Bonar leads Rio women past OVU

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

SALEM, W.Va. — Sarah Bonar scored a career-high 41 points and grabbed a team-best eight rebounds to lead the University of Rio Grande in an 84-67 win over Ohio Valley University, Saturday afternoon, in the final round of the Joe Manchin Classic at Salem International University.

Bonar, a senior from Hartford, Ohio, surpassed her previous single game-high of 32 points — a mark she accomplished twice during the 2013-14 season — and narrowly missed the single game school record of 46 points set by Lee Ann Mullins against Wingate on November 19, 1988.

Bonar connected on 16 of her 24 field goal attempts, tying the single-game school record for field goals established by Mullins in the same 1988 game against Wingate.

Rio Grande improved to 5-4 with the win, stopping a three-game losing slide in the process.

Ohio Valley dropped to 1-8 with the loss.

Rio’s win was actually a come-from-behind effort after the Fighting Scots built an eight-point lead, 34-26, following a layup by Sierra Barker with 1:05 remaining in the first half.

OVU still led by seven, 44-37, after a bucket by Anne Braswell with 6:39 remaining in the third quarter, but the RedStorm ran off 13 of the game’s next 15 points and grabbed the lead on a pair of free throws by Bonar with 3:10 left in the period.

It was a lead that Rio never relinquished.

The RedStorm’s biggest cushion was 19 points, 84-65, following a layup by freshman Jasmine Smith with 45 seconds left in the game.

Rio Grande shot 55 percent from the floor (33-for-60), including a 21-for-34 (61.8%) performance in the second half.

Freshman Chelsy Slone (Gallipolis, OH) was the only other double-digit scorer for Rio, finishing with 10 points in her first collegiate start.

Senior Harley Adler (Burton, OH) tallied eight points, six rebounds and three blocked shots, while junior Sharday Baines (East Cleveland, OH) had seven points and seven assists.

Hannah Mitchell led Ohio Valley with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Ariel Johnson netted 13 points, Barker had 11 and Braswell tossed in 10 in a losing cause.

Rio Grande returns to action on Tuesday afternoon when St. Catharine College visits for a 3:30 p.m. tipoff.

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

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing