Second half surge fuels Rio women

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Brooke Marcum tossed in a season-high 20 points to lead four double-digit scorers for the University of Rio Grande in a 91-72 win over Indiana University-Kokomo, Tuesday afternoon, in Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball action at the Newt Oliver Arena.

The RedStorm, who won for the fourth time in their last five outings, improved to 9-5 overall and 2-1 in league play with the win.

IU-Kokomo, which had a two-game win streak snapped, slipped to 6-8 overall and 1-2 in the KIAC.

Rio Grande led by 13 points early in the second quarter, but the Cougars stormed back to take a 41-40 lead at the intermission.

However, IU-Kokomo went failed to score in the first 5:54 of the third period and, by the time that Whitney Williamson finally did connect on a short jumper with 4:06 left in the quarter, the RedStorm had reeled off 15 straight points and regained control once and for all.

The Cougars got no closer than 12 points the rest of the way and Rio Grande increased its lead to as many as 21 points with 1:31 left in the contest.

Marcum, a junior forward from Vinton, Ohio, and senior center Harley Adler (Burton, OH) fueled the second half surge in the paint.

Marcum had 12 of her 20 points after the break and Adler netted all of her 10 points over the final two quarters.

The RedStorm also got 18 points, a season-high 11 rebounds, five assists and five steals from senior Sarah Bonar (Hartford, OH), while junior Aly Herren (Mason, OH) finished with 12 points and junior Sharday Baines (East Cleveland, OH) – the reigning KIAC Player of the Week – handed out a career-high 12 assists.

Rio Grande shot 55 percent from the field (38-for-69), while also tallying a season-high 26 assists as a team and outrebounding the Cougars, 40-22.

IU-Kokomo was led by Deja Felder and Lela Crawford with 18 points and three steals apiece. Felder, who had 16 of her points in the first half, also had a team-high six assists.

Williamson added 11 points and Catera Stevenson had 10 in a losing cause for the Cougars.

Rio Grande will return to action on Saturday against Carlow University at Oakland Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, Pa. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing