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Indianapolis, Ind. - Youngstown State freshman Victoria Grans has been named the Nike Horizon League Women's Golfer of the Week for the period of March 13-19, the league office announced on Wednesday.

Grans earned medalist honors to lead YSU to a second-place finish at the Savannah State Spring Invitational at Crosswinds Golf Club in Savannah, Ga., on Thursday, March 14. She shot an even-par 72 at the one-day event to earn medalist honors for the first time in her career. It was the freshman's fourth top-10 finish of the season, and her third in the top five.

Grans' even-par 72 featured five birdies and nine pars. After carding a double bogey and two bogeys over her first three holes, she birdied or pared 14 consecutive holes from No. 4 to No. 17. The Stockholm, Sweden, native also became one of eight golfers in program history to have at least two rounds of par or better in a season. She also shot a 2-under-par 70 in her first collegiate round at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational during the fall.

Grans is the second Penguin to earn Golfer of the Week honors this spring; Katlyn Shutt previously earned the award for the period of Feb. 20-26. YSU has won two of the four weekly honors that have been awarded, and the other two have gone to Oakland's Veronica Haque.

Youngstown State will return to competition April 7-8 for the Indiana State University Invitational at the Country Club of Terre Haute in Terre Haute, Ind.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Penguins Begin WNIT at Cincinnati on Thursday
« on: March 20, 2019, 07:04:49 AM »
    Youngstown State begins its fifth postseason tournament in the last seven years at Cincinnati on Thursday night in the opening round of the Women's NIT. Tipoff at Fifth Third Arena is set for 7 p.m., and the game against the Bearcats will be broadcast live on 1390 WNIO, iHeartRadio and Bearcats TV.

    The Penguins earned an at-large berth into the Women's NIT after going 22-9 and advancing to the semifinals of the Little Caesars Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship. This is the third time since 2013 that YSU is playing in the WNIT, having earned an automatic bid in 2013 and an at-large invitation in 2015.

    YSU has also recently played in the Women's Basketball Invitational in 2016 and 2018. This is the first time YSU is opening postseason tournament play on the road since the 2000 NCAA Tournament.

    YSU's 22-9 record in 2018-19 has been fueled by a 16-1 home mark. The Penguins set a school record with those 16 home wins, and they also set a program standard with 13 Horizon League victories.

    YSU has won at least 20 games for the fourth time in the last seven years and for the third time under Head Coach John Barnes. The Penguins won at least 21 regular-season games for just the fifth time in program history.

    Youngstown State is one of four Horizon League teams playing in the postseason. Wright State is a 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and Green Bay and IUPUI are also in the WNIT. The Penguins are one of eight teams from Ohio in the WNIT field.

    A conference-high three Penguins were named to the Horizon League first and second teams. Junior Mary Dunn was a first-team selection and was also voted the Horizon League Sixth Player of the Year. Fifth-year senior and fellow post Sarah Cash and sophomore guard Chelsea Olson earned second-team nods.

    Alison Smolinski has set YSU records for most 3s in a game (9), season (104) and career (257) in 2018-19. She also broke the conference record for 3s in a season, and she was named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team after an 18-point performance against Green Bay in the semifinals.

    The Penguins have a balanced offensive attack with Smolinski, Cash and Dunn ranking fifth through seventh in the Horizon League in scoring. That trio and Olson all average between 10.3 points and 12.9 points per game.

    Youngstown State is one of 13 schools in the country to make at least 200 3-pointers in each of the last nine seasons. The Penguins are on pace to lead the Horizon League in 3-pointers per game for the fifth straight season.

    As a result of season-ending injuries and transfers sitting out, YSU has dressed a maximum of nine players every game this season.

    YSU leads the Horizon League in scoring margin, field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage, 3-point field-goal percentage, assists, assist-to-turnover ratio and 3-pointers per game.

Previewing Cincinnati

A Win Would...

    Improve YSU's record to 23-9 overall.
    Give YSU 23 wins for the sixth time in program history.
    Be YSU's second all-time in the Women's NIT.
    Be YSU's first in eight tries against Cincinnati.
    Be the 616th in school history and the 105th under Head Coach John Barnes.

