Aggressive Trimmer is plus for YSU

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo YSU senior guard Melinda Trimmer, left, looks to pass during Wednesday's game against Akron as the Zips’ Shayna Harmon defends.

YOUNGSTOWN — Melinda Trimmer felt time was running out.

The 5-foot-7 senior guard drove the lane and let the basketball fly out of her hand. The swish of the basket proved the aggression was the right move. It always has been for the West Branch High School graduate, trusting that emotion has been another matter.

“I didn’t know how much time I had so that’s why I floated it,” said Trimmer, who tied a career high with 14 points in the Youngstown State women’s basketball team’s win over Akron on Wednesday. “I got lucky. I’ll take it.”

Her instincts didn’t fail her. Displaying that raw emotion is nothing but an asset. Trimmer didn’t have that same mental state a couple of games prior to Wednesday’s victory.

It was a trickle-down effect as the Penguins shot their best game all season, way above their average in overall and 3-point shooting. Trimmer was 5 of 10 from the floor and 4 of 8 from 3, indicative of YSU’s performance.

“This game, having confidence in my shot and being more aggressive, is something I have to focus on from here on out,” said Trimmer, whose team plays today at Canisius.

Chelsea Olson struggled with her performance prior to Wednesday, but scoring 22 points altered her perspective. Olson, a 5-10 sophomore guard, has moved from wing to toggling between shooting and point guard.

When Trimmer is in the game, it quells any nervousness Olson, one of the Horizon League’s top freshman last year, has on the court. The focus is on Ohio’s Division II co-player of the year in 2015, Trimmer, who had four assists Wednesday.

“Mel’s a great shooter,” Olson said. “We have a confidence in her. When she’s aggressive, it helps our team, definitely,”

YSU coach John Barnes had faith in his senior guard, who worked tirelessly on the court and in the weight room to help this year’s team. It is her last year with the Penguins.

“Last couple of games she hasn’t looked to score,” Barnes said of Trimmer’s game prior to Wednesday. “I have to do a better job communicating with her and letting her know what we want. I told her at (Wednesday’s) shootaround, you have to be looking for your shot, ready to shoot, attacking more.

“What a game she had. I thought she did an unbelievable job.”