Women's Basketball Starts Final Home Weekend Friday vs. Valparaiso

Melinda Trimmer and YSU will host Valparaiso at 7 p.m. on Friday
Melinda Trimmer and YSU will host Valparaiso at 7 p.m. on Friday

Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State continues its three-game home stand on Friday as it hosts Valparaiso at Beeghly Center at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Big 106.1 WBBG, iHeartRadio, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App. The contest was originally scheduled to be part of a doubleheader with the YSU men's team on Thursday, but a snowstorm in the greater Chicago area kept the Crusaders from leaving on Wednesday.
  • The Penguins will try to rebound from a disappointing 53-43 loss to Cleveland State on Saturday that began this three-game stint against the bottom three teams in the conference standings. YSU never got clicking offensively, and the Vikings held a 35-24 edge in the second half. CSU scored 20 of those second-half points at the free-throw line.
  • YSU now sits alone in sixth place in the Horizon League standings with a 7-7 conference mark, still just slightly behind third-place Milwaukee (9-5), fourth-place Detroit (9-6) and fifth-place Northern Kentucky (8-6). The Penguins swept Milwaukee, split with Detroit and still has a game at NKU next Thursday.
  • Even after making just six 3s, its lowest during conference play, on Saturday, the Penguins are averaging nine 3-pointers per game. That's 0.8 more than any other league team and the ninth-most in the country. YSU has made at least 10 in eight of its last 12 games.
  • Youngstown State has started four underclassmen in 14 straight games and 21 times overall.
  • YSU's top three scorers are sophomores, and leading scorer Sarah Cash has the fourth-best field-goal percentage in the country at 63.1 percent.

Promotions

  • Fans attending Friday's game will receive a team photo, courtesy of 21 WFMJ and ValleyCare.

Previewing Valparaiso

A Win Would...

  • Give the Penguins at least 17 wins in a season for the 16th time in program history, including three times in the last four seasons.
  • Be YSU's sixth straight at Beeghly Center against Valparaiso.
  • Give YSU at least eight Horizon League victories for the sixth time, including four straight seasons.

On This Date

  • YSU has a 6-6 record in 12 previous games played on Feb. 26.  The Penguins have not played at Beeghly Center on Feb. 26 since 2001, and their last win on their home floor came versus UMKC, 81-65, in 2000. YSU beat Valparaiso in Youngstown, 84-68, in 1994.
  • Barb Fabianova had a notable 6-for-9 performance from the 3-point arc in helping the Penguins to a 75-68 win at Milwaukee on Feb. 26, 2005.

Scouting Valparaiso

  • Valparaiso has an 8-18 overall record and a 4-11 mark in Horizon League play. The Crusaders started 4-4 against the conference, but they've lost seven straight contests since beating YSU 65-60 on Jan. 23. Valpo lost two home games last weekend, falling 70-60 to Milwaukee and 71-35 to Green Bay.

  • Sophomore forward Jasmyn Walker is averaging 12.1 points and 8.5 rebounds, and fellow sophomore Dani Franklin joins her in double figures with 10.2 points per contest.
  • Valpo ranks third in the league in blocks per contest, but it's in the bottom three in scoring offense and scoring defense.

Series with Valparaiso

  • Youngstown State is 23-15 all time against Valparaiso in a series that dates back to 1993. Both teams were in the Mid-Continent Conference from 1992-2001, and only one of the 38 meetings in the series has not been in conference play or in a conference tournament.
  • YSU has beaten Valparaiso six straight times at Beeghly Center and has won nine of the last 11 meetings overall.
  • Last Meeting: Valparaiso built a 12-point lead in the first half and held off a YSU rally in the second in a 65-60 win over the Penguins on Jan. 23. YSU didn't score for the first 5:32 of the second period as Valpo went up 28-16. YSU got within five before halftime and trimmed the margin to one twice in the fourth but never caught the Crusaders. Sarah Cash scored a team-high 21 points, but YSU shot just 34.9 percent.

Recapping Cleveland State

Youngstown State never got into an offensive flow, and Cleveland State had two runs in the second half to beat the Penguins 53-on Saturday afternoon at Beeghly Center.

The Penguins shot 24.6 percent overall and 17.6 percent from 3-point range while committing 19 turnovers. The Vikings weren't much better at 25 percent from the field, but they had runs of 10-0 and 11-0 in the second half and held an 18-point edge at the free-throw line.

Janae Jackson was YSU's top scorer with nine points off the bench in her first game back from an ankle injury, and Nikki Arbanas had eight points before fouling out in the fourth period. Olivia Voskuhl scored a game-high 16 points, and Brooke Smith scored 12 of her 14 points from the free-throw line for Cleveland State.

YSU led 19-18 at halftime and scored the first bucket of the second half to go up 21-18. Cleveland State scored 10 straight points to take a 28-21 lead with 5:08 left in the third period and did not trail the rest of the way. After YSU got within 28-27, the Vikings went on their 11-0 run.

Quick Notes from Cleveland State

  • Although committing four more turnovers than YSU, Cleveland State made the most of the Penguins' turnovers. The Vikings scored 19 points off of YSU's 19 miscues, while the Guins translated CSU's 23 turnovers into just eight points.
  • Cleveland State was plus-20 in rebounding, 55-35. The Vikings had 18 offensive rebounds, but they resulted in a minor nine points.
  • YSU did not have a player score in double figures for the first time since the final contest of the 2009-10 season, which was at Wright State in the Horizon League Tournament on March 8. That was 171 games ago.
  • Cash grabbed at least 10 rebounds for the fourth time in the last six games. She's averaging 8.2 rebounds per contest in league play, up from 6.6 in non-conference games.
  • YSU had its fewest 3-pointers in a game since going 5-for-22 versus Tennessee State in the final non-league game of the season. The Penguins had their worst percentage from beyond the arc, 17.6 percent, since making 17.4 percent of its attempts at Penn State on Dec. 8.
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