The Youngstown State women’s basketball team scored 15 3-pointers in the first three quarters and withstood a push from Green Bay in the second half by beating the Phoenix 67-58 on Saturday afternoon at the Beeghly Center.
The Penguins improved to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the conference game, and they completed a Horizon League sweep against Milwaukee and Green Bay, who were selected second and third in the pre-season.
Megan Callahan scored 20 points, a career and game high, and went 4 for 7 on a 3-point range, and Malia Magestro had a career-best five 3 to finish with 15 points. Five different Penguins scored two or more 3-pointers and Youngstown State finished a bit behind the school record for 3 seconds in a game.
Youngstown State was 1-for-5 on a 3-point range to start the game with Callahan’s triple at 7:36 of the first quarter, representing his only points in the game’s opening six minutes. Green Bay led 7-3 on a 3-point Hailey Oskey, but the Penguins held a 13-12 lead at the end of the period after Magestro made a 3 with 33 seconds left. Son trey was the fifth change of leader of the opening quarter, and YSU was no longer lagging behind.
Starting with a 3-point Magestro at 3:24 of the first period, the Penguins threw nine of their 14 3-point attempts on an 11:38 streak as they opened up a 37-23 lead. . Magestro hit three, Lindsey Mack and Paige Shy both hit two, and Mady Aulbach and Callahan both hit one.
The Penguins led 37-26 and held off a charge from Green Bay in which the Phoenix made six straight 3-point attempts. Green Bay slid to four at 47-43 on an Oskey triple at 3:50 of the third period, but Callahan hit a pair of threes in 30 seconds to push the margin to 10 at 53-43. YSU was leading 53-47 at the end of the third, and the difference was at least five the rest of the game.
Youngstown State will play two non-conference road games next week, starting with a game at Canisius on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The game against the Golden Griffins will be broadcast live on 1390 WNIO and ESPN3.
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