Penguins Aim to Remain Hot in Challenging Saturday Contest vs. No. 19/15 Green Bay

Mary Dunn (Photo by David Dermer)
Mary Dunn (Photo by David Dermer)

Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State will try to extend its winning streak and continue its climb up the Horizon League standings as it hosts No. 19/15 Green Bay on Saturday at Beeghly Center. Tipoff against the league-leading Phoenix is set for 1 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio, ESPN3 and WatchESPN.
  • The Penguins have the league's current longest winning streak at five after an 86-85 overtime victory over Milwaukee on Thursday. YSU was 6-12 overall and 2-5 in conference play on Jan. 19, but it has won seven of its last eight games to get back to .500 for the season and improve to 9-6 in league play.
  • During its five-game winning streak, YSU has won three of the games by double digits while two others were within a possession. The 70-67 win at IUPUI featured 20 lead changes, and Thursday's overtime victory over Milwaukee had 17 lead changes.
  • In addition to winning five straight games overall, YSU has won five straight Horizon League road games for the first time in program history.
  • YSU made 12 3-pointers in Thursday's win and have 224 for the season. The Penguins are one of 11 teams in the country to make at least 200 in each of the last eight seasons, and they are on track to lead the conference in 3-pointers per game for the fourth straight year.
  • Senior point guard Indiya Benjamin became the program's leader in career assists on Thursday. She's increased her total to 588 to surpass a record that had stood since 1986.
  • Chelsea Olson has been named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week an unprecedented four straight weeks. She is averaging 14.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists with 18 3-pointers over the last eight games.

Tickets & Promotions

  • Advance tickets for Saturday'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 noon on Saturday.
  • The event will be packed with promotions as the Penguins will host their annual Play4Kay game to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer. Fans will receive a Stadium Cup courtesy of Lyden Oil Company, Handel's Ice Cream and TV-21, and it will be the final game this season for the Handel's Ice Cream Scoops and Hoops and Better With Burgan "Mortgage Mania Challenge" promotions.

Previewing Green Bay

A Win Would...

  • Improve YSU's record to 14-13 overall and 10-6 in Horizon League play.
  • Give the Penguins their first six-game winning streak since 2014.
  • Be YSU's first over a ranked team since beating No. 23 Green Bay on Feb. 19, 2005.

On This Date

  • YSU is 7-5 all-time in game played on Feb. 17. The Penguins have played on the date just twice since 2001.
  • Two Penguins scored 30 points in games played on the date. Kristi Echelberry had 30 in 1992, and Wanda Grant scored 30 in 1979.

Scouting the Phoenix

  • Green Bay ranks 19th in this week's AP Top 25 and 15th in the USA Today Coaches Poll, and it leads the nation in scoring defense at 46.6 points per game. The Phoenix are 22-3 overall with a hoard of impressive non-conference wins, and they are 12-2 in league play. Green Bay lost 71-60 at Cleveland State on Thursday.
  • In addition to owning the league's top defense, Green Bay ranks second in the conference in field-goal percentage. A pair of seniors lead the Phoenix as Jessica Lindstrom averages 14.6 points and 9.9 rebounds while Allie LeClaire averages 13.9 points.
  • In YSU's 65-56 loss at Green Bay on Jan. 11, the Penguins trailed by just four at halftime before the Phoenix scored the first 15 points of the third period. YSU rallied to get within five points in the fourth before falling.

Recapping Milwaukee

  • Youngstown State battled through 17 lead changes to force overtime and went on to pull out a thrilling 86-85 win over Milwaukee on Thursday night at Beeghly Center.
  • The Penguins led at the end of each of the first three quarters, and they held a 53-47 advantage 10 seconds into the fourth. The lead went on to change hands seven times as the teams traded punches from the 5:36 mark to the 3:02 mark.
  • Milwaukee led 71-67 with 1:09 left when the Penguins scored seven of the final 10 points of regulation to force overtime. Chelsea Olson hit a big 3 after two offensive rebounds to tie the score at 72, and Indiya Benjamin tied the contest at 74 on a layup with 8.3 seconds remaining. YSU then forced Milwaukee into its first scoreless possession in five minutes to get to extend the game.
  • The Penguins never trailed in overtime and scored eight of their 12 points from the free-throw line. Sarah Cash hit a big jumper with 5.1 seconds left to put YSU up four, and the Penguins were able to dribble the clock out after Milwaukee got within one.
  • YSU went 16-of-20 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and overtime, and it was 20-of-24 for the game. YSU outscored the Panthers by 10 at the free-throw line.
  • Turnovers played a big part as well as the Penguins were plus-10 in turnover margin and outscored the Panthers 22-5 off turnovers. YSU nearly equaled Milwaukee in second-chance points at 17-14, which was a big improvement from when UWM had a 13-2 edge in the first meeting.
  • Olson scored 20 points for her second 20-point performance during Horizon League play. Cash added 19 points and 12 rebounds for her second double-double of the campaign, and Benjamin scored 16 points to go along with seven assists.
  • YSU had 12 3-pointers, and seven different Penguins made a triple in the first half. YSU has made at least 10 3s in four of the last five contests.
  • Steph Kostowicz scored 17 points in the fourth quarter alone, and she finished with 28 points for the game. That was the highest total by an opponent this season.
  • Mary Dunn scored seven points and surpassed 500 points for her career.
  • This was the fifth time in the last six meetings with Milwaukee that the final score was within four points. Milwaukee won 62-61 the first meeting this season.

Up Next

  • Youngstown State will face a quick turnaround as it play at Northern Kentucky on Monday. Tipoff against the Norse will be at 5 p.m. as the Penguins play their third game in a five-day stretch. The game will be broadcast live on 1390 WNIO and ESPN3, and YSU's men's basketball team will play the Norse afterward.