Blue Devils surge past RedStorm women

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Kendall Fisher scored six of her team-high 18 points in a 10-0 fourth quarter run which propelled Lawrence Tech University to a 76-66 win over the University of Rio Grande, Wednesday night, in non-conference women’s basketball action at the Don Ridler Field House.

The game was the season-opener for both squads.

The Blue Devils’ late rally became a necessity after Rio Grande erased a 12-point second quarter deficit and took a 50-48 lead on a layup by sophomore Lexi Woods (Waverly, OH) with 9:32 left to play.

The score was deadlocked at 60-60 after a layup by RedStorm junior Avery Harper (Seaman, OH) with 4:10 remaining in the contest, but Rio failed to score again until a jumper by sophomore Hailey Jordan (Columbus, OH) with 1:37 left.

By that time, though, Fisher had fueled the scoring spurt which restored LTU’s double-digit advantage.

Rio Grande got no closer than eight points inside the game’s final 90 seconds.

Fisher scored 12 of her 18 points in the final stanza, including an 8-for-9 performance at the foul line.

Teryn Kline added 10 of her 16 points in the fourth quarter for the Blue Devils, who went 15-for-18 as a team at the foul line over the final 10 minutes and 29-for-37 at the charity stripe for the game.

Kylee Batey added 10 points of her own to the winning effort, while Fisher also had a team-high eight rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots.

Lawrence Tech turned a one-point lead at the end of the first period into a 12-point cushion, 32-20, following a three-point goal by Julia Huey with 17 seconds left before halftime.

Rio Grande roared to life in the third period, though, and forged a 44-44 tie after a pair of free throws by freshman Caitlyn Brisker (Oak Hill, OH) with 1:33 left in the quarter.

The RedStorm took their largest lead of the night, 54-51, after a layup by Jordan with 7:23 remaining in the game, but four of the game’s 13 ties and one of its nine lead changes occurred over the next three-plus minutes before the Blue Devils’ game-changing late run.

Rio Grande shot just 36.9 percent from the floor overall (24-for-65), while going 3-for-19 (15.8%) from three-point range and 15-for-22 (68.2%) at the free throw line.

The RedStorm also committed 27 turnovers which led to 24-11 advantage for LTU in points off of turnovers.

Harper had a game-high 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the loss for Rio Grande, while Jordan had 15 points and eight rebounds.

Woods had eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the RedStorm, while senior Chyna Chambers (Columbus, OH) collected a game-high five steals.

Rio Grande returns to action on Nov. 7 at Rochester (Mich.) University.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.