Penguins Wrap Up Brief Beeghly Stint on Saturday vs. Wright State

Morgan Brunner (Photo by David Dermer)
Morgan Brunner (Photo by David Dermer)

Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State will try to extend its Horizon League winning streak to three games on Saturday as it hosts Wright State. Tipoff against the Raiders is set for 1 p.m. at Beeghly Center, and the game will be broadcast live on 1390 WNIO, iHeartRadio, ESPN3 and WatchESPN.
  • The Penguins and Raiders played 12 days ago on Jan. 15 at the Nutter Center, and Wright State used turnovers and offensive rebounds to win 73-50. Since then, YSU has earned an impressive 66-52 win at Cleveland State last Saturday and a 54-51 victory over Northern Kentucky on Thursday.
  • Chelsea Olson has emerged as a major contributor in the two wins. She scored 26 points, the most by a YSU freshman since 1995, in the win at CSU. She then scored 16 points and grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds for her first career double-double against NKU. Olson is the reigning Horizon League Freshman of the Week.
  • In addition to Olson's contributions on Thursday, Indiya Benjamin hit the go-ahead basket with 24.7 seconds remaining. She then split a pair of free throws and had a steal in the final three seconds to seal the victory.
  • Saturday's game against Wright State and Thursday's contest against NKU are the only two for YSU at Beeghly Center in an eight-game stretch. The Penguins started league play with four straight home games but are in a patch of playing eight out of 10 on the road.
  • YSU leads the Horizon League with 167 3-pointers and 8.4 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.

Tickets & Promotions

  • Advance tickets for Saturday'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 noon on Saturday.
  • Fans in attendance will receive a YSU Water Bottle, courtesy of State Farm, Mercy Health and TV-21 WFMJ. Fans can also register to compete in the Better With Burgan "Mortgage Mania Challenge" at halftime. For more details, click here.

Previewing Wright State

A Win Would...

  • Improve YSU's record to 9-12 overall and 5-5 in Horizon League play.
  • Allow the Penguins to match last year's overall and Horizon League win totals.
  • Snap a five-game losing streak against Wright State.
  • Give YSU a 7-4 record at Beeghly Center this season.

On This Date

  • YSU is 5-6 all-time in previous games played on Jan. 27. YSU's last contest on the date resulted in a 65-55 home win over Cleveland State in 2007.
  • In 1977, YSU held West Liberty to 28 points, which is the second-fewest points scored by an opponent in YSU history. Colleen Cook had a school-record nine steals on Jan. 27 in both 1996 and 1997.

Scouting The Raiders

  • Wright State is 15-6 overall and 6-3 in Horizon League play. The Raiders were 6-1 following a 60-50 win over UIC last Friday but have lost back-to-back games to IUPUI and Cleveland State by a combined four points.
  • Wright State leads the league in scoring offense (75.6 ppg), turnover margin and offensive rebounds. Those were two big keys against YSU two weeks ago as the Raiders scored 29 points off turnovers and 28 following offensive rebounds in the 73-50 win.
  • Chelsea Welch leads the conference with 21.4 points per game, and she is second in assists per game. Symone Simmons is second in rebounds per game, and Mackenzie Taylor ranks fourth in 3s per contest.

Recapping Northern Kentucky

  • Indiya Benjamin hit a go-ahead floater with 24.7 seconds left to help Youngstown State shake off a rough start and beat Northern Kentucky 54-51 on Thursday.
  • NKU led by 12 in the first quarter after scoring 21 points in the first seven minutes, but the Penguins got within one at halftime and led for most of the second half.
  • NKU was 8-for-11 from the field and had scored 21 points at the 3:11 mark of the first period. Over the final 33:11, the Norse scored 30 points on 13-of-51 shooting.
  • YSU led 2-0, but NKU scored the next 11 points and eventually built a 21-9. The Penguins held the Norse to one field goal for the next 12 minutes and reclaimed the lead at 26-24 with 1:58 left in the second.
  • YSU led 49-46 with 7:03 left but went scoreless for more than five minutes as NKU took a 51-49 lead. Sarah Cash tied the score with 1:35 left, and Benjamin's basket with 24.7 seconds left put YSU up 53-51. YSU got a defensive stop, and Benjamin split a pair of free throws for the final tally.
  • When NKU's shooting cooled significantly, the Norse stayed in the game by forcing turnovers. YSU committed a season-high 22 turnovers, which led to 24 NKU points. The Norse had 12 steals, which tied for the most by an opponent this season.
  • NKU went 0-for-4 from the free-throw line in the game. It was the first time since at least 2001-02 that an opponent did not make at least one free throw.
  • Olson collected her first career double-double with 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. She became the first YSU freshman to have a double-double since Shar'Rae Davis had 15 points and 12 rebounds at Loyola Chicago on Feb. 23, 2013.
  • YSU shot 48.8 percent overall, including 65.2 percent inside the 3-point arc. While the Penguins were outscored by 17 off turnovers, they were plus-10 in the paint and had a 9-0 edge on free throws.
  • YSU won the rebounding battle for the first time in the last six games (33-27).
  • YSU used its 10th different starting lineup of the season.

Up Next

  • Youngstown State begins a four-game road stretch with two games in the Detroit area. The Penguins will play at Oakland on Thursday and at Detroit Mercy next Saturday.