WAUKESHA, Wis. – The Rams got a game-tying 3-pointer from Rikki Mulloy at the end of regulation and rallied from five points down in the second overtime to outlast host Carroll in a 92-90 Midwest Conference cooker Saturday night.
Mulloy recorded all 23 of her points after intermission, including a pair of clutch free throws in the final minute of the second overtime that put the Rams ahead for good. The late heroics helped Cornell (16-3 overall, 12-2 MWC) stay tied with St. Norbert atop the MWC women's basketball standings with four games to go. Monmouth is also in the hunt at 12-3.
Mulloy, the program's all-time 3-pointer leader, knocked down arguably her biggest trey with the Rams needing some late magic late in regulation. Carroll (13-7, 10-5 MWC) hit 1-of-2 free throws to take a 69-66 lead with 12 seconds left.
Mulloy dribbled into the front court, found just enough space from the left wing and launched a high-arcing three that touched nothing but net and sent the game into overtime. The junior guard finished 4-of-9 on the night from 3-point land.
The Rams persevered in the two extra five-minute periods without junior post Taylor Dicus, who dominated with 25 points – on 10-of-12 shooting – and 13 rebounds before fouling out in the closing seconds of regulation.
Cornell scored the first six points of the first overtime, getting a layup from Kellie Kuzmanic, followed by a free throw and 3-pointer from Mulloy. The Rams played with the lead until 18 seconds remained, when a Pioneer layup tied it at 81-81 and extended the battle into a second overtime.
Carroll built an 88-83 lead in the second overtime before the Rams came charging back. Senior Caitlin Bisinger drained a 3-pointer, Diamond Boyd made a free throw and Mulloy finished a drive to the bucket that pushed Cornell back in front, 89-88, with 1:02 remaining.
After the Pioneers went back up by a point, Mulloy sank two free throws to give Cornell a 91-90 lead with 42 seconds left. Boyd blocked a Carroll shot on the ensuing possession, Maggie Hogen corralled the rebound and Bisinger hit one free throw with 12 seconds left to provide the final margin.
There were 14 ties, 14 lead changes, 48 turnovers, 59 fouls, 73 free throws and a multitude of big plays from both sides in an entertaining contest that witnessed more twists and turns than an Olympian on skis.
The Rams, who beat Carroll 73-48 in December, made 26-of-43 free throws and overcame 30 turnovers. Cornell won the battle on the boards, 52-44. The Pioneers went 22-of-30 from the foul line.
Boyd gave Cornell a boost off the bench with nine points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. Bisinger pitched in eight points. Chelsea Harris and Hogen added five assists apiece.
Emily DeNoyer paced the Pioneers with 25 points on 11-of-23 shooting.
Coming up – Cornell carries momentum into its final regular-season home game Tuesday against Illinois College (11-8, 9-5 MWC). Tipoff is 7 p.m. in the Small Multi-Sport Center. The Rams beat the Lady Blues, 60-43, in December.