Penguins win again on the road
The Youngstown State women’s basketball team had five players score at least seven points and hit 11 3-pointers in a 67-54 win over Illinois-Chicago on Thursday at the UIC Pavilion.
The Penguins (14-5, 4-2 Horizon League) have matched their conference win total from last year and have tied for their most overall wins since 1999-2000.
YSU earned its seventh road win, its most since 1999-2000.
Senior Brandi Brown contributed 20 points and 10 rebounds, but she had plenty of help.
Liz Hornberger scored nine of her 12 points in the second half and Monica Touvelle scored nine of her 11 in the first half.
Heidi Schlegel added nine points,and Karen Flagg posted seven. Shar’Rae Davis led all players with seven assists.
For UIC (6-13, 2-4), Rachel Story finished with 19 points and Katie Hannemann and Taylor Foulkes had 12 apiece.
The other six Flames who played combined for 11 points.
Both teams started fast as UIC made its first five attempts, and Brown did everything she could to keep pace.
She scored all nine of her first-half points in the first four-and-a-half minutes, and her three-point play gave YSU a 12-11 lead with 15:35 to go.
There were nine lead changes and four ties in the first 10:25, but a Touvelle trey sparked an 8-0 run that put the Penguins up for good.
After UIC led 18-16 with 11:30 left, the Flames scored just six points the rest of the half as YSU went on a 19-6 burst.
UIC cut the 12-point deficit in the second half to five with 8:26 remaining. Hornberger hit her first of three second-half triples on YSU’s next possession, and she hit another about a minute later to put the Penguins up 56-47.