Seniors Look to Finish Unbeaten at Home in HL Play on Sunday vs. Milwaukee

Seniors Melinda Trimmer, Alison Smolinski and Sarah Cash will play in their final regular-season home game on Sunday.
Seniors Melinda Trimmer, Alison Smolinski and Sarah Cash will play in their final regular-season home game on Sunday.

Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State will try to finish off an unbeaten home conference slate as it hosts Milwaukee on Sunday in the final regular season game at Beeghly Center. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio, ESPN+ and WatchESPN. Seniors Sarah Cash, Alison Smolinski and Melinda Trimmer will be saluted before the game.
  • The Penguins are coming off a significant 70-59 victory over Green Bay on Friday that vaulted them into second place in the Horizon League standings. The Phoenix scored the first 10 points of the game, but YSU outscored the defending conference champions 70-49 over the final 36:10. The Penguins scored the final 12 points of the third period and led by double digits the entire fourth.
  • The win snapped an 11-game skid against the Phoenix, and it allowed YSU to remain in control of its own destiny to clinch at least a share of the regular-season title.
  • A win over Milwaukee on Sunday would secure a top-four seed in the Horizon League Tournament a quarterfinals game at Beeghly Center.
  • YSU has tied school records with 11 Horizon League wins and 14 home victories. The Penguins have won at least 19 of their first 25 games for the first time since 1997-98. The Penguins are 21-5 in their last 26 conference contests dating back to last season, and they've won 29 of their last 39 games overall.
  • 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. Cash and Olson both had 19 points in the win over Green Bay, and Olson added 13 rebounds, six assists and five 3-pointers.
  • YSU's three seniors have all had outstanding final seasons. Cash leads the Horizon League 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

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  • The Beeghly Center Ticket Office will open at noon on Sunday.
  • The program will salute Cash, Trimmer and Alison Smolinski before the game on Senior Day, 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.
  • The Penguins will wear their pink jerseys as part of the women's basketball community's commitment to raising awareness and funds for breast cancer. YSU held a "pink out" game on Feb. 2, but it is still raising funds for the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. To donate to the Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge, click here.

Previewing Milwaukee

A Win Would...

  • Improve YSU's record to 20-6 overall and 12-3 in HL play.
  • Give YSU a school-record 12 Horizon League victories.
  • Clinch a top four seed and a home game in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.
  • Give YSU at least 20 wins through 26 games for the fourth time in program history and for the first time since 1997-98.
  • Give YSU its 12th 20-win season.
  • Split the season series with Milwaukee.
  • Be the 612th in school history and the 101st under Head Coach John Barnes.

Scouting The Panthers

  • Milwaukee is 12-12 overall and 7-6 in conference play following a 78-60 win at Cleveland State on Friday. The Panthers have played 10 games that have been decided by six points or fewer this season, and they are 4-6 in those contests.
  • The Panthers lead the league in 3-point field-goal percentage and blocks, and they rank second in 3s per game, assists and assist-to-turnover ratio.
  • Megan Walstad is a candidate to be named the HL Freshman of the Year and is averaging 11.6 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting 56.5 percent from the field. Eight more Panthers are averaging at least 4.6 points. Ryaen Johnson ranks second in the HL with 2.4 blocks per game.

Series History

  • Overall: Milwaukee leads 28-15
  • Barnes: 8-4 // Home:8-12 // Away: 6-16 // Neutral: 1-0
  • Current Win Streak: 1 by Milwaukee

Last Time vs. Milwaukee: L, 68-71 (Jan. 10, 2019)

  • YSU rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit to force overtime, but Milwaukee scored the final six points of the game to win 71-68 on Jan. 10 in Milwaukee.
  • The Penguins were down 43-27 with less than 13 minutes left, and they outscored the Panthers 23-10 in the fourth period. McKenah Peters tied the game at the end of regulation with a driving basket with 2.7 seconds left.
  • Peters finished with what was a career-high 17 points. Sarah Cash had 25 points and was 11-for-11 from the free-throw line.
  • Milwaukee had 10 steals, eight blocks and 19 second-chance points.
  • It was the sixth straight contest between the teams that was decided by four points or fewer.

Last Year at YSU vs. UWM: W, 86-85 (Feb. 15, 2018)

  • Indiya Benjamin made a layup with 8.3 seconds left to force overtime, and the Penguins never trailed in the extra session in an 86-85 win at Beeghly Center on Feb. 15, 2018.
  • YSU trailed 71-67 with 1:31 left in regulation before rallying. Chelsea Olson hit a big 3 to tie the game in the final minute before Benjamin's bucket at the end. Olson finished with 20 points, and Sarah Cash had 19 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Steph Kostowicz had 26 points, and Jenny Lindner had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Milwaukee.

On This Date

  • YSU is 7-6 in 13 previous games played on Feb. 17, and it will be looking to snap a three-game skid on the date.
  • Two Penguins have scored 30 points in games played on Feb. 17. Kristi Echelberry had 30 in 1992, and Wanda Grant scored 30 in 1979.

Recapping Green Bay

  • YSU scored the final 12 points of the third period and led by double digits for the entire fourth in a 70-59 victory over Green Bay on Friday at Beeghly Center.
  • The Penguins won for the 11th straight home game while also snapping an 11-game losing skid to Green Bay. Three of YSU's victories over the Phoenix have come in the six-year tenure of head coach John Barnes, a former UWGB assistant.
  • Youngstown State split the season series with the Phoenix and jumped them in the conference standings, moving up to second by a half game.
  • YSU tied program records with 11 Horizon League wins and 14 wins at home.
  • Sophomore Chelsea Olson filled the stat sheet with 19 points, a game-high 13 rebounds and six assists, and fifth-year senior Sarah Cash also had 19 points and eight rebounds in her first career win over the Phoenix.
  • Olson made a career-best five 3s, including two on consecutive possessions to spark YSU's 12-0 run to end the third quarter. YSU made 11 3s as a team.
  • Carly Mohns made seven 3s for Green Bay to tie the arena record for 3s by an opposing player.
  • Green Bay scored the first 10 points of the contest, and YSU's first points didn't come until a three-point play by Cash at the 6:09 mark. The Penguins outscored the Phoenix 70-49 after that 10-0 start.
  • Green Bay led 17-9, but YSU scored the next 10 points to take its first lead on a Mary Dunn 3-pointer 57 seconds into the second period. After a Cash bucket in the final seconds of the first half tied the score at 32, YSU did not trail again.
  • The third quarter was a problematic in the matchup last year as Green Bay outscored YSU 60-13 in three meetings. The Penguins held a 22-10 edge and took control of the game in the third quarter this time.

Up Next

  • Youngstown State will head back on the road for its final three games of the regular season. The Penguins will begin their final stretch at Northern Kentucky on Friday at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN and ESPN+