Penguins Welcome UMBC to Beeghly Center for Second Round of WBI on Saturday

Penguins Welcome UMBC to Beeghly Center for Second Round of WBI on Saturday
Youngstown State vs. UMBC
Date & Time Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 2:05 p.m.
Location Beeghly Center - Youngstown, Ohio
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Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State will try to win a postseason game against an America East opponent for the second time this week as it hosts UMBC in the quarterfinals of the Women's Basketball Invitational on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Beeghly Center. The game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio and the Horizon League Network on Ustream.
  • YSU earned its second postseason tournament victory in the last three years on Wednesday with a 67-60 victory over Stony Brook in the opening round of the WBI at Beeghly Center. The Penguins used a decisive 10-0 run in the fourth period after the Seawolves led by one three different times in the period.
  • Wednesday's win was YSU's 20th of the season, giving the Penguins three 20-win seasons in the last four years and 11 in school history.
  • 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 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 averages 8.6 3-pointers per game, which ranks 13th in the country. Arbanas is one of three players in program history to make at least 80 3-pointers in a season.
  • Cash ranks among the top five players in the nation with a .600 shooting percentage. She ranks in the top 10 in the Horizon League in scoring, rebounding and blocks.
  • Benjamin ranks third in the Horizon League with 4.9 assists per game, and her .414 3-point field-goal percentage is the best by a Penguin in 13 years.

Previewing UMBC

A Win Would...

  • Give the Penguins at least 21 wins for the second consecutive season, the third time in the last four seasons and for the seventh time in YSU history.
  • Be YSU's second win in the WBI and its fourth postseason tournament win in program history.
  • Extend YSU's season to a 34th game, which would be a program record.

On This Date

  • Youngstown State has played just once previously in its history on March 19, and the contest was one year ago when the Penguins lost 72-54 to Duquesne in the WNIT.

Scouting UMBC

  • UMBC, the No. 3 seed on YSU's side of the bracket, beat No. 6 Fairfield 61-49 on Thursday night in Baltimore. The win was the Retrievers' 18th of the season and their first postseason tournament victory in program history.
  • UMBC plays in the same conference as YSU's first-round opponent, Stony Brook. The Retrievers and Seawolves split two meetings in the regular season with each team winning on the road in overtime.
  • The Retrievers do their damage inside as 82 percent of their field goals have come inside the arc. Guard Taylor McCarley leads UMBC with 14.9 points and 5.1 assists per game, and she is one of three players on the roster who has made at least 20 3-pointers. Forward Pandora Wilson averages 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 44.9 percent.
  • UMBC ranks second in the America East with 9.1 steals per game, and the Retrievers are third in turnover margin and assist-to-turnover ratio.

Series with UMBC

  • Youngstown State has never played UMBC in women's basketball, and the Penguins will be playing just their sixth game in school history against a team from the America East Conference.
  • With Wednesday's win, YSU is now 2-1 all-time against Stony Brook. The Penguins are 1-0 against both Albany and Vermont to bring their record versus America East teams to 4-1.
  • The only team from Maryland that YSU has ever played is Coppin State. The Penguins and Eagles split a home-and-home series in the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.

Recapping Stony Brook

Youngstown State used a big 10-0 run in the fourth period to hold off Stony Brook for a 67-60 win in the opening round of the 2016 Women's Basketball Invitational on Wednesday evening at Beeghly Center.

Stony Brook didn't lead until the fourth period, and its final of three one-point leads was 53-52 with 5:22 remaining. Indiya Benjamin hit a 3-pointer to spark the decisive run, and Kelsea Newman hit another triple on YSU's next possession to extend the margin to five.  Benjamin followed with two more baskets to put YSU up 62-53 with 2:53 remaining, and the difference was at least six the rest of the game.

Youngstown State led 8-6 after the first period, and the Penguins led 19-10 three minutes into the second period. Stony Brook battled back to tie the score at 25, and the margin was within six points until YSU's 10-0 run in the fourth. 

Sarah Cash scored a game-high 17 points, and Janae Jackson was next with 16. Newman added 14, and Benjamin scored all 10 of her points in the fourth period.

Quick Notes from Stony Brook

  • YSU set a new program record for assists in a postseason tournament game with 17. Jenna Hirsch, making her first start since Dec. 21 and just her second of the season, tied the individual record with six.
  • Although there were eight ties and six lead changes, YSU led for 33:18 and trailed for just 43 seconds. Stony Brook led 46-45, 48-47 and 53-52, and the Penguins scored on their next possession all three times.
  • YSU did not lead or trail by double digits at any point in a game for the first time since Jan. 16 at Cleveland State.
  • YSU had just eight turnovers, which was its fewest in a game since turning the ball over seven times on Dec. 21 at Akron.
  • Benjamin surpassed 600 career points, and she upped her season assist total to 158. That's the most ever by a YSU sophomore, the seventh most regardless of class and just four shy of the top five.
  • Nikki Arbanas made her 80th 3-pointer of the season, tying Liz Hornberger for the second most by a Penguin in school history. Heather Karner owns the record with 87.
  • Kelsea Newman scored 14 points and made three 3-pointers in 20 minutes off the bench. It was her first game in double figures since Feb. 6 against Detroit and her first game with multiple 3s since Feb. 11 at Green Bay.
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