Scouting The Bearcats

    Cincinnati is having its best season in quite a while, having won at least 20 games for the first time since 2003 and posting 12-or-more conference victories for the first time since 1999. UC is 21-10 overall, and it went 12-4 in American Athletic Conference play.
    The Bearcats rank third in the AAC in scoring offense at 67 points per game, and they were fifth in scoring defense. They are second behind UConn in scoring margin at plus-7.2, and UC is also second in field-goal percentage, assists and assist-turnover ratio. Cincinnati finished third in the conference behind UConn and UCF, which are both headed to the NCAA Tournament.
    Sophomore forward IImar'I Thomas was named First-Team All-AAC, and junior guard Antoinette Miller was a second-team pick. JUCO transfer Florence Sifa was the AAC Newcomer of the Year. Thomas leads UC with 13.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, and Miller averages 12.7 points and team highs of 5.4 assists and 1.9 steals. Nikira Goings is the 3-pointers leader with 51.

Series History: YSU vs. Cincinnati

    Overall: Cincinnati leads 7-0
    Barnes: 0-1 // Home: 0-2 // Away: 0-4 // Neutral: 0-1
    Current Win Streak: 7 by Cincinnati
    YSU and Cincinnati are meeting for the eighth time in school history and for just the fifth time since the 1982-83 season.
    The last meeting between the Penguins and Bearcats came in the seventh game of Head Coach John Barnes' tenure at YSU on Dec. 8, 2013. Cincinnati won that contest 83-62 at Beeghly Center.
    This will be the second tournament contest between YSU and Cincinnati. The programs met in the Ohio Association for Intercollegiate Sports for Women (OIASW) Tournament in Columbus on Feb. 28, 1980. Cincinnati won that contest 75-65.

Last Time vs. Cincinnati

    Youngstown State jumped out to a 13-4 lead before Cincinnati used big scoring runs around halftime en route to an 83-62 victory on Dec. 8, 2013, at Beeghly Center.
    The Bearcats outscored the Penguins 15-5 to close the first half and 13-3 to open the second half to take an insurmountable 50-30 lead with 15:57 left. YSU got within 12 with just over five minutes remaining but got no closer.
    YSU was led by Heidi Schlegel, who scored 24 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field and a 9-of-12 effort from the free-throw line.

Quisenberry Connection

    A big part of Cincinnati's win over Youngstown State in 2013 was the play of freshman guard Bianca Quisenberry, who posted 21 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. That last name should strike an interest with Penguins fans, who watched Bianca's younger brother Darius start 32 games at point guard for the YSU men's basketball team as a freshman this season.
    Darius Quisenberry was named to the All-Horizon League Second-Team and to the All-Freshman Team for the Penguins in 2018-19. He was the conference freshman of the week three times, and he led YSU with 13.8 points and 3.8 assists per game.
    Bianca Quisenberry went on to score 772 points over 113 games in her Bearcats career.

YSU's Women's NIT History

    Youngstown State is playing the Women's NIT for the third time in program history, and all three appearances have come since the 2012-13 season.
    The Penguins earned the Horizon League's automatic bid to the tournament in 2013, and they have been at-large selections the two most recent times in 2015 and 2019.
    YSU won its first WNIT game in program history on March 21, 2013, by beating Indiana State 63-51 in Youngstown. Five Penguins scored in double figures, and Brandi Brown led the way with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Penguins trailed 13-6 with 14 minutes left in the first half but scored the next 11 points and never fell behind again.
    YSU has dropped its last two WNIT contests. The Penguins fell 61-43 at Toledo on March 23, 2013, and they lost 72-54 to Duquesne at Beeghly Center on March 19, 2015.

All-Time Postseason Results

March 15, 1996 • NCAA Tournament at Penn State • L, 71-94
March 13, 1998 • NCAA Tournament vs. Memphis • W, 91-80
March 15, 1998 • NCAA Tournament at NC State • L, 61-88
March 17, 2000 • NCAA Tournament at Penn State • L, 63-83
March 21, 2013 • WNIT vs. Indiana State • W, 63-51
March 23, 2013 • WNIT at Toledo • L, 43-61
March 19, 2015 • WNIT vs. Duquesne • L, 54-72
March 16, 2016 • WBI vs. Stony Brook • W, 67-60
March 19, 2016 • WBI vs. UMBC • W, 67-48
March 23, 2016 • WBI at Louisiana • L, 49-69
March 14, 2018 • WBI vs. Binghamton • L, 59-70

On This Day

    The only other time that YSU has played on March 21 was when it beat Indiana State 63-51 in the opening round of the 2013 WNIT.
    Five Penguins scored in double figures, and Brandi Brown led the way with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Recapping Green Bay

