Rio Grande Sports Information
RIO GRANDE, Ohio - By no means was it a performance that would've made Dr. James Naismith swell up with pride, but the University of Rio Grande women's basketball team wasn't about to apologize for Saturday's Senior Day victory over visiting Carlow University.
The RedStorm shot just 34.9 percent from the floor and committed 23 turnovers, but outlasted the even sloppier Celtics, 63-44, in River States Conference action at the Newt Oliver Arena.
Rio Grande wrapped up its regular season schedule with a second consecutive win, improving to 19-11 overall and 10-7 in conference play.
Carlow finished 9-18 overall and 1-16 in the RSC.
Rio shot just 21.9 percent (7-for-32) in the first half and scored only six points in the second quarter, yet still "enjoyed" a 25-13 halftime lead.
The Celtics outscored the RedStorm in the second stanza, 7-6, but hit just two of their 28 shots from the field (7.1%) prior to the intermission.
Carlow got no closer than 10 points in the second half, including 52-42 after a pair of Emma Stille free throws with 3:07 left to play, but Rio finished the game on an 11-2 run to seal the victory.
The Celtics finished with seven more turnovers than they had field goals made (18-11) and shot just 17.5 percent for the game (11-for-63).
Rio Grande had one more turnover than made field goals (23-22), but shot 48.4 percent (15-for-31) in the second half and outrebounded its guests, 56-45.
Senior Brooke Marcum (Vinton, OH) was the only double-digit scorer for the RedStorm, finishing with 11 points. She narrowly missed a "double-double" after also hauling down nine rebounds.
Freshman Sydney Holden (Wheelersburg, OH) narrowly missed a "triple-double" for Rio, finishing with nine points, nine rebounds and a game-high eight assists.
Alexis Yanief scored a game-high 13 points to pace Carlow in the loss, while Stille finished with a game-high 11 rebounds. Noelle Vallimont had eight points, eight rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots in a losing cause.
Rio Grande returns to action on Wednesday, traveling to Indiana University-Kokomo for the quarterfinal round of the RSC Tournament.
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.