Dunn scores 1,000th point, YSU women beat Eastern Michigan
Mary Dunn scored a career-high 30 points and became a member of the 1,000 career points club as she led the Youngstown State women's basketball team to a come-from-behind 79-77 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday at Beeghly Center.
Dunn was 11-for-18 from the field in 35 minutes, and she added seven rebounds as part of a three-headed attack that helped the Penguins rally from an 18-point deficit. Chelsea Olson scored 16 points and grabbed a game-best 15 rebounds, and Maddie Schires came off the bench to score a career-best 16 points.
Schires made four 3-pointers in eight attempts, and her shooting threat caused EMU's Jenna Annecchiarico to foul her on an attempt from about 30 feet away with the game tied at 77 with 0.8 seconds remaining. The freshman went 2-for-3 from the free-throw line, and Olson blocked Aaliyah Stanley's 3-point attempt on the defensive end to seal the win.
The first and third quarters were both lopsided, and the second and fourth periods were decided by a combined three points.
Eastern Michigan torched the nets in the first period, going 12-for-17 overall and 6-for-9 from 3-point range to take a 31-14 lead. The margin grew to 18 at 43-25 on RayJon Harris' basket with 3:29 left in the first half, and the Eagles led 45-30 at halftime.
The teams traded six-point runs to start the third period, and EMU led 53-41 with 5:59 left before the Penguins made their charge. Youngstown State outscored the visitors 18-5 over the final six minutes of the quarter. Jen Wendler scored the first three points of the run, and Schires, Olson and Dunn each hit 3-pointers during the spurt. Olson scored five points in 27 seconds, and Dunn's 3 came in the final seconds gave the Penguins their first lead of the day at 59-58.
There were eight lead changes in the fourth period, and YSU led by four twice. Mady Aulbach hit a triple to give the Penguins a 64-60 lead, and Dunn's two free throws at the 4:52 mark that gave her 1,000 career points made the score 71-67. Dunn later tied the score at 75, and her 30th point put YSU ahead 77-75 with 26 seconds left.
EMU's Corrione Cardwell scored on a drive with 15 seconds left to tie the score, and YSU called timeout to advance to the frontcourt. The Eagles defended YSU's first option, and Aulbach passed from the corner out to Schires 10 feet beyond the wing for the final sequence.
Youngstown State was 17-for-28 from the field in the second half and shot 49.1 percent for the game. Eastern Michigan cooled off after the first period but still shot 47.7 percent for the game. The Eagles went 10-for-25 from beyond the arc after going 9-for-35 combined in their first two games.
Youngstown State will play at Akron on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Source: Youngstown State University