    Youngstown State suffered a gut-wrenching defeat in the semifinals of the Little Caesars Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship on March 11, falling 55-53 to Green Bay.
    The Penguins led 50-47 on Melinda Trimmer's runner in the lane with 4:34 remaining. That ended up being their last field goal of the game, and Green Bay scored eight of the game's final 11 points.
    YSU had chances on their next three possessions to extend the three-point lead. Green Bay's Jen Wellnitz tied the score at 50 on with a 3 at the 2:37 mark, and she put the Phoenix ahead 52-50 with 1:33 left.
    McKenah Peters went 1-for-2 from the free-throw line with 1:11 remaining to make the score 52-51, and YSU missed two more shots inside of 15 feet in the final 20 seconds that would have given it the lead.
    YSU trailed 27-15 in the final minute of the first half, but it scored the final six points of the half and outscored the Phoenix 17-11 in the third to tie the score at 38-38.
    Peters made YSU's first two-pointer of the game on a driving layup with 39.4 seconds left. She followed it with a free throw, and Trimmer hit a 3 in the final seconds to make it 27-21 at halftime.
    Alison Smolinski went 5-for-5 from 3-point range in the third period, and she had 15 of YSU's 17 points in the quarter. Smolinski made her 100th triple of the season at the 8:16 mark of the period.
    Peters finished with 12 points and eight rebounds, and Trimmer scored in double figures for the eighth straight contest
    Entering the contest, YSU was 21-3 when three players reached double figures 16-1 when allowing fewer than 60 points and 13-1 when outscoring opponents off turnovers.

Up Next

    The winner between Youngstown State and Cincinnati will play either Northern Iowa or Minnesota in the second round of the WNIT.

The Youngstown State women's basketball team will play at Cincinnati on Thursday in the first round of the 2019 Postseason Women's NIT. Tip time and broadcast information will be announced on Tuesday.

The Penguins will be playing in the WNIT for the third time in program history, and all three times have come in the last seven seasons.

"We are extremely excited to be invited to participate in the WNIT," YSU head coach John Barnes said. "The team has worked very hard to earn this opportunity to play against some of the best teams in the country. Sarah Cash, Alison Smolinski and Melinda Trimmer, our three seniors, have done an outstanding job leading us to this postseason berth, and I couldn't be happier for them to get another opportunity to represent YSU in this national tournament."

Youngstown State was last in the WNIT as an at-large selection in 2015 when it lost an opening round contest to Duquesne, 72-54, at Beeghly Center. The Penguins earned the Horizon League's automatic bid in 2013, and they went on to beat Indiana State 63-51 at Beeghly Center in the first round. YSU's run ended at Toledo in the round of 32 with a 61-43 loss at Savage Arena.

Youngstown State is 22-9 this season, and it has set program records with 13 Horizon League victories and 16 home wins. YSU lost 55-53 in the semifinals of the Little Caesars Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship to Green Bay, which earned the conference's automatic bid to the WNIT.

Cincinnati earned the American Athletic Conference's automatic bid into the WNIT after going 21-10 overall and 12-4 in conference play. The Bearcats finished third in the standings behind UConn and UCF, which are both headed to the NCAA Tournament. YSU will play at Cincinnati for the first time since the 2012-13 season and will take on the Bearcats for the first time since 2013-14.

The winner between Youngstown State and Cincinnati will play either Northern Iowa or Minnesota.

YSU is playing in a postseason tournament for the fifth time in the last seven seasons. In addition to playing the WNIT in 2013 and 2015, the Penguins played in the Women's Basketball Invitational in 2016 and 2018.

The Youngstown State baseball team will have a full slate of promotions for fans for its home schedule at Eastwood Field that begins next Friday (March 22).

Each of the Penguins' 22 home games in 2019 will have a promotional element or giveaway item.

Dunkin on Belmont Avenue is the presenting sponsor of Opening Day on March 22 against Oakland. From 6-9 a.m. on March 22, fans can win free coffee for a year if they visit the Dunkin on Belmont Avenue.

The home opener will also be the first Friday contest, and all Friday games played at Eastwood Field will feature $1 hot dogs and $1 pop at the concession stands. Thursday games at Eastwood Field will feature $2 tickets and $2 beer.

Several games on the schedule will have event-based promotions. There will be a YSU Football Appreciation Game on March 23, a Pink Game on April 6, Military Appreciation Days on April 10 and May 1, a Lace Up for Pediatric Cancer game on April 20, YSU Employee Appreciation Day on April 23, Senior Day on May 4, Alumni Night and McDonald's Family Night on May 14, Akron Children's Hospital Kids Day on May 17 and Family Fun Day on May 18.

There will be a number of promotional giveaways tied in with game results. Hot Head Burritos will sponsor a "Home Run Giveaway" on March 24 and March 27, where if a YSU player hit a home run, fans will go home with a gift card to Hot Head Burritos. Similarly, if a YSU player hits a home run on April 5, April 7 or May 5, fans will receive a coupon for a free McDonald's McDouble as part of the McDonald's "Home Run Giveaway". Another promotion centered around YSU's offense will be the Rise Pies Free Pizza games on April 7 and May 16. If the Penguins score at least five runs in those games, fans will receive a coupon for a free cheese pizza at Rise Pies.

