Trimmer’s shot forces overtime as Pens win opener

YOUNGSTOWN — Melinda Trimmer hit a jumper with 1.2 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, and the Youngstown State women’s basketball team went on to beat Robert Morris ,69-59, in Tuesday’s season opener in front of 1,189 fans at the Beeghly Center.

Trimmer’s basket came on a broken play to cap a wild finish in regulation. Sarah Cash hit a driving bucket with 25 seconds left to put YSU back on top at 54-53, but Honoka Ikematsu answered with a 3-pointer with 9.3 seconds left to put the preseason NEC favorites back up and set the stage for Trimmer.

Cash was double-teamed near the basket, and she fought through it to get the ball to Trimmer in the left corner. Trimmer, a former West Branch High School All-Ohioan, hit the 17-footer with 1.2 seconds on the clock to tie the game.

The Penguins went on to score the first seven points in overtime – four on free throws and the other three on a three-pointer by Alison Smolinski – to go up 63-56 with 3:04 left.

Trimmer was 1-of-2 from the field with four rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes off the bench.

Youngstown State will host Loyola Chicago at 7 p.m. Friday.