Quinece Hatcher scored 11 of her career-high 15 points in the third period to help the Youngstown State women's basketball team beat Detroit Mercy 62-47 on Saturday afternoon at Calihan Hall.
The Penguins outscored the Titans 27-8 in the third quarter to turn a two-point halftime deficit into a 17-point, 52-35 advantage through 30 minutes. Following a win at Oakland on Thursday, YSU completed the weekend sweep to improve to 11-7 overall and 4-3 in Horizon League play.
Hatcher finished 5-of-9 from the field, and she was also 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. Chelsea Olson posted 15 points, eight rebounds and two blocks, and Jen Wendler added 11 points. Maddie Schires made three 3s, and Taylor Petit had eight points and eight rebounds in her return from a three-game injury absence.
Sylare Starks and Brigid Fox had 15 points apiece for Detroit Mercy.
YSU shot 25 percent or below in the first, second and fourth periods, but it was 9-for-12 from the field in the third period. That, plus going 20-for-23 from the free-throw line, was enough for the Penguins to pick up the 15-point victory.
Detroit Mercy scored on its first two possessions of the game, and a 3-pointer by Starks at the 5:40 mark gave the Titans a 7-0 lead. An Olson 3-pointer on the ensuing possession gave the Penguins their first points, and YSU went on to score 12 straight points as part of a 14-1 burst to end the period.
The lead increased to 16-8 after two Wendler free throws at the 9:22 mark of the second period, but Detroit Mercy got hot and went on a 17-3 run to take a 25-19 lead with 3:11 remaining. Olson made a 3 for YSU's first bucket of the period 40 seconds later, and a three-point play by Wendler in the final minute got the Penguins to within 27-25 at halftime.
Olson jumper at the end of the shot clock on the first possession of the second half to tie the score at 27, and Hatcher followed with a free-throw line jumper to put YSU up 29-27. The Penguins did not trail again. Schires hit a 3 at the 4:46 mark to put YSU up 40-34 and prompt a Detroit Mercy timeout, and the Penguins went on to score the final 11 points of the quarter as part of a 17-1 run.
Youngstown State took its first 20-point lead on another Schires triple at the 7:31 mark of the fourth period that made the score 58-37. The Penguins matched that 21-point edge at 62-41 on a Ny'Dajah Jackson jumper with 4:07 remaining. That Jackson bucket ended up being YSU's final points of the afternoon as it was content to take possessions late into the shot clock to try and take time off the clock.
Youngstown State shot 36 percent from the field and 87 percent from the free-throw line. Detroit Mercy shot 33.3 percent from the field while making 13-of-26 from the free-throw line. Youngstown State held a 41-28 rebounding edge.
Youngstown State will play its first home games of 2020 next week as it wraps up the first tour of Horizon League play. The Penguins will host Green Bay on Friday at 7 p.m., and they will welcome Milwaukee to Beeghly Center on Sunday at 1 p.m.
There will be a large number of promotions for Friday's game against the Phoenix, including a Red Out, a Rally's 2-for-1 ticket deal, Campers Reunion Night, a YSU student t-shirt giveaway and a Veterans Appreciation Game.