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YSU women 2-0 in Horizon

ROCHESTER, Mich. — The Youngstown State women’s basketball team outscored Oakland 30-13 in the fourth quarter to rally for a 69-55 victory on Sunday afternoon at the Athletics Center O’rena.

The Penguins won for the third straight game, improved to 2-0 in Horizon League play and earned their 21st victory in the 2018 calendar year.

Chelsea Olson scored 15 points, 11 of which came in the fourth period, and grabbed a game and career-high 15 rebounds. She hit a big 3-pointer that gave the Penguins a 46-45 lead 2 minutes into the fourth period as part of a 13-0 run that keyed YSU’s comeback.

The Penguins improved to 10-3 overall and has now won six of its last seven contests. YSU swept their Michigan swing for the second straight season and improved to 2-0 in conference play for the third time in six seasons under YSU coach John Barnes.

Olson was one of three Penguins who scored double figures, and the sophomore guard became the first Penguin since Janae Jackson in 2016 to record at least 15 rebounds in a game. Olson added four assists and four steals, and she was 10 of 13 at the free-throw line. Sarah Cash tied for game-high honors with 17 points, 15 of which came in the final two quarters. Mary Dunn posted 12 points and six rebounds.

YSU got to the charity stripe a season-high 44 times, converted a season-best 29 attempts and scored its final 18 points from the line. The Penguins connected on just 4-of-17 3-point attempts while the Golden Grizzlies (3-10, 0-2) went 6 for 17 from beyond the arc.

Youngstown State plays its first of six games at Beeghly Center in January when hosts UIC on Thursday. Tipoff against the Flames is set for 7 p.m., and it will be 80’s Night for a Throwback Thursday promotion.

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