YSU women fall to Pitt

PITTSBURGH — Turnovers plagued the Penguins in the final 30 minutes, negating an early lead.

The Youngstown State University women’s basketball team eventually fell in its opener to Pittsburgh, 66-58.

YSU (0-1) came out with a 19-8 lead after one quarter, but committed 10 turnovers in the second as the Panthers (1-0) rallied for a 28-25 halftime lead.

Nikki Arbanas’ 3 with 5:29 left in the third put the Penguins back up 37-35, but Pittsburgh had runs of 9-0 and 8-0 n the final 12 minutes to seal the game.

Indiya Benjamin finished with 16 points, and the Penguins got solid production from their two redshirt-juniors coming back from injuries. Arbanas scored 15 points in her first game action in almost 20 months, and Sarah Cash scored 12 in 12 minutes after missing the final 23 games last year.

Kalista Walters had 17 points and 16 rebounds, and Yacine Diop had 14 points and 11 boards for Pitt.

Tuesday, YSU hosts Kent State starting at 5:15 p.m.