MOUNT VERNON – With the NCAA Division III women's basketball season in the books, Cornell College's Taylor Dicus wound up the 2013-14 national leader in field goal percentage.
Dicus, of Mount Vernon, shot 65.2 percent from the field during an impressive junior campaign. The 6-foot-2 center made 131-of-201 attempts in 22 games.
Dicus went down to the wire with Thomas More's Jenny Burgoyne for the statistical title. Burgoyne finished at 65.0 percent on 234-of-360 shooting. Burgoyne, who guided her team to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament, held a slight edge over Dicus entering the national tourney.
The Division III championship game was played Saturday. FDU-Florham beat Whitman, 80-72.
NCAA's field goal percentage leaders are based on a minimum of five made field goals per game. Players eligible must compete in 75 percent of their teams' games.
Dicus established a new single-season school record for field goal percentage. She broke her own mark of 61.4 percent (116-of-189) set in 2012-13.
With still one season to go, Dicus is Cornell's career field goal percentage leader, connecting at a 59.0-percent clip.
Dicus was named First Team All-Midwest Conference after averaging a season double-double with 15.5 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. She shot at least 50.0 percent from the field in all but four games this season. Dicus also hit on 78.8 percent of her free throw attempts.
Dicus helped lead the 20-4 Rams to a share of the MWC regular-season title. Cornell finished 16-2 in conference play. The Rams won 12 straight games before falling to Monmouth in the semifinals of the MWC Tournament.
Dicus was also a first team academic all-district performer in 2013-14.
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