Women's Basketball Heads to Bucknell for Wednesday Affair

Indiya Benjamin and YSU play the second of three straight road games at Bucknell on Wednesday.
Indiya Benjamin and YSU play the second of three straight road games at Bucknell on Wednesday.
Youngstown State at Bucknell
Date & Time Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 4:30 p.m.
Location Sojka Pavilion - Lewisburg, Pa.
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Scouting Report

  • The Youngstown State women's basketball team continues a three-game road swing when it plays at Bucknell on Wednesday. Tipoff at the Sojka Pavilion is set for 4:30 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 1390 WNIO, iHeartRadio, and the Patriot League Network.
  • The Penguins are coming off perhaps their best offensive performance in a decade. YSU tied the school record for 3-pointers in a game with 16 in a 96-77 victory at Oakland on Saturday to start Horizon League play. Kelsea Newman tied the individual 3s record with eight, and Indiya Benjamin had 21 points and 13 assists. YSU had its most points in a game since 2005.
  • Defense has been YSU's strength so far this season. It held each of its first four opponents under 55 points, and, even though Oakland scored 77 on Saturday, that was 15.5 points below its season average.
  • Youngstown State is 5-0 for the second straight season and for the fourth time at the Division I level (since 1981-82). YSU started 10-0 last season, which was the best start at D-I.
  • Seven different players have scored in double figures for YSU in the first five games of the season. Sarah Cash has scored at least 10 points four times, Nikki Arbanas has done it three times, Indiya Benjamin has done it twice, and Janae Jackson, Kelsea Newman, Morgan Olson and Alison Smolinski have all scored at least 10 points in a game once.
  • Youngstown State returns three starters and a total of eight letterwinners from last season's team that won 21 games and earned an at large berth to play in the Women's NIT.

Previewing Bucknell

A Win Would...

  • Give YSU a 6-0 start for the second straight year and for the third time as a Division I program (since 1981-82). YSU was also 6-0 in 1996-97.
  • Give YSU a six-game winning streak for the third straight season.
  • Be YSU's fifth over Bucknell in the last six seasons.

On This Date

  • YSU is 5-3 in its eight previous games played on Dec. 2. The Penguins haven't played on the date since 2009, which was an 89-37 home loss to Pittsburgh.
  • YSU has played just twice on the road on Dec. 2, and it is 1-1 in those games. The Penguins won 87-73 at Cleveland State on Dec. 2, 1985, and they lost 74-71 at Oral Roberts in 2000.
  • Danielle Carson had 26 points and 14 assists, two shy of the school record, in that win at Cleveland State on Dec. 2, 1985.

Scouting Bucknell

  • Bucknell is 4-2 this season, which includes a 2-0 record at home. One of the losses came at No. 3 Notre Dame, and the other was at Canisius on Sunday. YSU previously beat Canisius 53-51 in the season opener after trailing by 22 in the second half.
  • Jacquie Klotz is averaging 17.8 points and 10.8 rebounds with a team-high 12 3-pointers, and Claire DeBoer is averaging 15.7 points and 9.2 rebounds. They are helping Bucknell outrebound teams by 12.3 per game.
  • Four starters return from Bucknell's team that won 18 games last year. DeBoer was named to the Preseason All-Patriot League team, and the Bison were picked fourth as a team.

Series with Bucknell

  • YSU is 7-2 all-time against Bucknell with a series that dates back to 1989. YSU is 2-2 at the Sojka Pavilion, which includes a 66-41 loss two seasons ago.
  • YSU has won seven of the last eight matchups with the Bison, and the teams have played in each of the last five seasons. Only one of the eight games in the series has been decided by single digits.
  • Last Meeting: YSU had two big runs in the second half to beat Bucknell 69-54 on Nov. 25, 2014. The Penguins had an 11-1 run to take a 14-point lead midway through the period, and they ended the game by scoring the final nine points. Janae Jackson was a spark off the bench with 13 points.

Recapping Oakland

Youngstown State turned in a record-setting performance from the 3-point line on Saturday to beat Oakland 96-77 in the Horizon League opener for both teams.

The Penguins tied the school record for 3-pointers in a game with 16, and Kelsea Newman matched the previous individual record with eight on her own. That helped Youngstown State score its most points ever in a Horizon League game and the most in any game since 2005.

The lead changed hands nine times total and six times in the second period before Youngstown State started to pull away. Indiya Benjamin scored five straight points as part of a 13-point period to spark a 9-0 Penguins' run, and YSU led 46-39 at halftime. The Penguins then made six 3s in the third period to go up 72-58, and they led by at least a dozen for the final 11:53 of the game.

Quick Notes from Oakland

  • YSU had not scored at least 96 points in a game since Jan. 18, 2005, at IPFW. The Penguins' previous high in a Horizon League game was when they scored 94 against Cleveland State on March 8, 2014.
  • The game played out much differently than YSU's first four wins. The Penguins had not allowed more than 54 points, and they had scored above 55 just once.
  • YSU also made 16 3-pointers as a team at Loyola Chicago on Feb. 11, 2012.
  • Newman tied Kenya Middlebrooks' previous record of eight, which was set on Jan. 26, 2012, at Beeghly Center against Detroit. Newman also made the 100th 3-pointer of her YSU career in the game, which moved her into 15th in the program's record book.
  • Newman missed her first two attempts from 3-point range and finished by making eight of her last 11 attempts. It was a major slump-buster for Newman, who shot 35.1 percent from 3 last year. After missing her first two 3s at Oakland, she was 4-for-22 this season.
  • Indiya Benjamin had 21 points and 13 assists while committing just two turnovers. She became the first Penguin to have at least 20 points and 10 assists in a game since Danielle Carson on Feb. 22, 1986. The 13 assists were the most since Lauren Branson had 13 at IPFW in 2005. Prior to that, no Penguin had at least 13 assists in a game since 1991.
  • YSU's three starting guards – Benjamin, Nikki Arbanas and Alison Smolinski – combined for 18 assists while committing just three turnovers.
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