YOUNGSTOWN STATE BASKETBALL Previews of Thursday’s games


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Matchup: YSU (5-12, 1-3 Horizon League) at UIC (7-9, 1-2).

Tip-off: 8 p.m. at Credit Union 1 Arena.

Radio/TV: WKBN-AM 570/ ESPN Plus.

Coaches: YSU — Jerrod Calhoun is 13-37 in two seasons with the Penguins and 137-74 overall in seven seasons; UIC — Steve McClain is 56-85 while in his fourth season with the Flames and is 206-184 in 13 seasons overall.

YSU starters: Naz Bohannon (6.8 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 46 assists), 6-6 sophomore forward; Darius Quisenberry (12.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 53 assists), 6-1 freshman guard; Ola Pedersen (3.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg), 6-8 freshman forward; Garrett Covington (11.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.5 spg), 6-5 sophomore guard, Jelani Simmons (7.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 24 3s), 6-5 freshman guard.

UIC starters: Marcus Ottey (16.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 40 assists), 6-2 guard; Tarkus Ferguson (15.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 15 blocks), 6-4 junior guard; Godwin Boahen (14.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 38 percent from 3), 5-11 junior guard; Jordan Blount (10.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg), 6-8 junior forward; Travell Washington (2.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg); 6-9 freshman forward.

Series history: UIC leads the series 29-11. The Flames won the last meeting, 100-75, on Feb. 8, 2018.

Notebook: UIC is the reigning CIT runner-up. ... Bohannon returns after missing the last three games after undergoing tests for heart issues. ... The Flames are on a two-game losing streak ... The Penguins’ 25-point win against Milwaukee on Jan. 5 was their largest margin of victory in a true road game since YSU started playing Division I basketball in the 1981-82 season. ... The 14 points allowed against the Panthers were the least allowed since giving up 14 against Georgia on Nov. 12,, 2012. ... Quisenberry is averaging 17.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals a game in Horizon League play.

Next: YSU is at IUPUI on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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Matchup: YSU (12-3, 4-0 Horizon League) vs. Milwaukee (5-9, 0-3).

Tip-off: 1 p.m. at Beeghly Center.

Radio/TV: 1390 WNIO; ESPN3.

Coaches: YSU — John Barnes is 94-80 in six seasons with the Penguins and 241-132 overall in 12 seasons; MIL — Kyle Rechlicz is 94-108 in her seventh season at Milwaukee.

YSU starters: Alison Smolinski (14.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 40 percent from 3), 5-9 senior guard; McKenah Peters (8.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.7 apg), 5-9 sophomore guard; Sarah Cash (12.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 60 percent from the floor), 6-1 redshirt-senior; Chelsea Olson (10.3 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 4.3 apg), 5-10 sophomore guard; Amara Chikwe (2.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg), 6-1 redshirt-freshman forward.

MIL starters: Megan Walstad (10.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg), 6-2 freshman forward; Jamie Reit (10.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg), 5-9 junior guard; Ryaen Johnson (5.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg), 6-2 redshirt-senior forward; Bre Cera (4.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg), 5-10 redshirt-sophomore guard; McKael Schmelzer (4.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg), redshirt-sophomore guard.

Series history: Milwaukee leads the series 27-15. The Penguins beat the Panthers, 62-58, in the Horizon League Tournament on Mar. 4, 2018.

Notebook: On Saturday, Smolinski broke YSU’s career 3-pointers record with five during a 72-50 win against IUPUI, giving her 210 in her career. ... Smolinski ranks second in the nation in 3-pointers made with 57. ... Mary Dunn is the reigning Horizon League Player of the Week after averaging 21.5 points and 10 rebounds last week coming off the bench. ... West Branch graduate Melinda Trimmer is tied for the nation’s lead in assist-to-turnover ratio at 4.93.

Next: YSU travels to Green Bay on Saturday at 2 p.m.

— The Vindicator

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