Dunn relishes role, named Horizon League Player of the Week

YOUNGSTOWN – Mary Dunn comes off the bench this season, relieving Lordstown native Sarah Cash.

It’s a role she doesn’t mind and has embraced.

Dunn was named Horizon League Player of the Week for averaging 21.5 points and 10 rebounds in wins over alphabet-soup teams UIC and IUPUI.

Alison Smolinski and Chelsea Olson were named by the league earlier this season, representing YSU.

Dunn has been the driving force behind YSU (12-3) winning its last two games and the team’s 4-0 league start. She’s the Horizon’s leading scorer (19.8) and in field-goal percentage (72.7) through four games.

Barnes experienced her growth as a player and a person since she came from Washington, Pa. Leadership has been there and her 6-foot-3 frame has given teams fits.

Combine that with improved footwork and the Penguins guards getting Dunn the ball, it’s a good thing for this YSU program.

“I’m really happy, especially since I’ve been able to help our team get some wins,” Dunn said.

She’s been focusing on her defense, getting quicker laterally. It’s resulted in a better offensive game, which has steadily improved this season.

Barnes appreciates the energy Dunn has exuded, especially this season, embracing her role coming off the bench.

“She’s done a great job since she’s got here,” Barnes said. “She’s always wanting to improve. She’s been watching film all the time to see what she can improve to get better. You love having players like that on your team.”