RedStorm women roll past Midway

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

MIDWAY, Ky. — Aly Herren hit six of the University of Rio Grande’s season-high 11 three-point goals and led a quartet of double-digit scorers for the RedStorm in an 86-59 rout of Midway University, Tuesday night, in Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball action at Marshall Gymnasium.

Rio Grande improved to 13-5 overall and 6-1 in conference play, winning for the fifth straight time and the ninth time in its last 10 outings.

Midway dropped to 0-20 overall and 0-7 inside the KIAC.

Herren, a junior guard from Mason, Ohio, connected on six of her 10 attempts from beyond the arc – three in each half – and finished with 18 points.

Rio Grande, which led from the outset, finished 11-for-20 from three-point range as a team, surpassing the previous single-game high of nine trifectas established in a win over Ohio University-Lancaster on Nov. 20 and equaled in a win over Indiana-Kokomo two weeks ago.

The RedStorm also got 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists from senior Sarah Bonar (Hartford, OH), while senior Harley Adler (Burton, OH) had 14 points, eight rebounds and four of her team’s season-high 11 blocked shots.

Junior Brooke Marcum (Vinton, OH) added 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds in the winning effort and junior guard Sharday Baines (East Cleveland, OH) equaled a career-high with 12 of Rio’s season-high-tying 27 assists.

The RedStorm led just 14-13 after Midway’s Brittany Vandeventer connected on a pair of free throws with 1:10 left in the opening period, but a 7-0 run over the next three minutes produced an eight-point lead, which eventually grew to 13 points late in the first half before settling at 11 points, 35-24, by intermission.

Rio continued to stretch the lead in the second half, taking a 19-point cushion late in the third quarter and enjoying a 28-point cushion inside the final minute of the game.

The RedStorm shot 47 percent for the game, including a 21-for-40 showing in the second half (52.5 percent) and a 12-for-17 effort (70.6 percent) in the fourth quarter.

Rio also out-rebounded the Eagles, 52-37, helping to offset 24 turnovers.

Jariana Gillespie scored a game-high 24 points to pace MU in the loss, connecting on seven of 13 field goal attempts overall and five of six three-point tries.

Gillespie was the only double-figure scorer for Midway, which saw the rest of roster connect on just 12 of their 48 shots (25.0 percent) and commit 25 turnovers.

Rio Grande is scheduled to return to action on Friday, weather permitting, when it hosts Carlow University in KIAC action at the Newt Oliver Arena. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

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

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing