Guins Continue Road Swing at Wright State on Thursday

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

Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State continues its three-game road swing to begin Horizon League play with a contest at Wright State on Thursday. Tipoff at the Nutter Center is set for 5 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on iHeartRadio/ and ESPN3/WatchESPN.
  • The Penguins enter the contest coming off a 71-68 loss at Cleveland State on New Year's Eve to begin conference play. YSU led after each of the first three periods and had a 10-point lead in the third before the Vikings rallied. The game was within four points for the final 13 minutes.
  • YSU can finally get into its normal rhythm of two Horizon League games in a week after playing just three times since Dec. 10, a span of 24 days.
  • Forward Mary Dunn leads all Horizon League freshmen with 13.3 points per game and a .547 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 12 games. Three projected starters heading into the season – Nikki Arbanas, Sarah Cash and Kelsea Newman – that accounted for 31.9 points per game, 83.8 minutes per game and 149 3-pointers last year have missed the last five games because of injuries. Arbanas and Newman are out for the season.
  • Indiya Benjamin and Jenna Hirsch are the only two players to start every game this season. Benjamin is averaging career highs of 11.1 points and 5.2 assists.

A Win Would...

  • Even YSU's record int he Horizon League at 1-1.
  • Be YSU's first true road victory of the season.
  • Snap a three-game losing streak at Wright State.

On This Date

  • Youngstown State is an impressive 8-2 in 10 previous games played on Jan. 5. The Penguins, though, have lost their last two contests played on the date – against Butler in 2009 and 2012.
  • The Penguins had one of their highest-scoring games in program history on Jan. 5, 1998, in a 106-48 win over Chicago State at Beeghly Center. YSU scored the sixth-most points in a game in its history, and the 58-point win was the third-highest margin of victory.
  • YSU had a school record with 75 rebounds vs. Duquesne in 1991.

Scouting Wright State

  • Wright State is 9-5 overall and 1-1 in Horizon League play entering this week. The Raiders earned a 69-51 win at Milwaukee in their league opener, and they lost 62-41 at Green Bay on Saturday.
  • The Raiders have a new cast of scorers this season after having the conference Player of the Year in each of the last three seasons. Chelsea Welch is the leader with 16.7 points per game, and Lexi Smith is next with 14 points per game.
  • Wright State ranks second in the Horizon League in scoring defense and turnover margin.

Series with Wright State

  • Wright State leads a lengthy series with Youngstown State 30-25. The teams have split during the regular season in each of the last two seasons with each team winning on its home floor. YSU's last win at Wright State came on Feb. 3, 2013, and the Penguins are 10-18 all time in road games vs. Wright State.

Last Year Vs. Wright State

  • YSU went 1-2 last season against Wright State, beating the Raiders at Beeghly Center and falling at the Nutter Center and in the Horizon League Tournament.
  • In Youngstown, Youngstown State led for 32 minutes and made four big 3-pointers in the fourth period to hold on for a 72-69 win. With YSU up 70-69, Kelley Wright drew a charge with 8.5 seconds left and made two free throws.
  • At Wright State, WSU led for 38 minutes in a 77-66 win in the regular-season finale. The Raiders controlled the inside with a 44-22 scoring edge in the paint.
  • Wright State led by 11 after five minutes and beat YSU 81-54 in the quarterfinals of the league tournament.

Recapping Cleveland State

  • Cleveland State scored 10 points from offensive rebounds in the fourth period and rallied for a 71-68 victory over Youngstown State in the Horizon League opener for both teams on Saturday at the Wolstein Center.
  • YSU scored eight of the first 10 points and led 14-13 at the end of the first period. Cleveland State's first lead came on the opening possession of the second period, and it was the first of 13 lead changes in the game.
  • YSU led 38-32 at halftime and 45-35 three minutes into the third period. YSU had a 56-52 lead entering the fourth, and eight of CSU's first nine points of the final period came following offensive rebounds.
  • Mary Dunn led the Penguins with 16 points and six rebounds, and three other YSU players scored in double figures. Alison Smolinski scored 13 points, Indiya Benjamin had 10 and Kelley Wright had a dozen off the bench.
  • Wright made all four of her 3-pointers in the first half as YSU went 9-for-20 from beyond the arc in the first 20 minutes. The Penguins were 2-for-14 in the second half, including 1-for-10 in the final period.
  • Smolinski had three 3s and made multiple triples for the sixth time in the last eight games. She is shooting 40.9 percent from beyond the arc in those eight contests.
  • Cleveland State's Ashanti Abshaw finished with a game-high 27 points on 12-for-19 shooting, and nine of those points came in the fourth period.
  • YSU had 19 assists on 26 field goals while committing just eight turnovers.
  • In YSU's last seven losses at Cleveland State, it has led by at least eight in the second half in five of them. Additionally, the contest was a one-possession game in the final 90 seconds for the fifth time in those seven losses.