Recent Women's Basketball Headlines
Rio Grande senior Brianna Thomas was named an NAIA DII 2nd Team All-American on Wednesday
Rio Grande senior Brianna Thomas was named an NAIA DII 2nd Team All-American on Wednesday
Wed, Mar. 18, 2015 - [Women's Basketball]

NAIA Sports Information
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – University of Rio Grande senior Brianna Thomas has been named to the 2015 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II Women's Basketball All-America Second Team.
    Thomas, a native of Newark, N.J. and an Honorable Mention All-America pick in NAIA Division I last season, averaged a team-best 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 led the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in assists and steals, also ranked in the top five nationally in both categories. She was named the KIAC Player of the Year.

Rio Grande's Bri Thomas (left), Alexis Payne (middle) and Sarah Bonar (right) were honored by the WBCA
Rio Grande's Bri Thomas (left), Alexis Payne (middle) and Sarah Bonar (right) were honored by the WBCA
Tue, Mar. 17, 2015 - [Women's Basketball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    ATLANTA, Ga. – A trio of University of Rio Grande standouts were named as Honorable Mention NAIA All-America selections by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
    Senior guard Brianna Thomas, junior/guard forward Sarah Bonar and sophomore forward Alexis Payne were all recognized on the list.

Rio Grande's Sarah Bonar (left) and Morgan Daniels (right) have been named NAIA Scholar Athletes
Rio Grande's Sarah Bonar (left) and Morgan Daniels (right) have been named NAIA Scholar Athletes
Mon, Mar. 16, 2015 - [Women's Basketball]

NAIA Sports Information
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two University of Rio Grande players were among the 255 Division II women's basketball student-athletes named as 2014-15 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
    Junior guard/forward Sarah Bonar (Hartford, OH) and senior center Morgan Daniels (Gallipolis, OH) were among the honorees.
    In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.
    Hastings (Neb.) and Mount Marty (S.D.) tied for the most individuals on the list out of all institutions with eight each.

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Thu, Mar. 12, 2015 - [Women's Basketball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Hastings College standout Jamie Van Kirk made it abundantly clear that she'd like to finish off her collegiate career by leading her school to its fourth national championship.
    The senior transfer from NCAA Division I North Dakota State took a gigantic step toward doing just that on Thursday night at the expense of the University of Rio Grande.
    Van Kirk scored 15 of her game-high 26 points in the second half to lead the 12th-ranked Broncos past the RedStorm, 73-64, in the opening round of the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship Tournament at the Tyson Events Center.
    Hastings, the No. 3 seed in the second of the tournament's four eight-team pods, improved to 23-8 with the win and advanced to Friday's second round against seventh-seeded Ashford (Iowa), which surprised No. 2 seed Indiana Wesleyan, 66-50, in another of the eight opening round games played on Thursday.
    Rio Grande, which was making its first national tournament appearance since 2008, finished 25-8 with its second straight loss on the heels of a school-record 16-game winning streak.
    The 24th-ranked RedStorm, which was seeded sixth, remained winless in six all-time national tourney outings - four in Division I and now two in Division II.

Rio's Alexis Payne and the rest of the RedStorm face Hastings on Thursday in the NAIA DII National Tournament
Rio's Alexis Payne and the rest of the RedStorm face Hastings on Thursday in the NAIA DII National Tournament
Wed, Mar. 11, 2015 - [Women's Basketball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    RIO GRANDE, Ohio - With a successful regular season in their rear view mirror, the University of Rio Grande women's basketball team has spent the past 10 days doing something that the program hasn't done since 2008 - prepare for a trip to the national tournament.
    The RedStorm will face Hastings (Neb.) College in the opening round of the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship on Thursday, at 6:15 p.m. EDT, at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
    Rio Grande (25-7) is making its fifth national tournament appearance overall and its second as a member of Division II. The school's other trip to the DII tourney resulted in a 63-61 loss to Black Hills (S.D.) State eight years ago and kept head coach David Smalley's program winless in its five ventures into the national spotlight.
    "It's a great honor just to get to this point," Smalley said. "When you consider the number of teams that are in Division II, to be one of the final 32 still competing for a championship is pretty special. I think the girls and the coaching staff have done a great job toward getting us the opportunity that we've been presented with. We're very excited to be a representative of the KIAC."

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Wed, Mar. 4, 2015 - [Women's Basketball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    RIO GRANDE, Ohio - The University of Rio Grande women's basketball team will face Hastings (Neb.) College in the opening round of the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship Tournament on Thursday, March 12, at 6:15 p.m. EDT, at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
    Head coach David Smalley's squad, which earned its spot in the tourney by virtue of having the best regular season conference record in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, drew a No. 6 seed in the second of four eight-team pods.
    The Broncos, a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference, received an at-large bid to the tournament and earned a No. 3 seed.