Women's Basketball Makes Annual Wisconsin Trip This Week

Mary Dunn (Photo by Jory Baniecki)
Mary Dunn (Photo by Jory Baniecki)

Scouting Report

  • Fresh off its first road win of the season, Youngstown State will continue a four-game road stretch in Wisconsin this week. The first contest in the Badger State will be at Milwaukee on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET, and the game will be broadcast live on sportsanimal1390.com, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. YSU will also play at Green Bay on Saturday.
  • The Penguins earned a split last week in their first two games of the four-game road stretch. YSU had a disappointing 77-60 outcome at Valparaiso, but it bounced back to beat UIC 65-59 in overtime on Saturday. The win over the Flames snapped a five-game losing streak, and YSU was previously 0-10 in true road games this season.
  • Alison Smolinski made nine 3s in the two games last week and continued her impressive stretch from beyond the arc. She has 40 3-pointers in Horizon League play, four more than any other player, despite missing 11 quarters with an injury. She has made at least three 3-pointers in eight of the 10 league games she's played in.
  • The Penguins have been decimated by injuries to significant players this season. YSU has had 11 different starting lineups as a result, including five in the last six games.
  • Three of YSU's top five scorers from last season are out for the year with injuries. Additionally, Mary Dunn, the Horizon League's freshman leader in scoring, field-goal percentage and blocks, has played just eight minutes in the last four games due to an ankle injury. She scored two points in six minutes at UIC on Saturday.
  • YSU has made at least nine 3-pointers in 12 of the last 15 games after having eight or fewer in each of its first eight contests of the season. The Penguins need six more 3s to make 200 for the seventh consecutive season.

A Win Would...

  • Improve YSU's Horizon League record to 5-8.
  • Allow YSU to split the season series with Milwaukee.
  • Be the Penguins' fifth straight at the Klotsche Center.

On This Date

  • Youngstown State is 4-6 all time in games played on Feb. 9. YSU's last win on the date came in 2002 at Butler.
  • The Penguins lost a double-overtime contest at Beeghly Center to Milwaukee on Feb. 9, 2008, in a game in which Tiara Scott (24), Heather Karner (20) and Ashley Pendleton (20) all scored in the twenties. YSU also hosted No. 1 Tennessee at Beeghly Center on Feb. 9, 1993.
  • Donna Djorovic set a school record with 10 blocks in that 1993 contest against the Lady Vols. YSU tied the team record for blocks with 12.

Scouting Milwaukee

  • Milwaukee is 15-8 overall and 7-5 in Horizon League play. The Panthers will be playing at home for the first time since Jan. 17 after a stretch of five straight on the road. UWM lost both games in the Detroit area last week, falling 77-63 at both Detroit Mercy and Oakland, to slide to fifth in the league standings.
  • The Panthers rank second in the conference in scoring offense with 74.3 points per game, and they are fifth in scoring defense. UWM is also in the top three in field goal percentage, free-throw percentage and rebounding margin.
  • Steph Kostowicz ranks sixth in the conference in scoring and rebounding, and she is one of three Panthers averaging at least 12.5 points.

Series with Milwaukee

  • Milwaukee leads the all time series with YSU 25-13. The Penguins had won eight straight contests against UWM before losing 78-74 to the Panthers on Jan. 28. Milwaukee had won 15 consecutive times before YSU's eight game streak that started in 2013.

Recently vs. Milwaukee

  • In Youngstown on Jan. 28, YSU scored 21 points in the final two minutes before falling 78-74. The Panthers led by 12 four times in the fourth period before the Penguins came all the way back to get within two in the final 10 seconds. Morgan Olson had a career-high 20 points in her first start.
  • In Milwaukee last season, YSU had runs of 8-0 and 11-0 in the third period en route to a 70-62 win. The Penguins' bench had 30 points in the victory, and YSU shot 50 percent from the field.

Recapping UIC

  • Alison Smolinski scored 14 points in the final 11 minutes, and the Youngstown State women's basketball team won 65-59 in overtime at UIC on Saturday afternoon.
  • The Penguins earned their first road win of the season and won at the UIC Pavilion for the fifth straight season. YSU had lost 13 straight true road games dating back to last season. The Penguins had a neutral-site win over Sacramento State on Nov. 20.
  • Youngstown State scored the final seven points of the third period to take a 38-34 lead, and the Penguins trailed for just 23 seconds in the fourth. Smolinski's third 3-pointer of the period put YSU up 53-48 before UIC scored the final five points of regulation to force overtime.
  • UIC hit a 3-pointer on its first possession of overtime, but YSU scored 12 of the next 13 points to grab control of the game. Indiya Benjamin hit a big 3, her only field goal of the game, with 1:27 left to push the lead to 61-57.
  • The largest lead for either team in regulation was six points before YSU's lead grew to eight in overtime.
  • YSU had 12 3-pointers and nine "twos" in the game. It was the second time in the last four games that the Penguins made more baskets beyond the arc than inside it. The Penguins made at least 10 3-pointers for the eighth time in 12 league games.
  • Smolinski finished with 20 points and made five 3-pointers, including the 100th of her career, and Melinda Trimmer scored a career-high 11 points.
  • Mary Dunn was limited in her return from a two-game injury absence. The ankle injury she sustained in the opening minutes against Green Bay has limited her to eight minutes in YSU's last four games.
  • Natalie Myers scored eight points for the second straight game. Before that, she had scored eight points total in her previous eight games combined.