Recent Women's Basketball Headlines
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.

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.