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YSU women’s basketball starts 38th season at Pittsburgh on Friday

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The Youngstown State women's basketball team will begin the 2012-13 season at Pittsburgh on Friday in a special School Day Game that will begin at 11 a.m. at the Petersen Events Center. The game will be broadcast live on 1390 WNIO and sportsradio1390.com. 

This will be the 38th season of YSU women's basketball and the third under head coach Bob Boldon. Boldon made his Division I head coaching debut at Pittsburgh two years ago in a contest that the Penguins lost 78-58. The . game was tied at 46 with 16 minutes remaining before Pitt scored 17 straight points and held Youngstown State without a field goal for 11 minutes. The Penguins are 20-17 all-time in season openers, and they'll be looking to stop an eight game skid in lidlifters. This will be the earliest start to a season in school history. 

YSU returns six letterwinners from last year's team that finished 10-20. The Penguins were 10-11 but lost their last nine contests, six of which that were decided by five points or fewer. Despite the record, YSU continued to show progress under Boldon, who inherited a squad that went 0-30 three seasons ago. YSU's scoring margin has improved by 22.9 points over the last two seasons, which is the best mark in the country. There are six active newcomers and a redshirt freshman on this year's squad, and Boldon's recruiting efforts focused on getting more athletic to get defensive stops down the stretch. Senior Brandi Brown is a two-time second-team All-Horizon League selection and averaged 15.9 points and 9.3 rebounds last season. 

YSU's next game will be at Buffalo on Nov. 13. It will be another day game starting at noon.

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