MENYSU (8-11, 3-4) vs. CLEVELAND STATE (7-13, 1-6)
When: Today, 7 p.m.Where: Beeghly Center.Radio/TV: WNIO-AM 1390; WYFX, FOX 17/62, (tape delayed 10:30 p.m.).YSU projected starters: Forwards Jack Liles (6-8 sophomore, 6.6 points per game) and Dwight Holmes (6-6 senior, 3.5 ppg); guards Quin Humphrey (6-4 senior, 17.2 ppg), Byron Davis (6-2 junior, 8.8 ppg) and Keston Roberts (6-4 senior, 16.2 ppg).Cleveland State projected starters: J'Nathan Bullock (6-5 sophomore, 13.7 points per game); Raheem Moss (6-4 senior, 10.9 ppg); Patrick Tatham (6-7 senior, 4.8 ppg); Joe Davis (6-0 freshman, 9.3 ppg); Bahaadar Russell (6-1 sophomore, 2.8 ppg).
Coaches: Jerry Slocum (The King's, N.Y. '75) is 15-32 in his second year at YSU and 595-355 in 32 seasons overall. Gary Watters (Ferris State '75) is in his first season with the Vikings and has a 178-147 mark in 11 seasons of college coaching.
Notes: The Penguins fell in their last contest running up against a hot-shooting Butler team and losing 67-39 in Indianapolis. Keston Roberts was the only Penguin in double figures, while Butler connected on 14 3-point goals, which alone outscored the Penguins in the game. Cleveland State closed its brief three-game league homestand on Thursday when the Vikings lost to league-leading Wright State 78-67. The Vikings have played better than their record, owning the halftime lead in 14 of the 19 games this season. CSU only Horizon win, a 63-61 win over Detroit on Saturday, a game which saw the Vikings build an 18-point scond half lead and then hold off the Titans down the stretch to allow CSU to claim its first league win of the season. YSU holds a slim lead in the overall series 34-31. The teams split last year with each winning on the road, while the Vikings own a 6-4 advantage between the teams since YSU became members of the Horizon League.
Next: YSU will head back out on the road next Wednesday when it visits Wright State in a 7 p.m. tip-off in Dayton.
WOMENYSU (4-12, 2-4) AT UW-GREEN BAY (14-3, 5-0)
Game time: 4 p.m.Where: Phoenix Sports Center, Green Bay, Wis.
Radio/TV: None.YSU projected starters: Heather Karner (5-10 junior, 13.1 points per game); Monique Godfrey (5-8 sophomore, 10.3 ppg); Nikita LaFleur (6-1 sophomore, 5.1 ppg); Lauren Branson (5-7 junior, 2.9 ppg); Jessica Schloemp (6-3 junior, 4.6 ppg)UW-Green Bay projected starters: Nicole Soulis (6-2 senior, 18.1 points per game); Natalie Berglin (5-7 senior, 11.1 ppg); Rachel Porath (5-10 sophomore, 10.1 ppg); Kayla Groh (5-7 junior, 9.5 ppg); Amanda Popp (5-10 senior, 8.3 ppg).
Coaches: Tisha Hill (Indiana '93) is 28-71 in her fourth season with the Penguins. Kevin Borseth (Lake Superior State '76) is in his ninth season with a 201-61 record with the Phoenix.
Notes: The Penguins saw their two-game Horizon League win streak snapped in Milwaukee 60-44 on Thursday. Again it was another poor shooting contest by the Penguins who made just 14 of 62 attempts for 23 percent. They were even worse from 3-point range where they made just three of 21 shots for 14 percent. They also committed 23 turnovers. The Penguins didn't have a player in double figures as sophomore Ashley Pendleton led the way with nine points and six rebounds off the bench. Top scorer Heather Karner was held to just four points and was 1-of-11 from the field. Green Bay, all alone in first place in the league standings, improve to 5-0 in the conference on Thursday with an 82-39 rout of Cleveland State in Green Bay. The Phoenix is on a 10-game winnng streak. Green Bay holds a 14-1 edge over the Penguins in the series including the last three in a row. YSU's only win in the series came in Green Bay.
Up next: The Penguins will be off until next Saturday when they return home to play Cleveland State in a 2:05 p.m. tip-off at Beeghly Center.
Vindicator staff report