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YSU Wins NIT Opener, 63-51, Over Indiana State


Three years ago, Bob Boldon took over a program that lost every game they played the year before.  He inherited Brandi Brown and a puzzle that needed to be put together.  A few years later, Boldon finds himself leading a team into the NIT Tournament on the heels of a 22 win season.

“We really were at the lowest of the lows”, recalled Brown.  ”  I am grateful to be a part of this team and feel like we are in a really good place right now.”

Youngstown State had their hands full with an Indiana State team that won 18 games and had a size advantage, nothing new to the YSU Lady Penguins.  The host team played hard and enjoyed a 63-51 first round NIT win.

The Penguins raced out to a 29-23 lead at the half.  Liz Hornberger (below) had ten points and Brown added nine to lead the YSU offense.  The Sycamores got eight from their big post player, Marina Laramie.


YSU got the first points of the second half to take a 31-23 lead, but Indiana State got it back to 31-29 in just two minutes.  Heidi Schlegel (below) hit a bucket with 15:27 left to increase the YSU lead to 34-31.  Good to see Schlegel back on the floor after missing seven games with an injured knee.

“Two years ago, we only won six games”, said Schlegel.  “Playing Saturday will be something we are used to after a Thursday game because that’s how the conference worked out too.”

You would never know by watching Boldon’s Penguins that the 22 wins they already had eclipsed the previous four years combined.

With 13:09 left in the game, Hornberger went down with what appeared to be an injured right knee.  An eerie silence muffled the cheers for a minute or so before Hornberger was helped to the YSU bench.

When play resumed, Brown went into Horizon League Player of The Year mode.  She would first hit a basket that would make it 42-37 with 12:33 to play.


YSU seemed to let Indiana State get within arms’ reach and then pull back away.  With 10:01 left in the game and YSU ahead 44-41, Karen Flagg drove in from the right side, hit a layup and got fouled.  Flagg hit the charity toss to bring the edge back to six points at 47-41.

The Penguins started to put some distance between themselves and the Sycamores when Brown went to the line to shoot a one-and-one and knocked both down to crank the lead up to 49-41 with 9:03 left to play.

Brown (below) was repeatedly guarded very physically.  There were several instances throughout the game where a player from either team would be on the deck.

“There aren’t a lot of bad teams still playing basketball right now”, remarked Boldon.

“We have things to work on, if you look at the stat sheet you would think our players shot with their opposite hands.  We won’t have a lot of time to prepare for a very good Toledo team, and they won’t have any more time than we do to prepare.”

Brown and company showed their toughness throughout the game.  With 3:55 left in the game, Brown again stymied any momentum the Sycamores were building.  Brown hit a shot to make the score 54-46 in favor of YSU.


With less than two minutes remaining, YSU held a 56-47 lead.  Indiana State would go into foul mode and YSU converted enough chances to get the win.

The Penguins (23-9) got 16 points and 10 rebounds from Brown.  Schlegel chipped in with 11, and Flagg contributed 10.  YSU was also aided by a technical foul on the Indiana State bench in each half.

Indiana State got a very balanced scoring attack with Natasha Zurek, Laramie, Taylor Whitley, and Anna Munn reaching double figures.  Munn was the Sycamores top scorer this season as she averaged 17.1 per game.  It was odd to see a top scorer in an Indiana State uniform wearing #33.

YSU will face Toledo in the second round game, in Toledo. YSU is 3-0 against the MAC this season, and as a league the Horizon holds a  16-7 advantage.

YSU Women Nab One-Point Thriller At IUPUI


The Youngstown State women’s basketball team battled through 37 turnovers by shooting 50 percent and held on to beat IUPUI 58-57 on Monday evening at The Jungle.

Brandi Brown scored 25 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, and her 11th bucket of the night gave the Penguins their 58-57 lead with 1:27 left. That was the game’s final score, but there was plenty of drama in the final 87 seconds.

Kerah Nelson missed two free throws for IUPUI with 29 seconds left, but the Jaguars got the offensive rebound. Heidi Schlegel forced a tie-up to give YSU possession, but Schlegel missed the front end of a one-and-one with 13 seconds remaining. IUPUI called timeout to draw up a play for Nelson, but the fifth-year senior missed the go-ahead attempt in traffic.

