RedStorm drop close encounter with Lindsey Wilson
February 12, 2011By Mark Williams of University of Rio Grande
Rio Grande --- The University of Rio Grande RedStorm women's basketball team fell short in their home upset bid against NAIA No. 16 Lindsey Wilson College on Saturday afternoon at the Newt Oliver Arena, losing by a score of 79-74.
It was a close encounter throughout with neither side holding leads of more than six points. Rio Grande (16-10, 7-7 MSC) led 36-34 at the half.
The second half was back-and-forth with neither team giving an inch. Lindsey Wilson (19-6, 10-4 MSC) was able to pull away with free throws down the stretch to collect the hard-fought victory.
Rio shot the ball well from field overall, but the perimeter game struggled. Rio shot 30-of-60 (50 percent) from the field, but only 4-of-17 (23.5 percent) from long range. Rio also had its worst free-throw shooting game of the year, making only 10-of-15 (66.7 percent) from the charity stripe.
Lindsey Wilson's inside game was dominant as the Blue Raiders cashed in frequently from inside the paint. The Blue Raiders shot 57.1 percent (28-of-49) from the field, including 6-of-13 (46.2 percent) from long range. LWC shot 17-of-25 (68 percent) from the charity stripe.
Rio placed four players in double figures led by senior guard Jenna Smith (Bellefontaine, OH) with 25 points (23 in the second half). Senior forward Leah Kendro (Strongsville, OH) added 18 points (15 in the first half) while junior guard Kaylee Helton (Lucasville, OH) chipped in 13 points and pulled down eight rebounds and senior point guard Bre Davis (Marietta, OH) tossed in 11 points and dished out four assists.
Senior center Ashley Saunders (Amanda, OH) collected six rebounds.
Lindsey Wilson also had four players scoring in double figures with the dynamic post tandem of Viktoria Krell and Ashley Rainey tallying 23 points each. Krell had a double-double, adding 10 rebounds to her stat line. She also passed out six assists. Diondra Anthony scored 11 points and Bethany Spillman tossed in 10.
Lindsey Wilson also won the rebounding battle, 35-27.
"Lindsey's a great ball club and we knew going into it that their inside game was going to create some issues and Viktoria Krell and Rainey, they each had 23 points and a lot of damage was on offensive put backs, because of their height and ability to jump and they just hurt us on the inside," Rio Grande head coach David Smalley said. "We really didn't have any match-ups for them."
"They shot the ball well from the perimeter and we were kind of playing statistics and trying help in and trying to take care of the middle and it just kind of backfired," Smalley added. "But with all that said we are still in the game and have an opportunity to win and really should have won a basketball game down the stretch."
"We didn't shoot free-throws as well as we normally do, we didn't to get to the free-throw line as much because we didn't attack and we didn't force the issues."
Rio committed 18 turnovers in the game and some of those were unforced and at key times. "We had some unforced turnovers that really, really hurt our cause," Smalley said. "Then we had a couple of players foul out and with our lack of bench right now, it's hard to overcome all those things."
Lindsey Wilson takes the season series, sweeping both games during the regular season and has won the last four games in the overall series.
Rio Grande will host Pikeville College next Thursday with revenge on it mind having lost to the Bears in the first match-up this season, 87-76 on Jan. 13. Kendro led the RedStorm in that game with 16 points.
Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. IHigh.com will have play-by-play coverage beginning at approximately 5:55 p.m.