BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The 19th-ranked Rams had national-votes getter Illinois Wesleyan in a tie game down the stretch, but couldn't close out the opportunity on the road in a 79-70 women's basketball loss Friday night at Shirk Center.
Senior Caitlin Bisinger tossed in a team-high 16 points for the Rams (2-1), including two free throws that tied it at 53-53 with 7:13 remaining. The Titans (3-0), the 2012 NCAA champions, pulled away with a 9-1 spurt over the next three minutes and sealed the game from the foul line.
Cornell got within 64-60 on a Taylor Dicus layup with 1:57 to go. Illinois Wesleyan held off a Ram rally by hitting 15-of-16 free throws the rest of the way. The Titans connected on 25-of-31 foul shots in the second half, while the Rams went 13-of-17.
Cornell sophomore forward Maggie Hogen recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while also dishing four assists. Dicus, who joined the team this week after a successful volleyball season, finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.
The Rams grabbed 22 offensive rebounds and held a 48-37 advantage on the boards. Hogen and Dicus each had six offensive rebounds.
Bisinger buried three of the team's six three-point goals and was 7-of-10 from the foul line. She notched her highest point total since her freshman season.
Cornell led 29-27 at halftime and built its biggest lead at 42-36 on a Mulloy jumper with 13:39 remaining.
The Rams shot 34.8 percent from the field and made 18-of-27 free throws. The Titans shot 40.0 percent from the floor and pressured Cornell into 29 turnovers.
Coming up – Cornell travels to play rival Coe (1-2) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, in Cedar Rapids. The Rams rolled to a 63-32 home win in last year's meeting with the Kohawks, who are picked second in the Iowa Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll.
|Cornell College 2-1||29||41||70|
|Illinois Wesleyan 3-0||27||52||79|
|Nov. 22, 2013|
|Bloomington, Ill. (Shirk Center)|
|Cornell College||Indv. Leaders||Illinois Wesleyan|
|#10 Caitlin Bisinger - 16||Points||#11 Baltes, Lexi - 19|
|#42 Maggie Hogen - 10||Rebounds||#11 Baltes, Lexi - 8|
|3 Players - 4||Assists||#11 Baltes, Lexi - 4|
|Cornell College||Team Statistics||Illinois Wesleyan|
|34.8% (23 - 66)||Field Goals %||40% (24 - 60)|
|26.1% (6 - 23)||3 Point Field Goals %||29.4% (5 - 17)|
|66.7% (18 - 27)||Free Throws||74.3% (26 - 35)|
|11||2nd Chance Pts||9|