RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Kate Hammond equaled a career-high with 28 points to lead a trio of double figures for the University of Rio Grande as the RedStorm knocked off Alderson-Broaddus College, 75-63, Saturday afternoon, in women’s basketball action at the Newt Oliver Arena.
The RedStorm, who were playing for the first in 11 days, won for the third straight time and improved to 5-8 on the season.
Freshman forward Sarah Bonar scored 16 points to go along with a team-high eight rebounds in the winning effort. She also had four assists and a pair of steals.
Senior guard Shardai Morrison-Fountain added 15 points and team-high five assists and three steals for Rio Grande, which led from start to finish in its first-ever meeting with the Battlers.
The RedStorm scored the game’s first nine points and led by as many as 15 points late in the first half, although Alderson-Broaddus answered Rio’s game-opening run with a 7-0 spurt of its own and stayed within striking distance for most of the contest.
Hammond fueled what eventually became a 45-36 halftime lead with 24 first half points. The junior hit her first six shots from the field, including five three-point goals, and scored 18 of Rio’s first 22 points.
Alderson-Broaddus (2-5) got a conventional three-point play by Leah Hurst on its opening possession of the second half to pull within six, 45-39, but got no closer the rest of the way.
The RedStorm twice regained a 15-point cushion inside the game’s final two minutes.
Hammond had just four points after halftime and went just 1-for-6 at the free throw line to narrowly miss establishing a new single-game career-high. She also netted 28 points in a loss at the University of Pikeville on December 1.
Amanda Peoples led A-B with 18 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, while Erica Brooks tossed in 14 and Hurst added 12.
The Battlers enjoyed a 39-28 edge in rebounding, but hurt their own cause with 24 turnovers - 14 of which came in the second half.
Rio Grande shot 47.3 percent from the field (26-for-55) for the game, including 54.8 percent in the first half, but cost itself a chance for an easy win by going just 16-for-28 at the free throw line.