with Wright State. The programs have played at least once in every season dating back to 1987-88.
  • The Penguins won 18 of the first 22 meetings with the Raiders, but Wright State took 20 of the next 23 up through the 2011-12 season.
  • Each of the last two seasons have resulted in season sweeps. The Penguins beat the Raiders twice in the regular season in 2012-13, and Wright State beat YSU three times last season.

Recapping Cleveland State

Behind season highs of 25 points and 18 rebounds from senior Heidi Schlegel, Youngstown State beat Cleveland State 79-65 last Thursday at Beeghly Center.

The Penguins also got 21 points from fellow senior post Latisha Walker. The senior duo helped the Penguins outscore the Vikings 40-26 in the paint and hold a 47-29 edge in rebounding. Schlegel and Walker combined to go 17-of-24 from the field and 12-of-14 from the free-throw line.

YSU led for almost 39 minutes and held a double-digit advantage for the final 22 minutes. The Penguins led by 18 twice with less than six minutes remaining.

Leading 14-13 with 12:28 left, the Penguins went on a 9-1 run to boost their lead to nine, 23-14. The Vikings went five minutes without making a field goal during that stretch, and they got no closer than five the rest of the game. YSU extended its lead to 15 in the second half thanks to a 14-4 run.

Quick Notes

  • YSU beat Cleveland State for the fifth time in the last six meetings and for the fifth straight time at Beeghly Center.
  • YSU had its best rebounding margin against a Division I opponent (+18) since outrebounding IUPUI by 25 on Dec. 3, 2012.
  • Indiya Benjamin scored all nine of her points in a four-minute span in the first half. She added a career-high seven assists while committing just one turnover.
  • Kelsea Newman came off the bench to score 12 points and contribute a career-high seven assists in 30 minutes. She did not have a turnover. Newman had four 3-pointers in the game and has cracked YSU's top 25 in career triples with 60.
  • Latisha Walker's 21 points came in just 19 minutes of action. She surpassed 20 points for the second time in the last five games. Notably, Schlegel also scored in the twenties both times.

Home Court Advantage

  • YSU has done a solid job of defending its home court over the past three seasons, especially in league play. Including the postseason, the Penguins have a 16-3 home record against Horizon League teams since the start of 2012-13.
  • Youngstown State won a school-record 14 home games in 2012-13, and it won seven of its last nine contests at Beeghly Center in 2013-14 while finishing 10-8 overall in the building. YSU is 6-0 at home this year, bringing its record on Dom Rosselli Court to 30-9 since the start of 2012-13.
  • The Penguins' .769 winning percentage at home over the last three years is second in the Horizon League only to Green Bay. YSU is fourth in the state behind Dayton, Akron and Bowling Green.
  • YSU has ranked second in the Horizon League in average home attendance for each of the last five years (as far back as full NCAA records go). Green Bay leads the conference in that span with an average home attendance of 2,372, and Youngstown State is second at 1,232. The next highest is Milwaukee at 645. The Penguins are also sixth in home attendance among Ohio's 13 Division I institutions over the last five years. Their nearest rivals, Akron and Kent State, have averaged 627 and 537, respectively.