Olson, Wendler Earn Horizon League Weekly Awards

Chelsea Olson and Jen Wendler
Chelsea Olson and Jen Wendler

Youngstown State women's basketball players Chelsea Olson and Jen Wendler have been named the Nike Horizon League Player and Freshman of the Week by the conference office.

Olson is the Horizon League Player of the Week for the second time in her career and for the first time in 2019-20. Wendler earned the league's weekly freshman award for the first time. The duo from Wisconsin helped the Penguins earn road wins at Oakland and Detroit Mercy last week.

Olson averaged a double-double last week in leading the Penguins to a pair of road wins. As YSU's only player on the floor who played more than 10 minutes per game last season, she averaged 14.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Olson filled the stat sheet with 14 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals in a 79-74 win at Oakland on Thursday. The Westby, Wis., native followed that with 15 points and eight rebounds at Detroit Mercy on Saturday.

Olson also reached three significant career milestones last week, recording her 750th career point, 500th career rebound and 250th career assist. She joined Danielle Carson and Liz Hauger as the only Penguins in program history to reach each of those levels.

Wendler, a native of Owen, Wis., had 11 points in both games last week while averaging 7.5 rebounds and shooting an impressive 54.5 percent from the field. At Oakland on Thursday, she scored 11 points and tied her career high with nine rebounds while also making her first career 3-pointer. She then had 11 points and six rebounds in just 23 minutes at Detroit Mercy on Saturday. She was 7-for-7 from the free-throw line against the Titans and 9-for-9 from the charity stripe for the week.

Youngstown State will play its first home game of 2020 when it hosts Green Bay on Friday at 7 p.m.

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