Barnes nets 100th win at YSU as Penguins blast UIC
The Youngstown State women’s basketball team led by double digits for more than 33 minutes Sunday and earned head coach John Barnes his 100th victory as a Penguin in an 83-59 triumph over UIC.
Alison Smolinski made four 3-pointers in the first eight minutes to help the Penguins build a 25-12 lead. UIC got no closer than nine the rest of the game.
The Penguins bounced back after Friday’s loss at IUPUI to win for the sixth time in the last seven games. YSU is 18-6 overall and a game out of first place in the Horizon League with a 10-3 record.
Smolinski finished with six 3-pointers for 18 points, and Mary Dunn scored a game-high 22 points on 11-of-14 shooting. Chelsea Olson posted 12 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two blocks, and Melinda Trimmer contributed 12 points and six assists for YSU. McKenah Peters grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds, and the Penguins held a 44-24 edge on the glass.
Catera Etheridge led three UIC players in double figures with 18 points. The Flames dressed just seven players to the Penguins nine.
YSU had 12 of its first 14 points come from offensive rebounds, and Olson’s 3-pointer with 4:35 left in the first period gave the Penguins their first double-digit lead at 17-5. UIC got within nine twice before the end of the period, but Trimmer’s 3-pointer in the final seconds gave YSU a 29-17 edge at the break. The margin was double digits the rest of the game.
The Penguins upped the advantage to 20 for the first time when Dunn’s basket at the 5:36 mark of the second period made the score 38-18. YSU’s lead was 44-28 at halftime, and Deleah Gibson’s 3-pointer with 2:19 left in the third period upped the difference to 62-38. The largest lead of the game was 81-55 when Chicagoland native Madison Mallory nailed YSU’s final 3-pointer of the day with 2:35 left in the fourth.