T-shirts will be thrown into the stands when YSU pitchers strike out opposing batters on "T-Shirts for Strikeouts" days that will occur on April 3, April 24 and May 5. Quaker Steak and Lube will sponsor a "Strikeout Inning" on April 3, April 10, April 19, May 4 and May 14 where if a YSU pitcher strikes out a batter in a specific inning, fans will receive a coupon for a free buy-one, get-one-free appetizer at Quaker Steak and Lube.

There will be giveaway days as well at Eastwood Field. There will be a schedule magnet giveaway for Opening Day on March 22, and the first 150 fans at the game on March 23 will receive a gift card for Hot Head Burritos. The baseball team's poster will be given away on March 24 to conclude the opening weekend. Other giveaways include a t-shirt for YSU students on April 18, a team photo on May 1, a YSU cup on May 3 and a YSU ruler on May 18.

Smyrna, Tenn. - The Youngstown State bowling team earned its first-ever win over a No. 1 opponent as it beat McKendree on Friday at the Columbia 300 Music City Classic.

The Penguins ended the fifth game of their Baker match against the Bearcats by rolling eight consecutive strikes. That gave them a 235 score in game five, and they also shot 245 in game one as they beat McKendree 1,051-1,036. YSU was 0-5 all-time previously against teams at the top of the National Tenpin Coaches Association Top 25 Poll.

"We had a lot of fun out there competing and the ladies stepped up in some big spots," said Penguins head coach Doug Kuberski. "Maintaining consistency from match one to match five each day is important, and we must be better at sustaining our focus and shot quality throughout the day. Overall, it was a solid start to the tournament, and we are hungry heading into the weekend."

Youngstown State also picked up a 933-734 victory over North Central College in the first match of the day, and the Penguins followed that with their historic win over McKendree. YSU bowled a 1,024 against the bye in its third match, and it dropped its final two matches to No. 6 Stephen F. Austin (1,026-968) and Prairie View A&M (989-936).

Youngstown State totaled 4,912 pins in its five matches, which ranked 10th in the field of 29.

The Penguins will compete in five traditional matches on Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m. Eastern at the Smyrna Bowling Center. YSU will bowl against No. 10 UW-Whitewater, Kentucky Wesleyan, No. 16 Central Missouri, No. 5 Sam Houston State and Lewis.

Friday's Baker Match Results

    #24 Youngstown State 933 - North Central College 734
    #24 Youngstown State 1,051 - #1 McKendree 1,036
    #24 Youngstown State 1,024 - bye
    #6 Stephen F. Austin 1,026 - #24 Youngstown State 968
    Prairie View A&M 989 - #24 Youngstown State 936

Jacksonville, Fla. - The Youngstown State women's golf team earned its third victory of the season, and had four golfers finish in the top 10 in the Benbow Invitational at Blue Sky Golf Club on Tuesday.

The Penguins jumped out to a nine-shot lead with a team score of 298 in the first round on Monday. It was the team's eighth 18-hole team mark below 300 in 2018-19; there were only four such rounds in school history before this season. YSU carded a 308 in the second and final round on Tuesday to secure an 11-stroke victory over runner-up Radford.

YSU had four golfers finish in the top 10 of the individual standings, three of whom tied for sixth. Victoria Grans (79-73), Rattika Sittigool (73-79) and Jenna Vivo (76-76) each recorded a two-round 152 to lead the Penguins. Sittigool was tied for first place following her 1-over-par 73 on Monday. Katlyn Shutt fired a 155 (75-80) to finish tied for 10th while Puthita Khuanrudee carded a 157 (74-83) to finish tied for 16th. Playing as an individual, Megan Creager finished with a 167 (84-83).

"Today wasn't our best, but I'm very proud of the way we kept fighting," said head coach Nate Miklos. "We had a very strong event and continue to be excited with our progress. It truly was a total team effort this week."

YSU has now won at least three events in a season for the 10th time in school history, for the third time under Miklos and for the first time since 2015-16. The school record for victories in a season is five, set in 1997-98 and 1999-2000 under former head coach Roseann Schwartz.

Youngstown State's two-round team total of 606 is tied for the fifth lowest 36-hole performance in program history. The Penguins have now recorded three of the six lowest 36-hole team totals in school history this season. The group's first-round 298 was the only single-round team score of below 300 at the event.

