Recent Women's Basketball Headlines
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.

Family members and Rio coach David Smalley pose after the signing of Ariel and Armani Skipper
Family members and Rio coach David Smalley pose after the signing of Ariel and Armani Skipper
Tue, Jun. 9, 2015 - [Women's Basketball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    COLUMBUS, Ohio – University of Rio Grande women's basketball head coach David Smalley has announced the signing of the Northland High School sister duo Armani and Ariel Skipper for the 2015-16 season.
    The siblings, who were four-year letter winners in both basketball and track & field, played vital roles for head coach Bill Spencer's Vikings, who finished the 2014-15 season at 18-4 following a 59-52 upset loss at the hands of Marysville in Division I district tournament play.
    Ariel, a 5-foot-5 point guard, averaged 9.2 points and just over four rebounds per game for the second straight year and was an honorable mention All-Central District selection by the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches' Association.
    Armani, a 5-foot-3 guard, averaged 7.2 points per contest.

Rio Grande's Brianna Thomas has been named KIAC Female Athlete of the Year
Rio Grande's Brianna Thomas has been named KIAC Female Athlete of the Year
Fri, Jun. 5, 2015 - [Women's Basketball]

Rio Grande/KIAC Sports Information
    BEREA, Ky. - University of Rio Grande women's basketball standout Brianna Thomas has been named the 2014-15 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Female Athlete of the Year.
    Thomas, a senior from Newark, N.J. and a second team NAIA Division II All-America selection, averaged a team-high 18.0 points, 5.4 assists and 3.9 steals per game in leading the RedStorm to their first national tournament appearance since 2008.
    Thomas, who was named the KIAC Player of the Year, led the conference in assists and steals and ranked in the top five nationally in both categories. She also ranked 15th nationally in total scoring (595).

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Tue, May. 26, 2015 - [Women's Basketball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    RIO GRANDE, Ohio - The University of Rio Grande's 2015 Women's Basketball Camp is scheduled for July 5-8 at the Lyne Center on the URG campus.
    The overnight instructional camp is open to girls in grades 4-12. Cost is $280 per camper, which includes lodging, meals, a certificate of participation and a t-shirt.
    Campers will also receive 24-hour supervision from coaches and counselors; lecture/discussion groups and film sessions; daily instruction on shooting, ball-handling, post play and defense; and use of the school's swimming pool.
    There will also be a camp store featuring drinks, snacks, pizza and Rio Grande apparel for sale each day.

Gallia Academy's Chelsy Slone is joined by family and coaches as she signs to play at Rio Grande
Gallia Academy's Chelsy Slone is joined by family and coaches as she signs to play at Rio Grande
Fri, May. 22, 2015 - [Women's Basketball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    GALLIPOLIS, Ohio - University of Rio Grande women's basketball head coach David Smalley has announced the signing of Gallia Academy High School's Chelsy Slone for the 2015-16 season.
    Slone, a 5-foot-8 guard, is actually making a comeback to the court after missing all of her junior season and the bulk of her senior campaign with the Blue Angels as a result of an injury.
    "I'm beyond excited to sign and get the opportunity to play basketball for the University of Rio Grande," Slone said. "After my two surgeries, I thought I'd never get the opportunity to play basketball again and, now, I get to play at the collegiate level. I couldn't be more happy. This is something I've wanted to do since I started playing basketball when I was five years old."

Canal Winchester's Jasmine Smith is joined by coaches and family as she signs to play at Rio Grande
Canal Winchester's Jasmine Smith is joined by coaches and family as she signs to play at Rio Grande
Thu, Apr. 30, 2015 - [Women's Basketball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    CANAL WINCHESTER, Ohio - University of Rio Grande women's basketball head coach David Smalley has announced the signing of Canal Winchester High School's Jasmine Smith for the 2015-16 season.
    Smith, a 5-foot-9 power forward, was the team captain for coach Willie Jordan's Indians, who posted a 10-12 finish following a loss to Columbus St. Francis DeSales in the quarterfinal round of Division I district play.
    "I'm excited to get to play for Rio Grande in the upcoming years," Smith said. "It's been a goal of mine since my sophomore year. Getting this opportunity makes me feel like all my hard work and long hours in the gym paid off."