Category Archive: YSU Athletics

Mar 12

YSU Lady Penguins defeat Oakland to advance to Horizon League Women’s semifinals

YSU YYoungstown — Senior Melissa Thompson’s three-point play with 36 seconds left in regulation broke a 64-64 tie and lifted the Youngstown State women’s basketball team to a 68-64 win over Oakland in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Horizon League Championship on Wednesday evening at the Beeghly Center.

The Penguins forced two missed 3-pointers by Oakland and senior Heidi Schlegel came down with a defensive rebound sealed the victory with a free throw with seven seconds remaining.

Youngstown State improves to 15-15 overall and will play No. 2 seed Wright State on Friday, March 14, in Green Bay, Wis. at 6 p.m. Eastern. Oakland finished the season with an overall record of 13-17.

Schlegel led the Penguins with her 10th double-double of the season with 21 points and 10 rebounds. She also dished out five assists. Thompson scored 15 points and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds.

Senior Liz Hornberger, who tied the YSU all-time 3-pointers made record with 198, added 11 points.

Hornberger hit her career-tying 3-pointer to give the Penguins a 38-31 lead with 17:14 to go. Then Penguins surrendered 16-7 run as the Golden Grizzlies to a 47-45 lead midway through the second half. It marked Oakland’s first lead since 10-9 at the 12:57 mark of the first half.

The Penguins used their own 10-2 run over the next two minutes to regain a 55-49 lead after two free throws by Hornberger, a jumper and two free throws by Latisha Walker and a layup by Schlegel.

Oakland knotted the game at 61-61 after a 3-pointer by Victoria Lipscomb and took a 64-62 lead after a Bethany Watterworth layup.

Schlegel made a pair of free throws with 1:25 left to tie the game and Thompson came down with a defensive rebound off a Lipscomb miss to set up her game-winning shot.

Neither team got off to a crisp starter but the Golden Grizzlies managed to jump out to a 10-7 lead nearly seven minutes into the game. The Golden Grizzlies missed nine of their first 10 shots, while the Penguins committed four turnovers in the first four minutes of the game.

The Penguins used a 9-0 run on a jumper by Flagg, a 3-pointer by Hornberger and two jumpers by Schlegel to take a 16-10 lead midway through the half.

After Oakland cut the deficit to three, 20-17, with 5:31 left, Thompson made two straight layups and another by Schlegel pushed the lead to nine, 26-17, at the 3:16 mark.

Hornberger nailed her second 3-pointer of the half to give the Penguns a 10-point lead and another layup by Thompson pushed the advantage to a first-half high, 12 points, 31-19, with 1:43 left.

Oakland scored the final four points of the half as the Penguins took an 31-23 lead into the lockerroom at the half.

For the half, Youngstown State shot 45.2 percent, but committed eight turnovers. Oakland made just 23.1 percent from the floor before halftime.




Mar 12

Youngstown State Lady Penguins set to host Oakland tonight in Horizon League Women’s Tournament action

YSU YThe third-seeded Youngstown State women’s basketball team will host the sixth-seeded Oakland Golden Grizzlies on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. in Beeghly Center in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Horizon League Tournament. The game will be broadcast live on 570 WKBN, iHeartRadio and the Horizon League Network.

The Penguins are hosting a quarterfinals contest for the second straight season after finishing 10-6 during league play and 14-15 overall under first-year head coach John Barnes. YSU started the season 1-6 and was 4-9 at the end of the non-conference season, but it won its first six league games en route to its second-best record in its 13 seasons in the league.

YSU clinched the home tournament game by beating Cleveland State 94-81 in the regular-season finale at Beeghly Center on Saturday. The Penguins had their highest scoring game in nine years in the victory, and they had five players score in double figures for the first time this season. Liz Hornberger made six 3-pointers and scored 22 points, and fellow senior Karen Flagg added 19 with six rebounds, five assists and four steals. YSU shot 52.7 percent overall, and it finished 14-of-29 from 3-point range after making 11 treys in the first half.