Liz Hornberger scored all of her 11 points in the first half, including eight in just over two minutes. She played all 40 minutes. Schlegel added 11 points off the bench in 28 minutes. Brown was 11-for-16 from the field, and YSU made 23-of-46 from the field. The Penguins were an efficient 6-for-11 from 3-point range.

The Penguins are 6-1 for the first time since the 1997-98 season and improved to 4-1 on the road.

YSU out-rebounded the Jaguars 47-22, which helped offset the Penguins’ turnovers.  Still, the Jaguars attempted 17 more field goals and six more free throws than the Penguins. YSU was averaging 14.8 turnovers per game and had a high of 19 through the first six games.

Youngstown State will remain on the road to play at Cincinnati on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN.

YSU Women Now 5-1 After Impressive Performance


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.

YSU Women Win By 20 To Improve To 4-0


Liz Hornberger scored a career-high 18 points, and the Youngstown State women’s basketball team scored 51 points on 63.6-percent shooting in the second half to defeat Miami (Ohio) 76-56 on Sunday at Millett Hall.

The Penguins improved to 4-0 for the first time since the 1996-97 season and won at Miami for the first time since 1979. The RedHawks appeared in the WNIT last season and were picked to win the East Division of the Mid-American Conference prior to this year.

Hornberger scored 12 of her points in the second half, and Heidi Schlegel scored all 12 of her points in the second half in her first game of the season. Brandi Brown added 18 points while Shar’Rae Davis had 12 points and Karen Flagg finished with a career-best 10.

Courtney Osborn finished with 15 points to lead Miami, which dropped to 3-2.

Following a sloppy first half that saw the teams tied at 25 after 27 combined turnovers, Youngstown State scored 13 points in the first 4:14 of the second half to go up 38-30. Jessica Rupright made a bucket for Miami to cut the deficit to six, but Hornberger answered with her second triple of the period to start a five-point run for the Penguins. The RedHawks did not get closer than eight the rest of the game.

Youngstown State will remain on the road to play Northern Kentucky on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

YSU Women Fall To Cleveland State, 59-56, To Close Season


The Youngstown State women’s basketball had three tries to force overtime in the final seconds, but could not connect on any dropping a hard-fought 59-56 decision to Cleveland State in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament on Monday night at the Wolstein Center.

With 8.9 seconds left, the Penguins setup Monica Touvelle for the first try from straight on, but her shot glanced off the left side of the rim. Brandi Brown grabbed the board, but her off-balance 3-pointer from the wing bounced out. Heidi Schlegel grabbed the second rebound and alertly dribbled out to the 3-point line, but her shot at the buzzer didn’t fall as the Vikings advanced to play at Detroit on Wednesday night in the quarterfinals.  The Penguins finish the season 10-20 while Cleveland State improves to 12-18.

YSU turned up the defensive pressure to have a chance to force overtime. The Penguins tied the game early in the second half on two occasions, before the Vikings went on top 27-25 with 17:55 remaining.  At the 8:42 mark, the Vikings went ahead 52-45 on a 3-pointer by Shalonda Winton. YSU pulled within 52-47 on a couple of free throws by Kelsea Fickiesen. However, the Vikes pushed their advantage back to seven at the 7:08 mark on two free throws by Honesty King.

From that point, the team’s struggled offensively down the stretch. Touvelle broke the scoring drought for both teams with a base-line jumper at the 3:03 mark. Brown answered over a minute later driving to the bucket and converted a layup with 1:49 remaining cutting the deficit to 54-51.

Kenya Middlebrooks split a pair of free throws with 1:07 left and with 26.5 seconds left, Melissa Thompson‘s putback of a Middlebrooks missed triple got the Penguins within 56-54.  With 24.4 ticks left, Janelle Adams sank a pair of free throws to push the CSU lead up to 58-54.

Fickiesen quickly drove to the hoop scoring with exactly 18 seconds left.  With 16.6 seconds left, Thompson fouled Honesty King who made the first, but missed the second free throw.  The Penguins quickly moved the ball up the court, but Fickiesen was whistled for a charging foul with 9.8 seconds remaining. The YSU pressure then forced Adams to travel setting up the final 8.9 seconds.

For the game, YSU shot 30.4 percent making 21-of-69 shots, but went just 3-of-22 (13.6 percent) from behind the 3-point arc. All three 3-pointers came in a five-minute span of the second half. CSU shot 36.5 percent from the field converting 23-of-63 attempts.

