Cash Scores 29 as Penguins Beat Tiffin 84-62

Cash Scores 29 as Penguins Beat Tiffin 84-62

The Youngstown State women's basketball team 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 evening 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.

Mary Dunn added 11 points, and Jenna Hirsch scored 10. Indiya Benjamin and Mailee Jones both had six assists.

Youngstown State did not trail in the contest, but Tiffin hung tough for the first 15 minutes before the Penguins started to pull away.

An Alison Smolinski 3-pointer at the 3:36 mark of the first period put YSU up 15-8, but Tiffin got within one by the horn and trailed 18-17. The Dragons tied the score twice in the second – at 24 and 30 – before YSU scored the final 17 points over the final 5:42 of the period.

Cash scored the first nine points of the run, and Kelley Wright's fast-break layup at the 2:17 mark gave the Penguins their first double-digit lead of the night at 41-30. Jen Oduho's bucket pushed the lead to 43-30, and the Penguins made four free throws at the 1:20 mark on a common foul and an ensuing technical. The lead did not dip below 15 the remainder of the game.

A Benjamin 3-pointer upped the margin to 20 for the first time at 56-36 with 6:44 left in the third, and the advantage was 70-49 entering the fourth. YSU's largest lead was 82-51 on two Smolinksi free throws with 6:36 left.

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.

Youngstown State's next game will be at Northern Arizona on Monday at 8:30 p.m. Eastern.