Women's Basketball Begins Motor City Trip at Oakland on Thursday

Kelley Wright (Photo by Kyle Kroynovich)
Kelley Wright (Photo by Kyle Kroynovich)

Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State begins February with its second four-game road stretch of league play when it plays at Oakland on Thursday. Tipoff at the Athletics Center O'rena is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 1390 WNIO, iHeartRadio, ESPN3 and WatchESPN.
  • YSU split its two home games over the weekend to end January, beating Northern Kentucky 54-51 on Thursday and falling to Wright State 69-59 on Saturday. The Penguins trailed by double digits in the first period and went on to rally in both games. YSU caught NKU in the second period in the win, and the Penguins took a fourth-period lead against Wright State but couldn't hold on.
  • On Saturday, YSU trailed by 11 eight minutes into the game and was down by 18 with just under 16 minutes left. The Penguins went on a 26-6 run to take a 56-54 lead with 3:45 left, but the Raiders closed the game on a 15-3 spurt.
  • Chelsea Olson has been named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week for each of the past two weeks. She scored the most points by a YSU freshman in 23 years with 26 points at Cleveland State on Jan. 20, and she followed that up with a 16-point, 11-rebound performance in the win over Northern Kentucky on Jan. 25.
  • Sarah Cash had her first double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds against Wright State. She is averaging 14.2 points in league play, which ranks fifth in the conference, while shooting 58 percent from the field.
  • YSU leads the Horizon League with 173 3-pointers and 8.2 3s per game, and it ranks second in the conference 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 Oakland

A Win Would...

  • Improve YSU's record to 9-13 overall and 5-6 in Horizon League play.
  • Allow the Penguins to match last year's overall and Horizon League win totals.
  • Snap a three-game losing streak against Oakland.

On This Date

  • YSU is 5-3 all-time in games played on Feb. 1, but the Penguins have lost their last two contests on the date.
  • Individually, Liz Hauger went 10-for-11 from the field in a 99-75 win over Western Illinois on Feb. 1, 1997.

Scouting the Golden Grizzlies

  • Oakland is a half game ahead of YSU in the Horizon League standings with a 4-5 league mark, and the Golden Grizzlies are 11-9 overall. They snapped a three-game skid with an 83-50 win over Detroit Mercy on Saturday, and Oakland beat YSU 58-48 in Youngstown on Dec. 30.
  • Oakland ranks second in the league with 70.7 points per game, and it leads the conference in blocks and steals per game. The Golden Grizzlies rank second behind the Penguins in 3-pointers per game, and they lead the circuit in 3-point field-goal percentage.
  • Five Oakland players average between 13.3 points and 10.2 points. Sha'Keya Graves tops the squad in scoring, and Taylor Gleason leads the league in assists.

Recapping Wright State

  • Youngstown State rallied from an 18-point deficit to take a fourth-quarter lead but fell short of completing the big comeback in a 69-59 loss to Wright State on Saturday.
  • The Penguins trailed 20-9 eight minutes into the game, and they were down 39-23 at halftime. The deficit grew to 18 three different times in the first five minutes of the third period before YSU rallied.
  • YSU went on a 15-2 run to climb to within five late in the third period and eventually took a 56-54 lead with 3:45 left in the fourth. The 15-2 run extended to 26-6 at that point when a McKenah Peters layup put YSU ahead. Wright State regrouped and outscored the Penguins 15-3 down the stretch for the 10-point victory.
  • Sarah Cash had 17 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. She has scored in double figures in five straight contests and in 10 of 11 Horizon League games. Cash has also had eight rebounds in back-to-back games after having as many as eight just once in YSU's first 19 contests.
  • Nikki Arbanas scored seven of her 10 points in the third period and made two 3s.
  • Ten different Penguin scored in the contest, but six of them had five points or fewer.
  • YSU has trailed by double digits in the first period in back-to-back games. The Guins were down 21-9 to Northern Kentucky last Thursday before rallying for the 54-51 win.
  • The Penguins did a much better rebounding against Wright State on Saturday than when the teams played on Jan. 15. YSU was minus-two on Saturday and allowed 13 second-chance points. Wright State won the rebounding battle by 17 and had 28 second-chance points in the first meeting.
  • Turnovers were a big problem again for YSU as Wright State scored 23 points off 19 Penguins turnovers. YSU also had 19 turnovers at the Nutter Center on Jan. 15, which led to 29 Wright State points.
  • The Penguins have committed at least 15 turnovers in a season-high four straight games. They are minus-8.8 in turnover margin over the last four contests and minus-3.8 against Horizon League opponents.
  • WSU had runs of 12-2 and 13-2 in the first half as it built its 16-point halftime lead.

Up Next

  • Youngstown State concludes its swing in the Detroit area with a contest at Detroit Mercy on Saturday. Tipoff against the Titans is set for 1 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN and ESPN3.