Western Michigan women’s basketball defeated Youngstown State 62-54 Tuesday night at University Arena. WMU bounced back with its first win of the season, improving to 1-3. YSU dropped to 1-3 with the loss.
Taylor Williams notched her first double-double of the season. She led the team with 18 points and collected 11 rebounds. Lauren Ross scored 17 points for her fourth consecutive game in double figures. Alli Carlson led the Broncos with five assists.
WMU held YSU to a 29% shooting from the field, proving that its defense was the main factor to victory.
“This is a team that can grind,” head coach Shane Clipfell said. “That was where we had to make the most change. We can look at our offense, our offense has been struggling, but we know we are more than capable of how we have been playing defensively.”
The turnover bug was prevalent on both sides. WMU had 16, while YSU had 17. Both teams got into foul trouble late as well, leading to Hannah Spitzley fouling out with five fouls. Megan Callahan and Lilly Ritz both fouled out for the Penguins, which proved to be costly down the stretch.
The first half was a defensive battle, leaving the score at 27-24 in favor of the Broncos. Taylor Williams led the pack in the first half with 11 points, earning one from beyond the arc. Lauren Ross tallied five points as well. YSU hung around early shooting 42.9% in the first quarter. The Broncos strong defensive effort took over in the second quarter as the Penguins shot just 2-16.
The Broncos began to take control in the third quarter. WMU extended its lead by as much as 10, winning the quarter 14-9.
In the fourth quarter, YSU came storming back offensively. It scored 21 points on 5-for-13 shooting and at one point cut the deficit to three points. WMU scored 21 points of its own in the quarter and converting on free throws sealed victory for the Broncos.
WMU next travels west to take on Colorado Wednesday, Nov 30. The game tips off at 8:00 p.m. and can be streamed on Bronco Media Network and Colorado Live Stream.