Rams handle IC, now alone atop MWC
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Illinois College
Women's Basketball - Wed, Jan. 4, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – A 24-11 third-quarter surge propelled Cornell's women's basketball team to an impressive 67-51 victory over Illinois College in a battle between the lone remaining Midwest Conference unbeatens Wednesday night in the Small Multi-Sport Center.

The Rams (7-3 overall), who led for all but 31 seconds, climbed into sole possession of first place in the league at 5-0. Illinois College (7-3 overall), which entered the night on a five-game winning streak, slipped into a second-place tie with Ripon at 4-1.

Cornell dominated on the defensive end, forcing the Lady Blues into a season-high 29 turnovers. Illinois College was held to 32.1-percent shooting and managed to hit just 2-of-19 attempts from 3-point range. The Lady Blues came in averaging 70.8 points per game.

Diamond Boyd (SR/Elk Grove Village, Ill.) turned in her fifth double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds, both game-highs. The senior forward also recorded four steals and three assists.

Anne Visser (FR/Cedar Rapids, Iowa) came off the bench to score 11 points while Sierra Bisso (SR/Wheaton, Ill.) netted 10 for a balanced Ram attack that saw 10 players etch the scoring column.  

Madie Rinehart (SR/Scottsdale, Ariz.) was a presence in the paint with seven points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots. Bisso provided six assists and four steals. Haley Grana (JR/Belvidere, Ill.) pitched in eight points, five assists (with no turnovers) and three steals. Kandis O'Donnell (SO/Cedar Rapids, Iowa) pulled down six rebounds in only 12 minutes of action.

The Rams took a 31-27 lead into halftime before busting it open in the third quarter. Cornell finished the period on a 9-1 run, which included a 3-pointer by Visser and two triples by Bisso that stretched the margin to 55-38.   

Cornell held the MWC's leading scorer Brielle Greenleaf to a season-low nine points, 10 below her average.

Coming up – The Rams hit the road Saturday for a 1 p.m. league contest against Knox (6-4 overall, 3-2 MWC) in Galesburg, Ill. Cornell has won all eight meetings with the Prairie Fire since rejoining the MWC.

Illinois College 7-3 (4-1 MWC)1314111351
Cornell College 7-3 (5-0 MWC)1813241267
Jan. 4, 2017
Mount Vernon, Iowa (Multi-Sport Center)
Attendance: 185
Illinois CollegeIndv. LeadersCornell College
#32 Shannen Quehl - 11Points #11 Diamond Boyd - 14
#32 Shannen Quehl - 9Rebounds #11 Diamond Boyd - 10
#25 Sydney Lett - 5Assists #05 Sierra Bisso - 6
Illinois CollegeTeam StatisticsCornell College
32.1% (17 - 53) Field Goals % 37.9% (25 - 66)
10.5% (2 - 19) 3 Point Field Goals % 43.8% (7 - 16)
71.4% (15 - 21) Free Throws 62.5% (10 - 16)
45Rebounds 38
12Assists 17
29Turnovers 17
92nd Chance Pts 8