YOUNGSTOWN -- Youngstown State women's basketball guard Liz Hornberger said after her team found out late Monday the Penguins would play Indiana State, she had to go online and find out all she could about the Sycamores.
"Some of the stats don't show you what's way more important," said Hornberger, whose team hosts Indiana State in tonight's WNIT first-round matchup. Tip-off is at 7:05 p.m. "Coach (Bob) Boldon says they play hard and he's watched film on them already.
"Look at the stats, they handled UIC pretty well -- something we didn't do this year. They have different leaders in assists, rebounds and points. It shows they're not a one-man team. I know the Missouri Valley Conference is very good in basketball. I've heard that from numerous people."
Indiana State (18-12) has lost three of its last four, but beat the Flames on Dec. 7, 2012, 64-33. The Sycamores are led by 5-foot-10 guard Anna Munn (14.7 points per game), 6-1 forward Racheal Mahan puts in 13.3 points and 8.1 rebounds each outing, while 5-9 guard Taylor Whitley has 10.5 points and 3.1 assists per game.
"They have a shooter that shoots very well," Boldon said. "We'll have trouble containing her. They have a post player that's always a challenge. We'll have to double her and try to get it out of her hands as much as possible."
YSU 6-0 forward Karen Flagg, who came back last week from a hand injury, is playing better. And, 6-0 sophomore forward Heidi Schlegel, who suffered a knee injury in late February, had promising news.
"Every day Karen practices, she's getting a little more back," Boldon said. "Heidi ran mostly pain free (Monday) in practice. I'm actually hopeful for the first time that we might have her in a uniform and be able to get a few minutes out of her on Thursday."
As for Hornberger, she doesn't want a repeat performance of Friday's 72-45 Horizon League semifinal against Loyola.
"I hope we don't take this one for granted like we did on Friday," she said.