YSU will face toughest league rivals on the road



By PETE MOLLICA
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
YOUNGSTOWN -- Youngstown State's women's basketball team is building some confidence following two straight victories in the Horizon League.
The Penguins (4-11, 2-3 HL) have their hands full this week when they play their two toughest conference opponents, UW-Milwaukee and UW-Green Bay, on the road.
Thursday night, the Penguins take on Milwaukee (7-10, 3-1) at 8 p.m. at the Klotsche Center.
"We're excited," said YSU coach Tisha Hill. "Going out on the road against two of our toughest conference opponents."
"Our confidence level is starting to get where it should be and this will be a huge measuring stick as to where we are in the season," she added. "We've got to go out there hungry."
The Penguins will stay in Wisconsin to take on league-leading Green Bay (13-3, 4-0) Saturday at 4 p.m.
Coming off a win
The Penguins are coming off a 55-39 win over Detroit, overcoming a horrible offensive first half in which they shot just 19 percent from the field, but still led 15-8 at halftime.
"Our offense has struggled early for most of the year, but our defense has kept us in the game and in the last two games got the job done," said Hill.
"This is a young team and it takes time, but we've got to buy some time with our defense until those shots start to fall," Hill.
Milwaukee is coming off an 85-70 loss to Green Bay, but the Panthers had won three straight in the league.
YSU has won two straight, winning at UIC, 67-62, and then Detroit.
"They kids got a taste of winning at UIC and liked it and they wanted more," Hill said.
Face league's top player
The Penguins will be facing the league's top scorer and rebounder in Milwaukee's Traci Edwards. The 6-foot-2 sophomore is averaging 18.2 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.
"I've been pretty pleased with the effort that our starting five and several of our reserves have put forth this year, but we've got to shoot the ball much better than we have to date," said Hill.
"We're going out there determined to play our best," she added.
mollica@vindy.com

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