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MILWAUKEE — The Youngstown State women’s basketball team completed its Wisconsin road trip sweep with a 61-51 win over Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon.

The Penguins, coming off a narrow three-point win over Green Bay on Friday, survived Sunday’s defensive battle with a late barrage of free throws as the Panthers were fouling in an attempt to claw back in the game.

It was just the third time since joining the Horizon League in 2001 that YSU swept the conference’s Wisconsin teams.

Lilly Ritz led all players with 20 points and 11 rebounds to collect her 11th double-double, and three other starters scored in double figures for the Penguins. Megan Callahan scored 15 points, and she grabbed the biggest rebound of the game when it was just a four-point margin in the final 20 seconds. Malia Magestro scored 13 points and went 8-for-8 from the free-throw line, and Dena Jarrells scored 10 points to go along with four assists.

Milwaukee, which is now 7-11 overall and 5-5 against the conference, was led by Kendall Nead’s 17 points and eight rebounds.

YSU shot 42.9 percent for the game. The Penguins were 6-for-20 from 3-point range, and YSU was 13-for-15 on free-throw attempts. The Penguins outrebounded Milwaukee 33-28 and held a 28-16 scoring edge in the paint.

YSU held Milwaukee to 34 percent shooting from the field, including 29.6 percent in the second half.

With the win, the Penguins improve to 14-5 and are now in a three-way tie with Cleveland State and Green Bay atop the conference standings at 8-2.

YSU will return home Thursday to host Wright State at 7 pm (ESPN+, 570 WKBN) at the Beeghly Center.

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