Women's Basketball Starts Five-Game Homestand Friday vs. Wright State

Chelsea Olson (Photo by David Dermer)
Chelsea Olson (Photo by David Dermer)

Scouting Report

  • Youngstown State will try to quickly shake off a rough Wisconsin trip as it hosts Horizon League-leading Wright State on Friday. Tipoff against the Raiders is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio, ESPN+ and WatchESPN.
  • The Penguins lost their first two conference games of the season last week, falling 71-68 in overtime at Milwaukee on Thursday and 60-42 at Green Bay on Saturday. YSU slid back to third place in the league standings with a 4-2 mark.
  • Youngstown State fell behind big in both contests. It was able to rally and force overtime by outscoring Milwaukee 23-10 in the fourth period, and the Penguins led 68-65 before the Panthers scored the final six points in the extra session. Green Bay didn't allow a rally and led by at least 13 the entire second half.
  • Friday's game against Wright State is the final contest in a four-game stretch for YSU against the No. 1, 2, 3 and 5 teams in the Horizon League preseason poll. The Penguins beat preseason No. 2 IUPUI 70-52 on Jan. 5 before losing at No. 5 Milwaukee and No. 1 Green Bay. YSU was the No. 4 team in the preseason poll.
  • The Penguins are 14-4 in their last 18 Horizon League contests, and they are 22-9 over their last 31 games overall.
  • Friday's game begins a five-game homestand for YSU in which it will go 26 days between road games. The five-game homestand is the longest for YSU since 2013, and it is the longest Horizon League homestand in program history.
  • Three different YSU players — Alison Smolinski, Chelsea Olson and Mary Dunn — have been named the Horizon League Player of the Week in the past six weeks.
  • Smolinski is YSU's career record holder with 212 career 3-pointers. She enters the week ranking fifth in the country with 59 3-pointers this season.
  • Smolinski ranks sixth in the HL in scoring with 13.6 points per game, and Dunn and Sarah Cash are tied for eighth with 12.6 points per contest. Olson ranks in the top five in rebounding, assists, free-throw percentage, 3s per game, blocks and minutes.

Tickets, Promotions and Fan Information

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  • Advance tickets for Friday's game are available at the YSU Athletic Ticket Office in Stambaugh Stadium. Tickets can be ordered in person or over the phone by calling (330) 941-1YSU. The ticket office is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Beeghly Center Ticket Office will open at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Previewing Wright State

A Win Would...

  • Improve YSU's record to 13-5 overall and 5-2 in HL play.
  • Snap a six-game losing streak against Wright State.
  • Give YSU a 9-1 record at Beeghly Center this season.
  • Be the 606th in school history and the 95th under Head Coach John Barnes.

Scouting The Raiders

  • Wright State is unbeaten through five Horizon League games and possesses the league's best overall record as well as 13-4. The Raiders have already beaten Green Bay, IUPUI and Milwaukee, the No. 1, 2 and 5 teams in the conference preseason poll. Two of Wright State's losses were by one possession.
  • The Raiders lead the league with 71.9 points per game, and they also pace the conference with a plus-3.2 turnover margin and 15.9 offensive rebounds per game.
  • Individually, JUCO transfer Michal Miller leads the Raiders with 13.5 points per game, which ranks eventh in the conference. Symone Simmons is second in the HL with 8.4 rebounds per game, and Miller and Mackenzie Taylor are both in the top five in the league in 3s per game.

Series History

  • Overall: Wright State leads 34-25
  • Barnes: 2-10 // Home: 15-12 // Away: 10-20 // Neutral: 0-2
  • Current Win Streak: Six by Wright State

Last Time vs. Wright State: L, 59-69 (1/27/18)

  • YSU rallied from an 18-point deficit to take a fourth-quarter lead but fell short of completing the big comeback in a 69-59 loss to Wright State on Jan. 27, 2018.
  • The Penguins trailed 20-9 eight minutes into the game and 39-23 at halftime. YSU went on a 15-2 run as part of an overall 26-6 spurt to climb to within five late in the third period and eventually took a 56-54 lead with 3:45 left in the fourth.
  • Sarah Cash had 17 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Nikki Arbanas scored seven of her 10 points in the third period and made two 3s.
  • Turnovers were a big problem again for YSU as Wright State scored 23 points off 19 Penguins turnovers.
  • WSU had runs of 12-2 and 13-2 in the first half as it built its 16-point halftime lead.

Last Time at Wright State: L, 50-73 (1/15/18)

  • Wright State scored the final eight points of the first period, used a big second quarter to take a 38-21 halftime lead and eventually won 73-50 at the Nutter center on Jan. 15, 2018. The Raiders ended the second period on a 13-2 spurt after YSU got within 25-19.
  • Wright State had 29 points off turnovers and 28 from offensive rebounds.
  • Sarah Cash had 12 points to lead YSU while Nikki Arbanas had 11.

On This Day

  • YSU is 9-1 in 10 previous games played on Jan. 18. The Penguins won their first eight meetings on the date, and they are 6-0 at home on Jan. 18.
  • YSU was 15-of-23 from 3-point range in a 97-73 win at Fort Wayne in 2005. Lauren Branson had 13 assists and Barb Fabianova made seven 3s in that victory.

Recapping Green Bay

  • Youngstown State was out of sorts offensively all afternoon and lost 60-42 to Green Bay on Saturday at the Kress Center.
  • YSU went without a field goal for more than nine minutes in the first half, and Green Bay went on a 16-1 run during that stretch to take an insurmountable 23-6 lead. The margin was at least a dozen the rest of the game.
  • Alison Smolinski posted her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-best 11 rebounds, and Chelsea Olson had nine points. It was the first game this season where at least two Penguins weren't in double figures.
  • Olson was 3-for-8 from 3-point range, but the other eight Penguins who played were a combined 2-for-22. YSU was 5-for-30 in the game.
  • YSU committed 16 turnovers, six of which came in the opening quarter. Green Bay had 13 steals and scored 25 points off turnovers. Both of those were season highs for an opponent.
  • The Penguins had a season-low seven assists against their 16 turnovers. They had 16 assists and 33 turnovers in the two games in Wisconsin. YSU had been at least even in assists to turnovers in eight of its previous nine games.
  • Laken James and Jen Wellnitz scored 17 points apiece to lead Green Bay, and they also combined for 10 13 steals. Phoenix head coach Kevin Borseth registered his 700th career victory.
  • YSU had its first loss this season when holding a rebounding edge.
  • Sarah Cash was whistled for two fouls in the first four minutes and finished with six points in 15 minutes.

Up Next

  • 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.