GALESBURG, Ill. – Junior Taylor Dicus made it a night for the record books as the Rams coasted to a 92-74 Midwest Conference women's basketball win Wednesday at Knox.
Dicus delivered 39 points and corralled 26 rebounds in the most dominant single-game performance in school history. The 6-foot-2 Mount Vernon native finished 16-of-23 shooting from the field, 7-of-10 from the foul line. Dicus gathered 13 of her rebounds on the offensive end.
Dicus broke the school's single-game scoring mark of 37 points, set by Sarah Larkin against Knox in 1996. Dicus established a new record for made field goals, which was previously 15 and shared by Colene McElmeel (vs. Iowa Wesleyan, 1989) and Katie Haviland (vs. Loras, 1982).
Dicus also took down a long-standing program record for most rebounds in a game. Sheryl Gatewood held the mark of 23 rebounds, set against Monmouth in 1983.
Dicus' dizzying display helped the Rams improve to 4-1 overall, 1-0 in the MWC. But the win didn't come easy against the Prairie Fire (1-4, 0-1 MWC), who were up 40-35 at the break and led the Rams 52-49 with less than 15 minutes to go.
A conventional three-point play from Dicus pulled the Rams even at 52-52. She would score nine straight points during an 18-5 run that put Cornell ahead, 67-57, and in control the rest of the way.
Dicus tallied 23 points and 16 rebounds in the second half alone. The Rams scored 57 points in the final 20 minutes behind 55.6-percent shooting.
Rikki Mulloy finished with 13 points, while Maggie Hogen netted 12. Kellie Kuzmanic grabbed nine rebounds, followed by Diamond Boyd and Hogen each with six. Chelsea Harris dished a team-high four assists and had a pair of steals.
Cornell outrebounded the Prairie Fire, 65-30. The Rams turned the ball over 22 times, to Knox's 14.
Coming up – Cornell plays host to Carroll (4-1, 2-0 MWC) at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Small Multi-Sport Center. The teams last squared off in the semifinals of the 2013 MWC Tournament, with the Rams prevailing 73-52.