Penguins Host Stony Brook in Opening Round of WBI

YSU hosts Stony Brook in the WBI on Wednesday at Beeghly Center
YSU hosts Stony Brook in the WBI on Wednesday at Beeghly Center
Youngstown State vs. Stony Brook
Date & Time Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 7:05 p.m.
Location Beeghly Center - Youngstown, Ohio
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Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State will host Stony Brook in the opening round of the Women's Basketball Invitational on Wednesday evening at Beeghly Center. The game, which is presented by Medical Mutual of Ohio, the official healthcare provider of Youngstown State University, will tip at 7:05 p.m. and will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio and Ustream.
  • The Penguins are playing in the postseason in consecutive seasons for the first time in program history and for the third time in the last four years. YSU is in the WBI for the first time after Women's NIT appearances in 2013 and 2015.
  • Youngstown State is a No. 2 seed in the 16-team WBI, and it needs one win in the tournament to earn the 11th 20-win season in program history. Stony Brook, which is coached by Penguins alumna Caroline McCombs, is a No. 7 seed with a 17-14 record.
  • YSU went 1-1 in last week's Horizon League Tournament with a thrilling 65-63 win over Oakland and an 81-54 loss to Wright State. Janae Jackson had 24 points and 15 rebounds and hit the game-winning shot in the win over the Golden Grizzlies.
  • Youngstown State has started four underclassmen in 25 games, and nine of the 12 players on the roster are freshmen or sophomores. YSU's top three scorers – Second-Team All-Horizon League selection Sarah Cash, Nikki Arbanas and Indiya Benjamin – are sophomores.
  • YSU is averaging 8.7 3-pointers per game overall, which ranks 12th in the country. Arbanas ranks third in the Horizon League with 2.5 3-pointers per game, and Benjamin has the league's second-best 3-point field-goal percentage at .416.

Previewing Stony Brook

A Win Would...

  • Give the Penguins the 11th 20-win season in program history, including three times in the last four seasons.
  • Be YSU's first win in the WBI and its third postseason tournament win in program history.
  • Improve YSU's record against Stony Brook to 2-1.

On This Date

  • Youngstown State has never played on March 16. It has only played four games beyond March 15 in program history.

Scouting Stony Brook

  • Stony Brook is playing in the WBI for the second consecutive year under head coach Caroline McCombs, a Youngstown State alumna. The Seawolves are 17-14 this season and finished in a tie for third in the America East Conference.
  • The Seawolves ranked third in the America East in both scoring offense and scoring defense. Stony Brook, which won nine consecutive games from Dec. 14 to Jan. 18, went 8-8 in conference play.
  • Senior forward Brittany Snow, a second-team all-conference honoree, leads Stony Brook with 14.6 points per game. Ogechi Anyagaligbo was named the America East Rookie of the Year and averages 10.2 points and 9.2 rebounds while shooting 55.7 percent.

Series with Stony Brook

  • Youngstown State and Stony Brook have played just twice previously in a home-and-home series during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. Each team won on its home floor as Stony Brook won 54-47 on Dec. 27, 2011, and YSU won 76-43 on Nov. 30, 2012.
  • Last meeting: YSU led by nine at halftime and outscored Stony Brook 43-19 in the second half to win 76-43 on Nov. 30, 2012, at Beeghly Center. The Penguins went 8-for-11 from 3-point range in the final 20 minutes and outshot the Seawolves 48.1 percent to 28.3 percent.

McCombs Returns to Alma Mater

  • Stony Brook's head coach is YSU Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Caroline McCombs, a four-year starter at Youngstown State from 1994-98. McCombs was twice named Second-Team All-Mid-Continent Conference and helped lead the Penguins to the NCAA Tournament in 1996 and 1998. She ranks eighth in program history in points, fifth in assists, sixth in steals, seventh in 3-pointers and 19th in rebounds.

Recapping Wright State

Wright State led by 11 after five minutes and by 20 at the end of the first period en route to an 81-54 win over Youngstown State on Friday evening in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League Tournament.

Wright State led 13-2 after five minutes, and the Raiders went on a 12-0 run after a Janae Jackson 3-pointer made it 13-5. Wright State led 25-5 at the end of the first period, and the Raiders built their lead to 47-16 at halftime.

Sarah Cash scored all 17 of her points in the second half, and YSU outscored Wright State 38-34 over the final 20 minutes. Jackson finished with 11 points, and Nikki Arbanas was also in double figures with 10 points.

Wright State had six players scored between 10 and 15 points, with Richelle van der Keijl and Symone Simmons scoring 15 apiece.

Wright State shot 50.8 percent, and YSU was held to 29.2 percent overall and 14.8 percent from beyond the arc. The Raiders outscored the Penguins 50-26 in the paint and 17-2 on offensive rebounds.

Quick Notes from Wright State

  • Youngstown State was eliminated from the Horizon League Tournament by Wright State for the sixth time.
  • YSU scored 72 points and shot 43.9 percent in a three-point win over Wright State on Jan. 28, and it scored 66 points and shot 42.1 percent in an 11-point loss against the Raiders on March 6. In this meeting, the Penguins scored 54 points and shot 29.2 percent.
  • YSU was 2-for-17 from the field in the first period and shot 16.7 percent in the first 20 minutes. The Penguins rebounded to shoot 44.8 percent in the second half.
  • The Penguins went just 4-for-27 from 3-point range, which was its fewest number of made 3s since Dec. 8 at Penn State and its worst percentage since going 3-for-23 against Canisius in the season opener.
  • Arbanas made two 3-pointers to increase her season total to 79, which is tied for the third-most in program history.
  • Cash was 5-for-7 from the field and 7-for-8 from the free-throw line for 17 points in 11 minutes in the second half. She was 0-for-7 from the field, including 0-for-4 from 3-point range, in the first half.
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