YSU Looks to Bring Road Edge to Beeghly Center for Thursday Contest vs. Milwaukee

Sarah Cash (Photo by David Dermer)
Sarah Cash (Photo by David Dermer)

Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State will try to carry its success from the road into two big home contests this week as the Penguins host the Horizon League's Wisconsin teams at Beeghly Center. The week begins against Milwaukee at 7 p.m. on Thursday, and the game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio, ESPN3 and WatchESPN.
  • YSU enters the final stretch of the regular season as one of the hottest teams in the conference. The Penguins have won five straight road games and six of their last seven contests overall to improve to 12-13 overall and 8-6 in conference play. YSU is a half game behind Milwaukee for fifth place in the standings and a game behind Wright State and Cleveland State for third with four games left. Three of those contests will be at home.
  • The Penguins took care of business in a potential trap game at UIC on Saturday by leading for more than 38 minutes in a 71-52 win over the Flames. The game in Chicago followed a spirited 70-67 win at IUPUI on Thursday in a contest that featured 20 lead changes.
  • YSU has won five straight Horizon League road games for the first time in program history.
  • YSU surpassed 200 3-pointers for the eighth consecutive season last week. The Penguins lead the Horizon League with 8.5 3-pointers per game and a .341 3-point field-goal percentage.
  • Senior point guard Indiya Benjamin became the program's leader in career assists on Thursday. She increased her total to 581 to break a record that had stood since 1986.
  • Chelsea Olson has been named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week an unprecedented four straight weeks. She averaged 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4.5 assists last week and flirted with a triple-double in Saturday's win at UIC.

Tickets & Promotions

  • Advance tickets for Thursday'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 6 p.m. on Thursday.
  • Thursday's game will be part of the Fifth Annual Handel's Ice Cream Scoops and Hoops promotion. Fans can get a voucher good for one free general admission ticket with any purchase at participating area Handel's Ice Cream locations.

Previewing Milwaukee

A Win Would...

  • Improve YSU's record to 13-13 overall and 9-6 in Horizon League play.
  • Give the Penguins their first five-game winning streak since 2015.
  • Even the season series with UWM.

On This Date

  • YSU is 5-5 in games played on Feb. 15. The last contest on the date resulted in an 84-56 win over Valpo in 2013.
  • Wanda Grant scored her 1,000th career point on Feb. 15, 1980, in just the 50th game of her career.

Scouting the Panthers

  • Milwaukee comes to Youngstown with a 17-8 overall record and an 8-5 mark in the league, which ranks fifth in the standings. The Panthers are coming off a 65-36 home loss to Green Bay in their only action last week. UWM has dropped three of its last five with the other two losses coming by a combined five points.
  • UWM ranks in the top three in the conference in most defensive categories, and it paces the circuit with a .772 free-throw percentage. Three Panthers average double figures in points, and Steph Kostowicz ranks seventh in the league in scoring at 14 points per game.
  • Milwaukee beat YSU 62-61 at the buzzer last month, and four of the last five contests with the Panthers have been decided by four points or fewer.

Recapping UIC

  • Youngstown State had nine blocks and held UIC to 31.3 percent shooting in a 71-52 victory on Saturday at the UIC Pavilion.
  • The Penguins won their fifth straight Horizon League game, a first in program history, and they won for the sixth time in seven games. YSU also swept the Flames for the third straight season.
  • Freshman Chelsea Olson flirted with the program's first triple-double in 32 years and finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and four blocks, all of which were game highs. She had 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists after three quarters but was held to one assist in the fourth.
  • Olson set career highs in rebounds, assists and blocks.
  • Mary Dunn scored 12 points for her third double-digit performance in the last four games, each of which she has started.
  • Nikki Arbanas scored 10 points while making a pair of 3-pointers. She upped her career 3s total to 188, which is 11 behind the program record and three shy of teammate Indiya Benjamin.
  • The Penguins also had 28 points from their bench in the win. Kelley Wright had a solid 22 minutes with six points, eight rebounds, four steals and two blocks. She is averaging 9.8 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 61.9 percent from the field and going 6-of-12 from 3-point range in the last four games.
  • YSU won the rebounding battle by 15 at 49-34. The Penguins' previous season high in rebounds was 47 at Saint Francis U, and plus-15 was their best rebounding margin of the season. In fact, YSU had not been plus-15 in rebounding against a Division I or Horizon League opponent since being plus-17 against Oakland on Feb. 11, 2015.
  • UIC had nine second-chance points eight minutes into the game but had just four the rest of the way.
  • The Penguins scored the first five points of the contest and led 10-4 after an Olson triple at the 6:47 mark. UIC used a 9-2 run to take its only lead of the game at 13-12, and YSU reclaimed the lead 24 seconds later. The Penguins led 38-28 at halftime and pulled away with a 15-0 run that spanned the third and fourth periods.

Up Next

  • Youngstown State will host No. 19/15 Green Bay on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Penguins will hold their annual Play4Kay event in conjunction with the game. More details are available here: http://www.ysusports.com/x/lpckx