Penguins Begin Big Week Hosting Green Bay in "Red Out" Game

YSU Women's Basketball (Photo by David Dermer)
YSU Women's Basketball (Photo by David Dermer)

Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State has a pair of significant games as part of its final regular-season homestand this weekend, starting with a 7 p.m. contest on Friday against Green Bay. Tipoff against the Phoenix at Beeghly Center is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 1390 WNIO, iHeartRadio, ESPN+ and WatchESPN.
  • The Penguins enter their final home weekend still in control of their own destiny for the Horizon League regular season title. YSU is third in the conference standings, a half game behind Green Bay and one game behind Wright State, and Milwaukee is in contention for a top-four spot and a first-round home game in the conference tournament. YSU is also looking to avenge losses to Green Bay and UWM last month.
  • YSU split its Indianapolis-to-Chicago swing last weekend, falling 64-44 at IUPUI on Friday and winning 83-59 at UIC. Against the Flames, YSU led by double digits for more than 33 minutes, Alison Smolinski made six 3-pointers and Head Coach John Barnes earned his 100th victory as the leader of the Penguins.
  • At 10-3 in Horizon League play, the Penguins their best record through 13 games in their 18-year history in the league. The program record for HL wins is 11, which was set last season and in 2012-13. YSU has won 18 of its first 24 contests for the second time since 1999-00.
  • The Penguins are 20-5 in their last 25 conference contests dating back to last season, and they've won 28 of their last 38 games overall. YSU has already surpassed its win total from last season, and it is three wins shy of tying its high of 21 under Barnes.
  • Four different Penguins have been named the Horizon League Player of the Week this season — Sarah Cash, Mary Dunn (twice), Chelsea Olson and Alison Smolinski.
  • This is the final home weekend for seniors Sarah Cash, Alison Smolinski and Melinda Trimmer. Cash ranks second in the HL in field-goal percentage, Smolinski leads the circuit in 3s per game and Trimmer is tops in assist-to-turnover ratio.
  • YSU leads the Horizon League in scoring offense, scoring margin, field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage, assists, assist-to-turnover ratio and 3s per game.

Tickets, Promotions and Fan Information

  • Tickets
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  • Visitors Guide
  • 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 noon on Saturday.
  • Friday's game is a Red Out at Beeghly Center. Fans are encouraged to wear red shirts to the game to show unity for the big contest.
  • It will also be a Sixth Annual Handel's Ice Cream "Scoops and Hoops" Game. Fans can stop by their local Handel's Ice Cream location to pick up a voucher for two general admission tickets with a purchase.

Previewing Green Bay

A Win Would...

  • Improve YSU's record to 19-6 overall and 11-3 in HL play.
  • Give YSU its best record through 14 Horizon League games in program history.
  • Give YSU at least 19 wins through 25 games for the first time since 1997-98.
  • Snap an 11-game losing streak to Green Bay.
  • Be the 612th in school history and the 101st under Head Coach John Barnes.

Scouting The Phoenix

  • Green Bay was the preseason favorite to win the Horizon League, and it has won at least a share of the regular-season title for each of the last 20 seasons. The Phoenix have won nine of their last 10 games to improve to 15-7 overall and 10-2 in league play. Green Bay trails Wright State, which it beat 56-37 last Saturday, by a half game in the standings.
  • Green Bay is once again one of the top defensive teams in the country. It leads the Horizon League in scoring defense, field-goal percentage defense, 3-point field-goal percentage and steals. Offensively, the Phoenix rank second in the HL since conference play began in field-goal percentage and 3-point field-goal percentage.
  • Frankie Wurtz leads Green Bay with 11.2 points per game, and four other players average at least 8.3 points. Laken James has been the top scorer in conference play at 12.9 points per game. Jen Wellnitz and James rank first and second in the league in steals.

Series History

  • Overall: Green Bay leads 40-3
  • Barnes: 2-11 // Home: 1-18 // Away: 2-21 // Neutral: 0-1
  • Current Win Streak: 11 by Green Bay

Last Time vs. Green Bay: L, 42-60 (Jan. 12, 2019)

  • Youngstown State shot below 27 percent from the field in all four periods and lost 60-42 to Green Bay at the Kress Center on Jan. 12.
  • YSU went without a field goal for a stretch of more than nine minutes in the first half, and Green Bay went on a 16-1 during it to take an insurmountable 23-6 lead. The margin was at least a dozen the rest of the game.
  • Alison Smolinski had her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-best 11 rebounds. Chelsea Olson was 3-for-8 from 3-point range, but her teammates were a combined 2-for-22.
  • Green Bay had 13 steals and scored 25 points off YSU's 16 turnovers.

Last Year at YSU vs. Green Bay: L, 42-67 (Feb. 17, 2018)

  • YSU was held scoreless in the third period and shot 26.9 percent for the game in a 67-42 loss to the No. 19/15 Phoenix at Beeghly Center on Feb. 17, 2018.
  • Green Bay led 24-8 with less than a minute left in the first period, but YSU climbed back to get within 33-28 with 1:29 left in the half. The deficit was 35-28 at halftime, and the Phoenix held a 21-0 edge in the third.
  • YSU outscored Green Bay 28-22 in the second and fourth periods, but Green Bay had a 45-14 edge in the first and third.
  • Indiya Benjamin made a three-quarters court heave at the end of the first period that was featured on the SportsCenter Top 10. She finished with a team-high 17 points.

Recapping UIC

  • Youngstown State led by double digits for more than 33 minutes and bounced back solidly from a loss at IUPUI to beat UIC 83-59 on Sunday in Chicago.
  • Head Coach John Barnes earned his 100th victory at Youngstown State. He ranks second in program history in wins behind Ed DiGregorio (320), and Barnes is third in winning percentage.
  • Alison Smolinski made four 3-pointers in the first eight minutes, and she finished with six in the game. YSU made 12-of-37 for the game from long distance.
  • Chelsea Olson filled the stat sheet with 12 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two blocks. She, McKenah Peters and Melinda Trimmer each had six assists.
  • Peters grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds. It was the second time in the last five games she's had at least 10 caroms, and she's had at least eight in four of the last five contests.
  • Olson scored the 500th point of her career. With at least six games remaining in her sophomore year, Olson's career totals are an impressive 504 points, 311 rebounds, 161 assists and 91 3-pointers.
  • Trimmer registered her 100th assist of the season against just 39 turnovers. Trimmer had 76 assists in her first three seasons combined.
  • YSU had a season-high 27 assists as a team. That was their highest since having 28 against Penn State Beaver last year and their most against a Division I opponent since having 29 versus Kent State on Dec. 12, 2015.
  • After being outrebounded by 25 at IUPUI last Friday, YSU was plus-20 in rebounding margin against the Flames on Sunday.
  • YSU tied season highs with 20 fast-break points and 46 bench points. Twelve of YSU's first 14 points came from offensive rebounds.

Up Next

  • Youngstown State will host Milwaukee on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the final regular-season game at Beeghly Center. The program will salute seniors Sarah Cash, Alison Smolinski and Melinda Trimmer before the game, and the team will sign autographs after the contest. There will be a YSU Team Photo giveaway, courtesy of Vibra Hospital and 21 WFMJ, and it will also be a Handel's Ice Cream "Scoops and Hoops" Game and a Veterans Appreciation Game.