Penguins Look to Remain Unbeaten at Home vs. Salem International on Monday

Melinda Trimmer and the Penguins host Salem International on Monday at 7 p.m.
Melinda Trimmer and the Penguins host Salem International on Monday at 7 p.m.
Youngstown State vs. Salem International
Date & Time Monday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m.
Location Beeghly Center - Youngstown, Ohio
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Scouting Report

  • The Youngstown State women's basketball team continues its three-game home stand against Division II opponent Salem International on Monday evening at Beeghly Center. Tipoff against the Tigers is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 1390 WNIO, iHeartRadio, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App.
  • Youngstown State has won at least seven of its first eight games for the second straight season and for the seventh time in program history. The Penguins have won 17 of their last 20 non-conference games since the start of last season, and they've won 13 straight against non-Division I opponents dating back to 1990.
  • Head Coach John Barnes will be going for the 200th victory of his career against SIU. Barnes went 156-55 over eight seasons at Division II Michigan Tech, and he is 43-28 over two-plus at Youngstown State. His career record is 199-83 for a .706 winning percentage.
  • YSU is coming off a convincing 91-61 victory over Kent State at Beeghly Center. The Penguins had their biggest victory ever over the Golden Flashes in the 41-game series.
  • The Penguins had 15 3-pointers and 29 assists on 31 field goals in the win over the Golden Flashes. Indiya Benjamin had 15 of those assists, and Nikki Arbanas made seven 3-pointers. Alison Smolinski added six 3s and a game and career-high 22 points.
  • 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

  • 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 Salem International

A Win Would...

  • Allow YSU to win at least eight of its first nine games for the sixth time in its history and for the second straight season.
  • Be YSU's 14th straight against a non-Division I opponent.
  • Be YSU's 18th win in its last 21 non-league games.
  • Give Head Coach John Barnes 200 wins in his career.

On This Date

  • Youngstown State is 3-1 in four previous games played on Dec. 14. The Penguins' last win was a 75-43 victory over Buffalo in 2004, and they lost their last matchup on the date in 2008, 78-50, at Central Michigan.
  • YSU shot 70 percent (7-for-10) from 3-point range at Slippery Rock in 1991, which is tied for the second-best effort in school history. The Penguins won that game 90-80.

Scouting Salem International

  • Salem International is a Division II team that competes in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. The university is located in Salem, W.Va., which is 60 miles East of Parkersburg.
  • Salem International is 2-8 this season after winning at home on both Friday and Saturday. The Tigers' 89-88 victory over Rio Grande on Friday snapped a 49-game losing streak that stretched back to the 2013-14 season. SIU then beat Bluefield State 62-53 on Saturday for its second straight win.
  • Salem International previously played at Detroit on Dec. 5, and it lost 81-50 to the Titans. Samantha Aiken scored 20 points in that contest, and she leads SIU with 13.6 points per game. SIU counted the game at Detroit as an exhibition, and it will do the same against YSU.

Series with Salem International

  • Youngstown State and Salem International will be playing for the first time on Monday.
  • The Penguins have played two other teams that are currently in the GMAC. They have beaten Ohio Valley in each of the past two seasons — 84-52 and 84-33 — and topped Davis & Elkins 62-54 in 1981.

Non-Division 1 Winning Streak

  • YSU enters today's game having won 13 consecutive contests against non-Division I opponents. The last loss against a non-D1 team came at Edinboro in 1990. All time, YSU is 62-11 against teams that currently do not compete at the Division I level.

Recapping Kent State

Youngstown State scored 18 straight points in the first half as part of a 25-2 spurt and cruised to a 91-61 victory over Kent State on Saturday.

YSU led 34-9 just over 13 minutes into the game, and it led by double digits for the final 31 minutes. It was the Penguins' largest margin of victory over the Golden Flashes in the 41-game history of the series.

Youngstown State's offense was in top form against its nearest rival with 15 3-pointers and an impressive 29 assists on 31 field goals. Nikki Arbanas and Alison Smolinski combined for 13 of those triples, and Indiya Benjamin had 15 assists. The Penguins had 29 assists on 31 field goals as a team.

Quick Notes from Kent State

  • YSU's 29 assists were the eighth-most for a game in school history and the most since the Penguins had a school-record 37 against Northeastern Illinois on Jan. 3, 1998.
  • Indiya Benjamin's 15 assists tied for the third-most in program history and were just one off the school record. Danielle Carson was the last Penguin to have at least 15 when she did it against Murray State on Feb. 24, 1986.
  • Nikki Arbanas became the 11th player in school history to make at least seven 3-pointers in a game. Alison Smolinski added six triples. It was the second time in school history that two players both made at least six 3-pointers. Barb Fabianova (7) and Cathy Hanek (6) both did it at IPFW on Jan. 18, 2005.
  • YSU scored 29 points in the fourth period. That tied the second period at Oakland for the most in a period this season.
  • The Penguins scored 53 points in the second half. That was the most in a half since they scored 53 in the second half against Loyola on Jan. 12, 2012.
  • YSU made 93.3 percent (14-of-15) from the free-throw line. That tied for the ninth-best effort in program history.
  • The Penguins were plus-14 in rebounding margin, which tied their previous best mark of the season at Niagara.
  • YSU had its largest margin of victory at Beeghly Center against a Division I team since beating Loyola 75-38 on Jan. 26, 2013.
  • YSU blocked a season-high eight shots, and Sarah Cash had four of those blocks. The Penguins also had their most fast-break points of the season with 15, and they tied their previous high with 32 points in the paint.
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