The Rams set the tone on the defensive end and ran away with a 77-52 women's basketball win over Beloit Saturday afternoon in the Small Multi-Sport Center. Cornell (15-3 overall, 11-2 Midwest Conference) notched its seventh consecutive victory and remained tied with St. Norbert for first place in the league race.
Cornell improved to 10-1 at home this season, 26-2 over two seasons on its own court.
Kellie Kuzmanic tossed in 12 of her game-high 18 points in the first half as the Rams built a commanding 39-17 lead. The sophomore forward hit 7-of-11 field goals, went 2-of-2 from the foul line and also led the Rams with three steals in 20 minutes of action.
Dicus also collected nine rebounds and four blocked shots. The Rams had 22 assists on 31 made field goals, including a game-high five helpers from Bisinger and four from Rikki Mulloy.
The Rams limited Beloit (3-14, 3-9 MWC) to 3-of-20 shooting in the opening half. The Buccaneers shot just 28.6 percent for the game and finished with 21 turnovers.
Cornell held a slight 35-34 edge on the boards, but dominated the margin in points in the paint, 42-14.
The Rams hit 6-of-13 3-point goals, getting two each from Kuzmanic and Bisinger. Cornell finished 9-of-12 from the foul line.
Coming up – Cornell has a mid-week conference bye before traveling to play Carroll (12-6, 9-4 MWC) next Saturday, Feb. 8, for a 5 p.m. tipoff in Waukesha, Wis. The Rams beat the Pioneers in December, 73-48.
|Beloit College 3-14 (3-9 MWC)||17||35||52|
|Cornell College 15-3 (11-2 MWC)||39||38||77|
|Feb. 1, 2014|
|Mount Vernon, Iowa (Multi-Sport Center)|
|Beloit College||Indv. Leaders||Cornell College|
|#01 Lauren McNanna - 10||Points||#32 Kellie Kuzmanic - 18|
|3 Players - 5||Rebounds||#40 Taylor Dicus - 9|
|#10 Kelsey Horvath - 3||Assists||#10 Caitlin Bisinger - 5|
|Beloit College||Team Statistics||Cornell College|
|28.6% (14 - 49)||Field Goals %||50.8% (31 - 61)|
|27.8% (5 - 18)||3 Point Field Goals %||46.2% (6 - 13)|
|79.2% (19 - 24)||Free Throws||75% (9 - 12)|
|10||2nd Chance Pts||10|
|MWC Tournament Final|