YSU's Chelsea Olson

Westby graduate Chelsea Olson nearly had Youngstown State's first triple-double in 32 years when she finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and four blocked shots during a win over Illinois-Chicago on Saturday.

Maybe we should just plan a Chelsea Olson update every week.

The Westby High School graduate is showing no signs of slowing down for the Division I Youngstown State women's basketball team, which has won four straight games and six of its last seven to improve to 12-13 overall and 8-6 in the Horizon League.

Olson, a freshman who scored 1,725 points during her Westby career, has seen her role with the Penguins expand consistently, and she showed just why that is during a 71-52 win at Illinois-Chicago on Saturday.

Olson made 7 of 17 shots -- 3 of 7 attempts from the 3-point line -- and nearly became the first Penguin to record a triple-double in 32 years.

Olson had 17 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and four blocked shots for Youngstown State, which has home games against UW-Milwaukee (Thursday) and UW-Green Bay (Saturday) coming up this week.

Olson has been the Horizon League's freshman of the week three times, and she is averaging 8.0 points and a team-best 4.1 rebounds per game while ranking second on the team in assists (40) and 3-pointers made (36).

Olson is averaging 12.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.5 steals during Youngstown State's current winning streak. She is averaging 14 ppg, 7.6 rpg and has made 15 3-pointers during the Penguins' last seven games.


Assistant Sports Editor

Todd Sommerfeldt has covered sports for the La Crosse Tribune since 2003 after doing the same previously in the Fox Cities and Rock County.

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