Smolinski sets YSU record

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Senior guard Alison Smolinski made a school-record nine 3-pointers to lead the Youngstown State women’s basketball team to a 62-36 victory at Canisius on Saturday at the Koessler Athletic Center.

The North Royalton native was 9-for-14 from beyond the arc, and she made six of her 3s in the second half as YSU (6-2) outscored the Golden Griffins 34-15 in the final 20 minutes to pull away.

Canisius opened the second half with a 3-pointer to close within 28-24, but Smolinski hit 3-pointers on three straight possessions as part of a 12-0 run that put YSU up 40-24 with 5:33 on the clock. The Golden Griffins got no closer than 14 the rest of the game.

Smolinski finished with 29 points, one shy of her career high that she achieved twice as a sophomore. She became just the third player in the country this season to make at least nine 3-pointers in a game, and she became the first female to make nine 3-pointers at the Koessler Athletic Center, which opened in 1975. Smolinski also increased her career 3-pointers total to 184, which moved her past Monica Touvelle into fifth place on the school’s career leaders list.

Sarah Cash scored 12 points, and McKenah Peters added 11 for Youngstown State. Mary Dunn contributed eight points and nine rebounds, which helped the Penguins hold a 39-24 edge on the glass. Chelsea Olson set a new career high with nine assists.

Youngstown State hosts Saint Francis U. on Saturday at 4:45 p.m. as part of the only Beeghly Center doubleheader of the season. Fans who bring a new toy or children’s book to donate to Akron Children’s Hospital will receive a $5 general admission ticket.