Women's Basketball Set for Short Trip to Cleveland on Saturday

McKenah Peters (Photo by David Dermer)
McKenah Peters (Photo by David Dermer)

Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State will make the short trip to Cleveland State on Saturday to conclude a four-game road swing. Tipoff against the Vikings at the Wolstein Center is set for 1 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio, ESPN3 and WatchESPN.
  • The Penguins will be looking to snap a four-game losing skid and win at the Wolstein Center for the first time since 2013.
  • YSU is coming off a grueling road trip of three games in five days against teams that were picked to finish in the top four of the Horizon League Preseason Poll. The Penguins had encouraging showings in their two games in Wisconsin, which included a nine-point loss at #23 Green Bay and a tough-luck 62-61 loss at the buzzer to Milwaukee. The Penguins then lost 73-50 at Wright State on Monday.
  • YSU made a season-high 14 3-pointers at Green Bay, and seven of those came in the fourth period. The Penguins slowed down to make 10 in the final two games of the road trip, but they still lead the Horizon League with 153 3-pointers and 8.5 3s per game. YSU has led the Horizon League in 3s per game in each of the last three years.
  • Redshirt junior Sarah Cash scored 28 points at Milwaukee on Saturday, which was her highest total this season and one off her career high. She leads the Penguins with 11.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per contest.
  • Senior point guard Indiya Benjamin is one of three active players in the country with career totals of at least 1,000 points, 500 assists and 150 3-pointers.
  • Benjamin and Nikki Arbanas rank third and fourth in program history in career 3-pointers. Benjamin has 182, and Arbanas has 179. Liz Hornberger holds the record with 199.

Previewing Cleveland State

A Win Would...

  • Improve YSU's record to 7-12 overall and 3-5 in Horizon League play.
  • Snap a four-game losing skid at the Wolstein Center. YSU's last win in Cleveland was Jan. 24, 2013, and it has led by at least eight in the second half in the four losses.
  • Give YSU its second road win of the season.

On This Date

  • YSU is 6-6 all time on Jan. 20 but has lost its last four contests on the date. The Penguins' last win on the date was over Chicago State in 2001.
  • Individual highlights on the date include Danielle Carson triple-double of 24 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists at Austin Peay in 1986. Jen Perugini grabbed 20 rebounds at Butler on Jan. 20, 2005.

Scouting The Vikings

  • Cleveland State is 12-6 overall and 4-3 in Horizon League play. The Vikings are coming off a 70-65 win at Northern Kentucky on Monday.
  • Cleveland State ranks fourth in the Horizon League in scoring offense at 66.9 points per game, and it ranks in the top three in free-throw percentage, field-goal percentage, blocks and steals.
  • Ashanti Abshaw ranks second individually in the conference in scoring at 19.5 points per game, and Khayla Livingston is sixth at 15.1 points per contest. Abshaw leads the league in steals, and Livingston owns the top spot in 3-pointers.

Recapping Wright State

  • Wright State scored the final eight points of the first period and pulled away in the second period in a 73-50 win over Youngstown State on Monday at the Nutter Center.
  • The 8-0 run at the end of the first period allowed the Raiders to take an 18-9 lead, which grew to 38-21 at halftime. YSU climbed to within 25-19 with three minutes left in the second period before the Raiders closed it on a 13-2 spurt. Wright State's lead was in the twenties for most of the second half.
  • Wright State was particularly strong in the "specialty" stats, setting new highs by YSU opponents this season in points in the paint (42), off turnovers (29), from offensive rebounds (28) and in transition (25). Notably, Wright State was plus-20 in second-chance points and plus-16 in points off turnovers.
  • Of the 20 points Wright State scored in the second period, nine were off turnovers and seven more followed offensive rebounds.
  • Sarah Cash had 12 points while Nikki Arbanas had 11 for the Penguins, who shot 38.8 percent. Arbanas made three of YSU's six 3-pointers in the contest and moved into fourth place on the Penguins' career leaders list with 179.
  • YSU's shooting percentage was only slightly below Wright State's 40.5 percent, but the Raiders had 11 more field goals on 25 more attempts.
  • Natalie Myers scored five points, which was her most in league play. Anne Secrest's four points were also a personal-high for a conference contest.
  • Chelsea Olson made a 3-pointer for the eighth straight game, and she blocked a shot for the sixth time in the last eight contests.
  • Chelsea Welch scored 23 points, and Lexi Smith and Emily Vogelpohl both notched double-doubles for the Raiders.
  • The Penguins were playing their third road game in five days, and Monday's contest against the Raiders. Wright State played just once last week on a short trip to NKU.

Up Next

  • Youngstown State will have its only two home games in a month's stretch next week as it hosts Northern Kentucky on Thursday and Wright State on Saturday. The Penguins will have played four straight road games going into the NKU tilt, and they will follow next Saturday's game against the Raiders with four more road contests.