Penguins Finish Homestand with "Pink Out" Game vs. Detroit Mercy on Saturday

Melinda Trimmer (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Melinda Trimmer (Photo by Rob Hayes)

Scouting Report

  • YSU looks to close out a perfect 5-0 homestand on Saturday as it hosts Detroit Mercy in the program's "Pink Out" game. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on sportsanimal1390.com, iHeartRadio, ESPN+ and WatchESPN.
  • The Penguins will wear pink jerseys for the first time in school history as they support breast cancer care and research at the local Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center and the national Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
  • Youngstown State enters Saturday's contest 16-5 overall, 8-2 in conference play and 12-1 at home following four straight wins on Rosselli Court. YSU has its best start through 10 games in its Horizon League history.
  • The Penguins are 18-4 in their last 22 conference contests dating back to last season, and they've won 26 of their last 35 games. YSU has already matched its win total from last season with 16.
  • YSU has had to rally to win twice in the last three games. The Penguins trailed Oakland 41-33 midway through the third quarter before a 30-6 run sprung them to victory. Youngstown State was down 14 to Northern Kentucky on Jan. 21 before scoring 37 of the game's final 49 points.
  • Mary Dunn is the Nike Horizon League Player of the Week for the second time this season. She averaged 22.5 points, nine rebounds and 2.5 blocks while shooting 72 percent in two games last week. Dunn is one of four Penguins to earn the award this season, and a YSU player has won the award four of the past five weeks.
  • YSU is in a five-game homestand in which it will go 26 days between road games. The five-game homestand is the longest for YSU since 2013, and it is the longest Horizon League homestand in program history. The Penguins end the regular season by playing five of seven on the road.
  • YSU leads the HL in scoring margin, field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage, assists, assist-to-turnover ratio and 3-pointers per game. It ranks second in scoring offense, scoring defense, field-goal percentage defense and rebounding margin.

Tickets, Promotions and Fan Information

  • Tickets
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  • Visitors Guide
  • Advance tickets for Saturday'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 noon on Saturday.
  • In addition to Saturday being YSU's annual "Pink Out" game for breast cancer awareness and fundraising, it will also be a Sixth Annual Handel's Ice Cream "Scoops and Hoops" Game. Fans will receive a YSU Stadium Cup, courtesy of Lyden Oil, Handel's, Farmers National Bank and 21 WFMJ.

Previewing Detroit Mercy

A Win Would...

  • Improve YSU's record to 17-5 overall and 9-2 in HL play.
  • Give YSU its best record through 11 Horizon League games in program history.
  • Give YSU a 13-1 record at Beeghly Center this season.
  • Be YSU's fourth straight over Detroit Mercy.
  • Be the 610th in school history and the 99th under Head Coach John Barnes.

Scouting The Titans

  • Detroit Mercy enters Saturday's contest with a 3-18 overall record and a 1-9 mark in conference play. The Titans lost 67-51 at Cleveland State on Thursday, and they've fallen in five straight games since winning 42-36 at UIC on Jan. 13.
  • The Titans have the best 3-point field-goal percentage defense in the Horizon League at .280, and they rank in the top half in steals and turnover margin. The Titans rank last in the conference in rebounding margin, assists and 3-point field-goal percentage offense.
  • Detroit Mercy leading scorer Lexey Tobel transferred after 14 games, and Brittney Jackson is the current top scorer at 9.6 points per game. Zoey Oatis ranks fourth in the conference with two steals per game, and Paige Bellman sits seventh with 1.5 swipes per contest.

Series History

  • Overall: Detroit Mercy leads 23-21
  • Barnes: 7-5 // Home: 14-8 // Away: 7-15 // Neutral: 0-0
  • Current Win Streak: 3 by Youngstown State

Last Time vs. Detroit Mercy: W, 85-59 (12/28/18)

  • Alison Smolinski made six 3-pointers in the first half to help YSU build a 47-23 halftime lead, and the Penguins went on to beat Detroit Mercy 85-59.
  • The lead grew to as much as 33 in the fourth period before the Titans scored the final 11 points of the contest. YSU led by at least 20 the entire second half.
  • Mary Dunn was 9-of-11 from the field and scored 24 points in 25 minutes.
  • Chelsea Olson scored 11 points in the fourth period and finished with 18. She went on to be named the Horizon League Player of the Week.
  • YSU set season highs with 13 3-pointers, a .526 field-goal percentage and 25 assists.

Last Year at Home vs. Detroit Mercy: W, 76-59

  • YSU led by 10 at the end of the first period and held a double-digit advantage for more than 33 minutes in a 76-59 win at Beeghly Center over Detroit Mercy last season on Dec. 28, 2017.
  • The Penguins made 12 3-pointers, including six in the first period, and shot 54.5 percent from beyond the arc. Nikki Arbanas was 5-of-6 from long distance.
  • Indiya Benjamin notched her 500th career assist on a nine-assist effort.
  • Sarah Cash fought through foul trouble to score 16 points in 14 minutes of action.
  • Chelsea Olson (16) and McKenah Peters (11) combined for 27 points. Olson was making her second career start while Peters was making her starting debut.

On This Day

  • YSU is 6-5 in 11 previous contests played on Feb. 2.
  • Margaret Peters scored her 1,000th career point in 1985 against Akron. YSU shot 59.1 percent in that contest, which is the fifth-best mark in program history.

Recapping Oakland

  • Youngstown State used a 30-6 run in the second half to fight off Oakland and win 76-61 on Thursday evening at Beeghly Center.
  • The Golden Grizzlies scored 13 of the first 14 points of the second half and led 41-33 midway through the third period. The Penguins closed the third period on a 14-1 spurt and started the fourth on a 16-5 run.
  • YSU made just eight of its first 37 attempts from the field but recovered to make 11 of its last 15.
  • Similar to the first meeting with Oakland, YSU held a huge edge at the free-throw line. The Penguins were 32-for-36 at the charity stripe and outscored the Golden Grizzlies by 24 at the line. In the two meetings with Oakland, YSU attempted 80 free throws, and the Golden Grizzlies were whistled or 65 fouls.
  • The 32 free throws were the sixth-most in a game in program history.
  • Melinda Trimmer scored a career-high 15 points and added seven assists. She was 10-for-10 from the free-throw line.
  • Sarah Cash scored nine of her 11 points at the free-throw line, and Chelsea Olson made seven free throws. Olson finished with 22 points to tie her season high.
  • Cash finished the game with 1,300 career points, which is the 11th-most in program history.
  • Mary Dunn scored 10 of her 15 points and went 5-of-6 from the field in the second half.
  • YSU won for the first time this season when it had a worse field-goal percentage than its opponent. The Golden Grizzlies shot 47.1 percent, which was the best by a YSU foe in 2018-19. The previous high was 44.4 percent by Bucknell.

Up Next

  • Youngstown State will head to IUPUI on Friday in a key Horizon League matchup. Tipoff at The Jungle is set for 7 p.m., and the game against the Jaguars will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio, ESPN+ and WatchESPN.