Recent Women's Basketball Headlines
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Thu, Aug. 27, 2015 at 5:30 PM - [Basketball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
     RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Registration is currently underway for the Rio Fall Basketball Academy, which will run for four consecutive Sundays beginning Sept. 13 and concluding on Oct. 4 at the Newt Oliver Arena.
     The league features two divisions — a senior division (10-foot goals) for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students and a junior division (9-foot goals) for third, fourth and fifth grade students — for both boys and girls. The league will also offer instruction in team concepts and fundamentals in a controlled game atmosphere. Each team will receive coaching instruction from the University of Rio Grande men's and women's basketball players.

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Thu, Aug. 13, 2015 - [Basketball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The men's and women's basketball teams from the University of Rio Grande were among the programs which were recognized recently as NAIA Scholar-Teams for the 2014-15 school year.
    For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar-Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team grade point average includes all eligible varsity student-athletes.

Rio head coach David Smalley joins Cuyahoga CC transfer Nnena Adigwe as she signs with the RedStorm
Rio head coach David Smalley joins Cuyahoga CC transfer Nnena Adigwe as she signs with the RedStorm
Thu, Jul. 30, 2015 - [Women's Basketball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    CLEVELAND, Ohio - University of Rio Grande women's basketball head coach David Smalley has announced the signing of Cuyahoga Community College's Nnena Adigwe for the 2015-16 season.
    Adigwe, a 5-foot-10 power forward, averaged 8.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game for head coach Derrick Williams' Challengers last season.
    "This has always been a dream that I knew I could reach with hard work," Adigwe said. "'Faith without work is dead' is a quote that I live by. But I'm still in shock."

JFK High 's Daijha Truett is joined by her father, Antoine, school administrators and coaches as she signs with Rio Grande
JFK High 's Daijha Truett is joined by her father, Antoine, school administrators and coaches as she signs with Rio Grande
Wed, Jul. 29, 2015 - [Women's Basketball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    CLEVELAND, Ohio - University of Rio Grande women's basketball head coach David Smalley has announced the signing of John F. Kennedy High School's Daijha Truett for the 2015-16 school year.
    Truett, a 6-foot-4 center, closed out her prep career for head coach Leonard Patterson's Fighting Eagles following a loss to Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown in the opening round of Division II district tournament play.
    "I was so emotional, so happy because I made my parents proud," Truett said of her signing. "I started crying, too. I was so nervous that made a mistake and put the wrong date on the paperwork."

Fairfield Union's Taylor Grubb signs to play basketball and run at Rio Grande as family and coaches watch
Fairfield Union's Taylor Grubb signs to play basketball and run at Rio Grande as family and coaches watch
Mon, Jul. 20, 2015 - [Women's Basketball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    LANCASTER, Ohio – Fairfield Union High School two-sport standout Taylor Grubb has signed a letter-of-intent to play basketball and to run cross country/track & field for the University of Rio Grande beginning with the 2015-16 school year.
    Grubb, a 5-foot-6 guard on the basketball court and a distance/relay runner for the Falcons during her prep career, lettered three times in all three sports. She also lettered in volleyball and swimming and earned Scholar Athlete honors in each of her varsity seasons.
    "Signing with Rio Grande makes me so excited," Grubb said. "Basketball has been my favorite sport ever since I first started playing it."
    As a two-year captain, Grubb helped head coach Steve Clipenger's team post a 13-10 finish last winter following a loss to Warren High School in the Division II district quarterfinals.
    Over the course of her high school running career, Grubb participated in cross country's 5,000-meter run for coach Rob Myers as well as the 800-meter run, the 1,600-meter run, the 4x400 relay and the 4x800 relay for coach Joel Denny.
    She was also named Fairfield Union's 2015 most outstanding senior female athlete.

Gallia County natives Morgan Daniels (left) and Brooke Marcum (right) were keys to Rio's success in 2014-15
Gallia County natives Morgan Daniels (left) and Brooke Marcum (right) were keys to Rio's success in 2014-15
Tue, Jun. 23, 2015 - [Women's Basketball]

By DAVID SMALLEY
    RIO GRANDE, Ohio - The University of Rio Grande women's basketball program completed another memorable chapter in the program's storied history this past season behind the talent of two local hardwood standouts - Morgan Daniels, a 2011 graduate from Gallia Academy High School, and Brooke Marcum, a 2011 graduate from River Valley High School.  
    Both athletes played integral roles in the record-setting accomplishments of head coach David Smalley's squad during the 2014-15 season. The RedStorm championed in their inaugural season in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC), posting a 13-1 record in conference play en route to a national tournament berth.  
    After a loss to Point Park University in their KIAC opener, the RedStorm went through a recommitment process, which ignited a program-record 16 consecutive wins spanning from January 10th to February 24th. The RedStorm continued its championship season by earning a bid to participate in the 2015 NAIA Division II National tournament in Sioux City, Iowa - the program's sixth national tournament appearance.
    Marcum and Daniels helped guide Rio to an impressive 25-8 season, which ended in a seven-point loss to eventual national semifinalist Hastings (Neb.) College.