YSU to Hold Pink Game, Celebrate 1999-2000 Team Saturday vs. Cleveland State

Taylor Petit (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Taylor Petit (Photo by Rob Hayes)

Game Preview

  • Youngstown State reaches the midway point of its five-game homestand this week as it hosts Cleveland State on Saturday. Tipoff against the Vikings is set for 1 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on 1390 WNIO, iHeartRadio and ESPN3.
  • The Penguins are looking to snap a six-game losing streak over which they've been competitive in every game. YSU has led or been within four points in the fourth quarter in five of the six games. The Penguins have played the top four teams in the Horizon League standings in the six-game skid, which is their longest over a single season since 2011-12.
  • YSU's last close setback came to Northern Kentucky on Feb. 8 as it fell 59-55. The Penguins led 29-18 just over 11 minutes into the game, and the score was tied at 55 with less than two minutes left.
  • Chelsea Olson had 20 points against the Norse, including 13 in the first 11:15 of the game as YSU built its 11-point lead. It was Olson's second effort of at least 20 points in the last three games and her 15th game in double figures.
  • Olson moved up to ninth in the Horizon League in scoring, and she also ranks in the top 11 in the conference in rebounding, assists, 3-pointers, blocks, free-throw percentage and minutes.
  • YSU ranks sixth in the country in free-throw percentage at 78.4 percent. The Penguins have been in the top 20 nationally in free-throw percentage three times in the last four years, including 19th in 2018-19. The school record for best free-throw percentage in a season is 78.2 percent.
  • Maddie Schires needs three 3-pointers to break YSU's freshman record for 3-pointers. Her 53 3s are the seventh-most among all Division I freshmen.
  • YSU has played its last 19 games with just one active post. Injuries to forwards Mary Dunn, Emma VanZanten and Amara Chikwe have had the Penguins playing undersized and five-guard offense they've never run under seventh-year head coach John Barnes.
  • YSU has started at least three freshmen in 17 games, and six freshmen are averaging at least 15.8 minutes in conference play. Those six freshmen have accounted for 54.5 percent of YSU's scoring in HL games. Add in junior transfer Ny'Dajah Jackson, and 69.2 percent of YSU's points in league play have come from players who were high school seniors or redshirts last season.
  • Youngstown State has played seven of its first 12 conference games on the road, which is tied for the most in the league.
  • Even though it has dropped four straight games at home, YSU is 23-6 at Beeghly Center since the start of last season. The Penguins were 16-1 last year, and they are 7-5 on Rosselli Court in 2019-20.
  • Youngstown State has led the Horizon League in 3-pointers per game for five straight years. The Penguins are second currently, 0.2 on average and five 3s total, behind IUPUI. YSU needs 18 3s to reach 200 for the 10th straight season.

Tickets, Promotions & Fan Information

  • Tickets
  • Parking Information
  • Visitors Guide
  • Promotional Schedule
  • Advance tickets for Saturday'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 and gates will open at noon on Saturday.
  • Promotions
    • Pink Out
    • Pink Game - Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser Game, supporting the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center and the Kay Yow Foundation – More Information
    • 1999-00 20th Anniversary NCAA Celebration Game – More Information
    • Stadium Cup Giveaway, courtesy of Lyden Oil, Handel's, Farmers National Bank and 21 WFMJ
    • First Responders Day - $5 tickets with a valid Police, EMT or Firefighter badge

Youngstown State vs. Cleveland State

A Win Would...

  • Give YSU a 12-13 overall record this season and a 5-9 mark in conference play.
  • Be the 272nd in head coach John Barnes' career and his 116th at Youngstown State.
  • Snap a six-game losing streak.
  • Allow YSU to split the season series with Cleveland State.

On This Day

  • YSU is 7-5 all-time in games played on Feb. 15, and it is playing on the date at home for the third straight year. The Penguins beat Milwaukee 86-85 in overtime in 2018, and they topped Green Bay 70-59 in 2019.
  • Wanda Grant scored her 1,000th career point on Feb. 15, 1980, in just the 50th game of her career.

Scouting The Vikings

  • Cleveland State is 17-7 overall and 7-6 in Horizon League play, which puts the Vikings in fifth place in the standings entering this week. Since beating YSU on Jan. 10, Cleveland State has split each of its last four weekends. CSU beat Northern Kentucky 66-62 and lost 75-73 to Wright State last weekend.
  • As a team, Cleveland State leads the HL and ranks 37th in the country with 10.3 steals per game. The Vikings also lead the league in rebounding margin while ranking second in both scoring offense and scoring defense.
  • Mariah Miller and Mariah White are both all-conference players who each rank in the top five in the league in scoring. Miller tops the circuit with 18.3 points per game, and she's also sixth in rebounding and second in field-goal percentage. White ranks 12th in the nation with 3.2 steals per game to go along with 14 points and 3.3 assists per contest.

