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.

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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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