Offense Out of Sync in Loss at Kent State

McKenah Peters (Photo by Rob Hayes)
McKenah Peters (Photo by Rob Hayes)

The Youngstown State women's basketball team went scoreless for a stretch of almost 11 minutes and struggled offensively all night in a 62-34 loss at Kent State on Tuesday at the M.A.C. Center.

The Penguins were out of sync offensively from the tip, but they trailed just 9-5 after an Alison Smolinski driving layup at the six-minute mark of the opening period. YSU did not score again until a Chelsea Olson basket at the 5:07 mark of the second. By that time, Kent State had scored 15 straight points and built an insurmountable 24-5 advantage.

McKenah Peters led the Penguins with 13 points, and Smolinski finished with 12. The Penguins shot 17.2 percent from the field, going 11-for-64 overall and 7-for-34 from 3-point range. YSU lost for the first time in 2018-19 and dropped to 4-1.

Megan Carter scored 20 points, and Mariah Modkins had 14 for Kent State, which won its third straight contest and improved to 3-2. The Golden Flashes finished 10-for-24 from beyond the arc, but they were 7-for-11 in the first half as they built a 35-16 halftime lead.

Kent State's first three buckets in the game were all from beyond the arc, and the Golden Flashes took a 9-3 lead on an Ali Poole triple at the 6:19 mark. Smolinski hit a 3 for YSU's first points at the 7:26 mark, and her layup made the score 9-5 four minutes into the contest.

Kent State scored 15 straight points to go up 24-5 and led by the same 19-point margin at halftime, 35-16. While Kent State was 7-for-11 from long distance, YSU was 2-for-17.

YSU missed an open layup on the first possession of the third period, and it went on to go without a field goal on 17 attempts in the period. Kent State led 48-18 at the end of the third, and the Penguins made five 3s in the fourth period as it nearly matched its scoring output from the first 30 minutes with 16 points.

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.