YSU Women Start Three-Game Road Swing at Cleveland State on Saturday

Freshman Marissa Brown and YSU will play at Cleveland State on Saturday.
Freshman Marissa Brown and YSU will play at Cleveland State on Saturday.
Youngstown State at Cleveland State
Date & Time Saturday, Jan. 16, at 1 p.m.
Location Wolstein Center - Cleveland, Ohio
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Scouting Report

  • Following a week break, Youngstown State begins its spring semester schedule against Cleveland State on Saturday. Tipoff at the Wolstein Center against its Northeast Ohio conference rival will be at 1 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
  • Youngstown State is 12-3 overall and 3-1 in the Horizon League after splitting two games last week. The Penguins beat Milwaukee 69-67 on a Kelsea Newman jumper at the buzzer, and they lost 68-60 to Green Bay on Saturday. Green Bay and Wright State enter this week atop the league standings with 3-0 records, and YSU is tied with Detroit for third at 3-1.
  • The Penguins are 12-3 or better through 15 games for the ninth time in school history and for the second straight year. YSU is at least 3-1 to start league play for the third straight year.
  • YSU is tied for the Horizon League lead with 8.6 3-pointers per game. The Guins have made at least 15 3s in a game three times, and they made 12 vs. Milwaukee and 11 against Green Bay last week.
  • Sarah Cash leads the Horizon League and ranks in the top 10 in the country with a .631 field-goal percentage. Indiya Benjamin is the conference leader in assists with 5.7 per contest.
  • Youngstown State returns three starters and a total of eight letterwinners from last season's team that won 21 games, played in the semifinals of the Horizon League Tournament and earned an at large berth to play in the Women's NIT.

Previewing Cleveland State

A Win Would...

  • Give YSU at least 13 wins in its first 16 games for the seventh time in school history and for the second straight season.
  • Allow YSU to start 4-1 in Horizon League play for just the second time (2013-14 is the other).
  • Improve YSU's record to 5-3 on the road.
  • Be YSU's first at Cleveland State since 2012-13.

On This Date

  • Youngstown State is 4-3 in six previous games played on Jan. 16. The Penguins have won three of their last four contests on the date, including a 66-57 win over Green Bay in Youngstown in 2014.
  • The Penguins had the highest scoring game in their history on Jan. 16, 1980, when they beat John Carroll 121-49. Wanda Grant scored 32 points in that game that also saw the Penguins set school records for points in a half and field goals.

Scouting Cleveland State

  • Cleveland State is 3-11 overall and 0-4 in Horizon League play. The Vikings won three out of four to start December over Kent State, Bowling Green and Florida International, but they have lost their last six games.
  • Cleveland State ranks second in the conference in steals per game with 10.2, and it is fifth in 3-pointers per game. The Vikings are last in scoring offense and seventh in scoring defense.
  • Redshirt freshman Ashanti Abshaw leads CSU and ranks seventh in the Horizon League in scoring with 15.2 points per game, and she's also fifth in rebounding with 8.7 per contest. Khayla Livingston is averaging 12.6 points, she's made 34 3-pointers on a 41.5-percent clip.

Series with Cleveland State

  • YSU has played Cleveland State more than any other opponent and leads the all-time series 36-28. The teams have split in the regular season the last two years, and the Penguins have won in Cleveland just once (in 2013) in the last tries. The Penguins have won five of the last seven meetings since the start of the 2012-13 season.
  • LAST MEETING: Cleveland State had an 11-0 run in the second half and closed the game on an 18-5 spurt to rally for a 73-62 win on March 4, 2015, at the Wolstein Center. YSU made 10 3s in the first half but went 1-for-14 from the arc in the second half. YSU led 52-44 lead with 14:13 left and 57-55 with 7:03 remaining before Cleveland State scored 18 of the final 23 points.

Recapping Green Bay

Green bay outscored Youngstown State 33-10 over a 13-minute stretch between the second and third periods, and the Phoenix beat the Penguins in an early battle of unbeaten Horizon League teams 68-60 on Saturday in Youngstown.

YSU led the defending conference champions by nine twice in the second period — 26-17 and 28-19 — before the game flipped. Green Bay scored eight straight points to get within 28-27, and the Phoenix led 35-34 at halftime. Green Bay scored the first eight points of the first half to go up 43-34, and the margin grew to 52-38 when Sam Terry made her third 3-pointer in a four-possession span. YSU got no closer than six in the fourth.

Nikki Arbanas, Indiya Benjamin and Sarah Cash each scored 13 points for YSU, which made 11 3-pointers. Allie LeClaire led all scorers with 22 for Green Bay.

Quick Notes from Green Bay

  • Green Bay benefitted from 12 offensive rebounds, which it translated into a 13-4 edge in second-chance points. The Phoenix was also plus-six in points off turnovers and plus-10 in points in the paint.
  • YSU struggled at the free-throw line, going 7-of-12 in the first half and not having any attempts in the second half. The Penguins missed a free throw twice when they had a chance to go up by 10 in the first half.
  • YSU's first nine-point lead (26-17) came after it scored 11 straight points over a three-minute stretch between the first and second periods. Kelsea Newman hit a deep 3 at the first-period horn to put YSU up 20-17, and five points by Sarah Cash and a free throw by Alison Smolinski upped the difference to nine.
  • Youngstown State went 1-for-8 from 3-point range in the third period. It was 10-for-25 in the other three periods combined. Green Bay outscored the Penguins 19-7 in the third.
  • Arbanas was 3-for-5 from 3-point range in her second straight game of shooting the ball well from beyond the arc. Arbanas was 7-for-10 on Thursday, bringing her to 10-for-15 for the week. She was 2-for-18 in the previous three games.
  • Benjamin scored in double figures for the fourth straight games and made multiple 3-pointers in the fourth consecutive contest. She ranks second in the Horizon League with 3-point field-goal percentage at .453.
  • Benjamin recorded the 200th assist of her career, and Cash surpassed 300 career points.
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