YSU Makes Short Trip to Kent State for Tuesday Contest

Melinda Trimmer (Photo by David Dermer)
Melinda Trimmer (Photo by David Dermer)

Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State will try to push its record to 5-0 on Tuesday as it travels to Kent State. Tipoff at the M.A.C. Center versus YSU's nearest Division I rival is set for 5 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 1390 WNIO, iHeartRadio and ESPN+.
  • YSU earned a pair of victories last week against teams from Pittsburgh. The Penguins earned an impressive 64-55 victory at Pitt on Tuesday for their first win over a Power Five conference opponent in six years, and they followed that up with a 90-31 win over NAIA program Carlow on Friday.
  • Three of the Penguins' four wins to start the season have come against Pittsburgh-area teams. YSU beat preseason NEC favorite Robert Morris 69-59 in overtime to start the season.
  • YSU is 4-0 for the third time since 2012-13, and it is vying to start 5-0 for the third time in head coach John Barnes' six seasons.
  • Alison Smolinski has made at least three 3-pointers and scored in double figures in all four games. Through the weekend, the senior led the Horizon League and ranked fourth in the country with 17 3s.
  • YSU has been at least plus-six in rebounding in every game, and it was plus-25 against Loyola Chicago and plus-31 against Carlow. The team's top two rebounders are sophomore guards Chelsea Olson (9.5/game) and McKenah Peters (6.8/game).
  • Five Penguins average at least 9.8 points per game, and Olson averages a well-rounded 10.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Previewing Kent State

A Win Would...

  • Give YSU a 5-0 start for the third time in Coach John Barnes' six seasons and for the fifth time as a Division I program (since 1981-82).
  • Snap a brief two-game skid against Kent State.
  • Be the 598th in school history and the 87th under Barnes.

Scouting Kent State

  • Kent State is 2-2 with a pair of victories over Horizon League opponents and two losses to Power Five conference foes. The Golden Flashes beat Northern Kentucky 62-61 and Oakland 75-65 over the weekend.
  • KSU was picked to finish fourth in the MAC East, and it returns two starters from last year's squad that finished 13-19. Junior Megan Carter averages a team-high 17.8 points, and freshman Asiah Dingle averages 12.8 points.
  • In last year's meeting, Kent State went on an 18-2 run in the third period and held YSU to 30.4 percent shooting in a 55-44 victory at Beeghly Center.

Series History

  • Overall: Kent State leads 29-14
  • Barnes: 2-2 // Home: 8-9 // Away: 6-17 // Neutral: 0-3
  • Current Win Streak: 2 by Kent State

On This Day

  • YSU is 6-1 all time in games played on Nov. 20, and the Penguins have won their last four contests on the date.
  • On Nov. 20, 2016, YSU had its highest scoring game in 18 years in a 102-94 win over Sacramento State in Hawaii. YSU had six players score in double figures, and the Penguins outscored the Hornets 35-18 in the fourth period.

Recapping Carlow

  • Youngstown State shot 50 percent and had all nine of its players score at least six points in a 90-31 victory over NAIA opponent Carlow on Friday at Beeghly Center.
  • YSU shook off a sloppy first period to score 77 points and shoot 56.9 percent from the field over the final 30 minutes. The Guins missed their first eight attempts from 3-point range but made 11 of their final 22, including 6-of-7 in the third period.
  • The 31 points by Carlow were the third-fewest by an opponent in school history, and it was the lowest by an opponent since 1990. The Penguins held the Celtics to 21.1 percent shooting and held a 57-26 edge in rebounding.
  • Five Penguins scored in double figures, and three of them came off the bench. Three starters played 18 minutes or fewer. A starter had to remain on the floor at all times because YSU only dressed nine players.
  • Freshman Madison Mallory scored a game-high 15 points off the bench, freshman Deleah Gibson scored 11 points, and redshirt-freshman Amara Chikwe set career highs with six points and a game-best 11 rebounds.
  • Alison Smolinski made four 3s for her fourth straight contest with at least three makes from beyond the arc. She scored 14 points in 18 minutes.
  • The Penguins had just nine points eight minutes into the game, but Carlow was just as cold as it was 2-for-13 from the field in the opening period. YSU led 13-4 after a period then went on to outscore the Celtics 25-6 in the second period, 33-11 in the third and 19-10in the fourth.
  • Mary Dunn secured her 250th career rebound, and Smolinski scored her 700th career point in the contest.
  • YSU won for the 20th straight time against a non-Division I opponent.

Up Next

  • Youngstown State will host Yale on Friday at 7 p.m. in Beeghly Center. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. but was moved up a day due to travel considerations for the Bulldogs.