YSU's women will play six home doubleheaders and Indiana of the Big Ten.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Seven 20-game winners, five teams qualifying for the NCAA or WNIT Tournaments and a Big Ten squad coupled with six home doubleheaders make a challenging and stirring slate for the Youngstown State women's basketball team during the 2005-06 campaign.
According to head coach Tisha Hill, the Penguins' challenges begin immediately as they tip off the 2005-06 season with the difficult task of four straight away contests.
YSU opens the slate at 20-game winner Robert Morris on Nov. 18 and visit Ohio on Nov. 22 before playing in the Indiana Tournament on Nov. 25-26.
Hill will face her alma mater, Indiana, for the first time as a head coach when YSU visits the Hoosiers for the first time since 1996 on Nov. 25. The Penguins will face either Bowling Green, who won 23 games and made the NCAA Tournament last season, or IUPUI on Nov. 26.
YSU hosts Saint Louis in a return game from last season on Nov. 30 as part of a women's and men's basketball doubleheader.
The Penguins will renew a rivalry with Mid-Continent Conference member Oakland on Dec. 5. The Golden Grizzlies finished 21-8 last season.
On Dec. 7, the Penguins continue non-league road action at Buffalo, who is under the tutelage of former Cleveland Rockers mentor and first-year Head Coach Linda Hill-MacDonald. They will visit WNIT participant Eastern Michigan on Dec. 10.
Hosts Indiana State
After finals week, the Penguins host WNIT participant Indiana State on Dec. 17 in the first meeting between the schools since 1981. The Sycamores closed out the 2004-05 campaign with a 23-8 overall mark.
The Penguins close out non-league play at Akron on Dec. 19 and host 2005 NCAA Tournament participant Coppin State on Dec. 21.
Like the start of the season, the Penguins open Horizon League play on the road as well with a matchup against Butler on Dec. 29 and a New Year's Eve contest against Wright State.
Four straight league home games
The Penguins begin 2006 with four straight Horizon League home contests marking the first time since 2001-02 the Penguins will play four straight home games and the first time since 1994-95 with four consecutive conference games played in Beeghly Center.
YSU will be hosts to Detroit (Jan. 7), UW-Milwaukee (Jan. 12), defending Horizon League champion UW-Green Bay (Jan. 14) and Cleveland State (Jan. 19) during that span.
After the 12-day, four-game homestand, the Penguins enter a tough stretch over the course of the last month of the season with six of their last 10 games on the road, including two three-game road trips.
The first road swing begins at Detroit on Jan. 21 and concludes in Chicago with games at Loyola on Jan. 26 and Illinois-Chicago on Jan. 28.
Youngstown State returns to Beeghly Center for a three-game homestand against Butler (Feb. 2), Wright State (Feb. 4) and Illinois-Chicago (Feb. 11) before its final road trip of the regular season.
Three away games in six days make up the Penguins' last road swing and include games at Cleveland State (Feb. 13), UW-Green Bay (Feb. 16) and UW-Milwaukee (Feb. 18).
The Penguins host Loyola in their regular season finale on Feb. 23 in Beeghly Center before entering the Horizon League Tournament.