YSU looks to turn it around vs. Green Bay today
By Brian Dzenis
What’s Indiya Benjamin’s goal for today’s Horizon League Tournament semifinal with Green Bay? Don’t let it happen again.
The “it” was when the Penguins failed to score in the third quarter in a 67-42 loss to the No. 21 Phoenix on Feb. 17 at Beeghly Center.
“That’s not how we want to start any quarter, let alone after a halftime talk from a coach that’s giving us all this encouragement and power,” Benjamin said. “We need to come out strong and play hard the whole game no matter what quarter it is or how much time is left on the clock.”
The Phoenix (27-3, 16-2) swept the regular season series with the Penguins (16-14, 17-11). The first go-around was a 65-56 defeat in Wisconsin. That contest also featured a poor third quarter that ultimately doomed the Penguins.
“After halftime, we always seem to come out slow against Green Bay,” Penguin forward Sarah Cash said. “We have to be as strong as we were in the first half.”
Green Bay is riding a four-game win streak into Detroit after beating Northern Kentucky, 62-49, on Saturday.
“They have all the positions and two great seniors that play the majority of their minutes. We’re just going to have to play a very solid game on both ends,” YSU coach John Barnes said. “They do a great job forcing turnovers and rebounding. Jessica Lindstrom is one of the best rebounders in the country — not just in our League. Allie LeClaire handles herself out there very well and controls the team. “
Lindstrom is one of 32 players in Division I women’s college basketball averaging a double-double (15.3 points, 10.5 rebounds).
“It’s going to be a challenge, but this is David and Goliath. We’re the little guy that nobody in the world is betting on,” Barnes said. “We’ll go play our hearts out and see what happens.”