RIO GRANDE, Ohio — It took a bit for the engine to start humming but, once it did, it was a classic example of pedal pressed to metal.
The University of Rio Grande used a big second quarter run to blow open a tight game and fuel an eventual 112-42 rout of Miami University-Hamilton, Monday night, in non-conference women’s basketball action at the Newt Oliver Arena.
Rio Grande improved to 2-0 with its follow-up effort to Saturday’s season-opening 80-point win over Ohio University-Lancaster.
Miami-Hamilton, which suffered a 59-point loss at Wilberforce University in its season opener on Saturday, slipped to 0-2.
The Harriers trailed just 29-18 after a conventional three-point play by Elizabeth Sweet with 9:30 remaining in the first half, but the RedStorm went on a 20-0 run over the next 5-1/2 minutes to open up a 31-point advantage.
Rio Grande led by no less than 29 points the rest of the way.
The lead grew to 38 points by halftime and, by the time that MU-Hamilton scored its first points of the second half on a pair of free throws by Jerria White with 2:41 left in the period, the RedStorm had pushed their cushion to 62 points, 85-23.
Rio’s biggest lead of the night was 75 points after a jumper by sophomore Makayla Liedtke (Beverly, OH) made it 108-33 with 4:14 left in the game.
Senior Chelsy Slone (Gallipolis, OH) led the RedStorm with a career-high 21 points – 17 of which came in the first half. She finished 9-for-11 from the floor and also added seven rebounds in a solid all-around performance.
Fellow senior Jasmine Smith (Canal Winchester, OH) added 17 points of her own in the winning effort on 8-of-9 shooting, surpassing the 1,000-point mark for her career in the process. She also had a game-high nine rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots in just over 20 minutes of action.
Liedtke tallied 14 points, while sophomore Jimi Howell (Barberton, OH) and freshman Avery Harper (Seaman, OH) had 11 points each for Rio Grande, which shot 59 percent from the floor and out rebounded its guests, 63-11.
All 11 players in uniform for the RedStorm had at least two points and two rebounds, while nine of the 11 had at least one of the team’s 28 assists and eight of the 11 had at least one of the team’s 19 steals.
Junior Sydney Holden (Wheelersburg, OH) and sophomore Chyna Chambers (Columbus, OH) tied Smith for game honors with five assists each, while Holden and Liedtke shared game honors with senior Jaida Carter (New Philadelphia, OH) with three steals each.
In addition to its huge rebounding deficit, Miami-Hamilton shot just 25.9 percent from the floor (14-for-54) and committed 28 turnovers.
Sweet led the Harriers with 16 points, while Sarah Merrill had 12 points, two rebounds and two steals. Julia Miller added three assists and White had three steals.
Rio Grande returns to action on Saturday with its first road game of the season at Madonna (Mich.) University.
Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.