Series History

  • Overall: Youngstown State leads 41-32
  • Barnes: 7-6 // Home: 25-9 // Away: 12-22 // Neutral: 4-1
  • Current Win Streak: 1 by Cleveland State
  • Youngstown State has played Cleveland State more than any other program in its history and owns a 41-32 lead in the 83-game series that dates back to Jan. 19, 1976. The Northeast Ohio rivals have played each other at least once in all 45 seasons that YSU has had an intercollegiate women's basketball program.
  • YSU is 16-23 against Cleveland State since it joined the Horizon League in 2001-02, but the Penguins have won five of the last six meetings against the Vikings. YSU had won five straight before losing 60-62 at the Wolstein Center on Jan. 10.

This Season at Cleveland State – Jan. 10, 2020 at the Wolstein Center

  • Youngstown State outscored Cleveland State 41-17 in the first and third quarters, but the Vikings held a 43-11 edge in the second and fourth quarters and won 60-52 on Jan. 10, 2020 at the Wolstein Center.
  • Jen Wendler tied career highs with 13 points and nine rebounds, and Maddie Schires scored all 11 of her points in the third quarter to help Youngstown State build a 48-39 lead after 30 minutes.
  • The Penguins led by 10 four different times in the game, including 10-0 three minutes into the game and 45-35 with 1:16 left in the third period. YSU led 50-43 with 6:53 left in the game, but the Vikings ended the game on a 17-2 run.
  • The Vikings outscored the Penguins 12-2 in the paint and 8-0 on offensive rebounds in the fourth period.

Last Season vs. Cleveland State at Beeghly Center – Jan. 26, 2019

  • YSU scored the first 12 points of the game and led by double digits for the final 33 minutes in a 73-55 win over Cleveland State on Jan. 26, 2019, at Beeghly Center.
  • The Penguins shot 51.8 percent from the field and pounded the ball inside for 50 points in the paint. Sarah Cash scored a game-high 24 points in just 20 minutes, and Mary Dunn scored 22 points in 18 minutes. They were a combined 21-for-30 from the field.
  • YSU held a 41-24 edge in rebounding after the battle of the boards was tied at 16 at halftime. The Penguins outrebounded the Vikings 25-8 in the second half.
  • YSU committed 14 turnovers in the second half, which led to 14 points for the Vikings.

Recapping Northern Kentucky

  • Youngstown State led by as many as 11 early in the second period but dropped a 59-55 contest to Northern Kentucky last Saturday at Beeghly Center.
  • Chelsea Olson scored a game-high 20 points while Ny'Dajah Jackson had 10 points off the bench. Olson had 11 points in the first quarter, and her layup at the 8:45 mark of the second quarter put the Penguins up 29-18.
  • The Penguins were 11-for-14 from the field at that point, but they were 10-for-33 and scored 26 points over the final 28:45 of the game.
  • NKU jumped out to an 8-2 lead after making three of their first four shots, including a pair of 3-pointers. After a timeout, the Penguins went on an 18-4 run to take a 20-12 lead. YSU led 24-16 at the end of the first period, and a 3 by Mady Aulbach and a layup by Olson helped grow the lead to 29-18.
  • NKU ended the first half on a 15-6 run to get within 35-33 at halftime, and the Norse scored the first five points of the third quarter. The largest lead for either squad was four in the quarter, and NKU led 53-48 with less than five minutes left in the fourth.  YSU tied the game at 55 on a Maddie Schires 3 at the 1:59 mark, but that was the Penguins' last points.
  • Northern Kentucky scored 16 points off YSU's 16 turnovers, and the Norse converted 12 offensive rebounds into 13 second-chance points.
  • YSU attempted just 10 3-pointers in the game, which was the fewest by a Penguins team since they were 2-for-6 from beyond the arc on March 4, 2010, at Green Bay. The previous low this season was 13 attempts at Robert Morris on Nov. 13.
  • Olson scored at least 20 points for the second time in the last three games. Prior to her 21-point effort at IUPUI on Feb. 1, her previous season high was 18 points.
  • YSU had a better field-goal percentage – 44.7 percent to 41.1 percent – and made the same number of 3-pointers and free throws as the Norse. NKU made two more field goals and had nine more field-goal attempts as they were plus-six in offensive rebounding and plus-two in turnover margin.

Up Next

  • Youngstown State will play its final two home games of the regular season next week at Beeghly Center. The Penguins will host Detroit Mercy on Feb. 21at 7 p.m., and they'll welcome Oakland to campus on Feb. 23 at 1 p.m.
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