Shutt earned her fourth top-10 finish of the season while Grans claimed her third in the top 10, and fourth in the top 20. Sittigool and Vivo each collected the first top-10 finish of their careers. Sittigool finished in the top 20 for the third time, and Vivo for the second time. Khuanrudee also collected her fourth top-20 finish of the campaign.

YSU set a new season high with four top-10 individual finishes. The Penguins had three golfers finish in the top 10 in each of their first two wins at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational and Dayton Fall Invitational earlier this season.

Beatriz Mosquera Quintas of Radofrd earned medalist honors after shooting a two-round 144 (73-71). Her 1-under-par 71 on Tuesday was the lowest individual round of the tournament.

The Penguins will face a quick turnaround as they remain down south for the one-day Savannah Spring Fling hosted by Savannah State at Crosswinds Golf Club in Savannah, Ga., on Thursday.

Youngstown State senior guard Alison Smolinski has been named to the Horizon League Women's Basketball All-Tournament Team for her performance in Motor City Madness, the conference announced on Tuesday.

Smolinski, a native of North Royalton, Ohio, scored 18 points on six 3-pointers in the Penguins' 55-53 loss to Green Bay in the semifinals of the tournament on Monday. She made five of those triples in the third quarter to lead a YSU surge. The 18 points were the most by a women's basketball player in the three tournament games at Little Caesars Arena.

Smolinski added six points on a pair of 3-pointers in YSU's quarterfinals victory over Milwaukee. She finished the tournament with eight 3s in two games.

Smolinski is YSU's first Horizon League All-Tournament Team selection since Heidi Schlegel in 2013-14.

During the tournament she broke the Horizon League single-season 3-pointers record, and she also became the first player in YSU and conference history to make at least 100 3s in a season. She surpassed Detroit Mercy alumna Senee Shearer's previous record of 97 in the Penguins' win over Milwaukee at Beeghly Center on March 6, and she made her 100th 3 of the season in the third quarter on Monday against Green Bay.

Youngstown State has a 22-9 record and is waiting to see if it qualifies for the Women's NIT or the WBI postseason tournaments. Those fields will be announced Monday evening.

Three time All-American Chad Zallow and junior Jaliyah Elliott will return to the track on Friday night at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Zallow will compete in the 60m hurdles while Elliott will run in the 60m dash from the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama. Zallow's semifinal race is scheduled for 7:17 p.m. Eastern time, while Elliott will run her semifinal race at 7:57 EST.

ESPN3 will stream the championships live starting at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time on March 8 and starting at 5 p.m. Eastern time on March 9. A re-air of the championship will take place starting at 10 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, March 10 on ESPN2 and again Monday, March 11 starting at 10 p.m. Eastern time on ESPNU.

At last years championships, Zallow garnered a fifth place finish en route to earning first-team All-American status. Zallow ran time of 7.75 seconds in the semifinals before turning in a time of 7.720 seconds in the finals. Florida's Grant Holloway won his second consecutive title after finishing in a time of 7.47 seconds.

As sophomore in 2017, Zallow placed third and earned first-team All-American honors. He was a second-team All-American as a freshman in 2016.

Zallow, who is competing in his fourth consecutive NCAA Indoor Championships, will run in the first heat of the 60m hurdles. He holds the second fastest time in the heat behind Halloway, who comes in with a time of 7.43 seconds. Zallow will also compete against Georgia's Michael Nicholls (7.67 seconds), Florida's Cory Poolea (7.73 seconds), Southern Mississippi's Claeb Parker (7.73 seconds), Iowa's Chris Douglas (7.75 seconds), North Carolina A&T's Michael Dickson (7.75 seconds) and South Carolina's Isaiah Moore (7.76 seconds) in his heat. In the second heat, Kentucky's Daniel Roberts (7.48 seconds) and Florida's State Trey Cunningham (7.53 seconds) posted the only times below 7.67 seconds. 

Elliott enters her first championship experience with the 15th fastest time in the NCAA in the 60m dash with a time of 7.25 seconds. Elliott is coming off a breakout indoor season which saw her win her first Horizon League Championship in the 200m dash and second title in the 60m. This season, she also set school records in the 60m dash with a time of 7.25 seconds and 200m dash (23.85 seconds).

Elliott will run out of lane one and will compete against LSU's Kortneti Johnson (7.14 seconds), USC's Twanisha Terry (7.17 seconds), LSU's Sha'Carri Richardson (7.20 seconds), Norfolk State's Kiara Grant (7.22 seconds), Alabama's Tamara Clark (7.23 seconds), Florida State's Jayla Kirkland (7.25 seconds), and SMU's Chelsea Francis (7.26 seconds) in her heat. Six of the eight runners in the second heat have times of 7.24 seconds or below.

