Penguins Bounce Back with Impressive 83-68 Win Over Wright State

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

Sarah Cash and Alison Smolinski both scored 22 points, and McKenah Peters provided a spark to help the Youngstown State women's basketball team beat Wright State 83-68 on Friday evening at Beeghly Center.

Peters scored 12 of her career-high-tying 17 points in the second quarter and to help the Penguins build a 37-26 halftime lead, and YSU led by double digits for the final 19:18 of the game.

Youngstown State improved to 13-5 overall, 9-1 at home and 5-2 in Horizon League play as it shook off a disappointing two-loss trip to Wisconsin last week. The Penguins handed Wright State its first loss in league play, and the Raiders are now 13-5 overall and 5-1 in the conference.

Cash scored 16 of her 22 points in the second half and played just 24 minutes. Smolinski, who was honored before the game for breaking the school's career 3-pointers record, added four more triples to her mark.

Angel Baker came off the bench to score 27 points in 27 minutes to lead Wright State.

The Penguins led 11-4 seven minutes into the game, but the Raiders rallied to get within 15-13 at the end of the period and eventually took an 18-17 lead. Peters hit a pair of 3s within three possessions and scored eight straight points in a 12-0 run Penguins run that put them up 29-18 with 5:25 left, and Wright State never got closer than six the rest of the game.

Peters scored four more points in the first half, and Melinda Trimmer beat the buzzer with a layup that gave the Penguins their 37-26 halftime lead.

After taking their 11-point halftime lead, YSU made nine of its first 10 field-goal attempts in the third period and extended their advantage to 50-30 with seven minutes left in the quarter. The margin was at least a dozen the rest of the game.

Youngstown State shot 46.8 percent in the game and 54.8 percent in the second half, and the Penguins went 10-for-23 from 3-point range. Wright State started 1-for-12 in the game but rebounded to shoot 41.8 percent for the game.

The Penguins did well limiting the Raiders' strengths on the offensive glass and forcing turnovers. YSU allowed just six second-chance points and committed just seven turnovers.

Youngstown State will host Northern Kentucky on Sunday at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio, ESPN3 and WatchESPN. It will be Mascot Mania Day and Marco's Pizza Pete's Kids Club Day.