Penguin women run past Detroit

DETROIT — A handful of Youngstown State University women’s basketball players came into Beeghly Center during the first half of Saturday’s men’s game against Wright State.

One might say these women couldn’t run into the Beeghly Center because they did enough of that during their Saturday afternoon win against Detroit Mercy, 72-52. The Penguins went on a 26-6 run in the last 11 minutes of the victory.

YSU (10-13, 6-6 Horizon League) has won three consecutive Horizon League road games for the first time since February 2015, beating Cleveland State by 14, Oakland by 10 and Detroit Mercy by 20. Before the current streak, they had never won three straight Horizon League road contests by double digits.

Detroit Mercy (1-21, 1-10) rallied to tie the game at 46 in the final minute of the third quarter before the Penguins went on their run to end the game.

The Titans were 10 of 20 from the floor in the third quarter,but 10 of 41 in the other three quarters.

Indiya Benjamin finished with 14 points and eight assists, and Mary Dunn and McKenah Peters both scored 11 points for the Penguins.

Brittney Jackson scored a game-high 15 points to lead the Titans.

YSU began the game going 3 of 21 from the floor, but shot 55 percent in the final three quarters. The Penguins made 11 3-pointers, including three each by Benjamin and Peters.

YSU goes back to the road on Thursday as it goes to IUPUI, starting at 7 p.m., followed by a game at UIC, Saturday at 3 p.m.