YSU Hosts Lake Erie in Annual Field Trip Game

Marissa Brown and the Penguins will host nearly 1,500 area students and teachers on Wednesday morning.
Marissa Brown and the Penguins will host nearly 1,500 area students and teachers on Wednesday morning.
Youngstown State vs. Lake Erie
Date & Time Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m.
Location Beeghly Center - Youngstown, Ohio
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Scouting Report

  • The Youngstown State women's basketball team will host Lake Erie in the Third Annual School Field Trip Game presented by Chick-fil-A on Wednesday at 11 a.m. The game against the Storm will be broadcast live on 1390 WNIO, iHeartRadio, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App.
  • YSU is 2-0 in its previous two School Field Trip games, beating Malone 80-73 in 2013-14 and Ohio Valley 84-33 last season.
  • The Penguins have outscored the first two opponents in their current three-game home stand by a combined 70 points. They had their largest win ever over Kent State on Saturday with a 91-61 victory, and they beat Salem International 80-40 on Monday.
  • Head Coach John Barnes earned his 200th career victory in YSU's win over Salem International on Monday. Barnes was 156-55 over eight seasons at Division II Michigan Tech, and he is 44-28 over two-plus seasons at Youngstown State. His career record is 200-83 for a .707 winning percentage.
  • Youngstown State has won at least eight of its first nine games for the second straight season and for the sixth time in program history. The Penguins have won 18 of their last 21 non-conference games since the start of last season, and they've won 14 straight against non-Division I opponents dating back to 1990.
  • 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.

Promotions

  • YSU is hosting nearly 1,500 area students and teachers as part of the Third Annual Kids Field Trip Game, presented by Chick-fil-A.
  • The game is part of the Rulli Bros. "Holiday Hoops" promotion. Fans can come to the YSU Athletic Ticket Office to receive a "Buy One - Get One FREE" general admission ticket offer to Saturday's game as well as YSU's other three home games in December. For more about Rulli's "Holiday Hoops", call (330) 941-1YSU.

Previewing Lake Erie

A Win Would...

  • Allow YSU to win at least nine of its first 10 games for the fifth time in its history and for the second straight season.
  • Be YSU's 15th straight against a non-Division I opponent.
  • Be YSU's 19th win in its last 22 non-league games.

On This Date

  • Youngstown State is 5-5 in 10 previous games played on Dec. 16. The most recent game resulted in an 80-73 double-overtime victory over Malone in 2013.
  • YSU has scored at least 80 points in each of its five wins on Dec. 16. It also had 91 in a home los to West Virginia in 1995.
  • In 1989 in an 85-42 win over Chicago State at Beeghly Center, YSU had 23 steals, which is tied for the fifth most in program history. Dianne Rappach had eight of those, which is one off the school record.

Scouting Lake Erie

  • Lake Erie is 4-4 this season and is coming off a 63-53 loss to GLIAC opponent Hillsdale on Saturday. The Storm beat Salem International, YSU's opponent on Monday, 82-57 to open the season.
  • The Storm is plus-6.6 in turnover margin for the year and averages 13.3 steals per contest.
  • Sophomore Kayla Gabor is averaging 17.9 points, which ranks second in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and is shooting 49.2 percent from the field.

YSU Coaches Familiar with the GLIAC

  • Lake Erie competes in the GLIAC, which is a conference that YSU head coach John Barnes and assistant coach Sam Hoyt are very familiar with. Barnes coached at Michigan Tech for eight years, and Hoyt played at Tech for four years and coached at Northwood last year.
  • YSU is 15-5 all time against teams that are currently in the GLIAC. The Penguins are 10-3 against Malone, 3-0 versus Ashland and 2-2 versus Wayne State. The last loss to a GLIAC team came in 1986.

Non-Division 1 Winning Streak

  • YSU enters the game against Lake Erie game having won 14 consecutive contests against non-Division I opponents. The last loss against a non-D1 team came at Edinboro in 1990. All time, YSU is 63-11 against teams that currently do not compete at the Division I level.

Recapping Salem International

Youngstown State made eight first-half 3-pointers and led by double digits for more than 35 minutes in an 80-40 victory over Salem International on Monday evening at Beeghly Center. The win was the 200th in YSU Head Coach John Barnes' career.

The Penguins led 28-10 after a period and 51-16 at halftime en route to improving to 8-1 overall and 5-0 at Beeghly Center. Freshman forward Marissa Brown came off the bench to score a game and career-high 16 points in 18 minutes, and YSU's reserves accounted for 50 of the team's 80 points.

Eleven of YSU's 12 players scored, and Alison Smolinski was the only starter to play more than 14 minutes.

Quick Notes from Salem International

  • YSU went on a 24-2 run over a six-minute stretch in the first period to go up 26-6. The Penguins went 5-for-6 from 3-point range during that span, with two each coming from Nikki Arbanas and Smolinski and another coming from Kelley Wright.
  • The lead reached 30 for the first time at the 4:46 mark of the second period on another 3-pointer by Wright. YSU went up by 40 for the first time at 59-18 with 7:13 left in the third period.
  • Arbanas scored 10 points in the first six minutes of the contest and played just 14 minutes overall. She has scored at least nine points in every game this season.
  • Brown finished with career highs in points (16), rebounds (8), blocks (3) and minutes (19) while going 8-for-11 from the field. She had scored seven points over her first eight career games.
  • Melinda Trimmer finished with a game and career-high five assists, and she made a 3 in the second half for her first career field goal. She also set new career highs in points (3), steals (2) and minutes (24).
  • Wright finished with a career-high four 3-pointers to register 12 points. She became the fourth Penguin this season to make at least four 3-pointers in a game.
  • Jill Blacksten set new career highs in rebounds (6), assists (2) and minutes (17).
  • YSU's previous season high in bench points was 26, and 32 was the previous high in points in the paint.
  • The Penguins have now made at least 10 3-pointers in four games overall this season and in three of the last five.
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