Zallow's Indoor Season

    Ranks fourth in the NCAA in the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.66 seconds
    Won the 60m hurdles fives times and the 60m dash four times during the year
    2019 Horizon League Indoor Champion 60m hurdles (7.69 seconds). Ran a time of 7.67 seconds in the prelims
    2019 Horizon League Indoor Champion 60m dash (6.69 seconds)
    2019 Horizon League Indoor Champion 200m dash (21.29 seconds)
    2019 Horizon League Alfreeda Goff Athlete of the Year
    2019 Horizon League Indoor Championship Outstanding Running Performer
    Finished third in the Fred Schmertz 60m hurdles at the 112th NYRR Millrose Games with a time of 7.69 seconds at the NYRR Millrose Games.
    Won the 60m hurdles at the YSU Icebreaker (7.69), Clemson Orange and Purple Elite Invitational (7.71), Penn State National Open (7.66), Akron Zips Invitational (7.72) and the Horizon League Championships (7.69)
    Became the first sprinter in Horizon League history to win the 60m dash four times, and just the second to win the 60m hurdles four times.
    Set the school record in the 60m dash with a time of 6.69 seconds at the Horizon League Indoor Championships (Feb. 24)

Elliott's Indoor Season

    Won the 60m dash five times during the year
    2019 Horizon League Indoor Champion 60m dash (7.25 seconds)
    2019 Horizon League Indoor Champion 200m dash (23.85 seconds)
    Set the school records in the 60m and 200m dash during the year
    Posted the fastest collegiate time in the 60m dash at the Clemson Orange and Purple Elite Invitational (7.45 seconds)
    One time recipient of the Horizon League Female Runner of the Week honors

NCAA Participants in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019

Zallow is just one five athletes - two of which are runners - who will compete in the NCAA meet for the fourth consecutive year.

Robert Heppenstall – Wake Faorest (800m)
Denzel Comenentia – Georgia (Shot Put)
Dotun Ogundeji – UCLA (Shot Put)
Chad Zallow – Youngstown State (60m hurdles)
Deakin Volz – Virginia Tech (Pole Vault)

The Youngstown State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is holding a Horizon League Basketball Championships Semifinal Watch Party at the DeBartolo Stadium Club to support the Women's Basketball team on Monday afternoon. Tipoff for the contest between the Penguins and Green Bay is set for 3:30 p.m. The event is free.

Following a 64-58 win over Milwaukee on Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of Motor City Madness, the Penguins have advanced to the semifinals for the second straight year.

If YSU fans can't make it to Little Caesars Arena in Detroit for the semifinal game against Green Bay, the next best place to watch the game is with other Penguins fans here in Youngstown and the place to be will be the Stadium Club.

The YSU Athletics Department will provide snacks and beverages for all guests. Wear your Red and White as we gather to support the Penguins against the Phoenix.

Parking will be available in the M-70 lot across from the Stadium for $5. Fans will be directed to the Stadium Club upon entering Stambaugh Stadium.

The contest will be carried on ESPN+ and 1390 WNIO.

 Both the men’s and the ladies looking poor tonight. Does anybody know why we do not have our crew in covering the ladies game? We are the home team. On the men’s side the grizzlies have their announcers in

There was a major Youngstown State presence on the Horizon League Women's Basketball All-League teams released on Tuesday as Mary Dunn, Sarah Cash and Chelsea Olson were each recognized in a vote of the conference's coaches, women's basketball sports information contacts and select media members.

Dunn was voted the Horizon League Sixth Player of the Year, and she was also a member of the five-member first team. Cash and Olson both earned Second-Team All-Horizon League honors, giving the Penguins three honorees for the first time in the program's 18 years in the conference. The trio helped YSU set school records with 13 Horizon League wins and 15 home victories in 2018-19.

"Having three of our players earn all-league honors is indicative of the balance and unselfishness our team has shown all year," YSU head coach John Barnes said. "Having both Mary and Sarah recognized as post players shows what an outstanding tandem they are. Our offense is designed to go inside, and those two have certainly made the most of that along with lots of credit going to our perimeter players for getting them the ball. Chelsea has a special ability to contribute in many ways on the floor, and it's great to see her rewarded for her all-around game. My staff and I are extremely proud of these three and the whole team for putting in the hard work and earning these honors."

