Penguins Return Home to Face Tiffin on Wednesday

Melinda Trimmer
Melinda Trimmer

Scouting Report

  • The Youngstown State women's basketball team will try to enter Thanksgiving break with back-to-back wins as it welcomes Tiffin to Beeghly Center on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. The game against the Dragons will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, and WatchESPN.
  • The Penguins went 1-1 at the Bank of Hawaii Classic last week, falling 72-50 to Hawaii (which won the tournament title) and winning 102-94 over Sacramento State.
  • Against Sacramento State, YSU had its first game scoring more than 100 points since Jan. 31, 1998. The Penguins also had six players score in double figures for the first time since 2000. Indiya Benjamin led all players with 21 points, and Jenna Hirsch scored 10 of her 17 in the fourth period.
  • Freshmen played large roles last week at the tournament. Mary Dunn and Natalie Myers started both games in the frontcourt, and Mailee Jones moved into the starting lineup for Sunday's game against Sacramento State. Dunn is the reigning Horizon League Freshman of the Week, and Jones was named to the all-tournament team.
  • YSU is looking for its 16th consecutive victory over non-Division I opponents.
  • 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. The Penguins had not played in back-to-back postseason tournaments in their history prior to last year.

A Win Would...

  • Be YSU's first at Beeghly Center of the 2016-17 season.
  • Be YSU's 16th straight against non-Division I opponents.
  • Be YSU's 22nd in 29 regular-season non-conference games dating back to the start of the 2014-15 season.

On This Date

  • Youngstown State is 5-3 all time in games played on Nov. 23. The Penguins have lost their last two played on the date and are looking for their first win on Nov. 23 since an 85-74 win over Marshall in 1999.
  • YSU lost 68-54 at LIU Brooklyn in 2007 in its last contest on Nov. 23.

Scouting Tiffin

  • Tiffin is 1-2 entering a Tuesday-evening contest against Salem International. The Dragons beat Cedarville 70-63 last Thursday after opening the season with losses to Davis & Elkins and Indianapolis.
  • The Dragons enter Tuesday night's game averaging 67 points and shooting 41 percent from the field. They are plus-4.7 in turnover margin but minus-8.7 in rebounding margin.
  • Senior center Bre Nauman leads Tiffin with 12 points and six rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Allie Miller averages 11 points and six rebounds.
  • Tiffin was picked to finish sixth in the GLIAC South Division. The Dragons are coached by Jason Mishler, who was the head coach at Malone three years ago when the Pioneers took the Penguins to double overtime.

Familiar with the GLIAC

  • Tiffin competes in the GLIAC, which is a conference that YSU head coach John Barnes and assistant coach Sam Hoyt are very familiar with. Barnes coached at Michigan Tech for eight years, and Hoyt played at Tech for four years and coached at Northwood in 2014-15.
  • YSU is 16-5 all time against teams that are currently in the GLIAC.

Non-Division 1 Winning Streak

  • YSU enters today's game having won 15 consecutive contests against non-Division I opponents. The last loss against a non-D1 team came at Edinboro in 1990. All time, YSU is 64-11 against teams that currently do not compete at the Division I level.

Recapping Sacramento State

  • YSU outscored Sacramento State 35-18 in the fourth period and had its highest scoring total in 18 years in a 102-94 victory on Sunday at the Bank of Hawaii Classic.
  • The Hornets led by as many as 12 points in the third period, and they had a 76-67 advantage entering the fourth. YSU scored 13 of its 35 points in the fourth at the free-throw line.
  • Youngstown State scored more points in the win over Sacramento State than it did in its previous two games (50 vs. both Pittsburgh and Hawaii) combined.
  • YSU scored at least 100 points for the first time since a 100-78 victory over Northeastern Illinois on Jan. 31, 1998. The Penguins scored at least 102 points for the 14th time in program history and for the first time since beating Chicago State 106-48 on Jan. 5, 1998.
  • The Penguins had six players score in double figures for the first time since March 4, 2000, in an 84-78 overtime victory over Southern Utah.
  • Indiya Benjamin became the 14th player in program history to record 300 career assists. Of those 14, she is one of nine to also score at least 650 points.
  • Benjamin scored a season-high 21 points on 9-for-14 shooting. She scored 16 points on 5-for-27 shooting in her first three games of the season.
  • Mailee Jones scored 18 points in 24 minutes in her first career start. She added five reobunds, two assists and a steal while going 9-for-10 from the free-throw line.
  • Jenna Hirsch scored six points on one trip down the floor in the fourth period. She made four free throws – two on a common foul and two on a technical – and a field goal. Her six points turned a 91-88 lead into a 97-88 advantage with 2:23 left.