SPRINGFIELD, Ky. — Jaida Carter scored a career-high 24 points, while Harley Adler equaled a career-high with 16 points in addition to grabbing a career-best 14 rebounds as the University of Rio Grande posted an 86-77 win over St. Catharine College, Saturday afternoon, in non-conference women’s basketball action at Lourdes Hall.
The RedStorm improved to 2-0 with the victory against their former Mid-South Conference rival.
St. Catharine slipped to 2-4 with the loss.
Carter, a freshman from New Philadelphia, Ohio, connected on five of her eight field goal attempts and was 14-for-15 at the free throw line. She also had five rebounds and three assists.
Adler, a senior from Burton, Ohio, was 7-of-11 from the field en route to equaling a career-best performance that she set, ironically, against St. Catharine on Jan. 16, 2014.
Rio Grande, which shot 55.8 percent for the game (29-for-52) while outrebounding the Patriots, 40-33, also got a career-high 12 points from freshman Jasmine Smith (Canal Winchester, OH) and 10 points from senior Sarah Bonar (Hartford, OH).
Freshman Ariel Skipper (Columbus, OH) also had a game-high seven assists in the win.
Rio Grande trailed by one point at the end of the first quarter and by as many as three points in the second period, but grabbed a lead it would never relinquish when a bucket by Adler with 51 seconds remaining in the first half gave the RedStorm a 35-34 lead at the break.
The Patriots tied the game on three different occasions in the second half, but never regained the advantage. The game had seven ties and 13 lead changes.
Rio’s biggest lead of the day was 11 points, 86-75, following a pair of free throws by Carter with eight seconds left in the contest.
Cora Moore connected on five of St. Catharine’s nine three-point goals en route to a team-high 23 points. Miranda Wilson added 17 points and six assists in a losing cause, while Emilie Harrell finished with 10 points.
The Patriots were 28-for-72 from the field (38.9%) for the game.
Rio Grande returns to action on Tuesday night against another former MSC rival – the University of the Cumberlands.
Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. at the D. Wayne Rollins Center in Williamsburg, Ky.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director for the University of Rio Grande.