YSU WOMEN Hanek leads Penguins
Starter Jen Perugini sat out for reasons not revealed in Youngstown's win.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Cathy Hanek scored a career-high 28 points and Barb Fabianova added 23 as Youngstown State routed Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne 97-73 in a non-conference women's game Tuesday night.
Tara Fleming added 14 points and six rebounds for the Penguins (8-9), who were playing without starter Jen Perugini. The reason for Perugini's absence was not immediately known.
Lauren Branson had a career-high 13 assists for YSU, which travels to Butler on Thursday.
John Lewis-Carlisle led IPFW (2-14) with 19 points, and Ashley Johnson scored 17.
Verea Bibbs pulled down six rebounds for the Mastadons.
Both teams shot a blistering percentage in the first half, which ended with the Penguins ahead 45-42.
Youngstown State was 14-for-26 from the floor (53.8 percent), and the Mastadons were 16-of-30 (53.3 percent).
The difference in the game came down to a better defensive performance by the Penguins in the second half, and maintaining their effective shooting.
Youngstown State made 19-of-30 shots (63.3 percent) after the intermission to finish the game 33-for-56 (58.9 percent).
IPFW was just 10-for-24 (41.7 percent) in the second half to finish the game at 26-for-54 (48.1 percent).
The Penguins were 15-for-23 on 3-pointers for the game.
Fabianova made 7-of-10 from beyond the arc and was 8-for-11 overall; while Hanek made 9-of-15 shots, including 6-of-9 on 3-pointers.
Branson directed the offense, which had 23 assists and just 12 turnovers. By contrast, the Mastadons finished with six assists and 15 turnovers.
Youngstown State led almost the entire game, bolting to a double-digit lead (27-16) with 9:54 remaining in the first half.
But the Mastadons went on a 16-3 run, and Johnson's 3-point goal with 6:25 to go gave IPFW a 32-30 lead.
The Penguins started the second half just as quickly, extending their 45-42 halftime lead to nine on 3-pointers by Hanek and Fabianova in the first minute of play.
IPFW trailed by only four, 62-58, with 13:02 remaining in the game, but the Penguins went on a 20-7 run in the next six minutes for an 82-65 lead with 7:03 to go.