Heidi Schlegel is a First-Team All-Horizon League honoree as the conference’s second-leading scorer with 20 points per game, and Hornberger led the league during conference play with 3.1 3-pointers per game. Monica Touvelle is the league’s Sixth Player of the Year, and Jenna Hirsch was named to the All-Freshmen Team.

Oakland finished its first season in the Horizon League at 13-16 overall and 8-8 in conference play. Senior forward Bethany Watterworth is a second-team all-conference pick after averaging 18.3 points during league play, and All-Defensive Team honoree Kim Bee leads the conference in blocks. The Penguins and Golden Grizzlies split two games in the regular season with both teams winning at home. YSU won 79-64 on Jan. 25, and Oakland’s 87-67 win came on Feb. 8.

The winner between YSU and Oakland will advance to play in the tournament semifinals on Friday against the winner of the game between Wright State and Milwaukee. Green Bay is the top seed in the tournament and would host the semifinals if it wins its game on Wednesday.


Courtesy of the Youngstown State University Athletic Department

Mar 05

Life after Kendrick Perry; Can Youngstown State rebound from a disappointing 2013-14 season without KP

The Penguins must find a way to replace Kendrick Perry's 22.3 points per game next season.

The Penguins must find a way to replace Kendrick Perry’s 21.3 points per game next season.

Following the 2006-07 season, a season in which Youngstown State finished with a 14-17 record, the future for the Penguins and head coach Jerry Slocum was very much uncertain as the program lost to graduation who at the time was considered one of the greatest to play at the Beeghly Center, Quinn Humprey.

Humphrey was possibly the best ever at YSU since the program joined the ranks of NCAA D.1, finishing with 1,707 points while pulling down 674 rebounds and 253 assists in his career.

Now Jerry Slocum must replace the player who by most accounts is the best player to ever lace up the sneakers for Youngstown State as Kendrick Perry played his last contest for the red and white on Tuesday evening in the Penguins 96-92 heart breaking loss at Oakland in the first-round of the Horizon League tournament.

Perry, who was recently named to the All-Horizon League First Team for the third consecutive season, tied a career-high 35 points in his last collegiate game finishes his YSU career with 1,991 points, 506 rebounds, and 140 assists while shooting the ball .468% from the field and .348% from behind the arc.

With Perry out of the mix next season, how will Slocum replace the  21.3 points per game the 6-0 guard out of Florida averaged this past season?

The answer will likely be a combination of Ryan Weber and Bobby Hain, both of which will be juniors next season.

Weber at times looked to be ready and primed to be an All-Horizon League performer this season before an incident at practice resulted in a broken nose, taking away with some of the momentum and progress the 6-6 forward from Indianapolis had going.  Despite the injury, Weber finished the season strong averaging  12.2 points per contest and appears to be the most viable scoring option for the Penguins next season with his ability to knock down three-pointers and penetrate into the paint.

Like Weber, Hain had moments this season in which the 6-10 forward/center combo from Jupiter, Florida looked to be ready to take his game toHain Weber YSU the next level.  Hain finished this past season averaging 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. 

With Weber and Hain appearing ready to pick up the load, who will step up for the Penguins next season to compliment the juniors.

DJ Cole will return as the starting point guard as the 5-11 senior to be had done an excellent job handling the ball for YSU the past two seasons.  Cole might not put up head turning offensive numbers but the Kansas native has shown the ability to shoot the ball from behind the arc and get to the rim while averaging 8.3 points and a team-high 4.3 assists per contest this past season.

Youngstown State also will feature a slew of sophomores on their roster, all of which got some playing time this past season.

The biggest question mark on the team heading into next season could be Marcus Keene, and that question is if the 5-11 guard out of San Antonio, Texas will even be with the program next season.

