Freshmen Dicus, Mulloy lead Rams on road
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Women's Basketball - Mon, Feb. 6, 2012
Rikki Mulloy popped in 20 points and fellow freshman Taylor Dicus was one rebound shy of collecting her second consecutive double-double as Cornell earned a 62-55 Iowa Conference road win Saturday over Central in Pella.

The Rams, who fell 69-63 at home to Wartburg Wednesday, moved to 8-11 overall and 6-6 in league play. Cornell is sixth in the IIAC standings, one-half game behind Dubuque (7-6 IIAC) and one full game ahead of Buena Vista (5-7 IIAC), heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.

The six IIAC wins are the most by a Cornell squad since the 2002-03 season, when the Rams finished 7-11 in the conference.

"We got the road win we needed at Central," Cornell head coach Brent Brase said. "Anytime you win on the road, you take it."

The Rams earned a season sweep over Central, which included a 77-72 overtime win at home in December. Mulloy led the way, notching the fifth 20-point outing of her freshman campaign. She canned three 3-pointers and went 7-of-8 from the foul line while also handing out four assists.

Dicus shot 5-of-7 from the field and finished with 10 points and nine rebounds, including six offensive boards. Sophomore Caitlin Bisinger came off the bench to score a season-high 12 points. Kathryn Schilling added nine points. Camille Marie-Lidd chipped in six points and seven rebounds.

Cornell trailed the Dutch (5-16, 0-12 IIAC) by as many as seven points early, but ended the first half on a 15-2 spurt to take a 25-19 lead into the break. A Mulloy layup gave Cornell its biggest lead at 58-47 with 2:18 to go.

The Rams shot 81.8 percent from the foul line (18-of-22) and held Central to 32.6 percent field goal shooting. Cornell pressured the hosts into 19 turnovers.

Cornell endured a rocky opening 20 minutes against IIAC co-leader Wartburg (16-5, 9-3 IIAC), falling behind 36-15 at halftime. The Rams charged back in the second half, trimming a 24-point deficit to 69-63 in the closing seconds. Cornell made its late run behind 53.1 percent shooting in the second half.

"We didn't play very well against Wartburg in the first half. They took the fight to us," Brase said. "In the second half we did much better being the aggressors, but it was already too late."

Dicus turned in a double-double with a game-high 14 points and 10 rebounds. Mulloy totaled 15 points, four assists and three steals. Schilling and Marie-Lidd finished with nine and eight points, respectively. Chelsea Harris contributed six points and three steals off the bench.

Cornell outscored the Knights 32-16 in points in the paint. Wartburg went 7-of-14 from 3-point range and made 24 free throws, compared to Cornell's 13.

Career charts - Schilling had two steals Saturday, tying Lindsey Pfalmer (1999-03) for third place on the school's career list with 151. The junior guard averages an IIAC-best 2.74 steals per game.

Marie-Lidd needs just seven points to move into third place on Cornell's career scoring list, entering the week with 1,029. She is approaching the point totals of Marni Chandlee (1,031) and Bindy Comito (1,036), both whom played for the Rams from 1998-02.

Rams in the rankings - Mulloy ranks third in the IIAC in scoring (14.7 ppg), and Marie-Lidd is third in rebounding (7.7 rpg). Dicus climbed to fourth in field goal percentage (51.3). Mulloy stands fifth in free throw percentage (80.3).

Coming up - After near misses earlier this season, the Rams get another crack this week at upending IIAC contenders Coe and Simpson. Cornell takes on rival Coe (15-7, 9-4 IIAC) at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 in Cedar Rapids. The Rams fell 63-62 to the Kohawks at home last month.

Cornell plays host to IIAC co-leader Simpson (16-5, 9-3 IIAC) at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. The Rams battled the Storm in a 63-60 overtime loss on Nov. 30, 2011, in Indianola.