PITTSBURGH, Pa. — In a season slowed from the outset by a foot injury, University of Rio Grande junior forward Brooke Marcum is quickly getting herself back up to speed.
Marcum poured in a career-high 32 points and had a game-high nine rebounds to lead the RedStorm in a 75-59 victory over Carlow University, Saturday afternoon, in Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference womens basketball action at Oakland Catholic High School’s Donahue Pavilion.
Rio Grande improved to 10-5 overall and 3-1 in league play, becoming the second KIAC team to reach double figures in wins this season.
Carlow suffered a third straight loss, falling to 5-8 overall and 1-6 in the KIAC.
The Celtics led twice in the game’s first seven minutes, but a 10-0 Rio run turned a two-point deficit into a 14-6 lead after a bucket by Marcum with 1:29 left in the opening period.
It was a lead that the RedStorm never relinquished.
Marcum, a native of Vinton, Ohio, followed up a season-best 20-point performance in a win over Indiana-Kokomo last Tuesday by connecting on 15 of her 18 field goal attempts en route to eclipsing her previous career-high of 23 points against rival Shawnee State on Jan. 11, 2014.
She also blocked a pair of shots.
Junior guard Sharday Baines (East Cleveland, OH) was the only other double-digit scorer for Rio, finishing with 13 points. She also had eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals.
Senior Harley Adler (Burton, OH) had just five points, but had seven rebounds and a game-high three blocked shots.
Rio Grande led by as many as 11 points late in the first half and by 19 points with just over one minute left in the third quarter, but the RedStorm’s largest advantage of the night was 24 points, 72-48, after a three-pointer by freshman Taylor Grubb (Thornville, OH) with 3:02 remaining in the game.
Carlow closed the game on an 11-3 run to set the final score.
Natalie Alexander had 15 points and seven rebounds to lead the Celtics in a losing cause, while Theresa Fachetti finished with 10 points.
Carlow shot just 25.7 percent for the game (19-for-74) and was outrebounded 51-44.
Rio Grande connected on 51.7 percent of its shots from the field (30-for-58) – including 60.9% in the second half (14-for-23) – to offset 22 turnovers and a 10-for-23 showing at the free throw line.
The RedStorm return to action on Thursday night when West Virginia University Tech visits the Newt Oliver Arena. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.