Brandi Brown posted her fifth consecutive double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds and the Youngstown State women’s basketball team used a second-half surge to pull away for a 66-47 victory over Wright State on Sunday at the Nutter Center.
The game was tied at 32 with 16:35 left when a driving bucket by Melissa Thompson started a 10-point run for the Penguins that developed into a 29-7 stretch. Monica Touvelle had back-to-back 3-pointers in the 10-0 run, and Heidi Schlegel added two of her nine free throws.
The win improves YSU to 15-5 overall and 5-2 in Horizon League play and sets up a second-place showdown with Detroit on Thursday at Beeghly Center. It also snapped a 10-game losing streak to Wright State, which dropped to 10-11 overall and 4-4 in conference games.
YSU also has its most wins and its most road victories since 1999-2000.
Karen Flagg had eight points and set new career highs with 11 rebounds and three blocks, and Schlegel had 15 points and eight rebounds. Thompson also had a career-high three blocks.
Ivory James had 14 points to lead Wright State, and KC Elkins scored 11 of her 13 points in the first half. The Raiders played the game without Preseason Horizon League Player of the Year Kim Demmings.
The game had five lead changes and six ties, the final of which was at 32-32. Once a three-point play by James stopped YSU’s 10-0 run, the Penguins went on a 13-0 run that was capped by back-to-back 3-pointers by Liz Hornberger with 9:09 left.
YSU led 5-4 on a Schlegel free throw with 16:27 on the clock, but Wright State scored the next seven points as part of a 10-2 run that saw it take a 16-9 lead. The Penguins stepped up their effort on defense and held the Raiders scoreless for more than seven minutes and took a 19-16 lead on another Schlegel charity toss. Wright State’s second 7-0 run of the half put it ahead 23-19 with 3:35 left, but YSU scored the final six points of the period to go up 25-23.
YSU’s battle for second place against Detroit will be Thursday at 5:15 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with the YSU men’s team.