Dunn is the first Penguin to be named the conference's Sixth Player of the Year, and she is the fourth to be named First-Team All-Horizon League. She joins Heidi Schlegel as the only two YSU student-athletes to be named to the All-Horizon League First Team as juniors. Cash was also a second-team honoree as a sophomore in 2015-16, and she joins Schlegel and Brandi Brown as the only Penguins to be named All-Horizon League multiple times. Olson is just the fourth guard in program history to earn all-conference honors as a sophomore, joining Brianne Kenneally (1998-99), Caroline McCombs (1995-96) and Liz Hauger (1994-95).

It's a rare feat for one team to have three All-Horizon League honorees. Green Bay's 2014-15 squad had three players on the second team, and that was the only time since 2010-11 that any team had at least three selections. The last time a program other than Green Bay had three members on the all-league squads was in 2001-02 when Detroit Mercy and Milwaukee both had three. That was the same year that Youngstown State joined the Horizon League as the ninth team in the conference.

Dunn came off the bench in 22 of YSU's 29 games in the regular season and ended up leading the team in scoring. She ranks fifth in the Horizon League with 13.2 points per game while also ranking third with a .567 field-goal percentage. Additionally, the junior forward from Washington, Pa., ranks sixth in the conference in blocks per game, and her six games with at least 20 points ranks fourth in the league. Dunn was even better against league opponents, averaging 14.3 points and shooting 61.8 percent from the field in 18 conference games.

Cash started all 29 games of the regular season, and she ranks tied-for-second on the team and tied-for-sixth in the Horizon League in scoring with 13 points per game. The redshirt senior also ranks second in the conference with a .581 field-goal percentage, and she's fourth in free-throw percentage at .781. Against league opponents, she ranked fifth in the circuit with 13.3 points per game and third with a .570 field-goal percentage. The Lordstown, Ohio, native will finish her time at YSU holding school records in career games played and career free-throw percentage.

Olson leads the Horizon League with 4.8 assists per game, but her all-around contributions are what make the sophomore stand out. The Westby, Wis., native ranks in the top six in the conference in assists, free-throw percentage, rebounding, 3-pointers per game, 3-point field-goal percentage, blocks, assist-to-turnover ratio and minutes. On the national level, she is the only underclassman in the country averaging at least 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists. She had at least 10 points, eight rebounds or five assists in 26 of YSU's 29 games during the regular season, and she led the squad with five double-doubles.

Youngstown State will host Milwaukee on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Little Caesars Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship. Tipoff at Beeghly Center is set for 7 p.m.

Indianapolis, Ind. -- Youngstown State freshman Darius Quisenberry was named to the All-Horizon League Second-Team and the All-Freshmen Team, and sophomore Garrett Covington was named to the Horizon League All-Defensive Team after a vote of the league's head coaches, athletic communications personnel and select media, the Horizon League announced.
Quisenberry was a three-time league freshman of the Week and leads the Penguins in scoring (13.9 ppg), assists (3.7 apg) and steals (1.3 spg). He also averaged 16.3 points per game against league opponents.  In all games, he ranked 15th in scoring, sixth in assists and seventh in steals. He also set the YSU freshman 3-pointers made record with 51 and the YSU Division I freshman scoring record with 430.
Quisenberry is the first freshman in school history to earn all-conference honors, and his selection marks the fourth consecutive year and the seventh time in eight seasons a YSU player was named to the all-league team.
Covington, who averaged 10.7 points per game, typically defended the opponents top scorer and averaged 1.13 steals per game. He also averaged 2.5 defensive rebounds per game.

2019 Horizon League Men's Basketball Award Winners
Player of the Year: Drew McDonald, Northern Kentucky
Defensive Player of the Year: D.J. McCall, IUPUI
Freshman of the Year: Antoine Davis, Detroit Mercy
Sixth Man of the Year: Jaylen Minnett, IUPUI
Coach of the Year: Scott Nagy, Wright State

All-League First Team (alphabetical by school)
Antoine Davis, Detroit Mercy
Sandy Cohen III, Green Bay
Drew McDonald, Northern Kentucky
Xavier Hill-Mais, Oakland
Loudon Love, Wright State

All-League Second Team (alphabetical by school)
Tyree Appleby, Cleveland State
Camron Justice, IUPUI
Tarkus Ferguson, UIC
Bill Wampler, Wright State
Darius Quisenberry, Youngstown State

All-Freshman Team (alphabetical by school)
Rashad Williams, Cleveland State
Antoine Davis, Detroit Mercy
Braden Norris, Oakland
Malachi Smith, Wright State
Darius Quisenberry, Youngstown State

All-Defensive Team (alphabetical by school)

D.J. McCall, IUPUI
Jalen Tate, Northern Kentucky
Parker Ernsthausen, Wright State
Mark Hughes, Wright State
Garrett Covington, Youngstown State

Youngstown State senior Alison Smolinski has been named the Horizon League Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the final week of the regular season, the conference office announced on Monday.

