YSU Looks to Maintain Road Success at IUPUI on Thursday

Anne Secrest (Photo by Trevor Parks)
Anne Secrest (Photo by Trevor Parks)

Scouting Report

  • YSU will look to extend its road winning streak as it plays two more contests away from Beeghly Center this week. The Penguins begin the week at IUPUI on Thursday at 7 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 1390 WNIO, iHeartRadio, ESPN3 and WatchESPN.
  • Dating back to the win at Cleveland State on Jan. 20, the Penguins have won four of their last five games overall and three straight contests on the road. YSU has won three straight Horizon League road games for just the third time since joining the league in 2001-02, and the Penguins have won each of their three contests by double digits.
  • YSU was impressive on the offensive end in the Motor City. The Penguins scored at least 19 points in seven of the eight quarters and shot at least 50 percent in six of them.
  • Mary Dunn started both games in place of a hampered Sarah Cash and stepped up in a big way. She scored a career-high 24 points in the win at Oakland and averaged 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in the two wins. Cash missed the game at Oakland and played 10 minutes at Detroit Mercy.
  • Chelsea Olson nearly averaged a double-double with averages of 10 points, nine rebounds and 4.5 assists in the two games. She was named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week for the third straight week.
  • Indiya Benjamin registered 18 assists in the two games last week and is now just five away from tying YSU's career assists record held by Danielle Carson (1982-86).
  • Kelley Wright scored 21 points and went 4-for-7 from 3-point range last week. She had 29 points and was 4-for-31 from 3 in her first 21 games.
  • YSU leads the Horizon League with 193 3-pointers and 8.4 3s per game, and it is tied for the conference lead in 3-point field-goal percentage this season. The Penguins have led the Horizon League in 3s per game in each of the last three years.

Previewing IUPUI

A Win Would...

  • Improve YSU's record to 11-13 overall and 7-6 in Horizon League play.
  • Be YSU's fourth straight on the road.
  • Allow YSU to split the season series with IUPUI.
  • Be YSU's first at The Jungle since 2012-13.

On This Date

  • YSU is 4-5 in nine previous games played on Feb. 8. The Penguins are 1-1 in Horizon League contests with a win at Detroit Mercy in 2007 and a road loss at Oakland in 2014.

Scouting the Jaguars

  • IUPUI boasts an impressive 17-5 overall record and is 9-2 in its first season in the Horizon League. The Jaguars are alone in second place in the conference standings, and they are ranked 16th in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 Poll.
  • IUPUI is the only team in the league ranking in the top three in both scoring offense (70.2 ppg) and scoring defense (57.9 ppg). The Jags lead the conference in field-goal percentage.
  • Danielle Lawrence leads IUPUI with 16.6 points per game, 36 steals and 45 3-pointers, and freshman Macee Williams averages 12.4 points and 7.4 rebounds while shooting 69.2 percent. Sydney Hall has made 43 3s, including six at Beeghly Center on Jan. 6 when the Jaguars beat the Penguins 65-43.

Recapping Detroit Mercy

  • Youngstown State outscored Detroit Mercy 26-6 over the final 11 minutes to defeat the Titans 72-52 on Saturday. In the process, the Penguins won their third consecutive Horizon League road game for the first time since February 2015. YSU has won each of those games by double digits, which is a first since joining the conference in the 2001-02 season.
  • YSU also swept a conference road trip for the first time since winning at Milwaukee and Valparaiso in a three-day stretch in 2015.
  • The Penguins surpassed their overall and Horizon League win totals from 2016-17. YSU has won three more road contests than it did last year.
  • YSU fought through a nine-point first period and a Titans surge in the third period. The Penguins led 9-8 after the first and 32-23 at halftime before Detroit Mercy rallied to tie the score at 46-46 in the final minute of the third quarter.
  • Indiya Benjamin hit a 3-pointer to spark a 5-0 YSU spurt to close out the period, and the Penguins went on to outscore Detroit Mercy 21-6 in the fourth.
  • Benjamin finished with 14 points and eight assists, bringing her career total to within five of YSU's record. Mary Dunn and McKenah Peters both scored 11 points for the Guins, who shot 54.8 percent over the final three quarters and 41.3 percent overall.
  • Detroit Mercy was 10-for-20 from the field as it outscored YSU 23-19 in the third period, but UDM was 10-for-41 combined in the other three quarters.
  • YSU was close to having three players post a double-double. Dunn had 11 points and nine rebounds, Benjamin had 14 points and eight assists and Chelsea Olson registered eight points and nine rebounds.
  • Kelley Wright posted her second straight solid game with eight points and five rebounds. Kelley Wright scored 21 points and went 4-for-7 from 3-point range last week. She had 29 points and was 4-for-31 from 3 in her first 21 games.
  • YSU finished with 11 3-pointers by six different players. Benjamin and Peters both had three, Olson had two, and Wright, Morgan Brunner and Nikki Arbanas each made one. The Penguins also made 10 treys at Oakland last Thursday.

Up Next

  • Youngstown State will play at UIC on Saturday at 3 p.m. Eastern. The game will be broadcast live on 1390 WNIO and ESPN3.