RedStorm Look To Extend Winning Streak Against UC-Clermont

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The Rio Grande women’s basketball team returns to action at home Monday after having eight days off for the holidays. The RedStorm will look to extend their six-game winning streak when they host the University of Cincinnati-Clermont Cougars (8-6) at 5 p.m.

The Rio Grande women’s team has not slowed down since a two-game losing streak in late November. The RedStorm have since improved their record to 11-2 and look to end 2013 on a high note.

Standing in their way is the Division II USCAA Cincinnati-Clermont Cougars. Coming off a 70-51 victory over Miami-Hamilton, the Cougars have their sights set on ending the RedStorm’s winning streak.

Leading Cincinnati-Clermont into the matchup are two upperclassmen. Junior guard Tess Jenike paces the Cougar attack with 17.2 points per game. Jenike also leads Cincinnati-Clermont from behind the arc, shooting 44.1 percent from the 3-point line. The Cougars also feature the USCAA’s D-II field goal percentage leader. Senior center Stacie Lee shoots 62.3 percent from the floor while averaging 15.6 points.

As a team, the Cougars average 77 points per game and enter the matchup already totaling over 1,000 points on the year.

The RedStorm will look to match the Cougars with strong offensive play of their own. Junior guard Brianna Thomas spearheads Rio Grande’s attack, averaging 18.5 points and 3.1 assists per game. Freshman Brooke Marcum anchors the RedStorm inside, averaging 9.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

Rio Grande will next take the court in 2014 when it travels to Williamsburg, Ky., to take on the 20th-ranked Cumberland Patriots.