YSU's Winning Streak Stops with Loss at IUPUI

McKenah Peters (Photo by David Dermer)
McKenah Peters (Photo by David Dermer)

The Youngstown State women's basketball team had an off night at The Jungle as the Penguins fell 64-44 to IUPUI on Friday evening.

Youngstown State saw its five-game winning streak end, and it slid back to third place in the Horizon League standings with a 9-3 conference mark and a 17-6 overall record. IUPUI improved to 14-9 overall and 8-4 in league play, and the Jaguars avenged a 70-52 loss at Beeghly Center on Jan. 5.

The Penguins scored 91 points and shot 60.7 percent in Saturday's victory over Detroit Mercy, but they were held to less than 10 points in three of the four quarters by the Jaguars. YSU shot 32 percent from the field, and it went 5-for-23 in the second half. IUPUI shot 44.1 percent and held a decisive 45-20 rebounding edge.

Mary Dunn was 5-for-5 from the field and 3-for-3 from the free-throw line to lead the Penguins with 14 points. She also had four of YSU's 10 blocks. McKenah Peters added 13 points. The Jaguars held Sarah Cash and Alison Smolinski to three points combined.

Macee Williams had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and three other Jaguars scored in double figures.

IUPUI scored the first six point of the game, and it led by seven three times in the first quarter. Melinda Trimmer scored on a drive on the last possession of the period to make the score 13-8, and Dunn and Chelsea Olson made 3s on the first two possessions of the second quarter to give the Penguins their only lead of the game at 14-13.

Williams scored the first two points of 11 in the period out of a timeout for IUPUI, and the Jaguars proceeded to go on a 14-3 run to take a 31-19 lead. The largest margin in the before halftime was 36-23 when Holly Hoopingarner scored at the 1:28 mark.

Olson and Trimmer hit back-to-back 3s to get the Penguins to within 36-29 at halftime, and Dunn made three free throws to start the scoring in the third period and close the gap to 36-32. Hoopingarner's 3 at the 7:25 mark gave IUPUI its first points of the period, and the Jaguars preceded to go on a 14-2 spurt to take a 50-34 lead. The Jaguars led 52-38 at the end of the quarter, and the Penguins got no closer than a dozen in the fourth.

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.