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Struggling Penguins try to end losing streaks



Published: Sat, January 8, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



For the women, Jen Perugini is 16th player to reach 1,000 career points.

YOUNGSTOWN -- Both Youngstown State basketball teams return to action today, seeking to end protracted losing streaks.

The Penguins' women's team is at Wright State for a 2 p.m. contest at the Nutter Center.

Youngstown State (6-7, 1-2 Horizon League) has lost three straight games, including a 56-48 setback on Thursday at Illinois-Chicago.

In that game, senior Jen Perugini scored 16 points to lead Youngstown State scorers, and in the process, reached 1,000 points for her career. Perugini is the 16th player in school history to reach that plateau.

Perugini continues to lead the Penguins in both scoring (14.8 ppg) and rebounds (10.7 rpg). Barb Fabianova (12.7) and Cathy Hanek (11.0) are also averaging in double figures.

Streaking

Wright State (8-6, 2-1) has won three of its last four games, including an 81-52 rout of Cleveland State on Thursday.

Tyanda Hammock led the Raiders with 16 points and Danielle Duncan had 10 rebounds.

Brittney Whiteside leads Wright State in scoring and rebounding, averaging 14.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Jeanette Woodbury is averaging 12.6 points per game, while Angie Ott is next at 10.8.

The Raiders are averaging 68.9 points per game and allowing 65.9, while YSU is averaging 63.2 ppg and giving up 63.5.

Today's game is the last of four straight on the road for the Penguins; they return home for two games next week, against Loyola of Chicago on Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. and Wisconsin-Green Bay on Saturday at 1 p.m.

The Wednesday contest is the first of doubleheader.

Men at Cleveland State

The Youngstown State men's team is at Cleveland State today for a 5:30 p.m. contest.

YSU will try to snap a four-game losing streak while the Vikings are in the midst of a seven-game skid.

The Penguins (3-10, 1-3 HL) lost 78-55 at Wisconsin-Green Bay on Thursday night. Quin Humphrey and Alex Sanchez each scored 12 points for YSU.

The Vikings (3-7, 0-2) have played a brutal stretch of five consecutive road games after playing four of their first five at home this season. On Thursday, CSU dropped a 73-57 at Wright State.

CSU winless in HL

Cleveland State has lost 22 straight league games, dating back to a win over the Penguins on Feb. 13, 2003. CSU lost their final four games of 2002-03, all 16 league games last season and their first two of this year.

Senior forward Omari Westley leads the Vikings, averaging 14.3 points per game following a team-high 18 points against Wright State. As a team, the Vikings are shooting 42.6 percent while YSU is making field goals at a 40.9 percent clip. Both teams have watched as opponents have had success from the field. YSU is allowing opponents to shot 45.6 percent while CSU's opponents are hitting 48.1 percent of their attempts.

Both teams have been playing shorthanded of late. YSU has played without senior forward Brian Radakovich for the past three games because of a back injury, and he is doubtful for Saturday's contest.

CSU sophomore forward Patrick Tatham started the first eight games of the year before suffering an injury in warm-ups prior to the game at Loyola on Jan. 3. Tatham has missed the past two contests.




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