Chicago St. turns back YSU again
The Penguins had previously beaten Cougars 22 times before dropping their second straight to them, 69-49
CHICAGO -- The Youngstown State women's basketball team won 22 straight games against Chicago State during its nine years in the Mid-Continent Conference.
All of a sudden, the Penguins can't beat the Cougars.
Saturday, Chicago State won for the second straight time against YSU, 69-49 at the Jacoby Dickens Athletic Center.
The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Penguins (2-2).
Poor shooting costly: Poor shooting, especially from behind the 3-point line, was costly to the Penguins, who made just 37 percent of their shots and were 2-of-15 (13 percent) on 3-pointers.
"We're on the road with a bunch of young kids and these things are going to happen," YSU coach Ed DiGregorio said. "I was disappointed with our upperclassmen as they didn't step up tonight while our young players performed well."
The Penguins committed 31 turnovers.
"That's certainly a lot for us, but when you've got a lot of young kids in there and under that kind of pressure for the first time it's going to happen," DiGregorio said.
If there was one bright spot for the Penguins, it came in freshman forward Jen Perugini, who played in just her fourth collegiate game.
Perugini recorded her fourth double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Penguins in both categories.
Sophomore forward Heather Harris added 12 points and was the only other Penguin in double figures.
YSU came into the game without junior starting point guard Maggie Johnston, who suffered a sprained ankle.
Senior center Jen Horner, who came into the game averaging more than nine points and nine rebounds, fouled out with over 18 minutes remaining and contributed just two points.
YSU also lost sophomore guard Cathy Hanek with a concussion early in the second half.
The Penguins did get their first look at freshman standout Barbora Fabianova, who played more than 10 minutes and scored five points, including a 3-point goal on her first shot.
Can't handle pressure: But the Penguins couldn't handle the pressure defense and the quickness of the Cougars (3-3), who were led by the Coleman twins, Kathy and Kristal, both 6-1 sophomores.
Kristal led the Cougars with 21 points, while Kathy added 15. Chicago State out-rebounded the Penguins 43-34.
The Penguins led only once in the game (7-5) and that came on Harris' 3-point shot with less than 15 minutes remaining.
The Cougars regained the lead on a three-point play by Kathy Coleman and never trailed again.
YSU tied the score on Fabianova's 3-point goal at the 5:30 mark, but Chicago State led 36-28 at halftime.
YSU made just one of its first nine shots to start the second half and committed its 20th turnover with just under 12 minutes remaining to fall behind 50-35.
The Penguins scored seven straight points and cut the Cougar lead to 56-43 with 5:29 remaining, but that was as close as they would get.
The Penguins, two games into their nine-game road trip, will visit Buffalo Wednesday at 7 p.m.