Penguins Head to Chicago Looking to Split Road Trip

Madison Mallory (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Madison Mallory (Photo by Rob Hayes)

Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State will try to get back on the winning track as it plays at UIC on Sunday afternoon. Tipoff at Credit Union 1 Arena in Chicago is set for 1 p.m. ET, and the game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio, ESPN+ and WatchESPN.
  • The Penguins are eager to get the bad taste out of their mouths from Friday's 64-44 loss at IUPUI. The setback to the Jaguars snapped a streak of five straight wins over which YSU averaged 80 points. In what was its first road game in 27 days, YSU shot 32 percent overall from the field and was held to nine points or fewer in three of the four quarters.
  • At 9-3 in Horizon League play, the Penguins have tied their best record through 12 games in their 18-year history in the league. Overall, YSU has won 17 of its first 23 contests for just the second time since 1999-00.
  • The Penguins are 19-5 in their last 24 conference contests dating back to last season, and they've won 27 of their last 37 games. YSU has already surpassed its win total from last season.
  • Youngstown State plays five of its final seven contests of the regular season away from home. The Penguins won their final six HL road games in 2017-18. YSU is 13-1 at home this season and 4-5 on the road.
  • Head Coach John Barnes is one win away from reaching 100 victories at Youngstown State. He earned the 250th win in his career in YSU's triumph over IUPUI on Jan. 5.
  • 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.
  • Dunn, Cash and Smolinski rank in the top eight in the Horizon League in points per game, and Olson is the only underclassman in the country averaging at least 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Previewing UIC

A Win Would...

  • Improve YSU's record to 18-6 overall and 10-3 in HL play.
  • Give YSU its best record through 13 Horizon League games in program history.
  • Give YSU at least 18 wins through 24 games for the first time since 2012-13.
  • Be YSU's eighth straight over UIC.
  • Be the 611th in school history and the 100th under Head Coach John Barnes.

Scouting The Flames

  • UIC is 3-20 overall and 1-11 in Horizon League play following a 74-48 loss on Friday night to Cleveland State. The Flames will be looking to end a seven-game losing streak dating back to their 69-65 overtime victory against Oakland on Jan 11.
  • The Flames rank second in the league in 3-point field-goal percentage defense (.287), and they rank third in blocked shots per game. UIC sits last in scoring offense at 49.3 points per game.
  • Brittany Byrd ranks third in the HL in scoring at 13.8 points per game, and Jada Nneji paces the league with three blocks per game. Nneji has 50 blocks in nine conference games, including 13 in a contest last month against Detroit Mercy.

Series History

  • Overall: Youngstown State leads 20-19
  • Barnes: 9-2 // Home: 10-10 // Away: 10-9 // Neutral: 0-0
  • Current Win Streak: 7 by Youngstown State

Last Time vs. UIC: W, 81-29 (Jan. 3, 2019)

  • YSU led by 18 after the first period and by 39 at halftime in an 81-29 win over UIC on Jan. 3, 2019, at Beeghly Center. It was the Penguins' largest margin of victory ever in a Horizon League contest.
  • The Penguins excelled on defense. The 29 points were the third-fewest allowed in a game in YSU's history and the lowest since 1990. UIC's 11 points in the first half were the second-fewest ever scored in a half against the Penguins.
  • Offensively, Alison Smolinski made five 3s – including the 200th of her career – and scored 20 points in 21 minutes. Mary Dunn had career highs of 26 points and 13 rebounds while going 12-of-14 from the field.

Last Year at UIC: W, 71-52 (Feb. 10, 2018)

  • YSU blocked nine shots and held UIC to 31.3 percent shooting in a 71-52 win in Chicago last season.
  • Chelsea Olson flirted with a triple-double and finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and four blocks.
  • UIC's only lead in the game was 13-12, but YSU led 38-28 at halftime. The Penguins then pulled away with a 15-0 run that spanned the third and fourth periods.

On This Day

  • YSU is 6-5 in games played on Feb. 10, and it is playing the Flames on the date for the second straight year. The Penguins played at #3 Tennessee in 1992.
  • Individually, Dorothy Bowers had 28 points and 20 rebounds vs. Middle Tennessee on Feb. 10, 1986.

Recapping IUPUI

  • Youngstown State had an off night at The Jungle as the Penguins fell 64-44 to IUPUI on Friday evening.
  • YSU 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 scored the first six points of the game and led 13-6. YSU went on an 8-0 run to take its only lead at 14-13, but the Jaguars built a 36-29 halftime lead. The margin extended to 52-38 after three periods. YSU got no closer than a dozen in the fourth.
  • The result was a 38-point swing from the first meeting between the teams in Youngstown when the Penguins won 70-52 on Jan. 5.
  • YSU came into the game having scored 120 points in its last five periods, but it was held to nine points or fewer in three of the four quarters by the Jaguars.
  • 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 on just nine shot attempts. Smolinski had 22 points, and Cash had 13 in the first meeting.
  • The Penguins had a season-low 20 rebounds, and they were minus-25 in rebounding margin. Interestingly, YSU was plus-25 in rebounding in its previous contest versus Detroit Mercy on Feb. 2.
  • Macee Williams led four Jaguars in double figures with 19 points, 10 more than she had on Jan. 5.

Up Next

  • Youngstown State will return for the final two home games of the regular season next week. The Penguins will host Green Bay on Friday at 7 p.m. in a contest that could largely affect the final standings in the Horizon League. It will be a Sixth Annual Handel's Ice Cream "Scoops and Hoops" Game, and the contest will be broadcast on 570 WKBN and ESPN+.