Penguins Look to Bring Momentum Home for Friday Night Contest vs. Carlow

Amara Chikwe (Photo by David Dermer)
Amara Chikwe (Photo by David Dermer)

Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State will try to sweep its season schedule against Pittsburgh area teams as it hosts Carlow on Friday at Beeghly Center. Tipoff against the NAIA program is set for 7:02 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 1390 WNIO, iHeartRadio and ESPN+.
  • The Penguins are coming off an impressive 64-55 victory at Pitt in the Steel City on Tuesday evening in which they led the Panthers for almost 32 minutes. Alison Smolinski scored 14 of her game-high 20 points in the fourth period and made six 3-pointers in the game. YSU also beat Robert Morris on Nov. 6.
  • The win over Pitt was YSU's first over a Power Five conference opponent since the Penguins beat the Panthers in the 2012-13 season opener.
  • Smolinski has scored in double figures in all three games, and she leads the Penguins with 15.3 points per game. She has made a Horizon League-leading 13 3-pointers and has moved into a tie for sixth in program history with 166 career 3s.
  • Five Penguins average at least 9.3 points per game, and point guard Chelsea Olson averages a double-double of 12.0 points and 11.3 rebounds.
  • YSU is plus 13.3 in rebounding margin and has outscored its opponents by 26 points at the free-throw line through three games.
  • YSU has played in the postseason four times in the last six seasons with WNIT berths in 2013 and 2015 and WBI bids in 2016 and 2018.
  • Sarah Cash returns for her fifth season to finish what could go down as one of the all-time great careers at YSU. She is on pace to set the school record for career field-goal percentage, and she also ranks in the top 20 in points, field goals, free throws and blocks.
  • Cash was voted Preseason First-Team All-Horizon League, and Olson was voted to the second team.
  • YSU will dress a maximum of nine players for the foreseeable future. Of the 13 players on the roster, two juniors will sit out as Division I transfers, and two freshman guards are out indefinitely with injuries.
  • YSU has made at least 200 3-pointers in eight straight seasons, and it has led the Horizon League in 3-pointers per game in four straight campaigns.

Tickets & Promotions

  • Advance tickets for Friday's game are available at the YSU Athletic Ticket Office in Stambaugh Stadium. Tickets can be ordered in person or 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 Friday.
  • Friday's game will be the final Medical Mutual/Faculty and Staff Appreciation night at Beeghly Center. YSU faculty and staff members can redeem a ticket voucher to receive four complimentary game tickets to the game against the Celtics.
  • Friday will be the first Veterans Appreciation game of the basketball season. All military personnel may bring a valid military ID to the ticket office to receive complimentary game tickets.

Previewing Carlow

A Win Would...

  • Give YSU a 4-0 start for the third time in Coach John Barnes' six seasons.
  • Be the 20th straight victory over non-Division I opponents dating back to 1990.
  • Be the 597th in school history and the 86th under Barnes

Scouting Carlow

  • Carlow University is located in Pittsburgh near Pitt. Its athletics teams compete in the River States Conference, the NAIA and the USCAA. Point Park, which YSU played two years ago, is also in the River States Conference.
  • The Celtics have 19 student-athletes on their roster, and 11 of those are freshmen.
  • Carlow went 10-16 last season. Current junior Emma Stille averaged 13.9 points and 14.8 rebounds last season, and she 15 points and 15 rebounds in the season-opening loss to Ave Maria.

Series History

  • Overall: First Meeting
  • Barnes: 0-0 // Home: 0-0 // Away: 0-0 // Neutral: 0-0
  • Current Win Streak: First Meeting

On This Day

  • YSU is 2-0 all time in contests played on Nov. 16, and both games were close. YSU won 75-71 at Toledo in 1997 and 57-56 at Bucknell in 2011.
  • In the win at Bucknell, YSU trailed by 17 early in the second half and 56-48 with two minutes left. Kenya Middlebrooks made two go-ahead free throws with 9.8 seconds left to complete the comeback.

Recapping Pitt

  • Alison Smolinski scored 14 points in the fourth period, and Youngstown State led for almost 32 minutes in a 64-55 win at Pittsburgh on Tuesday evening.
  • The Penguins outscored the Panthers in each quarter en route to earning the program's first win over a Power Five conference team since also beating Pitt when it was in the Big East in 2012. YSU went on to finish 23-10 that season and won a game in the Women's NIT.
  • Smolinski tied for game-high honors with 20 points, and 18 of those came on six 3-pointers. She made all four of her 3-point attempts (plus another that was waved off due to three-second violation) and two free throws in the fourth period to keep Pitt from rallying. It was the sixth time in her career that she made at least six 3-pointers in a game.
  • YSU finished with a season-high 10 3-pointers as a team on 31 attempts. The Penguins were 14-for-24 inside the arc.
  • The Penguins won by nine despite Chelsea Olson and McKenah Peters going 2-for-16 combined from 3-point range.
  • Olson still filled the box score with 14 points, a game-high eight rebounds, six assists and two steals. Peters contributed nien points and five rebounds.
  • Mary Dunn had an efficient nine points, four rebounds and two blocks in just 14 minutes. Melinda Trimmer added seven points and three assists in 31 minutes.
  • The Penguins controlled the pace of the game and played lockdown defense in the half court. Pitt shot just 35 percent, and 20 of their 55 points were scored on the fast break or from offensive rebounds.
  • Youngstown State outrebounded Pitt 41-32 and has been at least plus-six on the boards in every game this season.
  • Pitt's largest lead of the game was 24-18 at the 8:19 mark of the second period. YSU called timeout to weather the storm, and it scored the next eight points as part of a 15-4 run over the final eight minutes of the half. The Penguins led for the final 23:53 of the game.

Up Next

  • Youngstown State will travel to its nearest rival on Tuesday to play Kent State. Tipoff at the M.A.C. Center is set for 5 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on 570 WKBN and ESPN+.