Penguins Open Three-Game Homestand Thursday vs. UIC

Mailee Jones (Photo by Jay Metzger, Hawaii Media Source)
Mailee Jones (Photo by Jay Metzger, Hawaii Media Source)

Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State begins a stretch of three Horizon League home games in five days on Thursday when it hosts UIC. Tipoff against the Flames is set for 5:15 p.m. at Beeghly Center, and the game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN,, ESPN3 and WatchESPN. The YSU men will also play at Beeghly Center Thursday in the first of five league doubleheaders.
  • YSU went 0-2 in two games last week, falling 71-58 at Wright State and 87-81 in overtime at Northern Kentucky on Saturday. Against NKU, YSU overcame a 16-point deficit to force overtime but couldn't finish out the win.
  • Of YSU's three league losses, one came in overtime and another was by three points. In fact, four of the Penguins' last six losses have either been in overtime or by five points or fewer.
  • YSU has a chance to make a leap in the standings in the next week with contests against UIC, Valparaiso and Cleveland State. UIC and Valpo are also looking for their first wins, and the Vikings beat YSU by three on New Year's Eve.
  • Forward Mary Dunn leads all Horizon League freshmen with 13.6 points per game and a .546 field-goal percentage. She was named the conference freshman of the week three times during the non-conference portion of the schedule.
  • Due to injuries, Youngstown State used six different starting lineups in 14 games. Guards Nikki Arbanas and Kelsea Newman are out for the year, and preseason all-conference forward Sarah Cash has not played since Dec. 3. Other players who have started and also missed action are Natalie Myers, Alison Smolinski and Kelley Wright.

Tickets & Promotions

  • Advance tickets for Thursday's game are available at the YSU Athletic Ticket Office in Stambaugh Stadium. Tickets can be ordered over the phone by calling (330) 941-1YSU.
  • The ticket office is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Beeghly Center Ticket Office will open at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday.
  • Fans in attendance will receive a YSU Car Magnet, courtesy of Medical Mutual, ValleyCare and 21 WFMJ.
  • YSU Student Activities is hosting a Red Out in coordination with the doubleheader. There will be food, prizes and tailgate games. For more details, go to the Facebook event or follow @YSU_Activities on Twitter.

A Win Would...

  • Give YSU its first Horizon League win of the year.
  • Be YSU's third consecutive victory over UIC.
  • Be YSU's first victory of the 2017 calendar year.

On This Date

  • Youngstown State is 4-8 all time in games played on Jan. 12 and has dropped four consecutive contests on the date. YSU's last win on Jan. 12 came in 2005, a 62-55 victory over then Horizon League opponent Loyola Chicago.
  • Danielle Carson scored her 1,000th career point on Jan. 12, 1985, at Eastern Kentucky. She went on to score 1,697 points in her career, which ranks fifth in program history.
  • Individually, Dianne Rappach went a school-record 6-for-6 from 3-point range in 1992 in a 92-81 win over Virginia Tech at Beeghly Center.

Scouting UIC

  • UIC comes to Youngstown with a 3-12 overall record and is winless in four Horizon League contests. The Flames' wins have been against Howard, NAIA Robert Morris (Ill.) and Division III Lake Forest.
  • The Flames are coming off a competitive game against Green Bay in which they shot 45.5 percent from the field in a 79-65 loss. UIC trailed by one at halftime.
  • Brittany Byrd comes off the bench to average a team-high 15.1 points, and she has 19 3-pointers in eight games. Taylor Toney is second on the squad with 10.7 points per contest.

Series with UIC

  • Youngstown State is 15-19 all time versus UIC, and the Penguins have won six of the last eight contests against the Flames. YSU swept the season series in 2015-16.
  • YSU actually has a better record on the road than at home against the Flames, going 8-9 in Chicago and 7-10 in Youngstown. YSU has won four straight at the UIC Pavilion but is 2-2 at Beeghly Center over the last four years.

Last Year vs. UIC

  • In Chicago, Sarah Cash scored 23 points, and YSU led for more than 36 minutes in a 69-64 win on Jan. 21, 2016. The Penguins led by as many as 15 in the third period and led by at least five the rest of the way.
  • At Beeghly Center, YSU used a strong defensive effort to run away with a 62-41 win on Feb. 28. Indiya Benjamin scored 22 points, and the Penguins held the Flames under 10 points in two different periods.

Recapping NKU

  • Youngstown State overcame a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime but fell 87-81 to Northern Kentucky on Saturday at BB&T Arena.
  • YSU faced a 60-44 deficit with nine minutes remaining when it went on its run. The Penguins used a 16-4 spurt over the next four minutes to get within 64-60. Indiya Benjamin scored 10 consecutive points for YSU during that stretch. Benjamin later split a pair of free throws with 3.4 seconds remaining to tie the game at 71.
  • NKU led for all but 12 seconds of overtime and used a 6-0 run late to hold off the Penguins. The Norse went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line in the extra session.
  • Oddly, despite forcing overtime, Youngstown State never led in the game. The score was tied only at 0-0 and at 71-71 at the end of regulation.\
  • YSU's first free-throw attempt came at the 4:23 mark of the third period. The Penguins finished the game 18-for-21 at the line, and NKU was 24-for-29.
  • YSU made at least nine 3-pointers for the fourth straight game and for the fifth time in the last six games.
  • NKU had a 16-7 scoring edge in points coming from offensive rebounds.
  • YSU had just nine turnovers, and three of them came in the first seven minutes.
  • Benjamin finished with 17 points, and all of them came in the final 16 minutes of the game. She was scoreless until a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left in the third period.
  • Morgan Brunner came off the bench to score 16 points, including seven of YSU's 10 points in overtime. That followed a 10-point, nine-rebound effort at Wright State last Thursday.
  • Mary Dunn scored a team-high 18 points and tallied at least 13 for the seventh consecutive game.