Penguin women rally past CSU in 2nd half

CLEVELAND — Chelsea Olson paced Youngstown State’s big second half in a 66-52 victory over Cleveland State on Saturday at the Wolstein Center.

Olson had 20 of her game- and career-high 26 points in the second half as YSU outscored the Vikings 44-29 over the final 20 minutes. She was 5 for 5 from the field, 3 for 3 from 3-point range and 7 for 9 from the free-throw line in the second half.

Her 26 points were the most by a YSU freshman since Anne Marie Martin on Jan. 23, 1995.

Sarah Cash added 16 points, and Morgan Brunner scored eight second-half points for YSU, which snapped a four-game skid.

Khayla Livingston scored 13 points to lead Cleveland State. Both teams lacked significant pieces to their starting lineups in the game. YSU was without starting guards Nikki Arbanas and Alison Smolinski, and Cleveland State leading scorer Ashanti Abshaw was also out with an injury. In addition to Olson and Brunner stepping up in the second half, Natalie Myers scored six points in the game, which was four above her average.

The score was within five points for the first 25 minutes of the game before Olson helped the Penguins pull away.

YSU shot 45.8 percent for the game, including 61.9 percent in the second half, and went 9 for 26 from 3-point range. Cleveland State was held to 30.5 percent from the field while going 5 for 22 from long distance.

The Penguins host Northern Kentucky Thursday, starting at 7 p.m.