Keene showed promise early this past season scoring 10 points in 20-minutes in his Penguin debut, a 73-57 season opening victory at Kennesaw State.  Keene also had a big game against UMass, scoring 20 points.  Appearing like a starter-in-waiting for the 2014-15 season, Keene’s future with the program reached the point of uncertainty when he reportedly broke the nose of Weber during a heated practice.

The wildcard for the Penguins next season could be senior to be Shawn Amiker who has served as a starter at times during his YSU career.

Amiker, a 6-5 athletic forward from Oak Park, Michigan has shown the ability to get to the rim with ease while averaging 5.6 points per contest this past season.  Amiker’s abilities were put on display when he scored 25 points on 9 of 12 shooting in a 83-81 overtime loss at Detroit earlier this month.

With some talent still remaining in place, the Penguins could possibly turn to their most anticipated recruiting class in recent years to add some much-needed depth and scoring production.

Leading the way for the incoming freshman is Sidney Umade, a 6-7 forward from San Antonio, Texas who was a 3-star ESPN recruit who also held an offer from Murray State.

Joining Umade in the recruiting class is Bryce Nickels and Ja’Christian Biles.

Nickels, a 6-8 center from Tampa, Florida held offers from Georgia Tech, George Mason, and Florida Atlantic before ultimately signing with the Penguins.

Biles comes to YSU from Oak Park, Michigan and keeps that Motor City pipe line rolling into the Mahoning Valley.  Rated as the 12th best player in the state of Michigan as a high school senior the 6-2 guard and is considered to be an under-the-radar type of recruit who can score from perimeter, mid rage, and finish at the rim and really turned some heads  this past July at the Adidas Summer Invitational.

So as much as it will hurt to lose Kendrick Perry, there will always be someone ready to rise to the occasion and become the next great player to grace Dom Rosselli Court. 

Mar 04

Bader leads Oakland past Youngstown State in Horizon League Men’s Tournament action

Travis Bader drilled two free throws with 0.6 left in regulation, then hit another pair with 9 seconds left in overtime to allow No. 6-seeded Oakland to escape No. 7 Youngstown State, 96-92 in a Horizon League tournament opener Tuesday.

Oakland trailed by 10 with three minutes to play in regulation, but scored 10-straight points to pull even at 75 on three free throws by Bader. Youngstown State led by four with eight seconds left, but Bader drilled a 3 to make it 80-79, then fouled Ryan Weber with one second left, who missed the first of two free throws to make it 81-79.

Fletcher Larson fouled Bader on the in-bounds play and Bader forced the extra period.

Bader finished with 39 points and was a school and tournament record 18 of 18 from the line for Oakland (13-19). Dante Williams added 12 points on the bench, while Corey Petros tallied 17 points and nine rebounds for the Grizzlies.

Kendrick Perry scored 35 points and Ryan Weber added 22 to lead Youngstown State (15-17).

Oakland advances to face No. 3 seed Wright State on Friday night in Green Bay, Wis. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.


Courtesy of Oakland University Athletic Department

Mar 01

Youngstown State falls to Oakland; Will go on road to open up Horizon League Men’s Tournament play

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Travis Bader scored 33 points and Corey Petros added 23 with 13 rebounds as Oakland put down Youngstown State 87-81 on Saturday.

Bader scored 23 points on 4-of-7 shooting from behind the arc in the second half. Kahlil Felder added a double-double with 12 assists and 10 points.

In a high scoring first half in which both teams shot over 56 percent, Youngstown State (15-16, 6-10) led The Golden Grizzlies 45-43 at the break.

The pace slowed with the start of the second period but Bader’s jumper at 12:51 put Oakland (12-19, 7-9) up 54-53. Bader continued his 3-point assault as Oakland bumped the lead to 10 points with 3 minutes to play and rode it into the buzzer.

YSU’s Kendrick Perry scored 20 points before the break, but was held to 10 in the second half. The Grizzlies held the Penguins to 20-percent shooting from long range (1-for-5) after a 58.3 performance (7-for-12) in the first half.

