RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Kaylyn Gambill netted a game-high 26 points, including a single-game school record eight three-pointers, as the University of Rio Grande women’s basketball team kept the statisticians and historians busy with a 127-67 victory over Miami University-Middletown, Saturday night, in the Saunders Insurance Tipoff Classic at the Newt Oliver Arena.
The RedStorm, who improved to 2-0 on the young season, surpassed the century mark for the second consecutive game (113 points against Wilberforce University in Tuesday night’s season opener) - a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since the 1997-1998 season when the then-RedWomen scored 122 against Ohio University-Eastern on November 29, 1997 and 101 points against Wilberforce five days later.
The 127 points also broke a record for the most points scored in a single game by the Rio women, with the aforementioned 122 points against Ohio University-East serving as the previous school record.
“To give a little history, that’s the same Miami-Middletown squad that defeated us last year 93-90 in the Bevo Francis Invitational,” Rio Grande head coach David Smalley said. “I thought we really played within ourselves and put together a solid game.”
Smalley’s RedStorm jumped out to a 37-17 lead halfway through the opening period before taking a 64-31 advantage into the halftime lockerroom.
Gambill, a freshman guard from Ashland, Kentucky, drained three of her nine treys in the first half, while sophomore forward Sarah Bonar (Hartford, OH) had a double-double in the first half with 17 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. She finished with 21 points.
All 14 members of the varsity squad saw action in the first half and all would score a point by game’s end.
The second half was more of the same, as the RedStorm stuck with its reserves for the majority of the half. Freshman guard Taylor Frye (Vanceburg, KY) sank the bucket that was responsible for the record-breaking 123rd and 124th points.
Gambill was the only Rio player to spend more than 18 minutes on the floor.
“I’ll never tell kids not to play hard, no matter the score,” Smalley said. “Everybody got an opportunity to score and that’s the important thing. One of the trademarks of this team is that they are so unselfish. When your lone senior passes up a lay up to find an open teammate with a better shot, that’s exciting.”
Rio Grande finished the game shooting nearly 59% from the field, including 54% from beyond the arc and 70% from the free throw line.
The RedStorm outrebounded the Thunderhawks to the tune of 55-33.
Behind Gambill and Bonar’s 20-point-plus efforts was junior guard Brianna Thomas (Maplewood, NJ), who had 18 points to go along with her team-high six assists.
Freshman forwards Brooke Marcum (Vinton, OH) and Audra Clark (St. Marys, WV) finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Miami-Middletown (0-2) was led on the night by Brooke Lewis’ 13-point, four-rebound performance. Summer Cupp (12), Maryah Martin (11) and Samantha Wiederkehr (10) also reached double-figures in a losing cause.
Rio Grande returns to action on Tuesday evening when they welcome former Mid-Ohio Conference and America Mideast Conference rival Mount Vernon Nazarene University for a 6 p.m. tipoff.
Live video and play-by-play will be available at www.ihigh.com/redstorm, with pregame beginning at 5:45 p.m.