YSU Ends Non-League Play Wednesday in Fifth Annual Chick-Fil-A School Field Trip Game

Morgan Olson (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Morgan Olson (Photo by Ron Stevens)

Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State will welcome more than 2,200 area students to Beeghly Center on Wednesday as it hosts the Fifth Annual Chick-Fil-A School Field Trip Game. Tipoff against Penn State Beaver is set for 11 a.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 1390 WNIO, iHeartRadio, ESPN3 and WatchESPN.
  • Wednesday's contest against the Lady Lions will conclude YSU's challenging non-conference schedule. The Penguins will be on break for Christmas for the next week before opening Horizon League play against Detroit Mercy on Dec. 28.
  • YSU is looking to enter its conference schedule on back-to-back wins. The Penguins earned a dramatic 69-67 victory over Northern Arizona on Saturday. YSU led by 18 in the first half, was outscored 23-9 in the third period to fall behind 50-49 and ultimately won on a Sarah Cash basket with 4.3 seconds left.
  • Cash was named the Horizon League Player of the Week for her efforts. She scored 24 points while adding two assists, two rebounds and four steals in the win over NAU.
  • Wednesday's game is the second in a six-game home stand for YSU, which is the longest for the Penguins since the 1990-91 season. YSU will go 33 days between road games.
  • In 10 games, YSU has led by at least seven at the end of the first period five times and been within three points in three others. The second period has been a bugaboo, though, as YSU has held a lead at halftime just three times. Youngstown State won each of those games.
  • YSU has had five different players — Nikki Arbanas, Indiya Benjamin, Cash, Mary Dunn and Alison Smolinski — score at least 19 points in a game over the last seven contests.

Tickets & Promotions

  • Advance tickets for Wednesday'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 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
  • Wednesday's game is the Fifth Annual Chick-Fil-A School Field Trip Game. More than 2,200 area students are scheduled to be in attendance.
  • Wednesday's game is the second Rulli Brothers "Holiday Hoops" game of the season. Fans can receive a buy one, get one offer on general admission tickets for home women's basketball games in December. Fans should ask for the "Holiday Hoops" ticket special, courtesy of Rulli Brothers in and Boardman, in person at the Stambaugh Stadium Ticket Office or by calling (330) 941-1YSU.

Previewing Penn State Beaver

A Win Would...

  • Be YSU's first over Penn State Beaver.
  • Improve YSU's record to 4-7 at the end of non-conference play.
  • Be the Penguins' 19th straight over non-NCAA Division I opponents.

On This Date

  • YSU is 5-7 all time in games played on Dec. 20. The Penguins last played on the date in 2013, which resulted in a 69-48 loss to Delaware at Lehigh.
  • Two notable individual performances came on Dec. 20 in separate wins over Marshall. Wanda Grant scored 30 points in a 79-63 win at Marshall in 1980, and Colleen Cook had eight steals against the Thundering Herd in 1997 in an 81-52 win at Beeghly Center.

Scouting Penn State Beaver

  • Penn State Beaver has won five of its last six contests to bring its record to 5-6 on the year. The Lady Lions are 4-1 in Penn State University Athletic Conference games.
  • Brittany Jackson ranks second in the PSUAC in both scoring and rebounding. The senior forward averages 17.9 points and 12.7 rebounds, and she was the conference player of the week on Dec. 5.
  • Penn State Beaver competes in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).

Non-Division I Winning Streak

  • YSU has won 18 consecutive games against non-Division I opponents dating back to 1990. The Penguins have played at least one non-Division I opponent each season since 2012-13.
  • Today's game marks the Fifth Annual Chick-Fil-A School Field Trip Game. Here are the previous four contests:
Date Opponent Result Attendance
Dec. 16, 2013 Malone 80-73 2,290
Dec. 19, 2014 Ohio Valley 84-33 2,007
Dec. 16, 2015 Lake Erie 89-61 2,396
Dec. 21, 2016 Point Park 84-71 1,149

Recapping Northern Arizona

  • Sarah Cash scored the go-ahead basket with 4.3 seconds left, and Youngstown State fought off a big Northern Arizona rally for a 69-67 win on Saturday at Beeghly Center.
  • YSU led by as many as 18 in the second period, but the Lumberjacks outscored the Guins 23-9 in the third period and led 50-49 heading into the fourth. One of NAU's 21 turnovers led to a Cash basket to start the fourth, and YSU did not trail again.
  • Northern Arizona tied the score three times in the fourth, the final time on a jumper by Kenna McDavis with 25.2 seconds left. Nikki Arbanas passed to Cash on the right low block, and Cash finished with 4.3 seconds left. The Lumberjacks called timeout to advance the ball but did not get off a potential tying shot.
  • Cash finished with 24 points and four steals, and YSU had its first game with four players in double figures this season. McKenah Peters came off the bench to score a career-high 13 points.
  • Youngstown State was plus-12 in turnover margin, 21-9, and outscored the Lumberjacks 23-12 off turnovers. YSU had 13 steals, which was its most since also having 13 against Canisius in the 2015-16 season opener.
  • YSU also outpaced NAU 13-4 on second chance points, which helped offset the Lumberjacks' 53.1 percent shooting. Free throws were also a big factor as YSU was 15-for-20 and Northern Arizona was 9-for-19, including 6-for-13 in the fourth period.
  • YSU won despite shooting 34.3 percent overall from the field and 28.6 percent from 3-point range. The Penguins' last win when shooting below 35 percent was on Feb. 4, 2016, against Oakland.
  • YSU's rotation shrunk down to 11 players, and Peters was the only reserve to play more than seven minutes. Four of YSU's starters played at least 30 minutes. It was the first time that more than three starters played at least 30 minutes, and YSU had used at least 13 players in each of its first nine contests.
  • Cash scored her 750th career point and reached 300 career field goals.

Up Next

  • After an eight-day break, Youngstown State will host Detroit Mercy to begin Horizon League play on Thursday, Dec. 28. Tipoff against the Titans is set for 7 p.m.