MOUNT VERNON – Cornell's women's basketball team continued its home-court dominance with a 73-48 pasting of Carroll Saturday afternoon in the Small Multi-Sport Center.
The Rams (5-1 overall, 2-0 Midwest Conference) had four players score in double figures and held Carroll (4-2, 2-1 MWC) to 22.9-percent shooting in a game they put away with a 24-7 second-half spurt.
Coach Brent Brase's squad recorded its 20th win in the last 21 games played in Mount Vernon.
Junior center Taylor Dicus paced the Rams with 16 points and nine rebounds. The Mount Vernon High School graduate capped a record-setting week in which she averaged 27.5 points and 17.5 rebounds in two games.
Rikki Mulloy drained three 3-point goals and finished with 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor. Caitlin Bisinger scored 13 points off the bench, while Maggie Hogen was a rebound shy of a double-double with 10 points and nine boards.
Sophomore Kellie Kuzmanic grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds for the Rams, who held a 55-42 advantage on the boards. Chelsea Harris pitched in seven points, six rebounds and a game-high five assists.
The Rams outscored Carroll, 32-14, in the paint. Cornell hit 24-of-33 free throws, while the Pioneers went 14-of-21.
Cornell took a 33-23 lead into intermission, and quickly expanded the margin to 41-25 on a Mulloy 3-pointer two minutes into the second half. Carroll cut the deficit to 41-29 with 16:48 remaining, but managed only three field goals over the next 12 minutes as Cornell's lead ballooned to 68-39.
The Pioneers shot an icy 17.9 percent (7-of-39) in the second half, and finished 2-of-14 from 3-point range. The Rams went 22-of-55 (40.0 percent) from the field.
Coming up – Cornell is back home Wednesday, Dec. 11, to face Lawrence (2-2, 0-1 MWC) for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff in the Small Multi-Sport Center.