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PREVIEW | YSU basketball



Published: Sat, March 8, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



WOMEN

Who: Youngstown State (6-21, 3-13) vs. Butler (5-22, 3-13).

When: 8 p.m. today.

Where: The Resch Center, Green Bay, Wis.

Coaches: Ed DiGregorio is 318-240 in his 20th season. Beth Couture is in her first season with the Bulldogs.

YSU starters: Maggie Johnston, 5-foot-5 senior guard (10.0 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game); Jessica Olmstead, 5-9 sophomore guard (10.1, 5.1); Jen Perugini, 6-2 sophomore center (12.5, 8.2); Devin Novak, 5-10 junior guard (11.6, 2.4); Jessica Forsythe, 5-11 junior forward (9.0, 6.1).

Butler starters: Nancy Bowen, 5-2 junior guard (10.3, 3.8); Lisa Pryor, 5-8 junior guard (9.7, 2.9); Cortney Urquhart, 6-2 sophomore center (11.2, 7.3); Jessica Monaco, 5-9 freshman forward (5.7, 3.3); Angel Mason, 5-8 sophomore forward (10.8, 5.2).

Game notes: The Penguins finished regular season play with three straight losses. They suffered a 75-69 loss to Illinois-Chicago in the season final last Saturday. The Penguins played well in their final two home games. YSU's last victory was an 80-74 overtime win against Butler in Indianapolis, which snapped a 10-game road losing streak. Sophomore Jen Perugini carries a streak of four straight double-doubles into the game. She has recorded eight on the season. Tonight's game is the play-in game for the Horizon League tournament between the No. 8 (YSU) and No. 9 (Butler) seeds. The winner gets to play No. 1 seed and No. 22 ranked UW-Green Bay on Thursday on the Phoenix home floor. Butler has lost four straight coming into tonight's game.

Series: The Penguins have never lost to the Bulldogs in four previous meetings. Twice this season the Penguins have beaten Butler, 72-69 at YSU and 80-74 in overtime at Butler.

Radio: WNIO-AM 1390.

HORIZON FINAL STANDINGS

CONFERENCEOVERALL

WLPctWLPct

UW-Green Bay151.938243.889

Illinois-Chicago115.6881710.630

UW-Milwaukee115.6881512.556

Wright State88.5001116.407

Loyola88.5001116.407

Cleveland St.79.4381017.370

Detroit610.375819.296

YSU313.188621.222

Butler313.188522.185

Horizon Tournament

Today's Game

At Green Bay, Wis.

Butler vs. YSU, 8 p.m.

Thursday's Games

At Green Bay, Wis.

Detroit vs. Illinois-Chicago, 1:30 p.m.

UW-Milwaukee vs. Cleveland State, 3:30 p.m.

UW-Green Bay vs. YSU-Butler winner, 7 p.m.

Loyola vs. Wright State, 9 p.m.




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