Wright State dominates YSU women, ends Penguins’ season

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Youngstown State women’s basketball team couldn’t slow down Wright State’s high-powered offense, and the Penguins saw their season come to a close in a 98-70 loss in the semifinals of the 2014 Horizon League Tournament.

The Penguins finished the season 15-16 overall while Wright State moves on to play in the tournament championship against host Green Bay Sunday at 1 p.m.

Heidi Schlegel finished with a team-high 20 points, and Melissa Thompson added 13 for the Penguins. Liz Hornberger broke Youngstown State’s career record for 3-pointers by making her 199th in the second half.

While the Penguins came up short of their ultimate goal of winning the tournament, they were overachievers throughout the conference season to earn third place in the final standings. YSU finished conference play at 10-6, which was their second-best record in 13 seasons in the league. They advanced to the semifinals of the league tournament for the second straight season after winning one game in its first 11 league tournaments combined.

The loss also marks the career end for YSU seniors Hornberger, Thompson, Karen Flagg and Monica Touvelle. Thompson is a fifth-year senior, and Flagg joined the program as a junior college transfer. The class was part of 54 victories, including 28 during league play, over the last four years. Those are the most for a YSU class since 2001-02.

“I told the team that they should be very proud of themselves for what they accomplished this season,” YSU first-year coach John Barnes said. “We faced a lot of adversity early, and it’s a huge credit to our seniors for pulling everyone together, buying in and battling every night.”