Fickiesen led the Penguins with 11 points while Middlebrooks and Touvelle each finished with 10. Coleman had game-high honors with 17 points while Shalonda Winton had 15 and King added 13.

Both teams struggled offensively in the first half, shooting a combined 27 percent and committing 26 turnovers, and Cleveland State held a 23-21 lead at halftime. YSU’s defense forced 10 steals as a catalyst to Cleveland State’s 15 first-half turnovers, but the Penguins were 7-for-34 overall from the floor and 0-for-9 from 3-point range offensively.

YSU scored the first four points of the game, but Cleveland State scored six straight points for the first of three lead changes in the opening period. Middlebrooks put the Guins back up 9-8, and her steal and lay-up gave them a 16-12 lead with 6:10 left.

Schlegel’s bucket put YSU up 18-14 with 5:22 remaining, but YSU did not score for nearly five minutes as Cleveland State scored the next nine points to go ahead 23-18. Schlegel made a free-throw with 30.9 seconds left to end the drought, and Fickiesen made a lay-up with less than three seconds left to make the score 23-21 at halftime.

YSU Women Will Return To Cleveland State For Tournament Action


The Youngstown State Lady Penguins fought back after putting themselves in an early hole, but ultimately came up short, falling to Cleveland State.  Over the final seven-and-a-half minutes, the Vikings outscored the Penguins 20-9 and walked away with a 79-69 victory.  YSU committed 28 turnovers, matching a season high, and attempted a season-low 14 3-pointers in the loss.

The loss shook things up for the Horizon League Women’s Tournament.  Had the Penguins (10-19, 4-14) been able to nab the road win, they would have hosted a game Monday night in the first round.  Because of the way it ended, the Lady Penguins will head straight back to the Wolstein Center for a do-over with their local rivals.

The Penguins trailed by as many as 14 in the first half, but were was able to chip away and pulled themselves into the lead midway through the second half.  The Penguins outscored the Vikings 15-7 in the first five minutes of the second half to cut the margin to three, and they took their first lead of the contest when two Macey Nortey free throws at the 9:47 mark made the score 58-57. Cleveland State made two free throws to re-claim the lead, and a Kenya Middlebrooks bucket put YSU up 60-59 with 7:34 left. The Vikings made six of their next seven shots, and YSU missed six free throws in the final 6:37.


Cleveland State shot 63.3 percent in the first half and 50 percent for the game. The Vikings scored 22 of their 33 points in the second half in the final 8:30. YSU shot 40.7 percent and posted a season-high 16 steals.  Cleveland State made 10 of its first 13 shots and ended the first half on a 9-3 run to take a 46-35 lead at halftime. The Vikings led by as many as 14 in the period, and their 9-3 run to end the period came immediately after YSU had cut the deficit to five.

Heidi Schlegel registered her second career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Kelsea Fickiesen added a career-best 14 points.  For Cleveland State, Shalonda Winton finished with 25 points, and Takima Keane and Cori Coleman both had 14 points.

The Penguins will enter tournament play as the #10 seed, while Cleveland State will host as the #7 seed.

YSU Women Fall 84-62 At Wright State


Wright State used runs of 10-0 and 13-0 in the second half to pull away and defeat the Youngstown State women’s basketball team 84-62 on Thursday evening at the Nutter Center.

After 14 lead changes and nine ties in the first half, Wright State led the entire second half and outscored the Penguins 43-23. That included an 18-5 edge in the final six minutes.

The Raiders, who improved to 18-9 overall and 11-4 in Horizon League play, had three players reach the 20-point plateau. Courtney Boyd led all scorers with 24 points while Kim Demmings had 22 and Molly Fox posted 20. Brandi Brown led YSU with 18 points, 12 of which came in the second half. Heidi Schlegel added 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

YSU trailed just 52-48 with 15 minutes left, and the Penguins had a turnover in transition that seemed to jump-start the Raiders. Wright State scored the next 10 points, the final six of which were on back-to-back 3-pointers from Boyd, to go up 62-48.

Brown scored the next five points to cut the margin to nine, and YSU still trailed just 66-57 with under six minutes left. That’s when the Raiders scored 13 straight points to take a 79-57 with 2:43 remaining. Schlegel’s bucket at the 1:57 mark ended a five-and-a-half minute scoring drought for the Penguins.

