YSU Ends Road Swing at Wright State on Monday Afternoon

Mary Dunn (Photo by David Dermer)
Mary Dunn (Photo by David Dermer)

Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State will try to bounce back quickly from Saturday's last-second loss as it travels to Wright State for a Monday matinee. Tipoff against the Raiders at the Nutter Center is set for 1:30 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 1390 WNIO, iHeartRadio, ESPN3 and WatchESPN. YSU's men will play Wright State afterward.
  • The Penguins had encouraging showings in their two games in Wisconsin but came away with a pair of losses. YSU was within two possessions of #24/25 Green Bay with 90 seconds left in a 65-56 loss on Thursday, and it lost 62-61 at the buzzer to Milwaukee on Saturday.
  • YSU trailed by seven early in the fourth period at UWM but made eight straight field goal attempts to lead 61-55 with two minutes left. The Panthers scored the game's final seven points, including the buzzer-beater on a broken play.
  • YSU is playing its third road game in five days, and it is in the early part of a stretch where it plays eight out of 10 on the road. The Penguins flew to Green Bay, bussed to Milwaukee on Friday and bussed to Wright State on Sunday. Prior to Thursday, YSU hadn't played a road contest in 33 days.
  • 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 147 3-pointers and 8.6 3s per game. They've been the league leaders in 3s per game in each of the last three years.
  • Redshirt junior Sarah Cash scored 28 points at Milwaukee on Saturday, which was her highest total this season and one off her career high.
  • 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 Wright State

A Win Would...

  • Improve YSU's record to 7-11 overall and 3-4 in Horizon League play.
  • Snap a four-game overall losing skid to Wright State and a four-game losing streak in Dayton.
  • Be YSU's first at the Nutter Center since Feb. 2013.
  • Give YSU its second road win of the season.

On This Date

  • YSU is 6-7 all-time in games played on Jan. 15.
  • YSU and Wright State have split two previous meetings on Jan. 15. YSU won 87-66 in 1990, and WSU prevailed 82-70 four years later. Both games were played in Youngstown.
  • Vicki Lawrence scored her 1,00th career point on Jan. 15, 1981, at Clarion.

Scouting the Raiders

  • Wright State is 13-4 overall and 4-1 in Horizon League play following a 68-63 overtime win at Northern Kentucky on Saturday. WSU is ranked 13th in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, and it lost just 82-80 at No. 23 Missouri in November.
  • The Raiders lead the conference in scoring offense (77.9) and scoring margin (+17.1), plus six other categories.
  • Individually, Preseason Player of the Year Chelsea Welch leads the conference in scoring (21.6 pgg), assists (5.1 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.8). Lexi Smith ranks second in field-goal percentage, and Symone Simmons is second in rebounding.

Recapping Milwaukee

  • Milwaukee's Jamie Reit picked up a loose ball and buried a 15-footer at the buzzer to give the Panthers a 62-61 win over Youngstown State on Saturday.
  • YSU led 61-60 and broke up Milwaukee's primary option in the final sequence by double-teaming Steph Kostowicz. Kostowicz's pass out of traffic caused some chaos, and the ball bounced sideways to Reit. Reit, who was a bystander in the play, scooped up the ball and hit the winning shot off with less than a second remaining.
  • Milwaukee actually scored nine points on buzzer-beaters in the final 10-plus minutes. They scored two on a last-second inbounds play at the end of the third period, and two UWM players made shots at the end of the shot clock in the fourth. Those were huge in a game with 11 lead changes and six ties.
  • Sarah Cash scored a game and season-high 28 points, which was one shy of her career high and her most ever against a Division I opponent. Her bucket with 3:28 left gave the Penguins a 61-55 lead, but YSU did not score the rest of the game. Cash's basket was YSU's eighth straight made field-goal attempt.
  • Indiya Benjamin scored 16 points, including nine straight at one point for YSU in the fourth period. She added five assists to move within one of second place on the Penguins' all-time list.
  • Cash and Benjamin helped the Penguins flip the fourth period. UWM led by seven twice in the first two minutes of the period, but 17 combined points from Cash and Benjamin in the quarter allowed YSU to go on a 17-4 run and take the 61-55 lead.
  • The Panthers scored 13 points on 17 offensive rebounds, though nine of those points came in the first period. UWM won the rebounding battle 42-26 and had 13 more offensive boards than the Penguins.
  • YSU made 14 3-pointers at Green Bay on Thursday but attempted just 13 shots from beyond the arc against the Panthers. YSU was 4-for-13, and Milwaukee was 5-for-28.

Up Next

  • After playing three games in five days, YSU will have just one contest in the following nine days. The Penguins will play at Cleveland State on Saturday at 1 p.m.