Milwaukee cools off YSU women


Cash leads Penguins with 25 points,

but five-game winning streak snapped

Staff report

MILWAUKEE, WIS.

The Youngstown State women’s basketball team rallied from a 16-point deficit to force overtime, but Milwaukee scored the final six points of the game to win 71-68 on Thursday.

The Penguins fell behind 43-27 with less than 13 minutes left in the game, and they were down 50-37 entering the fourth. YSU outscored the Panthers 23-10 in the final 10 minutes of regulation, and the Penguins led 68-65 with 2:21 left after a Sarah Cash bucket.

Cash’s knee brace was knocked loose on the basket, which kept her out of YSU’s defensive possession. UWM’s Jamie Reit scored quickly to get the Panthers within one, and neither team hit a field goal in the final 2:15 of the game. Milwaukee’s final four points came from the free-throw line, and the final two came with 0.2 seconds left after the Panthers forced a turnover on YSU’s final possession.

YSU (12-4, 4-1 Horizon League) had its five-game winning streak snapped, and its streak of eight straight Horizon League road victories also came to an end. The Penguins visit preseason Horizon League favorite Green Bay on Saturday.

This was the sixth straight contest between YSU and Milwaukee that has been decided by four points or fewer.

Cash finished with a game-high 25 points, going 7 of 14 from the field and 11of 11 from the foul line. McKenah Peters scored a career-high 17 points, and she hit the tying basket with 2.6 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Chelsea Olson had 13 points, five rebounds and four blocks.

Alison Smolinski and Mary Dunn, who had been on hot streaks for YSU, were each limited to three points by foul trouble.

YSU was 19 of 21 from the line and Cash became the third player in Penguins history to go at least 11 of 11 in a game.

Freshman Megan Walstad had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Jamie Reit scored 17 points to lead Milwaukee.

YSU committed 17 turnovers and Milwaukee converted them into 17 points. The Panthers (6-9, 1-3) also had 13 offensive rebounds, which led to 19 second-chance points.

It was Milwaukee’s School Day game, and the attendance of 3,089 was the fifth-largest in UWM history.

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