Women's Basketball Heads Back West to Play Northern Arizona

Morgan Olson (Photo by Jory Baniecki)
Morgan Olson (Photo by Jory Baniecki)

Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State travels to snowy Flagstaff, Ariz., for a contest against Northern Arizona. Tipoff against the Lumberjacks at the Rolle Activity Center is set for 8:30 p.m. ET, 6:30 p.m. MT, and the game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN/iHeart.com and WatchBigSky.com.
  • The Penguins are looking to win their third straight contest and improve their record to 3-3 on the season. YSU beat Sacramento State 102-94 in Hawaii last Sunday, and the Penguins defeated in-state Division II opponent Tiffin 84-62 on Wednesday.
  • After spending more than 24 hours on airplanes in the past two weeks, Monday's game will be the final contest the Penguins will play outside of Ohio this calendar year. YSU has four home games and road contests at Kent State and Cleveland State in December.
  • YSU is averaging 93 points over its last two games, which both resulted in victories. In its first three games of the season, which were each losses, YSU averaged 54.7 points.
  • Junior forward Sarah Cash, a preseason first-team All-Horizon League pick, scored a career-high 29 points against Tiffin on 13-for-17 shooting. She played just 18 minutes.
  • Mary Dunn was named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week on Nov. 21. She has started each of the last four games and is averaging 10.8 points while shooting 51.1 percent.
  • The Penguins have won 21 games and advanced to a postseason tournament in each of the past two seasons. YSU went 21-13 last season and won two games in the Women's Basketball Invitational.

A Win Would...

  • Even YSU's record for the season at 3-3.
  • Be YSU's first road victory of the season.
  • Improve YSU's record to 2-0 against Big Sky Conference opponents this season.
  • Be YSU's 23rd in 30 regular-season non-conference games dating back to the start of the 2014-15 season.

On This Date

  • Youngstown State is 5-7 all time in games played on Nov. 28. The Penguins beat Oakland 96-77 last year on Nov. 28 when they tied a school record with 16 3-pointers.
  • Individually, Kelsea Newman tied the school record with 8 3-pointers last year at Oakland.
  • YSU has played Big Sky Conference member Weber State twice on Nov. 28. The Penguins beat the Wildcats 67-60 in Pittsburgh in 2008, and they lost 70-51 at UTEP in 2009.

Scouting Northern Arizona

  • Northern Arizona is 2-3 this season, and the Lumberjacks are coming off three consecutive road losses. NAU beat UTEP 65-51 in the season opener, and it topped Antelope Valley, an NAIA school, 109-60 on Nov. 13.
  • Since the win over Antelope Valley, NAU has averaged 54.7 points in losses at Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara and Lamar. Lamar is the only team to score more than 60 points against Northern Arizona this season in a 75-60 win on Wednesday.
  • Rene Coggins leads three Lumberjacks averaging double figures with 13.8 points, and she has 14 of NAU's 32 3-pointers this season.
  • NAU was picked to finish 11th out of 12 teams in the Big Sky Preseason Coaches Poll.

Big Sky / Arizona History

  • Youngstown State will be playing an opponent from the Big Sky Conference for the second time in nine days. The Penguins beat Sacramento State 102-94 last Sunday at the Bank of Hawaii Classic in Honolulu.
  • All time, YSU is 10-4 against opponents in the Big Sky. YSU is 8-3 against Southern Utah, 1-1 versus Weber State and 1-0 against Sacramento State. All 11 contests against Southern Utah came when both schools were in the Mid-Contininent Conference from 1998-2001.
  • YSU has never played in the state of Arizona. The Penguins did play the Arizona Wildcats at the Kent Holiday Classic on Nov. 26, 1982. The Penguins lost that game 75-52.

Recapping Tiffin

  • Youngstown State scored the final 17 points of the first half and got a career-high 29 points from Sarah Cash in an 84-62 win over Tiffin on Wednesday at Beeghly Center.
  • Cash scored 11 of her points in the second period as YSU held a 29-13 advantage in the quarter. The Penguins were 12-for-19 from the field in the second, and Cash was 5-for-5 to lead the effort. She scored the first nine points in the 17-0 run.
  • Cash's 29 points came in just 18 minutes, and she was 13-for-17 from the field. Her 13 field goals were the most by a Horizon League player this season.
  • Mary Dunn scored 11 points for her third straight game scoring in double figures. Her 11 points came in just 11 minutes, and she was 5-for-10 from the field.
  • Indiya Benjamin and Mailee Jones both had six assists, and YSU had 23 assists as a team on 34 buckets. Jones added three steals, and she had just one turnover in 26 minutes in what was her second start.
  • Youngstown State shot 51.5 percent for the game and went 6-for-17 from 3-point range. YSU held a 54-24 edge in the paint and scored 17 fast-break points.
  • Nine different Penguins played at least 11 minutes.
  • Freshman Natalie Myers missed the game due to a calf injury. She had started the previous two games at power forward. Guard Kelley Wright started in her place and scored five points in 15 minutes.