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Illinois State rushed for 332 yards in a 35-28 victory over YSU.
Madison Mallory led all scorers with 15 points and Alison Smolinski added 14 points for the Penguins.
Kendale Hampton scored a career-high 32 points.
YSU put the game out of reach with an 18-2 run with 14 minutes left in the game.
Youngstown State used its final home contest of the season to show what could have been.
YSU (0-2) played tenacious defense and nailed 10 3-pointers in a first-half bombfest, but couldn’t make it last.
So where were these Penguins all year?
Without functioning scoreboards and a makeshift shot clock, Youngstown State’s women’s basketball team capped a bizarre night
Ryan Sullivan put the real world on hold and is reaping the benefits.
Youngstown State died by the 3 in its season opener.
Melinda Trimmer sent the game to overtime on a mid-range jumper.
YSU hosts Northern Iowa in its home finale Saturday.
2 others also are vying to replace Benjamin
Season’s first game is tonight in Pittsburgh
YSU running back Tevin McCaster takes a handoff from quarterback Nathan Mays during Saturday’s game against North Dakota State at the FargoDome in Fargo, N.D. The Penguins fell to the Bison 17-7.