Lull enough to doom YSU against No. 25 Green Bay

Staff report

Green Bay, Wis.

The Youngstown State women’s basketball team battled to get within two possessions in the final minutes, but a seven-minute lull to start the second half led a 65-56 loss at No. 25 Green Bay on Thursday.

The Penguins trailed the Phoenix 26-22 at halftime, but Green Bay (13-2, 3-1 Horizon League) scored the first 15 points of the third period and was able to hold off a comeback by YSU in the fourth. Youngstown State cut the deficit to 54-49 after an Indiya Benjamin 3-pointer with 3:58 left, but the Penguins went without a field goal for more than three minutes.

“I was proud of the team for competing as hard as it did. It’s hard to win on the road and doubly hard to win at Green Bay,” YSU head coach John Barnes said. “I thought we raised our level of competitiveness. There was that stretch in the third quarter where we weren’t sharp, and that was the difference in the game. We need to learn from that and compete for all four quarters.”

Benjamin finished with a team-high 12 points. Chelsea Olson and Nikki Arbanas both finished with nine.

Youngstown State (6-10, 2-3) finished the game making a season-high 14 3-pointers but only made five two-point field goals.

Karly Murphy scored a game-high 14 points, and Jessica Lindstrom had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Phoenix.

Youngstown State will play at Milwaukee at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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