Smolinski is the Horizon League Player of the Week for the second time this season, and this marks the sixth week that a Penguin has won the award. Smolinski, YSU teammate Mary Dunn and IUPUI's Macee Williams are the only repeat winners.

Smolinski scored a game-high 19 points while making five 3-pointers in YSU's 74-61 win at Cleveland State on Saturday. The North Royalton, Ohio, native scored 13 points in the first quarter and made four of those 3s in the first 12 minutes to help the Penguins build a lead that they would never lose. The win allowed YSU to secure the third seed in this week's 2019 Little Caesars Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship.

Smolinski increased her 3-pointers total in 2018-19 to 96, which is the second-most for a season in Horizon League history. Smolinski is just make one shy of Senee Shearer's record of 97 that was set in 2013-14.

Smolinski and the Penguins will host Milwaukee in the quarterfinals of Motor City Madness at Beeghly Center this Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The Youngstown State bowling team beat three ranked teams and finished the first day of the Hawk Flight Invite in sixth place. The event is being held at King Pin Lanes in Egg Harbor Township, N.J.

YSU totaled 4,697 pins over its five Baker matches, which was just eight pins behind fifth-place Saint Francis U. The Penguins bowled at least 916 in each set and topped out with a 983 in their second contest of the day.

“I'm proud of the way the ladies battled today,” YSU head coach Doug Kuberski said. “They grinded through some tough sets and were able to put the bad shots behind them quickly and stay present. We did leave some pins out there today and have a few things to clean up. If we do that and continue to play our game, we'll be in the hunt.”

The Penguins, who were ranked 25th in the most recent NTCA Top 25 Poll, dropped their first match of the day 925-916 to St. Francis Brooklyn as the Terriers struck in the 10th frame in the final game to pull ahead. YSU responded with its highest set of the day in a 983-918 victory over No. 17 LIU Brooklyn to even its record at 1-1 on the day. After falling 1,156-949 to No. 8 Fairleigh Dickinson, the Penguins got back to even again with a 931-884 triumph over No. 6 UMES. YSU edged No. 22 Monmouth 918-915 in the final match of the day as Emma Dockery struck in the ninth frame and Nikki Mendez went nine-spare and strike in the 10th.

Youngstown State will compete against LIU Post, No. 10 North Carolina A&T, No. 11 Saint Francis U, Morgan State and No. 12 Delaware State on Saturday in traditional play.

Friday’s Baker Match Results

    St. Francis Brooklyn 925 -#25 Youngstown State 916
    #25 Youngstown State 983 - #17 LIU Brooklyn 918
    #8 Fairleigh Dickinson 1,156 - #25 Youngstown State 949
    #25 Youngstown State 931 - #6 UMES 884
    #25 Youngstown State 918 - #22 Monmouth 915

Youngstown State will add a men's swimming and diving program as well as a women's lacrosse team in the near future, Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Ron Strollo announced on Monday.

Men's swimming and diving will become the 20th Division I sport currently offered by the YSU Athletic Department when it begins competition this fall. YSU previously competed in men's swimming and diving from 1964 through 1984 and 1949-51. Women's lacrosse is scheduled to debut in the spring of 2021.

"We're excited about this new opportunity to recruit high school students from Ohio, the region and internationally to pursue their academic and athletic goals at Youngstown State in both sports," Strollo said. "Our swimming facility is one of the best in the area and we look forward to showcasing it with both our men's and women's programs. The growth of women's lacrosse in Ohio and throughout the Midwest has seen an increased number of schools sponsor the sport and we are thrilled to add it at Youngstown State."

The lacrosse program will utilize Farmers National Bank Field at the Covelli Sports Complex during their spring season. The men's swimming and diving program will compete at the newly-renovated Beeghly Natatorium.

Both sports have comparative roster sizes. The men's swimming and diving team will offer a chance for 20-25 to be part of Youngstown State's enrollment this fall. The women's lacrosse program will have a roster size of approximately 25 and will begin to offer opportunities to attend YSU starting in the fall of 2020.

YSU will be the seventh Horizon League program to sponsor men's swimming, joining Cleveland State, Milwaukee, Green Bay, IUPUI, Oakland and UIC. Of the seven schools who currently sponsor women's swimming, Youngstown State is only one that does not have a men's swimming program. YSU will join Detroit Mercy as schools in the Horizon League who will participate in women's lacrosse.

Questions about the men's swimming and diving program should be directed to Assistant Director of Athletics Rebecca Fink at

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