Olson Records Triple-Double, Penguins Roll Past Canisius To Open Season

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

Junior guard Chelsea Olson recorded the Youngstown State women's basketball team's first triple-double since 1986 as the Penguins opened the season with an impressive 87-59 victory over Canisius on Tuesday at the Beeghly Center.

Olson finished the night with 13 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds to help lead an impressive all-around YSU scoring performance. Olson is just the second player in school history to record a triple-double, joining Danielle Carson, who had six in her career, the most recent of which occurred on Feb. 24, 1986, against Murray State.

In the contest, YSU had five players make their collegiate debuts while Emma VanZanten and Ny'Dajah Jackson were making their YSU debuts. Those seven new Penguins combined to score 58 points. The three veteran Guins - Mary Dunn, Olson and McKenah Peters - finished with 29 points.

Jackson had the most impressive debut scoring 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting, and she went 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Taylor Petit finished with 15 points in her debut while Dunn added 13 for the Guins.

For the night, YSU shot 48.5 percent making 33-of-68 attempts and went 14-of-38 from beyond the 3-point arc. Canisius shot 29.2 percent making 19-of-65 attempts.

YSU opened the second half on another big run, jumping out to a 62-31 lead by the 4:38 mark. By the end of the third quarter, the Penguins led 69-43 following a final-second 3-pointer by Jackson.

YSU came out hot shooting 52.4 percent to build a 28-14 lead after the opening 10 minutes.

Canisius opened the game's scoring with a basket before the Guins reeled off the next nine points. With just under two minutes left in the first period, YSU led 19-12 before going on a 9-0 run to put the Golden Griffins in a deep hole.

Olson opened the run by making a layup and then converting a 3-pointer. Jackson followed by making a fast-break layup while Dunn connected on 12-foot jumper to give the Guins a 28-12 lead with 18 seconds left in the period.

YSU kept the heat on in the second period leading by as many as 26 points at the midway point, 44-18. Canisius was within 31-18 before the Guins opened things up by scoring the next 13 points from the 8:00 to 4:54 mark. Freshman Quinece Hatcher started the run with a put-back layup then Jackson added the next five points. Maddie Schires made the first two 3-pointers of her collegiate career on back-to-back possessions to push the lead up to 44-18.

Canisius made a run to pull within 46-26, but the Penguins were able to build a 50-28 halftime lead.

In the first half, YSU shot 48.8 percent (20-of-41) and knocked down eight 3-pointers. The Golden Griffins shot just 28.6 percent making 10-of-35 attempts.

The Penguins, who have won 17 of their last 18 home games, continue their homestand to open the season when they play host to Kent State on Saturday. Tipoff at Beeghly Center is set for 1 p.m.