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WRITER: Joel Whetzel

'Guins win defensive battle over Robert Morris

YOUNGSTOWN — It was the exact type of struggle you’d expect between the top two defenses in the Horizon League. But in that battle of No. 1 Youngstown State and No. 2 Robert Morris, the Penguins made just enough plays down the stretch to maintain their unblemished conference record. Lilly Ritz scored 17 points and added eight rebounds, Chelsea Olson just missed a double-double with 15 points and nine ...

Locking down

YOUNGSTOWN — For as long as Youngstown State guard Mady Aulbach can remember, defense has been a key component of her game. Growing up, she explained, her father, Eric, instilled in her a defensive mindset, and she’s taken that with her throughout her career, from rec leagues and high school games to now at Youngstown State. “My dad was always really big on teaching me defense,” the junior said. ...

Penguins hold off Robert Morris, 64-60

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — It was far from Youngstown State’s best effort. In fact, the Penguins were fortunate to come away with a win at all. But with a critical 9-0 run late in the second half, YSU overcame a season-high 26 turnovers to top Robert Morris 64-60 in Horizon League play at the UPMC Events Center on Wednesday night and earn a much-needed road win. It was YSU’s fourth consecutive victory over ...

Penguins look to bounce back against RMU

YOUNGSTOWN — On one hand, this could be the perfect “get right” game for Youngstown State. On the other, there’s more than meets the eye to this Robert Morris team the Penguins visit tonight at the UPMC Event Center in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. Having lost two of their last three and coming off their first Horizon League defeat of the season, the Penguins (8-5, 2-1) will meet a Colonials squad that ...

YSU overcomes sloppy play to top RMU, 64-60

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — It was far from Youngstown State’s best effort. In fact, the Penguins were fortunate to come away with a win at all. But with a critical 9-0 run late in the second half, YSU overcame a season-high 26 turnovers to top Robert Morris 64-60 in Horizon League play at the UPMC Events Center on Wednesday night and earn a much-needed road win. It was YSU’s fourth consecutive victory over ...

Wagner, ‘Guins sink Cleveland St., 70-59

YOUNGSTOWN — The moment wasn’t too big for Lexi Wagner. In a high-stakes Horizon League battle with Cleveland State that featured more fouls by each team than made field goals, the redshirt sophomore provided the spark Youngstown State needed, drilling five 3-pointers on six first-half attempts and scoring a career-high 19 points as the Penguins fended off the Vikings, 70-59. YSU (12-1, 6-0) and CSU ...

YSU stifles PFW, 64-41

YOUNGSTOWN — It was a matter of Youngstown State holding on until it could find its rhythm. With long-range shots not falling early and the offense as a whole struggling, YSU turned to another stellar defensive effort and a dominant performance in the post from Lilly Ritz to keep pace with Purdue Fort Wayne. Then when the guards heated up from the floor, the Penguins delivered a pair of knockout runs — ...

Going with the flow

YOUNGSTOWN — Originally, this was supposed to be the resumption of Horizon League play. Coming back from the holiday break, Youngstown State was scheduled to head to Michigan to begin a road swing against Detroit Mercy and Oakland. Until UDM went into COVID-19 protocol, that is. That game was ruled as a “no contest” by the Horizon League. Instead, YSU took on Division III Defiance College on ...

YSU women get back to business with conference play

YOUNGSTOWN — It’s back to business for the Youngstown State women’s basketball team, and the Penguins will resume their Horizon League schedule with a pair of critical contests. YSU (10-1, 4-0 Horizon) will host Purdue Fort Wayne (4-7, 3-1) at 1 p.m. at the Beeghly Center today, and then hosts Cleveland State (9-1, 4-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday. The stakes couldn’t be higher, as each of the teams jostle ...

Pressing matters

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The pressure from West Virginia’s defense just kept mounting, and before long, it became too much. Youngstown State gave the Mountaineers everything it had for a half, trailing by just one in a defensive struggle. But a full-court press and second-half surge offensively from West Virginia proved to be insurmountable for the Penguins in an 82-52 loss Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum. ...