The Golden Grizzlies finish in a tie for fifth place in the final Horizon League standings in their first season in the league. OU will be the No. 6 seed and will host No. 7 seed YSU on Tuesday night at the Athletics Center O’rena.


Courtesy of the Oakland University athletic department

Feb 24

YSU’s Kendrick Perry named Horizon League Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

ysu kp3For the fifth time in his illustrious basketball career at Youngstown State, senior guard Kendrick Perry has earned the honor of being named the Horizon League Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.

Perry was instrumental this past week in helping the Penguins defeat Milwaukee on February 20th as the Florida native scored a career-high 35 points on an 11 of 17 shooting performance.

Perry also scored 12 points in a road loss to Valparaiso this past Saturday, but that was enough to put him over 1,900 points in his Penguin career.

Recently Perry was also named a Capital One Second Team Academic All-American, a fitting award for a Student-Athlete who not only excels on the court with 1,909 career points, but also in the class room.

Perry, who was also named the Horizon League Player of the Week earlier in the season is averaging 20.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per contest on the season for Youngstown State.

The Penguins (15-14, 6-8 HL) will return to action when they visit Cleveland State on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Wolstein Center.

Feb 13

Horizon League leading Green Bay dominates Youngstown State in men’s basketball action

YSU UWGBGreen Bay (20-5, 10-2 HL) set the tone from the opening offensive and defensive possessions on Thursday night, with junior Greg Mays (Chicago, Ill.) scoring in the paint for a 2-0 lead and senior Alec Brown (Winona, Minn.) blocking the first shot attempt by Youngstown State (13-13, 4-7 HL).

Brown went on to score a game-high 24 points and block three shots for visiting Green Bay, which held a 38-18 edge in the paint and broke the Horizon League single-season blocks record during a 71-40 rout of the Penguins. The Phoenix has blocked 185 shots in 2013-14, breaking the league record of 182 set by YSU in 2012-13.

Green Bay maintained a one-game lead in the Horizon League standings heading into Saturday’s contest with second-place Cleveland State.

Led by 11 points from Brown, Green Bay opened up a double-digit lead in midway through the first half and took a 39-23 lead into the locker room thanks to a late jumper from junior Keifer Sykes (Chicago, Ill.).

Brown scored the first four points of the second half to increase the lead to 20, but the Penguins scored the next eight to close to 43-31 with 16:40 to play.

For the rest of the game, Green Bay outscored Youngstown State 27-9, holding the highest scoring offense (78.6) in the Horizon League to just 2-of-16 from the field. Prior to Thursday, YSU’s lowest offensive output of the season was 67 points. It was also the lowest total allowed by the Phoenix in a Horizon League game since a 58-40 win at Wright State on Feb. 18, 1999.

Youngstown State made just 15-of-47 shots from the field and only 3-of-16 from long range. Green Bay held Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year Kendrick Perry, who became YSU’s all-time leading scorerer in the Division 1 era, to just 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting from the field.

Brown finished with 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the field and added four rebounds and three blocked shots. With 768 rebounds in his career, Brown became the program’s all-time leader at the Division I level.

Sykes added 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists while committing just one turnover. Nine different Phoenix players scored on Thursday, including Alfonzo McKinnie (Chicago, Ill.) knocking down a jumper for his first points at Green Bay.

Youngstown State will remain home to face UIC on Saturday at 7:05 p.m.




Jan 18

Youngstown State men’s and women’s basketball both pick up wins at Beeghly Center

YSU MilwaukeeBoth the Youngstown State men’s and women’s basketball teams picked up key Horizon League victories during a double-header at the Beeghly Center on Saturday.

The Youngstown State Lady Penguins led by Heidi Schlegel’s 20 points defeated Milwaukee 87-71.

Youngstown State never trailed in the contest which saw the Lady Penguins connect on 11 3-pointers.

Also leading the way for Youngstown State was Liz Hornberger who chipped in with 17 points and Monica Touvelle who scored 14 points.

