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YOUNGSTOWN – It was a confidence-boosting performance for Paige Shy.

Having not eclipsed double numbers since the Dec. 2 win over Milwaukee, Marshall’s junior transfer caught fire Friday night, sinking 5-for-8 from 3-point range to score 15, as YSU choked visiting Illinois-Chicago at Horizon Championship Game, 69-46, in front of 1,297 fans at the Beeghly Center.

The win is YSU’s seventh straight, and the Penguins extended their Horizon League winning streak to nine.

“Once I saw one come in, it definitely helped my confidence. I feel like I just needed that one to get in,” Timid said. “And then I kept leveraging that and the energy, and my teammates were giving me the ball. My confidence was there today.

With YSU (15-1, 9-0) leading 15-13 after the first quarter, Shy and Lilly Ritz took over in the second. Ritz had 12 points in the frame, and that was increased by Shy’s clean shot, as she hit two of her 3-pointers in that span to give YSU a 41-23 advantage heading into half. -time. Ritz finished with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Malia Magestro also broke double figures, scoring 11 points.

From there, the Penguins never looked back. UIC have only come back under 20 points once, and that was at the start of the third quarter.

From the Ritz, Shy commented, “It’s hard to keep inside and out. (UIC are) a great team, but having Lilly dominating in the post, you double-cross her, and she does a great pass out and we shoot a three or we drive, she seals or she gets a layup. I think we work very well with her.

And as has been the case all season, defense has also been key for the Penguins. UIC’s 46 points were the second-lowest YSU has allowed in Horizon League play this season, with the lowest mark being Purdue Fort Wayne’s 41 on Dec. 30.

YSU also forced 21 turnovers and turned them into 17 points. The Flames (2-10, 1-6) were mostly kept off the field, shooting 37% from the field until a 6-for-10 fourth quarter took that final percentage to 42 ,2.

UIC’s Jaida McCloud, who averaged 17 points per game entering the contest, was limited to seven, while Kristian Young was limited to 10, the most of any Flames.

“We tried to get out in the passing lanes a bit for the best (UIC) players and make it difficult for them to execute their attack,” YSU coach John Barnes said. “We don’t usually force a lot of turnovers, but we were able to do that today, and we were 17 points down on turnovers, so that was important for us.”

YSU also dominated on the glass, outscoring UIC 46-28. Of his 46 boards, 25 came from the offensive side, leading to 18 second-chance points. It also provided plenty of shooting opportunities, as the Penguins had a season-high 72 field goal attempts, eclipsing Point Park’s 71 attempts.

And now, with the first deal of its weekend handled, the Penguins are gearing up for perhaps their toughest Horizon League test yet — a Sunday game with preseason favorite IUPUI. The Jaguars dispatched Robert Morris Friday 63-44.

However, after losing a few conference games early in the season due to COVID-19 protocol, the Jaguars are currently three games behind YSU in the Horizon League standings. A Penguin win would bury them in a four-game hole and further cement YSU’s hold on the conference’s top spot.

” They are very good. They have a three-time Horizon League Player of the Year (in Macee Williams),” Barnes said, adding later, “It’s just an exceptional team, a great, well-trained program. We worked very hard to put ourselves in this position and be lucky enough to have two of the best teams in the league.

jwhetzel@tribtoday.com

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