Six doubleheaders at Beeghly Center and home games against regional foes Kent State and Robert Morris highlight the Youngstown State women's basketball team's 2015-16 schedule. YSU head coach John Barnes announced the Penguins' schedule on Sept. 4 in coordination with the Horizon League's announcement of its full schedule.
The Penguins will play a total of 16 games on Rosselli Court, starting with the season opener on Friday, Nov. 13, against Canisius. That will be the first of seven non-conference home games, and the nine-game Horizon League home slate will begin on Thursday, Jan. 7, against Milwaukee. The game against the Panthers will be the first of the six doubleheaders with the YSU men's team.
All of YSU's home games will be streamed live again on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. For ticket information, contact the Youngstown State Athletics Ticket Office at (330) 941-1YSU. Youngstown State enjoyed an average home attendance in 2014-15 that was larger than any program located within 130 miles, and the Penguins are coming off their second appearance in Women's NIT in the last three years.
Highlighting the non-conference road schedule are games at Penn State on Dec. 8 and at Akron on Dec. 21.
In addition to hosting Canisius, the Penguins will also welcome Radford and Robert Morris to campus in November. YSU will conclude the month with a Horizon League road game at Oakland on Nov. 28, which will be the earliest conference game in program history. The contest was originally scheduled for the first week in January, but the teams agreed to move the game to November to avoid an overly busy stretch.
The Penguins will host Kent State, Salem International, Lake Erie and Tennessee State in December, and they'll play road games at Bucknell, Penn State and Akron in the month. YSU's game against Lake Erie will be the annual Kids Day contest, and tipoff will be at 11 a.m.
YSU will begin the primary portion of its Horizon League schedule on Jan. 2 at Detroit against former Penguins assistant Bernard Scott, who is in his first season as the Titans' head coach. Youngstown State will then have back-to-back doubleheaders against Milwaukee and Green Bay the following weekend before starting a three-game road trip at Cleveland State, UIC and Valparaiso. A four-game home stand will begin on Jan. 28 against Wright State, and the Penguins will also host league newcomer Northern Kentucky, Oakland and Detroit in that stretch.
YSU's only two road games in February will be at Green Bay and Milwaukee on Feb. 11 and Feb. 13, and the Penguins will come home for their final three home games of the season to conclude the month. They'll host Cleveland State on Feb. 20, Valparaiso on Feb. 25 and UIC on Feb. 27. The games against the Crusaders and Flames will be the first half of doubleheaders, and the game on Feb. 27 will be part of a busy day on campus that also includes YSU hosting the Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championships at the WATTS.
The regular season will conclude with road games at Northern Kentucky (March 3) and Wright State (March 6), and the Horizon League Tournament will start on March 10 in Green Bay.