With the victory, Youngstown State is now 8-9 overall on the season, but more importantly improved to 4-0 in the Horizon League.

The Lady Penguins will return to action next Saturday when they play host to Oakland at 4:35 PM EST.


YSU Detroit

Following the women’s game the Youngstown State men’s team took to the floor to take on Detroit.

The Penguins used a balanced offensive attack to pull away late from the Titans in a 77-63 victory.

Leading the way for Youngstown State was DJ Cole who scored 22 points on 6 of 10 shooting, including hitting on 4 of 5 from behind the arc.

The Penguins, who shot 65.2% during the second half  also got 18 points from Bobby Hain and 13 points apiece from Kendrick Perry and Ryan Weber.

With the victory Youngstown State improves to 12-8 on the season and 3-2 in the Horizon League.

Detroit drops to 8-12 on the season and 1-4 in conference play.

The Penguins will return to action on Thursday night when they play host to Valparaiso.  Tipoff at the Beeghly Center is set for 7:05 PM EST. 






Jan 13

Perry leads Youngstown State to victory over rival Cleveland State in men’s basketball action

ysu csu 3Kendrick Perry proved that every time Youngstown State takes the floor in Horizon League play this season, they will have a chance to walk away with a victory as long as the senior guard is in the lineup.

Perry connected on 10 of 15 from the field while scoring 31 points including scoring all 12 of the Penguins final points including an eventual game winning drive to the basket and free throw after drawing the contact which gave Youngstown State a 67-66 victory over Cleveland State at the Beeghly Center on Monday night.

Youngstown State battled back from an early 7-0 deficit as the Vikings pulled out to the early lead, but Perry, who scored 19 points in the first half helped the Penguins take a 43-37 lead into the half as Youngstown State shot the ball 56% during the opening twenty minutes.

Despite the red-hot shooting in the first half, Youngstown State struggled to find the basket in the second half as Cleveland State eventually took the lead when Marlin Mason connected on a jump shot to give the Vikings a 46-45 lead.

Cleveland State and the Penguins would go back-and-fourth during the second half until the Vikings pulled out to a 61-55 lead at the 6:41 mark when Bryn Forbes connected from three-point range.

With Cleveland State appearing to be pulling away, Perry put the Penguins on his shoulders and helping Youngstown State secure their second-straight conference victory and improve to 11-8 on the season and 2-2 in the Horizon League.

With the defeat, the Vikings fall to 10-8 on the season and 2-2 in the Horizon League.ysu csu 4

Leading the way for Cleveland State in defeat was Forbes who finished with 17 points on 6 of 13 shooting. Penn State transfer Trey Lewis also had a strong game for the Vikings finishing with 15 points on 5 of 7 shooting.

Youngstown State, who shot 46% from the field for the game got a productive night from sophomores Ryan Weber and Bobby Hain who chipped in with 10 points apiece.

The Penguins continue its homestand on Saturday evening against Detroit. Tipoff for the contest against the Titans is set for 7:05 PM EST at the Beeghly Center.

Jan 11

Reports indicate Youngstown State set to give Wolford a contract extension

Eric WolfodDespite missing the playoffs in each of his first four seasons, Youngstown State head football coach Eric Wolford is in position to get his contract extended in the near future as the Youngstown native is entering the fifth and final year of his initial contract.

Wolford, who has a 24-21 record overall leading the Penguins has seen his team suffer late-season collapses in each of the past two seasons which have resulted in Youngstown State being of the first teams left out of the NCAA FCS Football Championship playoffs.

Despite the fact Wolford has not done anything special to deserve the forthcoming extension, going into the recruiting phase heading into his fifth year would had been difficult without recruits knowing for sure Wolford would be around to coach them.

Wolford has done some good stuff at Youngstown State including a 2011 win over North Dakota State on the road at the Fargo Dome, and a win over Pitt at Heinz Field in 2012, but to most fans it’s the late season losses in October that matter.

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