YSU women clinch third seed in HL Tournament

YOUNGSTOWN – Five players scored in double figures and the Penguins made a season-high 14 3-pointers to lead the Youngstown State women’s basketball team to a 94-81 win over Cleveland State on Saturday afternoon at the Beeghly Center.

With the victory, the Penguins improve to 14-15 overall and 10-6 in the Horizon League, clinching the third seed in the upcoming Horizon League Tournament. The Penguins will host the sixth-seeded Oakland Golden Grizzlies, Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.

Senior Liz Hornberger scored a game-high 22 points with six 3-pointers while senior Karen Flagg had 18 and Melissa Thompson added 11 points. Senior Monica Touvelle added six points and four rebounds.

Junior Heidi Schlegel just missed a double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds and freshman Jenna Hirsch scored 12 points.

Five different players made a 3-pointer for the Penguins, who scored a season-high 94 points. The 94 points are the most in a game since 97 against IPFW on Jan. 18, 2005. Along with Hornberger’s six, Hirsch nailed three 3-pointers, Touvelle had two and Schlegel added one.

Cleveland State, who falls to 14-15 overall and 9-7 in the Horizon League, was led by Cori Colemen’s 22 points and Keirsten Green’s 19 points. Haley Schmidt had 16 points and nine rebounds while Olivia Voskuhl added 11 points.

The Penguins shot 52.9 percent in the first half making 18-of-34 from the floor, including 11 from 3-point range. Hornberger connected on 5-of-7 from behind the arc for 17 first-half points.

TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets for Wednesday’s Oakland game are $10 for reserved and $7 for general admission. Season-ticket holders have until end of the day Tuesday to purchase their seats.

For more information, call 330-941-1978.