Youngstown State University took advantage of a great defensive effort and got more than enough offense in a 76-43 win over Stony Brook. The win gives the Lady Penguins five in the month of November, only the second time that has been done in school history. It was also the largest margin of victory since the ’06-07 Penguins campaign.
In the first half, no Penguin had double digits in the points department, but YSU had six players with at least three points. Brandi Brown had nine to lead the way. Karen Flagg was a force on the boards with six first half rebounds, four were on offense.
Defensively, the Penguins forced Stony Brook into shooting less than 35% in the first half. YSU was also able to convert ten turnovers into 13 points and the Penguins held a comfortable 33-24 lead.
in the second half, the Lady Penguins exploded out of the gate with a 9-0 run to push the lead to 42-24. Liz Hornberger hit her fourth three-point basket of the game to encapsulate the nine point outburst that covered just the first minute-and-a-half of the second stanza.
“Nobody practices shooting more than Liz and Brandi during our practice weeks”, said Boldon. “It is encouraging to see those two team leaders also step out and take charges. They have been fantastic vocal leaders whether they go 5-10 or 0-10.”
The Penguins (5-1) pushed the lead to 22 with 11:02 left in the game when Heidi Schlegel hit a pair of free throws. Brandi Brown made it a 62-36 lead with exactly eight minutes left when she went the length of the court and made a nice layup while contested by to Stony Brook defenders.
As good as YSU looked, Coach Boldon will surely find something that he feels the team needs to improve on, it is the approach he has to coaching. One thing this YSU team will not be is complacent.
The Penguins got 15 from Hornberger who finished the game 5-9 from three-point land. Brown played solid, again, contributing 13 points, four rebounds, and being a force on both sides of the court. Karen Flagg (above) played like a mini Brandi Brown as she snared eight rebounds and had nine points. Schlegel tacked on 14 more points for the potent Penguins offense.
“I’m angry that we are 5-1, we should be 6-0”, said Hornberger. “We are celebrating winning the rebounding edge 34-33, it doesn’t happen as much as we would like.”
Stony Brook’s leading scorer was Jessica Previlon who knocked in 13 points. This team was not chopped liver. They entered the game with three wins in their last four contests.
YSU heads to the road for games with IUPUI and Cincinnati next week.