Brandi Brown scored 28 points, and the Youngstown State women’s basketball team held Virginia Commonwealth to 18 second-half points in a 58-45 victory Friday night at Verizon Wireless Arena.
The Penguins (10-3) matched their win total from all of last season and became the first Horizon League team to reach double figures in wins this season.
The game was YSU’s final non-conference game this season. Brown scored 18 of her points in the first half, and she was the lone Penguin in double figures. She was 13-of-20 from the field and had 10 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season.
VCU’s Robyn Parks scored 16 points.
The Rams were held to a season-low with their 45 points, and they scored 37 fewer points than in their 82-47 win over Maine on New Year’s Day.
YSU trailed for just 20 seconds in the game.
YSU scored the first 13 points of the game, but VCU fought back and had its only lead of the contest at 27-26 with 21 seconds left in the first half. YSU’s Karen Flagg hit a bucket just before the buzzer to put the Penguins up at the break, and Melissa Thompson scored the first six points of the second half to give YSU a 34-27 lead. Her trey on YSU’s first possession of the period gave her 200 points for her career.
YSU’s next game will be its Horizon League opener at Valparaiso at 2:35 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12.