Women's Basketball Travels to IUPUI for Big Friday-Night Contest

Amara Chikwe (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Amara Chikwe (Photo by Rob Hayes)

Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State will try to take its home success to the road as it plays a big contest at IUPUI on Friday. Tipoff at The Jungle is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio, ESPN+ and WatchESPN.
  • Friday's game will be YSU's first contest away from Beeghly Center since Jan. 12, a span of 27 days. The Penguins are coming off a perfect 5-0 homestand, which was their longest Horizon League homestand in school history.
  • YSU beat Detroit Mercy 91-45 on Saturday in a game where it held a 19-0 lead just over four minutes into it. The Penguins shot 60.7 percent — their best mark in 21 years — and had seven players score in double figures for the first time since 1991.
  • At 9-2 in Horizon League play, the Penguins have their best record through 11 games in their history in the league. Overall, YSU has won 17 of its first 22 contests for just the second time since 1997-98.
  • The Penguins are 19-4 in their last 23 conference contests dating back to last season, and they've won 27 of their last 36 games. YSU has already surpassed its win total from last season.
  • Youngstown State plays five of its final seven contests of the regular season away from home. The Penguins won their final six HL road games in 2017-18. YSU is 13-1 at home this season and 4-4 on the road.
  • Head Coach John Barnes is one win away from reaching 100 victories at Youngstown State. He earned the 250th win in his career in YSU's triumph over IUPUI on Jan. 5.
  • 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.
  • YSU leads the Horizon League in scoring margin, field-goal percentage, 3-point field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage, rebounding margin, assists, assist-to-turnover ratio and 3-pointers per game. It ranks second in scoring offense, scoring defense and field-goal percentage defense.

Previewing IUPUI

A Win Would...

  • Improve YSU's record to 18-5 overall and 10-2 in HL play.
  • Give YSU its best record through 12 Horizon League games in program history.
  • Give YSU at least 18 wins through 23 games for the first time since 1996-97.
  • Be YSU's third straight over IUPUI.
  • Be the 611th in school history and the 100th under Head Coach John Barnes

Scouting The Jaguars

  • IUPUI is 13-9 overall and 7-4 in Horizon League play entering the week. The Jaguars had won five straight contests before losing twice last weekend at Northern Kentucky (60-57) and Wright State (66-59). IUPUI has lost three games in overtime and the NKU game by three.
  • IUPUI ranks in the top half of the Horizon League statistics in most categories. The Jaguars are fourth in scoring offense and third in scoring defense. IUPUI is also second in rebounding margin and offensive rebounds per game.
  • Sophomore forward Macee Williams was the HL Preseason Player of the Year, and she leads the conference with 17.7 points per game. She also ranks third in rebounding and sixth in field-goal percentage. Holly Hoopingarner averages 10.6 points and paces the league with an .867 free-throw percentage.

Series History

  • Overall: Youngstown State leads 8-5
  • Barnes: 2-2 // Home: 3-3 // Away: 4-1 // Neutral: 1-1
  • Current Win Streak: 2 by Youngstown State

Last Time vs. IUPUI: W, 70-52 (Jan. 5, 2019)

  • Alison Smolinski broke YSU's career 3-pointers record, and the Penguins overcame some early adversity to beat IUPUI 70-52 on Jan. 5 at Beeghly Center.
  • The Penguins didn't score for the first six minutes of the game and had its two starting posts whistled for two fouls apiece in the first four minutes as they fell behind 7-0. YSU scored the final six points of the first period and the first five of the second to take a 16-12 lead and did not trail again.
  • Smolinski made three 3s in both the second and fourth periods and made six of YSU's 11 treys. Sarah Cash scored all 13 of her points in the second half.
  • Dunn had nine of YSU's 11 points in the first period and finished with 17.

Last Year at IUPUI: W, 70-67 (Feb. 8, 2018)

  • Indiya Benjamin became YSU's all-time assists leader and scored 15 second-half points to lead the Penguins to a 70-67 win at The Jungle on Feb. 8, 2018.
  • The game featured 20 lead changes, and the largest difference in the game was six points. Nikki Arbanas made two free throws with six seconds left to make the lead 70-67, and IUPUI's Danielle Lawrence missed a 3-pointer on the last possession.
  • YSU went 10-for-23 from 3-point range, and IUPUI went 2-for-14. That was a big flip from the first meeting last season when the Penguins were 5-for-22 and the Jaguars were 10-for-27.
  • Six different Penguins made at least one 3. IUPUI held a 40-20 advantage in the paint.

On This Day

  • The Penguins are 5-5 all-time in 10 previous games on Feb. 8. They are 2-1 in Horizon League contests on the date.
  • Indiya Benjamin became YSU's career assists leader in the 2018 game at IUPUI on Feb. 8.

Recapping Detroit Mercy

  • Alison Smolinski made five 3-pointers during a 19-0 run to start the game, and YSU had seven players score in double figures in a 91-45 victory over Detroit Mercy on Saturday at Beeghly Center.
  • The Penguins had their best shooting day in 21 years with a .607 field-goal percentage. YSU was 34-for-56 from the field for the third-best mark in program history and the highest since it made 68.8 percent of its attempts against Western Illinois on Feb. 23, 1998.
  • Smolinski scored 17 of her 20 points in the first period, and six teammates joined her in double figures — Mary Dunn (14), Chelsea Olson (13), Sarah Cash (12), Melinda Trimmer (12), Amara Chikwe (10) and McKenah Peters (10). It was the first time that seven Penguins reached double figures in the same game since Dec. 19, 1991, in a game that was also against the Titans.
  • None of YSU's top four scorers played more than 24 minutes.
  • As a team, YSU set season highs in points, field-goal percentage, 3-pointers (13), 3-point field-goal percentage (.565), assists (26) and steals (10).
  • The Penguins shot 70.4 percent (19-of-27) from the field in the first half, which was their best shooting performance in a half since Feb. 11, 2015, at Oakland.
  • YSU led 25-2 less than seven minutes into the game, 50-24 at halftime and by as much as 48 in the fourth period.
  • YSU held a 40-15 rebounding advantage, and it had 12 offensive rebounds despite missing just 25 total attempts from the field and free-throw line.
  • YSU wore pink jerseys for the first time in program history to raise awareness for breast cancer

Up Next

  • Youngstown State will head to Chicago to play UIC on Sunday at noon Eastern. The game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio, ESPN+ and WatchESPN.