Women's Basketball Gets Back into League Play at Detroit on Saturday

Indiya Benjamin and the Penguins get back into Horizon League action on Saturday at Detroit.
Indiya Benjamin and the Penguins get back into Horizon League action on Saturday at Detroit.
Youngstown State at Detroit
Date & Time Saturday, Jan. 2, at Noon
Location Calihan Hall - Detroit, Mich.
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Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State will get back into Horizon League play and look to start 2016 with a victory as it plays at Detroit on Saturday. Tipoff at Calihan Hall is set for noon, and the game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App. YSU's men's basketball team will play the Titans shortly after at 3.
  • The Penguins have a 10-2 record and already have a Horizon League win to their credit, a 96-77 triumph at Oakland on Nov. 28. That game was originally scheduled to be played on Monday but was moved with the league's permission. YSU's 9-2 mark in non-conference games was the third-best in school history.
  • YSU outscored Tennessee State by 19 in the second half on Wednesday to win 69-58 and finish the 2015 calendar year with 20 victories. The Penguins had 10 wins before New Year's Day for the third time in program history.
  • The Penguins have won at least 10 of their first 12 games for the second straight season and for the 10th time in program history.
  • Youngstown State has made at least 15 3-pointers in three different games this season. It ranks second in the Horizon League with 8.2 3-pointers per game.
  • 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 Detroit

A Win Would...

  • Give YSU at least 11 wins in its first 13 games for the ninth time in school history.
  • Allow YSU to win its first two Horizon League games for the second time in the last three years and for the third time overall.
  • Be YSU's second straight at Calihan Hall.

On This Date

  • YSU is 6-4 all time in games played on Jan. 2, but the Penguins have lost four straight since beating IUPUI 85-59 in 1999. The Penguins lost 75-63 at Cornell in 2015.

Scouting Detroit

  • Detroit has been streaky this season while compiling a 4-7 record. The Titans lost their first four games, won their next four and have dropped their last three. One of their wins came at home against Cincinnati, and their first win was against YSU opponent Niagara. The Titans lost 85-68 to Eastern Michigan on Wednesday.
  • Nicole Urbanick leads the Horizon League with 2.8 3-pointers per game, and she made eight Wednesday en route to 32 points. She leads the Titans with 15.6 points, and Rosanna Reynolds is right behind with 15.5.

Series with Detroit

  • Detroit leads the all-time series with YSU 20-17. YSU took two out of three against the Titans last season, winning at Calihan Hall during the regular season and beating the Titans in the league tournament. The teams have split the regular-season series in each of the last four years.
  • Despite both teams winning on the opponent's floor last year, the series has been dominated by the home team. Detroit is 14-4 against YSU at Calihan Hall, and YSU is 13-6 at Beeghly Center.
  • LAST MEETING: Nikki Arbanas and Heidi Schlegel each scored 22 points, and YSU led for nearly 35 minutes in a 73-55 victory over UDM in the 2015 Horizon League Tournament Quarterfinals. YSU made 10 of its final 12 free throws over the final 1:32 and finished 23-for-26 from the line for the game.

Detroit Connections

  • YSU redshirt junior Janae Jackson is from Detroit and helped lead Inkster High to a Michigan Class A State Championship as a senior.
  • Detroit Head Coach Bernard Scott was YSU's recruiting coordinator in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons, and UDM assistant Tara Fleming played at YSU from 2001-05.

Recapping Tennessee State

Youngstown State outscored Tennessee State by 16 points in the third quarter thanks to a pair of double-digit runs in a 69-58 win on Wednesday night at the Beeghly Center.

YSU scored the first 12 points of the period to erase a 35-27 halftime deficit, and the Penguins closed the half by scoring the final 10 points after Tennessee State regained the lead. Sarah Cash scored six of her career-high 22 points during the 12-0 run, and Indiya Benjamin scored seven points during the 10-0 spurt. 

YSU dominated the second half outscoring TSU 42-23. YSU was 16-of-31 (51.6 percent) from the field in the second half while the Tigers made 11-of-33 attempts (33 percent).

Quick Notes from Tennessee State

  • Cash was 8-of-9 from the field — her .889 shooting percentage tied for the 11th-best mark in school history — and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line. She stepped up in the second half scoring 17 of her points with eight in the third and nine in the fourth. She had just five points in eight minutes in the first half as she sat with two fouls.
  • Benjamin scored all 11 of her points in the second half, and she added six assists. Her 3-pointer at the 2:38 mark of the third period started YSU's 10-0 run.
  • Alison Smolinsk made six field goals, three of which were from beyond the arc, to finish with 15 points. She and Benjamin combined to go 5-for-10 from 3-point range, and the rest of the Penguins were 0-for-12.
  • Tennessee State missed eight shots and committed two turnovers during YSU's 12-0 run to open the second half.
  • YSU committed eight turnovers and was outrebounded 21-14 in the first half. The Penguins limited their turnovers to four and held a 24-12 edge in rebounding in the final 20 minutes.
  • Nikki Arbanas scored the 400th point of her career. She played 39 minutes and contributed five rebounds and four assists to go along with four points.
  • Cash scored the 250th point of her career. She has 164 points in 12 games this season after posting 98 in 31 games last season as a freshman.
  • Jackson grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds, and eight of those came in the second half. She corralled the 100th rebound of her career in the contest.
  • Morgan Olson scored five points, which was her highest mark of the month. She surpassed 100 career points in the win.
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