MOUNT VERNON – A dazzling long-range shooting display launched Rikki Mulloy into the 1,000-point club as Cornell's women's basketball team whipped Knox, 116-61, on a record-setting Tuesday night in the Small Multi-Sport Center.
Mulloy pumped in 17 of her game-high 25 points in the first half to pace the Midwest Conference co-leading Rams (14-3 overall, 10-2 MWC) to their sixth consecutive victory. The junior guard became the sixth player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone, now with 1,009 in 68 career games.
Mulloy, of Phoenix, Ariz., sank 7-of-12 shots from downtown and passed Tiffany Cowan as the program's all-time leader for made 3-point goals with 147. Cowan hit 143 treys from 2005-09. Mulloy's seven 3-pointers tied a single-game record shared by Kristin Paczosa (at Dubuque, 2009) and Sarah Larkin (vs. Knox, 1996).
The Rams established team game records for made field goals (47), rebounds (66) and assists (33). The 116 points equaled the most scored by a Cornell women's squad. The team's 15 made 3-pointers were one shy of the school mark.
Needing 16 points for 1,000, Mulloy got all of them in less than 13 minutes of first-half action against the Prairie Fire (4-12, 2-9 MWC). Mulloy buried a three just 15 seconds into the contest and wound up hitting six of her first eight attempts from the floor. She recorded her fifth 3-pointer and 1,000th career point at the 7:12 mark of the opening half.
Mulloy finished 9-of-14 shooting from the field and played just 20 minutes in a game the Rams had blown open by halftime, 57-20.
Cornell center Taylor Dicus tallied her sixth double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Larissa Brewer added 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting off the bench.
The Rams had 14 players score a point. Maggie Hogen and MacKenzie Teut tallied nine apiece, followed by Chelsea Harris, Caitlin Bisinger and Diamond Boyd each with eight.
Hogen grabbed nine rebounds, Boyd and Madie Rinehart both had seven. Harris led all players with six assists.
Cornell shot 58.0 percent from the field, including 15-of-30 from beyond the arc. The Rams dominated Knox on the boards, 66-31, and held the hosts to 24.7-percent shooting for the game. Knox made 4-of-35 attempts from 3-point range.
Coming up – The Rams carry momentum into Saturday's 4 p.m. home game with Beloit (3-13, 3-8 MWC). Cornell swept both meetings last season, by near-identical scores of 82-59 and 89-59.