Rio Grande Sports Information
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Brooke Marcum poured in a season-high 31 points to go along with a game-high 13 rebounds, while Sharday Baines surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her in career in the University of Rio Grande's 96-75 rout of Cincinnati Christian University, Saturday afternoon, in River States Conference women's basketball action at Jill Rendel Court.
The RedStorm rebounded from a loss at Indiana-Kokomo on Thursday night to run their record to 15-9 overall and 7-5 in league play.
Cincinnati Christian dropped to 6-15 overall and 3-8 in the RSC with a fourth straight loss.
Marcum, a senior from Vinton, Ohio, finished 12-for-16 from the floor and seven-for-10 at the free throw line. She had 19 of her points in the second half, falling one point shy of equaling her career-high of 32 points.
Marcum also finished with a game-high three blocked shots.
Baines, a senior from East Cleveland, Ohio, entered the contest needing eight points for her milestone mark - a mark which came on a jumper with 7:48 left to play. She became the 28th player in school history - and the second this season (Marcum) - to join the 1,000-point club.
As for the game itself, Rio started somewhat slowly and led just 17-14 after one quarter, 42-34 at halftime and 69-56 after three stanzas.
CCU still trailed by just 10 points, 81-71, after a basket by Makenzie Tolson with 4:40 remaining in the contest, but the RedStorm responded with 13 consecutive points over the next three minutes to blow the game open.
Sophomore Jaida Carter (New Philadelphia, OH) added 17 points, three assists and three steals to the winning effort, while freshman Abby Wendel (Portland, IN) completed the quartet of double-digit scorers for Rio with 11 points.
The RedStorm shot 51.9 percent from the field (40-for-77) and outrebounded the Eagles, 46-36.
Kami Bomar led CCU with 20 points and three steals, while Brianna Ruffin finished with 15 points and Brittany Wells had 10 points and four assists.
The Eagles outscored Rio 22-13 at the free throw line, but had 16 fewer field goals and committed 21 turnovers.
Rio Grande returns to action on Wednesday night when it closes out the non-conference portion of the schedule at Salem (WV) International. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.