Wright State did not have a field goal for nearly five minutes in the second half, but YSU was only able to score four points in that stretch and did not trim anything off the deficit.

After a back-and-forth first half, Wright State made four free throws in the final minute to take a 41-39 lead at halftime.

Wright State scored the first six points of the game, and that was its largest lead of the opening period. YSU scored the next five points, and Kenya Middlebrooks‘ third triple in the first five minutes gave YSU its first lead at 11-9. Wright State did not lead by more than two the remainder of the period.

YSU’s largest lead came at 30-25 with 5:34 remaining following a 7-0 run. Devan Matkin started the run with a 3-pointer, her second of the half, while Kelsea Fickiesen and Brown both had two points. Wright State scored the next five points to tie the score for the fifth time at the 4:55 mark, and neither team led by more than two the rest of the period.

Boyd had 15 points in the first half, which was nearly seven above her average coming into the game. Schlegel and Middlebrooks had nine apiece for YSU, which hit seven triples in the first 20 minutes.

YSU finished with 10 3-pointers in 30 attempts, which included a 3-for-18 effort from distance in the second half. Wright State outshot the Penguins 45.5 percent to 34.4 percent.

YSU will stay on the road and play at Detroit on Saturday at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on 1390 WNIO.

*Story courtesy of YSU Sports Information, John Vogel.

YSU Women Lose Heartbreaker to Butler, 65-63


Youngstown State University and Butler came into a basketball game with nearly identical records.  They played nearly an identical first half on the stat sheets, and consequently, this game went right down to the wire.  When the dust cleared and the threes finally finished flying, Butler came away with a 65-63 win.  Mandy McDivitt hit a big three with 2.3 seconds left to provide the difference in the game that could have really gone either way.

“Give her [McDivitt] credit”, exclaimed Boldon after the game.  “She made, in my opinion, a very tough shot.  From a purist perspective, it is a nice moment that she will remember for the rest of her life.  From my perspective, it stinks.”

In the first half, YSU opened the lead to as big as eight, but the Bulldogs erased the deficit and took a halftime lead of 29-27.  Heidi Schlegel had nine points to lead the Lady Penguins scoring attack.  Brandi Brown had eight on 3-4 shooting and a pair of free throws.  Butler got ten first half points out of Devin Brierly and nine more out of Mandy McDivitt.  Statistically, the first half stats showed that the records of these two teams wasn’t the only thing they had in common.  Butler chucked up 17 threes, while the Penguins attempted 15.  Neither team attempted more than four first half free throws and both seemed reliant on the long ball.


In the second half, Butler changed up the defensive scheme and they were using a full-court press to slow YSU down.  It worked as the Penguins scrambled to cross mid-court and had about half of the normal time on the shot clock to run their half court offense.  Butler opened the second half with an 11-3 run and by the time the second half was below ten minutes, the Bulldogs held a 50-43 lead.    Brierly and McDivitt were getting their threes to fall to increase the lead over that period of time.

Macey Nortey connected on a three with 9:20 to go in the game to make it 50-46.  Sarah Hamm hit a bucket for Butler with just over two minutes to go in the game that stretched the lead to 58-55, but the next trip up the floor, the Lady Penguins tied the game at 58 on a three from Monica Touvelle.  Hamm regained the lead fo Butler with another layup to make it 60-58.

Kenya Middlebrooks, aka ‘Miss Clutch’ lately, drilled a three with just over a minute to go in the game to give YSU their first lead since the first half, but it was short-lived as Butler was able to work the post for another easy deuce to regain a 62-61 lead.  With 28 seconds left in the game and the Penguins trailing by just one, Brown drove to the hoop and was fouled.  The Horizon League Preseason Player of The Year promptly swished two charity tosses to give her team the 63-62 lead.  Butler failed to score and with nine seconds left in the game, Schlegel was fouled.  Schlegel missed the front end of the one-and-one.  Butler rebounded and McDivitt hit a big three to give the Bulldogs a a two-point lead with 2.3 seconds remaining.

YSU inbounded to half court where Brown caught the ball and quickly dished it to Nortey on the right between the circles.  Nortey, with pressure in her face, could not get the ball to an open Middlebrooks in the right corner with enough time to get a shot off and Butler survived the last-ditch effort.


The Penguins got 23 points from Brown, who again provided the majority of the spark for the Penguins offense.  Schlegel (above) finished the game with 13 markers. Kenya Middlebrooks had a balanced effort for the Penguins as she scored 7 points, had 5 rebounds and 3 assists.

Butler got good production out of tgeir senior guard, Brierly, who finished the contest with 22 points.  McDivitt played big off of the Bulldog bench, contributing 18 points.

“We wanted to take Hamm out of the game”, said Boldon.  “We were successful in doing so but we were not able to stop everything else, they beat us in other ways.  You pick and choose your battles and it this loss is still a part of the process.”

The Lady Penguins hit the road for a pair of games, heading to UIC and Loyola.  They return home to face Milwaukee on February 16.

YSU Basketball Profiles: Kenya Middlebrooks


The role players have arguably been responsible for the dramatic turnaround for this years Youngstown State Lady Penguins basketball team.  Everyone knew that Brandi Brown was good, and Coach Bob Boldon said at the beginning of the year that others will have to step up as teams sharpen their focus on shutting down Brown.  Kenya Middlebrooks, a senior, has done exactly that.  Middlebrooks now holds the record for three-pointers made in a game with eight treys and finished with 30 points against Detroit, not too shabby for a ‘role player’.

Paneech: Let’s start out by talking about this season.  Has it been as big a success as you and your fellow Lady Penguins would have hoped for?

Middlebrooks: I think that season has been a successful one because we have a little more experience.  This is the coaches second year and we were able to adapt to what he wants from us and pass that along to the incoming players.

Paneech: You played under Cindy Martin.  It was not a productive period in YSU basketball history.  Enter Coach Boldon, new assistants, and a new system.  How hard is it to buy in with a changing of the guard?

Middlebrooks: It’s very difficult because you went two years putting all of your trust into a coach and a system.  Our record did not reflect what we wanted to accomplish. With Coach Boldon, I kind of took on a different role and had to learn to shoot threes because that is what his system incorporates.  It was difficult to learn, but it is nice to see results.

Paneech: You mentioned three-pointers.  You have that big square net device that rebounds the ball and you shoot sometimes 100 of those threes toward that thing before or after any given practice.  Do you ever see that apparatus in your mind during a game?

Middlebrooks: (laughs) No, we don’t visualize it during a game.  We have a couple of different things that we use including that particular piece of equipment.  We also use a machine that will measure the arc of our shots to make sure we are getting the right amount of height on a shot.  I never really thought about arc a couple of years ago, it was more ‘shoot if you are open’, now we concentrate on threes because we are more reliant on them.


Paneech: How “in-tune” is this staff with the players? I know if I ask Coach Boldon why Brandi sneezed in the second half, he would give me an accurate and honest answer.

Middlebrooks: We are very in-tune.  This second year has been much easier.  We have gotten to know all of them a bit better during the offseason.  During the season, we work very hard with them on different drills.  I would say that we know them pretty good and they know us just as well.

Paneech: In high school, were you the best player on your team?  Also, do you think when people get to the college level that they can’t all be the best player on a team anymore?

Middlebrooks: I played my high school ball in Toledo and was a pretty decent player. It wasn’t really that difficult of a transition because when players get to the college level, I don’t feel that they come with a big ego.  You adapt to a role and the coaches tell you what contribution they expect from you.  I didn’t even know about this place when I was a senior in high school.  My head coach knew Bernard Scott and sent him a tape.  I came to see the campus and was offered a scholarship, who was I not to take it? (laughs)

Paneech: This team has been labeled by the Horizon League as a lemon.  Brandi Brown gets named Horizon League Preseason Player of The Year, and your team gets picked to finish last.  Winning games, the role players have been the difference, agree?

Middlebrooks: Brandi is always a key factor because we always get things going through her.  I don’t think it is an issue though, when our shots fall, we are winning games.  When they don’t fall, we have to get back in the gym and continue working on our shots.

Paneech: Who is your best friend on this team and why?

Middlebrooks: I call her ‘babe’, and she is Macey Nortey.  We have grown up together since freshman year in the dorms.  We have been through a lot as far as different coaching staffs and players coming after us and leaving before us.  She is my best friend, and I can tell her anything, I love her.


Paneech: What are your reflections of Youngstown State University?

Middlebrooks: I really love it here.  People say a lot of bad things about this area, but the campus is great, small enough that I can get to class pretty quickly and the weather is the same as Toledo.  There are a lot of different cultures here though and I have really enjoyed my time here.  My grades are in the A-B range, I will be graduating in May.  Then I will try to find a job in social work in the Youngstown area or Toledo.

Paneech: In the past, you had the famous obstruction on your face, the glasses.  Now that Heidi Schlegel and Kelsea Fickiesen are around with their face shields, has the pressure been removed?

Middlebrooks: I have worn the goggles since my freshman year of high school.  I have had plenty of time to adjust and everything is the same, I am used to them.  My last coach wanted me to wear contacts so bad, but I like to be a little different on the court and having the goggles on makes me different.

Paneech: It is a hard balance for today’s student athlete to keep the grades up and to keep the performance level up, a very demanding pair of requirements.  What is a typical day like?

Middlebrooks: Well, I wake up, go to class then go to practice and then get to back to class.  I then go to either the library or the lab in Cushwa to study.  I get done at about nine, then I head to the dorm and continue to do more work.  I am usually up until 11.  I call home everyday and I like to cook a lot.

Paneech: Yeah?  What do you like to cook?

Middlebrooks: Oh man… anything.  Beef stew, steaks, chicken, pork chops — just a whole bunch of fattening foods.  I like to cook greens and cornbread.

Paneech: What are you watching on television?

Middlebrooks: I have shows that I watch weekly or daily.  I watch Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy.  I like Jersey Shore, any real-world show.  I used to watch American Idol, but now I only watch when they have the auditions at the beginning.

Paneech: Interesting, Desperate Housewives.  So if you were to equate the characters on that show to people on your team and coaches you who would play what roles?

Middlebrooks: Susan Delfino (Teri Hatcher) would be Heidi Schlegel.  Liz Hornberger would probably be Bree Van de Kamp (Marcia Cross).  Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman) is a tough one, I would say Tierra Jones could fit that role.  Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria) would definitely be Brandi.  If you watch Brandi, she loves clothes, nails, all that stuff, just like Mrs. Solice.  Coach Boldon would probably fit the role of a Tom Scavo because he has kids and his life revolves around them and he loves them very much.  Coach Schrader loves to gossip, she is great, but she could be Mrs McClusky.


One Word Answers With Kenya Middlebrooks

Favorite Color: Purple.

Favorite Breakfast Food: Hot Pizza.

Fast Food Order: Smoky Bones – Smoked Wings, Ribs, Fries, and Cornbread.

Favorite Drink: Blue Gatorade.

Worst Class Here: Psychology.

Best Class Here: Human Behavior I & II.

Worst Habit: Biting My Nails.

NBA Player: Dwayne Wade.

Dream Destination: Jamaica.

One Bad Thing In The World Worth Changing: Homelessness.

Biggest Phobia: Snakes.


YSU Women Drop 75-50 Decision At #11 Green Bay


The Youngstown State women’s basketball team played the 11th-ranked team in the country to within 15 points in the first 30 minutes before Green Bay pulled away to win 75-50 on Thursday evening at the Kress Events Center.  YSU trailed just 53-38 at the 9:56 mark, but the Phoenix went on a 20-5 run over the next 6:46 to separate itself from the Penguins.

YSU’s Brandi Brown led all scorers with 21 points and finished with 10 rebounds.   Kelsea Fickiesen, making her second career start, was next in line with nine points. She also had nine of YSU’s 28 turnovers, which Green Bay translated into a 33-5 edge in points off turnovers.

Lydia Bauer finished with 19 points, and Adrian Ritchie scored 17 points while making three of Green Bay’s eight triples.  YSU shot 45.2 percent overall, and Green Bay shot 49 percent. The Phoenix went 19-for-28 from the free-throw line while YSU was just 6-for-10.

The Penguins opened the second half on an 8-3 run to make the score 39-28 and force Green Bay to call an early time out. YSU still trailed just 56-40 with nine minutes left following a Brown bucket, but the Penguins scored just three points in the next six-and-a-half minutes. By that time, the Phoenix had built a 73-43 advantage.

Youngstown State will play at Milwaukee on Saturday at 3 p.m. Eastern. The game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN.