Penguins Head to Pitt Looking for Third Straight Win

Mary Dunn (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Mary Dunn (Photo by Rob Hayes)

Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State will make the short trip to Pittsburgh on Tuesday evening for its only contest against a Power Five opponent of the regular season. Tipoff against the Panthers is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN and the ACC Network Extra.
  • The Penguins are 2-0 with a pair of double-digit victories at home over Robert Morris (69-59) and Loyola Chicago (74-63). While the final margin was comfortable in both wins, both games have been tight. YSU hit a shot with 1.2 seconds left in regulation to force overtime against RMU, and its lead was five with less than 30 seconds left versus Loyola.
  • The Penguins have had four players in double figures in each game. Sarah Cash, McKenah Peters and Alison Smolinski have done it in both games.
  • Point guard Chelsea Olson averages a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds. She's helped the Penguins be plus-15.5 in rebounding margin the first two games.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 Pitt

A Win Would...

  • Give YSU a 3-0 start for the third time in Coach John Barnes' six seasons.
  • Snap a three-game losing streak to Pitt
  • Be YSU's first over a Power Five conference opponent since its win at Pitt on Nov. 9, 2012
  • Be the 596th in school history and the 85th under Barnes

Scouting Pitt

  • Pitt is 1-1 under first-year head coach Lance White. The Panthers lost 61-58 to UCF in the season opener last Tuesday, and they beat New Orleans 90-38 on Friday. Pitt outscored UNO by at least nine points in every quarter and made 12 3-pointers.
  • Pitt has 11 returning letterwinners and four returning starters from last year's squad that won 10 games. The Panthers were tabbed to finish 13th in the ACC's preseason poll.

On This Date

  • Youngstown State is 3-3 all-time in games played on Nov. 13. All six previous contests have been played since 2007.
  • Most recently, YSU rallied for a 53-51 victory over Canisius in the 2015-16 season opener on Nov. 13, 2015. The Penguins trailed by 20 at halftime and by as 22 in the second half.

Recapping Loyola Chicago

  • Youngstown State held off a second-half rally and had four players score in double figures in a 74-63 victory over Loyola Chicago on Friday evening at Beeghly Center.
  • YSU built a 17-point lead in the first half, but Loyola got within one late in the third quarter and eventually took a 51-50 advantage just over a minute into the fourth. The lead lasted less than 20 seconds as YSU's Sarah Cash hit a basket on the Penguin's next possession to start what turned into a game-deciding 12-2 run.
  • Cash finished with a game-high 17 points on 6-for-8 shooting from the field, and McKenah Peters scored six of her 12 points during that 12-2 run in the fourth. Alison Smolinski made four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points, and Mary Dunn had 12 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
  • Loyola led three times in the game, but YSU scored on its next possession each time. The Penguins trailed for a total of 37 seconds.
  • The Penguins had a substantial 48-23 edge in rebounding and held the Ramblers to just two offensive rebounds. It was YSU's best rebounding margin in a game since also being plus-25 at IUPUI on Dec. 3, 2012.
  • Chelsea Olson had a game-high 12 rebounds, and she's averaging 13 rebounds through two games as the starting point guard.
  • Dating back to last season, YSU has outrebounded five of its last seven opponents. Prior to that, it had outrebounded just eight of the previous 36 opponents.
  • YSU led 17-14 at the end of the first, and it scored 11 straight points in the second period to go up 28-16 with 5:24 left. A Smolinski 3-pointer at the 1:27 mark extended the lead to a game-high 17 points at 41-24.
  • Smolinski's 16 points were her most since having 19 at Saint Francis on Dec. 9, 2017.
  • Melinda Trimmer scored the 200th point of her career, and she finished the game with eight points, five assists and four rebounds in 27 minutes.
  • The Penguins were 22-for-25 from the free-throw line for the game and 14-for-16 in the fourth period. They outscored the Ramblers by 14 at the free-throw line.
  • The game started 46 minutes late due to a scoreboard malfunction, and the game contest was played with portable shot clock and game clock units on the media table opposite the team benches.

Up Next

  • Youngstown State returns home to host Carlow on Friday at 7 p.m.