Penguins fail to hold huge lead

Staff report


Western Michigan rallied from a 21-point halftime deficit and made 31-of-32 from the free-throw line to defeat the Youngstown State women’s basketball team 69-64 in overtime on Sunday at University Arena.

The Broncos made just three field goals in the final 12:14 of game action, including overtime, but they went 17-for-18 from the stripe during that span.

Youngstown State led by as many as 24 in the second half, and the Penguins still maintained a 10-point advantage inside of four-and-a-half minutes remaining. The Penguins had a 58-53 lead with under two minutes left when all that could go wrong went wrong.

With 56 seconds remaining in regulation, the Broncos’ Taylor Manley tied the game with a 3-pointer.

In overtime, the Penguins’ Heidi Schlegel scored the first two buckets to put YSU up 62-58, but the Penguins were outscored 11-2 the rest of the way.

Schlegel scored a career-high and game-high 18 points to lead four Penguins in double figures. Bojana Dimitrov scored 17, Tieara Jones had 11 and Brandi Brown had 10. Dimitrov and Brown fouled out in regulation, and Jones fouled out with 27 seconds left in overtime.

Macey Nortey also fouled out as YSU was whistled 25 times for infractions.

Manley had 16 points despite going 4-for-19 from the field.

WMU was 31-for-32 from the line while YSU was 10-for-19. The Broncos had 18 team fouls but only 10 after halftime. YSU had 19 fouls in the final 25 minutes.

YSU outshot the Broncos 41.8 percent to 26.2 percent.

Youngstown State played outstanding defense in the first half to limit the Broncos to 13 points in the first 20 minutes.

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