Penguins drop road contest
Northern Arizona controlled the paint on both ends of the floor and pulled away from the Youngstown State women’s basketball team in the final 15 minutes for a 70-49 victory at the Rolle Activity Center on Monday evening.
The Lumberjacks outscored the Penguins 34-14 in the paint, and they held a 19-4 edge in second-chance points. NAU also forced YSU to take 27 of its 53 field goal attempts from beyond the 3-point arc and outrebounded the Penguins 51-29.
Sarah Cash scored 12 points in 16 minutes to lead the Penguins, and Mary Dunn and Alison Smolinski both finished with nine. Dunn scored seven of her points in the first two minutes of the third period.
Olivia Lucero scored a career-high 23 points and added nine rebounds for the Lumberjacks.
NAU led 18-13 at the end of the first period, and half of its points came on offensive rebounds.
Youngstown State’s only lead was 5-3 following a Cash bucket with 5:31 remaining in the first period.
Northern Arizona scored the next seven points, four of which came when offensive rebounds extended its possessions, to go up 10-5.
Smolinski’s triple for YSU trimmed the deficit to 10-8, and a Kelley Wright 3-pointer with 57 seconds left had the Penguins within 16-13.
That was the final time the score was within three. Youngstown State will return home to face Saint Francis U at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.