Panthers Are On Deck for Penguins as Road Stretch Continues

Kelley Wright (Photo by David Dermer)
Kelley Wright (Photo by David Dermer)

Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State hopes to carry momentum from a strong fourth period in Thursday's game at Green Bay as it continues its challenging road stretch at Milwaukee on Saturday. Tipoff against the Panthers at the Klotsche Center is set for 3 p.m. Eastern, and the game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio, ESPN3 and WatchESPN.
  • The Penguins trailed the #24/25 Phoenix 26-22 at halftime, but a bad start to the third period resulted in a 19-point deficit. YSU climbed back to within five points with four minutes left behind seven 3s in the fourth period. Green Bay held on for a 65-56 win.
  • YSU is playing three road games in five days against teams that were picked to finish in the top four in the Horizon League Preseason Poll. The Penguins played at preseason favorite Green Bay on Thursday, and they'll play at No. 4 Milwaukee on Saturday and No. 2 Wright State on Monday.
  • Prior to Thursday, YSU hadn't played a road contest in 33 days. The Penguins played six straight home games but are in the beginning of playing eight of 10 on the road.
  • YSU has shot at least 48 percent in its two league victories and below 37 percent in its three losses. YSU shot 36.5 percent at Green Bay, which was an accomplishment considering the Phoenix ranked second in the nation in field-goal percentage defense at 31.9 percent.
  • YSU made a season-high 14 3-pointers at Green Bay, and seven of those came in the fourth period. The Penguins lead the Horizon League with 143 3-pointers and 8.9 3s per game. They've been the league leaders in 3s per game in each of the last three years.
  • 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.

Previewing Milwaukee

A Win Would...

  • Improve YSU's record to 7-10 overall and 3-3 in Horizon League play.
  • Be YSU's ninth in the last 11 meetings with Milwaukee.
  • Give YSU its second road win of the season.

On This Date

  • YSU is 7-5 all-time in games played on Jan. 13, and the Penguins have won five of the last seven times they've played on the date.
  • YSU had two notable individual performances against EKU on Jan. 13, 1986. Dorothy Bowers had 34 points, and Danielle Carson posted 20 points and 11 assists.

Scouting the Panthers

  • Milwaukee is 11-5 this season following a 79-72 win over Cleveland State on Thursday. The Panthers were 9-3 in non-conference play, earning wins over Wisconsin and Northwestern along the way. UWM has beaten Northern Kentucky and CSU and lost to Wright State and Green Bay in league play.
  • UWM ranks second in the league in scoring defense allowing 59.1 points per game, and it is the top squad in the circuit with a .744 free-throw percentage. The Panthers have a league-best plus-9.1 rebounding margin as well.
  • Individually, Steph Kostowicz ranks sixth in the league in scoring at 15.2 points per game, and she's second in field-goal percentage and third in rebounding. Jenny Lindner averages 12.7 points and seven boards, and Bailey Farley has made 27 3s while shooting 43.5 percent from long distance.
  • Milwaukee leads the all-time series 26-13, but YSU has held the upper hand in recent years. The Penguins had swept the Panthers for four straight seasons before losing two four-point games to UWM last year. Each of the last five games has been decided by eight points or fewer.

Recapping Green Bay

  • Youngstown State battled to get within two possessions of No. 24/25 Green Bay in the final minutes, but a long scoring lull to start the second half was too much to overcome in a 65-56 loss on Thursday at the Kress Center.
  • The Penguins trailed the Phoenix just 26-22 at halftime, but Green Bay scored the first 15 points of the third period to take a 19-point lead. YSU shaved five points off the deficit at the end off the third, and it made seven 3s in the final period to fight back and get as close as five points with four minutes left.
  • After cutting the margin to 54-49 after an Indiya Benjamin 3-pointer with 3:58 left, YSU went without a field goal for more than three minutes to ruin the upset bid. Over the next 3:20, the Penguins went 1-for-4 from the free-throw line, missed three field goals and had two turnovers.
  • Green Bay was holding opponents to an average of 47.1 points and 31.9 percent shooting, and YSU scored 56 points and shot 36.5 percent. YSU scored more points against the Phoenix than Wisconsin (34) and #18 Arizona State (48).
  • Benjamin finished with a team-high 12 points and five assists. She made three 3-pointers to move into third place in YSU history with 180 career 3s.
  • Chelsea Olson and Nikki Arbanas also made three 3s and finished with nine points apiece. Each of Olson's 3s came in the first five minutes of the fourth period. Kelley Wright scored a season-high seven points off the bench.
  • Youngstown State finished the game making a season-high 14 3-pointers in 39 attempts while being held to five two-point field goals.
  • Fouls played a big part in the game to say the least as YSU was whistled for 26 fouls to Green Bay's 10, which led to the Phoenix attempting 22 more free throws. YSU forwards Sarah Cash, Anne Secrest and Mary Dunn all fouled out.
  • YSU had a long scoring lull to start a quarter for the second straight game. The Penguins didn't score for the first 4:58 of the second period or the first 6:44 of the fourth against IUPUI last Saturday.

Up Next

  • Youngstown State concludes its tough stretch of three road games in five days at Wright State on Monday. Tipoff against the Raiders at the Nutter Center is set for 1:30 p.m. The YSU men will also play at Wright State on Monday at 4 p.m.