Penguins Conclude Non-League Play with 97-40 Win on Chick-Fil-A School Field Trip Day

Josie Fisher (Photo by Chris Kilroy)
Josie Fisher (Photo by Chris Kilroy)

Youngstown State had 13 different players score in its final tune-up for Horizon League play on Wednesday as it defeated Penn State Beaver 97-40 at Beeghly Center. The contest against the Lady Lions was the Fifth Annual Chick-Fil-A School Field Trip Game, and close to 2,500 area students were in attendance.

The Penguins scored the first 11 points of the game, and they led by double digits for the final 35 minutes as they closed out the non-conference portion of their schedule. All 15 active players appeared in the game, and eight different Penguins scored at least seven points. No YSU player played more than 20 minutes.

Mary Dunn was the only starter to play more than four minutes, and she scored 13 points in 13 minutes to lead YSU in the scoring column. McKenah Peters was in double figures for the second straight game with 12 points, and Melinda Trimmer scored a season-high 12 points. Chelsea Olson added 10 as YSU had 79 points from its bench.

Brittany Jackson led Penn State Beaver with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Youngstown State shot 52.8 percent for the game and converted at least 47 percent of its attempts in each period. The Penguins were 13-of-29 from 3-point range, 8-of-9 from the free-throw line and had 28 assists on 38 field goals.

A 3-pointer by Nikki Arbanas put the Penguins up 11-0 three minutes into the game, and the only time the margin was under 10 from that point forward was when Diamond Thomas hit a jumper for the Lady Lions at the 6:03 mark to make the score 11-2. Peters hit a 3 to kickstart a 10-0 Penguins' run that upped the lead to 21-2, and the lead remained at least 15 the rest of the game.

YSU scored the first 15 points of the second period to increase the lead to 38-6, and an Anne Secret free throw at the 2:34 mark of the period put the Penguins ahead 53-13. Youngstown State led 55-19 at halftime, and the lead grew to 79-27 late in the third. The largest lead was 58 at 95-37 when Morgan Olson made a basket with 1:39 left in the game. Morgan Olson's bucket came on one of seven assists from Josie Fisher, and Alexus Burkhart finished YSU's scoring with her seventh point of the game.

Youngstown State will begin Horizon League play on Thursday, Dec. 28, against Detroit Mercy. Tipoff against the Titans is set for 7 p.m.