Women's Basketball Starts Four-Game Home Stand Thursday vs. Wright State

Sophomore Sarah Cash and the Penguins host Wright State on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Sophomore Sarah Cash and the Penguins host Wright State on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Youngstown State vs. Wright State
Date & Time Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m.
Location Beeghly Center - Youngstown, Ohio
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Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State begins a big four-game home stand on Thursday as it hosts Wright State at Beeghly Center. Tipoff at Beeghly Center is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 1390 WNIO, iHeartRadio, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App.
  • The four-game home stand is the longest of the season for the Penguins, and it will complete the first half of Horizon League play and begin the second half. YSU also plays Northern Kentucky on Saturday and Oakland and Detroit next week.
  • YSU split its two games last week, winning a physical game on Thursday at UIC, 69-64, and losing 65-60 at Valparaiso on Saturday. Youngstown State is now 13-5 overall and 4-3 in Horizon League play, which includes a 3-2 mark on the road. The Penguins are tied for fourth in the conference standings with Detroit, a team they beat on the road on Jan. 2.
  • The Penguins led for more than 36 minutes against the Flames, building a 15-point lead in the third period and holding off a late rally. Sarah Cash scored a game-high 23 points, and Janae Jackson grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds. Both Jackson and point guard Indiya Benjamin were forced to leave the game with minor injuries but returned.
  • YSU was the chaser on Saturday and trailed Valparaiso for nearly 38 minutes. The Penguins didn't score for more than six minutes in the first half as they dug themselves a 12-point hole, and they went scoreless over the final 3:22 after rallying to get within one. Cash scored 21 points, and Kelley Wright came off the bench to score 10. Benjamin did not practice on Friday and was limited to 20 minutes.
  • Cash had another solid week for the Penguins, averaging 22 points, seven rebounds and three steals. She continues to lead the conference and rank in the top five in the country in field goal percentage.
  • Nikki Arbanas made three 3-pointers in both games last week to bring her career total to 97. She set YSU's record for 3s by a freshman last year with 55, and she is on track to becoming the first player in school history to make her 100th career triple as a sophomore.
  • YSU made 10 3s at UIC and 11 at Valparaiso last week, and it continues to lead the Horizon League in 3-pointers per game. YSU averaging 8.7 3s overall and 10.7 in conference play.
  • The Penguins are 13-5 or better through 18 games for the 10 time in school history and for the second straight year. YSU had not been at least 13-5 in back-to-back years since 1996-97 and 1997-98.

Previewing Wright State

A Win Would...

  • Give YSU at least 14 wins in its first 19 games for the 10th time in school history and for the second straight season.
  • Improve YSU's record to 9-1 at Beeghly Center.
  • Be YSU's second straight at home over Wright State

On This Date

  • Youngstown State is 4-7 all time in games played on Jan. 28, and the Penguins have lost four straight contests on the date. YSU's last win on Jan. 28 came in 2002 against UIC. YSU lost in overtime to Wright State on Jan. 28, 2012, at Beeghly Center.
  • There have been two notable individual performances on Jan. 28 in YSU's history. Wanda Grant had one of six 30-20 games in school history with 32 points and 25 rebounds in an 82-75 win over Cleveland State in 1981. Dianne Rappach made seven 3-pointers in a 79-62 victory against Akron in 1989.

Scouting Wright State

  • Wright State is 15-5 overall and will be looking to snap its first two-game losing streak of the season. The Raiders beat #24 George Washington in non-league play, and they won their first five league games before losing 82-60 to Milwaukee and 63-58 to Green Bay at the Nutter Center last weekend.
  • Wright State leads the Horizon League in scoring offense, scoring margin, field-goal percentage defense and rebounding margin.
  • Redshirt-senior guard Kim Demmings is back to lead the Raiders after missing almost all of last season with an injury. She leads the league in scoring with 19.5 points per game, and she broke the conference's career scoring record last week. Newcomers Emily Vogelpohl and Antania Hayes both average more than 12 points.

Series with Wright State

  • Youngstown State is 24-28 in the all-time series with Wright State. The programs have played at least once in every season dating back to 1987-88.
  • The Penguins won 18 of the first 22 meetings with the Raiders, but Wright State took 20 of the next 23 through the 2011-12 season. YSU swept Wright State in 2012-13, the Raiders swept the Penguins in 2013-14, and the teams split last season.
  • LAST MEETING: Wright State outscored YSU 37-16 over the final 14 minutes of the first half to go up 48-27 at halftime, and the Raiders added the first 13 points of the second half as they won 92-55. Heidi Schlegel scored 18 points to lead the Penguins.

Recapping Valparaiso

Valparaiso built a 12-point lead in the first half and held off a Youngstown State rally in the second to beat the Penguins 65-60 on Saturday afternoon at the ARC.

YSU's final lead of the game came at 11-10 with 5:40 left in the first period. Valparaiso used a 10-2 run to go ahead 20-13, and the Penguins didn't score for the first 5:32 of the second period to create the largest margin of the game, 28-16. YSU closed the gap to within 32-27 in the first half, and the Penguins were within a point twice in the fourth period but never caught the Crusaders.

YSU sophomore Sarah Cash tied for game-high honors with 21 points, and she grabbed a team-best seven rebounds. Cash was 8-of-11 from the field, but YSU shot just 34.9 percent as a team. Kelley Wright came off the bench to score 10 points and distribute five assists in 22 minutes. Janae Jackson scored all eight of her points in the first period.

Quick Notes

  • Youngstown State led just twice in the game, 1-0 and 11-10, and Valparaiso led for nearly 38 minutes. YSU trailed in the game longer than any other contest this season.
  • YSU went scoreless for 6:27 as Valparaiso built its largest lead at 28-16 in the second period. The Penguins also did not score for the final 3:22 after they cut the deficit to 61-60.
  • The Penguins were 11-for-34 from 3-point range for 32.4 percent, and seven different players made a trey. YSU, though, missed its last six tries from beyond the arc in the final 2:30. YSU made at least 10 3s for the fifth time in seven Horizon League games.
  • Wright scored in double figures for the second time in the last three games. She also scored 11 points at Cleveland State on Jan. 16. The sophomore has scored more than half of her points (23 of 45) this season in the last three games.
  • Cash scored at least 20 points for the fifth time this season and for the third time in Horizon League play. She made her only 3-point attempt in the game and is now 4-for-5 from beyond the arc for the season.
  • Indiya Benjamin played just 20 minutes as she battled a foot injury from Thursday's game at UIC.
  • YSU had beaten Valparaiso in nine of the last 10 meetings and in five straight.
  • Abby Dean scored 21 points, 14 above her average, and Jasmyn Walker contributed 18 points and 13 rebounds for Valparaiso. Walker, who was shooting 64 percent from the free-throw line coming into the game, was 10-of-12 on charity tosses.
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