Recent Women's Basketball Headlines
Rio Grande's Bri Thomas (left), Alexis Payne (middle) and David Smalley (right) were all honored by the KIAC
Rio Grande's Bri Thomas (left), Alexis Payne (middle) and David Smalley (right) were all honored by the KIAC
Mon, Mar. 2, 2015 at 4:45 PM - [Women's Basketball]

Rio Grande/KIAC Sports Information
    BEREA, Ky. - University of Rio Grande senior Brianna Thomas was named the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year on Monday, while sophomore Alexis Payne joined Thomas on the All-Conference team and head coach David Smalley was tabbed as the league's Coach of the Year.

Sophomore Alexis Payne had 24 points and eight rebounds in Saturday's loss to Indiana University-East
Sophomore Alexis Payne had 24 points and eight rebounds in Saturday's loss to Indiana University-East
Sat, Feb. 28, 2015 - [Women's Basketball]
Rio Grande Sports Information
    RIO GRANDE, Ohio - The University of Rio Grande's 16-game winning streak - and the RedStorm's opportunity to claim complete supremacy of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference - crumbled at the hands of the King and her court.
    Indiana University-East's Tia King poured in a game-high 28 points and pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds to lead four players in double figures annd spark the Red Wolves to a 102-90 upset win over the RedStorm, Saturday afternoon, in the semifinal round of the KIAC Women's Basketball Tournament at the Newt Oliver Arena.
    IU-East, which entered tourney play as the No. 3 seed from the North Division, avenged a pair of lopsided regular season losses to Rio and posted its second straight road win in improving its overall record to 19-13.
    The Red Wolves, who are in their first season of existence as a varsity program, will face South Division No. 1 seed Asbury University in the tourney title game on Tuesday night. Asbury ousted Point Park University in Saturday's other semifinal round contest.
    Rio Grande, the No. 1 seed from the North Division, fell for the first time since a 74-70 loss at home to Point Park on January 7 and saw its overall record slip to 25-7.
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Fri, Feb. 27, 2015 - [Women's Basketball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    RIO GRANDE, Ohio - The University of Rio Grande women's basketball team will attempt to move one step closer to a Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship on Saturday when it plays host to Indiana University-East in the semifinal round of the KIAC Tournament.
    Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at the Newt Oliver Arena.
    The RedStorm, ranked 24th for the second straight week in the NAIA Division II coaches' poll, swept the regular season series from the Red Wolves, winning 95-81 on January 10 in Richmond, Ind. and posting a 100-73 Senior Day victory two weeks ago at the Newt Oliver Arena.

Rio's Brianna Thomas works around a defender during the first half of Wednesday night's win over Cincinnati Christian
Rio's Brianna Thomas works around a defender during the first half of Wednesday night's win over Cincinnati Christian
Thu, Feb. 26, 2015 - [Women's Basketball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    RIO GRANDE, Ohio - During the course of its school-record winning streak, the University of Rio Grande women's basketball team has shown the ability to put the opposition away in impressive fashion.
    On Wednesday night, the RedStorm showed it has the means with which to mount a comeback.
    Head coach David Smalley's club overcame a 14-point first half deficit to defeat Cincinnati Christian University, 88-70, in the quarterfinal round of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament at the Newt Oliver Arena.
    Rio Grande, the top seed from the league's North Division, upped its record to 25-6 while extending it school-record winning streak to 16 straight.
    By virtue of the victory, the RedStorm advance to Saturday's semifinal round against Indiana University-East, which surprised Indiana University-Southeast, 68-60, in one of the three remaining quarterfinal round games played on Wednesday. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at the Newt Oliver Arena.
    Cincinnati Christian, the No. 4 seed from the South Division, finished 15-15 with the loss.

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Wed, Feb. 25, 2015 - [Women's Basketball]

Rio Grande/NAIA Sports Information
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For the second consecutive week, the University of Rio Grande women's basketball team is ranked 24th in the NAIA Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll.
    The RedStorm, who cracked the Top 25 for the first time this season last week, received 92 points in the balloting of a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institution in the poll released Tuesday evening.
    Head coach David Smalley's squad ran its record to 24-6 overall and 13-1 in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with an 81-54 rout of Carlow University in its regular season finale on Saturday.

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Wed, Feb. 25, 2015 - [Women's Basketball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    RIO GRANDE, Ohio - After an impressive finish to its regular season schedule, the University of Rio Grande women's basketball team is hoping their momentum makes the transition into post-season play.
    The RedStorm will entertain Cincinnati Christian University in the quarterfinal round of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament on Wednesday, at 7 p.m., at the Newt Oliver Arena.
    Rio defeated Cincinnati Christian, 78-64, on January 24 in the first-ever meeting in women's basketball between the schools.
    The RedStorm led by as many as 27 points with just under 10 minutes remaining before the Eagles mounted a late rally to make things a bit more respectable.