Penguins force OT then fall

Staff report


The Youngstown State women’s basketball team rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime then fell 78-72 to American on Saturday.

The Penguins outscored the Eagles 21-13 in the fourth behind three 3-pointers from Nikki Arbanas to come back from a 57-48 deficit with eight minutes remaining.

American scored the first three points in overtime, and YSU never caught up.

Arbanas finished with 19 points on six 3-pointers.

Sarah Cash scored a game-high 25 points to go along with six rebounds.

Cash was 11-for-12 from the free-throw line in the game, and she split a pair of attempts with 42.9 seconds left to tie the game at 64 in regulation.

Kaitlyn Lewis scored 16 points to lead American and hit a big 3-pointer in overtime to put the Eagles up 72-66.

Down eight heading into the fourth and trailing by nine with eight minutes left, the Penguins held American scoreless for almost five minutes to tie the score at 57.

Arbanas hit a 3-pointer out of a timeout to make the score 57-55, and Cash tied it at 57 with 3:09 remaining.

American scored the next four points, and treys by Chelsea Olson and Arbanas helped the Penguins get within 64-63 with 59 seconds left. YSU forced a turnover, and Cash made her first of two free throws to tie the score with 42.9 seconds remaining.

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