APPLETON, Wis. - Sophomore center Taylor Dicus
posted 16 points and 15 rebounds as the unbeaten Rams continued their early-season dominance with a 68-54 women's basketball win over Midwest Conference foe Lawrence Saturday afternoon at Alexander Gymnasium.
Cornell claimed its third double-digit league win in eight days to improve to 7-0 overall, 3-0 in the MWC. The Rams have beaten their first seven opponents by an average margin of 22.6 points per game.
The Rams broke this one open with a 17-2 spurt early in the second half. Cornell got buckets from five different players during the flurry, turning an eight-point game into a 49-26 advantage with 11:50 left to play.
Dicus recorded her sixth career double-double in helping the Rams secure a 47-31 edge on the boards and a 30-10 advantage in points in the paint. The Mount Vernon High School graduate had another efficient shooting game, hitting 5-of-7 field goals while going 6-of-9 from the foul line.
Dicus entered the week as the NCAA Division III leader in field goal percentage, now hitting at a 78.8-percent clip (41-of-52). She grabbed five of the team's 19 offensive rebounds.
Sophomore guard Rikki Mulloy tossed in a team-high 19 points on 7-of-19 shooting. She nailed three 3-point goals and also had four rebounds. Camille Marie added seven points and five rebounds.
Kathryn Schilling and Chelsea Harris chipped in six points apiece for the Rams, who shot a modest 40.0 percent (26-of-65) from the floor. Freshman Kellie Kuzmanic distributed a team-best five assists, while Schilling dished out four. Harris notched four of the team's 11 steals.
Alex Deshler and Amber Lisowe had 21 and 18 points, respectively, for Lawrence (1-6, 0-5 MWC). The Vikings were held to 33.3 percent shooting (18-of-54) for the game.
Coming up - The Rams return to MWC action Tuesday, Dec. 11 with a 6 p.m. tipoff against Carroll (3-3, 2-1 MWC) in Mount Vernon. Carroll fell 62-45 at MWC unbeaten Monmouth (8-0, 4-0 MWC) Saturday.