Smolinski gets hot late as YSU wins in OT

Staff report


Alison Smolinski scored 14 points in the final 11 minutes as the Youngstown State women’s basketball team won 65-59 in overtime at UIC on Saturday afternoon at the University of Illinois-Chicago Pavilion.

After the Flames scored the final five points of regulation and hit a 3 on the first possession of overtime, the Penguins went on a 12-1 run to go up 65-57 and take control.

Smolinski finished with 20 points and made five 3-pointers, including the 100th of her career.

Melinda Trimmer scored a career-high 11 points.

The Penguins earned their first road win of the season and won at the UIC Pavilion for the fifth straight season.

Terri Bender led the Flames with 17 points and eight assists.

UIC built a 7-4 lead in the first period but went scoreless for more than four minutes. YSU scored eight of the next 10 points to claim a 15-9 advantage as Jenna Hirsch hit a triple with 40 seconds remaining. UIC scored the final two points of the first period and the first 10 of the second to go up 21-15 when Tyra Carlsten-Handberg hit a 3-pointer at the 6:27 mark.

The Flames scored the first four points of the third quarter to go up 31-27, and Trimmer tied the score at 31 with a 3 at the 6:11 mark. YSU took its first lead of the second half on two Indiya Benjamin free throws at the 2:26 mark, and Smolinski’s triple extended the lead to 38-34 at the end of the third.

Another Smolinski 3-pointer put the Penguins up four again, 44-40, at the 5:25 mark of the fourth, but an 8-3 run by the Flames gave them a 48-47 lead with 3:53 left. Trimmer’s three-point play allowed the Penguins to regain the lead, and Smolinski’s 3-pionter with 1:38 remaining in regulation put YSU ahead 53-48.

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