YSU women beat Wagner, 64-42
The Youngstown State women's basketball team allowed just 10 first-half points and led for more than 39 minutes in a 64-42 win over Wagner on Saturday evening at Beeghly Center.
The Seahawks went 1-for-17 from the field in the first period, 4-for-32 overall in the first half and 0-for-12 from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes.
Youngstown State led 13-2 at the end of the first quarter and 32-10 at halftime. The 10 points tied for the second-fewest allowed in the first half in program history. The teams played even in the second half.
Chelsea Olson scored 18 points and added 11 rebounds for her third double-double in the first six games of the season. Three other YSU starters also reached double figures as McKenah Peters had 15, Maddie Schires scored 12 and Jen Wendler scored a career-best 10. Olson, Peters and Schires combined to make 11 3-pointers.
Morgan Lenahan led the Seahawks with 12 points and seven rebounds. The Penguins held Wagner leading scorer Emilija Krista Grava to four points, 17 below her average coming into the game.
After Olson hit a 3-pointer on YSU's second possession of the game, Amanda Pollard scored at the 8:51 mark for Wagner's only points of the first half. The Seahawks went on to miss their final 14 attempts from the field in the quarter, and Schires' triple at the 5:14 mark gave the Penguins a 12-2 lead.
Peters hit a free throw with 42 seconds remaining for the only other point by either team in the quarter, and Krista Grava's bucket at the 6:56 mark of the second period got Wagner with 13-6. Schires hit another 3 12 seconds later to push the lead back to double digits and end a field goal drought of more than eight minutes for YSU, and the Penguins went on to score 13 straight points to go up 26-6. The margin was at least 16 the rest of the game.
Olson scored in the final seconds of the first half to push the lead to 22-10, and the difference reached as high as 30 when Peters hit a 3 at the 5:04 mark of the third period to make the score 42-12. YSU led 47-22 at the end of the third period, and the margin was between 18 and 28 in the fourth period before the final tally of 64-42.
Youngstown State shot 37.3 percent overall from the field and 34.4 percent from 3-point range. Wagner was 6-for-42 heading into the fourth period and finished 13-for-58 in the game for 22.4 percent.
The Penguins will have nine days to get ready for their next opponent, Eastern Kentucky. The game at EKU on Dec. 3 will start a three-game road stretch for the Penguins.
Source: Youngstown State University