Women’s College Basketball Preview: St. Francis-YSU, 12/3

St. Francis notched a season-opening win at Wisconsin.

Youngstown State Penguins vs St. Francis (PA) Red Flash basketball

Women’s College Basketball
Saturday, December 3 at 5:30 pm at Youngstown State’s Beeghly Center
St. Francis, PA (2-3) at Youngstown State (2-4)

Last Three Meetings
Dec. 17, 2009 – St. Francis 94-58
Dec. 3, 2008 – St. Francis, 61-54 (OT)
Dec. 1, 2007 – YSU, 58-57

Last Meeting: December 17, 2009
LORETTO, Pennsylvania – St. Francis jumped out to a 55-30 halftime lead over the winless Penguins and cruised to a 94-58 win at DeGol Arena. Britney Hodges scored a game-high 26 points (5-5, 3PT) while Samantha Leach and Allison Daly each finished with 16 apiece. For the Penguins, Brandi Brown led the way with 16 points (7-15 FG). Rachael Manual nearly finished with a double-double (9 points, 10 rebounds). Bojana Dimitrov (13) and Macey Nortey (12) both scored in double-figures for YSU. The Lady Penguins closed out the 2009-10 year with an 0-30 record.

Coaches
St. Francis (PA): Joe Haigh, 5th season (54-76)
Youngstown State: John Barnes, 4th season (59-44)

2016-17 Northeast Standings (as of 11/30)
Bryant – 3-2 (0-0)
Sacred Heart – 3-2 (0-0)
Robert Morris – 3-4 (0-0)
St. Francis (PA) – 2-3 (0-0)
Farleigh Dickinson – 2-4 (0-0)
Mount St. Mary’s – 2-4 (0-0)
St. Francis (Brooklyn) – 2-4 (0-0)
Wagner – 1-5 (0-0)
Central Connecticut – 1-5 (0-0)
Long Island Brooklyn – 0-5 (0-0)

2016-17 Horizon League Standings (as of 11/30)
Milwaukee – 5-1 (0-0)
Green Bay – 5-1 (0-0)
Wright State – 4-2 (0-0)
Oakland – 4-2 (0-0)
Valparaiso – 3-3 (0-0)
Illinois-Chicago – 2-2 (0-0)
Detroit – 3-4 (0-0)
Cleveland State – 2-3 (0-0)
Northern Kentucky – 2-4 (0-0)
Youngstown State – 2-4 (0-0)

2016 Results
St. Francis, PA (2-3)
Cornell 78 Red Flash 72
Red Flash 95 Canisius 74
Columbia 84 Red Flash 77
Marquette 104 Red Flash 91
Red Flash 103 Wisconsin 100

Youngstown State (2-4)
Northern Arizona 70 Penguins 49
Penguins 84 Tiffin 62
Penguins 102 Sacramento State 94
Hawaii 72 Penguins 50
Pitt 63 Penguins 50
American 77 Penguins 64

Team Statistics
Scoring Offense: St. Francis, 87.6; Youngstown State, 66.5
Rebounding: St. Francis, 36.4; Youngstown State, 36.0
Field Goal Shooting: Youngstown State, 37.8%
Three-Point Shooting: St. Francis, 34.2%; Youngstown State, 27.7%
Free Throw Shooting: St. Francis, 81.2%; Youngstown State, 74.6%
Scoring Defense: Youngstown State, 73.0; St. Francis, 88.0
Turnovers: Youngstown State, 15.7; St. Francis, 20.2

Individual Stat Leaders
St. Francis (PA)
Scoring: Jessica Kovatch – 20.2
Rebounding: Ace Harrison – 10.0
Field Goal Percentage: Ace Harrison – 56.1% (32-57)
Three-Point Percentage: Katie Reese – 56.0% (14-25)
Free Throw Percentage: Ace Harrison – 84.0% (21-25)
…Four players (who have attempted 5 or more free throws) have compiled a free throw percentage of 81% or better. Four players are averaging double-digits in scoring (Kovatch, 20.2; Harrison, 17.2; Reese, 15.4; Maya Wynn, 12.0).

Youngstown State
Scoring: Sarah Cash – 13.2
Rebounding: Natalie Myers – 4.8
Field Goal Percentage: Sarah Cash – 64.6% (31-48)
Three-Point Percentage: Mailee Jones – 42.9% (3-7)
Free Throw Percentage: Kelley Wright – 92.3% (12-13)
…Three Penguins are shooting 90% or better from the foul line with at least 5 attempts. Four players are scoring 8-points or better (Cash, 13.2; Mary Dunn, 10.5; Indiya Benjamin, 8.3; Jenna Hirsch, 8.2). Six Penguins have grabbed 3 rebounds per game so far this season.

Famous Alums at St. Francis (PA)
John Bower, Detroit Piston’s General Manager
Mike Iuzzolino, 2nd round pick in 1991 by Dallas Mavericks (NEC Player of the Year in 1991)
Scott Layden, Minnesota Timberwolves’ General Manager
Kevin Porter, 3rd round pick by in 1972 Baltimore Bullets of the NBA (4-time NBA assist leader)
Charles Schwab
Maurice Stokes, 1st round pick in 1955 by Rochester Royals of the NBA (3-time All-Star)
Norm Van Lier, 3rd round pick in 1969 by Chicago Bulls (was a 3-time All-Star)

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