Women's Basketball Prepares for Tuesday Contest Versus Robert Morris

Nikki Arbanas and the Penguins will host Robert Morris on Tuesday at Beeghly Center.
Nikki Arbanas and the Penguins will host Robert Morris on Tuesday at Beeghly Center.
Youngstown State vs. Robert Morris
Date & Time Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m.
Location Beeghly Center
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Scouting Report

  • The Youngstown State women's basketball team will face a stiff challenge at home for the second time in five days as it hosts Robert Morris on Tuesday. Tipoff at Beeghly Center against the Colonials is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App.
  • Youngstown State will be looking to move to 4-0 for the third time in the last four years. YSU beat Robert Morris in overtime last season to improve to 9-0.
  • The Penguins have provided plenty of drama in their first two games at Beeghly Center. They rallied from a 22-point deficit to beat Canisius 53-51 in the opener, and they beat Radford 54-53 on Friday. Both wins came on Sarah Cash free throws in the final seconds.
  • Youngstown State has held each of its first three opponents under 55 points. That has been key in the victories as the Penguins are struggling to make shots early. YSU is shooting 32.5 percent over its first three games but is still 3-0.
  • Six different players have scored in double figures for YSU in the first three games of the season. Sarah Cash (19, 13) and Nikki Arbanas (11, 10) have each done it twice, and Alison Smolinski (16), Indiya Benjamin (15), Morgan Olson (10) and Janae Jackson (10) have all scored in double digits 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.

Today's Game

A Win Would...

  • Give YSU a 4-0 start for the third time in the last four years.
  • Be YSU's first at home over Robert Morris since Dec. 4, 2002. The Penguins have hosted the Colonials just once since then in 2006.
  • Improve YSU's record against Robert Morris to 16-4 all time.

On This Date

  • YSU is 5-3 all time in games played on Nov. 24, and the Penguins have won their last two games on the date.
  • One of the most memorable wins in program history came on Nov. 24, 2010, when the Penguins ended a 34-game losing streak with a 71-57 win over Bucknell at Beeghly Center.
  • On Nov. 24, 2000, Brianne Kenneally scored 43 points in a 75-72 loss to Georgia State at Florida International. That is the highest total ever by a Penguins guard.

Scouting Robert Morris

  • Robert Morris is 3-1 this season with all four games being decided by at least 13 points. RMU has held its opponent under 60 points in each of its three wins.
  • Robert Morris was picked first in the Northeast Conference Preseason Poll for the third straight season. RMU returns four starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's team that advanced to the NEC Tournament title game and finished with a 17-15 overall record.
  • Junior guard Anna Niki Stamolamprou was a preseason all-NEC pick. She is averaging 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds, and she has 10 of Robert Morris' 31 3-pointers through four games.

Series with Robert Morris

  • Youngstown State holds a 15-4 lead in the all-time series against Robert Morris. YSU is playing RMU at Beeghly Center for the first time since 2006.
  • The Penguins won the first four meetings, and they won seven straight altercations with the Colonials from 1992 to 2002. Robert Morris won in 2005 and 2006, and YSU won 73-65 in overtime last year at the Sewall Center. The Penguins are 15-1 in the series when scoring at least 64 points.
  • Last Meeting: YSU ended regulation on a 12-4 run and went 33-for-35 from the free-throw line to beat Robert Morris 73-65 in overtime on Dec. 14, 2014. The Penguins trailed by as many as 15 in the second half and didn't lead in the game until Jenna Hirsch made two free throws with 3:44 left in overtime.

Recapping Radford

Sarah Cash made two free throws in the final seconds for the second straight home game to lift YSU to a 54-53 victory over Radford on Friday night.

A week after Cash broke a 51-51 tie with 0.6 seconds left in YSU's win over Canisius, the sophomore forward came through again in the clutch. The Penguins didn't lead until late in the third period, but they didn't trail in the fourth until Radford's Jayda Worthy hit a bucket with 4.4 seconds left to put the Highlanders ahead 53-52. Just like against Canisius, Nikki Arbanas found Cash open under the basket on an inbounds play, and Cash was fouled with 2.9 seconds left. Cash deposited both free throws, and Aisha Foy didn't get a quality look from 35 feet at the buzzer.

Cash finished with 13 points and Arbanas added 11 points for YSU, which won despite shooting 30.8 percent. The Penguins outscored the Highlanders by 13 at the free-throw line, including an 11-point advantage in the second half.

Quick Notes from Radford

  • Radford blocked 10 Penguins field-goal attempts in the game, which played a big part in YSU shooting just 30.8 percent from the field. That was the most blocks by an opponent since West Virginia blocked 12 shots on Nov. 11, 2011. The last time YSU was blocked at least 10 times at home was when Detroit had 11 blocks on Jan. 13, 2007.
  • Radford's strong perimeter defense held YSU to just 4-for-12 shooting from 3-point range, but the Penguins' driving to combat it resulted in 27 free-throw attempts.
  • The Highlanders led for 24 minutes, and their lead stretched to nine at 20-11 with 4:54 left in the second period. Arbanas and Alison Smolinski hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions before halftime to get YSU within 27-24 at the break.
  • YSU's first lead came when Smolinski made a free throw with 2:44 left in the third period to give the Penguins a 34-33 advantage.
  • Jackson was scoreless on four field-goal attempts and had one rebound over eight minutes in the first half. She played 16 minutes in the second half and posted 10 points and eight rebounds.
  • YSU was minus-7 in rebounding after the first period and halftime, but it was plus-5 in the second half behind Jackson's eight caroms.
  • YSU has shot under 35 percent in three straight games for the first time since the final three games of December, 2010. The Penguins lost all three of those games, though. YSU was 4-12 in the first two years under John Barnes when shooting below 35 percent.
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