YSU Takes on League-Leading Wright State on Sunday

Chelsea Olson (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Chelsea Olson (Photo by Rob Hayes)

Scouting Report

  • YSU will try to shake off Friday's loss at the buzzer at NKU as it plays Horizon League-leading Wright State on Sunday. Tipoff at the Nutter Center is set for 2 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio, ESPN+ and WatchESPN.
  • The Penguins are coming off a 65-62 loss at BB&T Arena on Friday as NKU's Molly Glick hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer. The loss dropped the Penguins back to third in the conference standings instead of setting a battle for first place against the Raiders on Sunday.
  • YSU fell behind by 13 late in the third period against the Norse, and the Penguins rallied to tie the score three times in the fourth. The game was tied at 62 when NKU got two offensive rebounds to set up Glick's buzzer-beater on a baseline out-of-bounds play. Sarah Cash tied her season high with 25 points to lead YSU.
  • YSU has set school records with 12 Horizon League wins and 15 home victories, and the Penguins have clinched a top-four seed and home game in the conference tournament. The Penguins went 9-0 in league play at Beeghly Center, but they are 3-4 on the road against conference opponents.
  • Alison Smolinski broke YSU's single-season 3-pointers record on Friday by making her 90th of 2018-19. She set program records for 3s in a game and career earlier this season. Smolinski is seven points from becoming the 21st Penguin to score 1,000.
  • YSU has won 20 games for the fourth time in the last seven years, and it is likely headed to a postseason tournament for the fifth time in the last seven campaigns.
  • Four different Penguins have been named the Horizon League Player of the Week this season — Cash, Mary Dunn (twice), Chelsea Olson and Smolinski. All four of those players average double figures in scoring.
  • YSU leads the Horizon League in scoring margin, field-goal percentage, assists, assist-to-turnover ratio and 3-pointers per game. The Penguins rank second in scoring offense, scoring defense, field-goal percentage defense, 3-point field-goal percentage and rebounding margin.

Previewing Wright State

A Win Would...

  • Improve YSU's record to 21-7 overall and 13-4 in HL play.
  • Up YSU's school record for Horizon League victories to 13.
  • Snap a five-game losing streak at the Nutter Center.
  • Give YSU at least 21 wins through 28 games for the sixth time in program history.
  • Be the 613th in school history and the 102nd under Head Coach John Barnes.

Scouting The Raiders

  • Wright State leads the Horizon League with a 13-2 record in the conference and an overall mark of 21-6. The Raiders are 10-1 at the Nutter Center in 2018-19 and are looking to finish the conference slate unbeaten at home.
  • The Raiders have the highest scoring offense in the conference at 70.8 points per game, and Wright State also leads the league with 16.2 offensive rebounds per game. They commit a league-low 12.2 turnovers per contest.
  • Michal Miller and Mackenzie Taylor both average 12 points, and five Raiders average at least eight points. Tyler Frierson leads the league with a .590 field-goal percentage, and Symone Simmons averages a conference-best 9.3 rebounds per contest.

Series History

  • Overall: Wright State leads 34-26
  • Barnes: 3-10 // Home: 16-12 // Away: 10-20 // Neutral: 0-2
  • Current Win Streak: 1 by Youngstown State 

Last Time vs. WSU: W, 83-68 (Jan. 18, 2019)

  • Sarah Cash and Alison Smolinski both scored 22 points, and McKenah Peters scored 17 while providing a defensive spark in an 83-68 win over Wright State on Jan. 18, 2019, at Beeghly Center.
  • Peters scored eight straight points during a 12-0 run by the Penguins in the second period that put them up 29-18, and Wright State never got closer than six.
  • YSU led 37-26 at halftime, and it led by double digits for the final 19:18. The lead got as high as 21 in the third quarter as YSU made nine of its first 10 shots.
  • While Peters scored 12 points in the first half, Cash had 16 in the second.
  • Angel Baker scored 27 points in 27 minutes, and Michal Miller had 11 points in the fourth period for Wright State.

Last Year at WSU: L, 50-73 (Jan. 15, 2018)

  • Wright State scored the final eight points of the first period and never looked back in a 73-50 win over YSU at the Nutter Center on Jan. 15, 2018.
  • The 8-0 run put the Raiders ahead 18-9 at the end of the first period, and the lead extended to 38-21 at halftime.
  • YSU shot 38.8 percent in the game, just slightly behind Wright State's 40.5 percent, but the Raiders made 11 more field goals on 25 more attempts. Wright State had 21 offensive rebounds, which translated into 28 second-chance points.
  • The Raiders also converted 19 Penguins turnovers into 29 points, which a large amount of those coming in transition.

Recapping Northern Kentucky

  • NKU's Molly Glick hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Norse a 65-62 win and nullify a comeback bid by Youngstown State on Friday at BB&T Arena.
  • The Norse led by 13 with 11 minutes left, but YSU rallied to tie the score three different times in the fourth. Sarah Cash tied the game for the final time at 62 with a basket with 41.5 seconds remaining in what was YSU's last possession.
  • NKU missed two shots but got two offensive rebounds – on a held loose ball and another on a close call ruled to go out of bounds of Cash with 0.8 seconds left. The officials reviewed the possession call and added 0.2 to the clock, and Glick scored on a baseline out-of-bounds play at the buzzer. That play went on to be No. 5 on SportsCenter's Top 10.
  • Glick's buzzer-beater was NKU's eighth 3 of the night. The Norse were 8-for-15 from beyond the arc for 53.3 percent, the highest by a YSU opponent. NKU was shooting 28.6 percent from 3-point range entering the contest.
  • Alison Smolinski set YSU's record for most 3-pointers in a season with 90, passing former teammate Nikki Arbanas' mark of 89 set in 2015-16. The Norse held Smolinski to just one 3, and YSU's top 3-point shooters Smolinski and Chelsea Olson went a combined 1-for-18 from beyond the arc. The Penguins were 6-for-28 from 3-point range as a team.
  • Cash tied her season high with 25 points, going 11-for-14 from the field and 3-for-5 from the free-throw line. She had 11 points in the third period.
  • Melinda Trimmer scored nine of her 12 points in the fourth period to help YSU rally. Trimmer added a career-best seven rebounds.
  • YSU lost for the first time this season when having a better field-goal percentage than the opponent. The Penguins were 19-0 coming into the contest. YSU also lost for the first time when outscoring an opponent off turnovers.

Up Next

  • Youngstown State will conclude the regular season at Cleveland State on Saturday at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN and ESPN+