MOUNT VERNON – Cornell's all-time women's basketball scoring record went down Wednesday night, as did another Ram opponent.
Senior Camille Marie became the program's career leader in points and the unbeaten Rams rolled to another impressive Midwest Conference victory, 75-56, over Illinois College in the Small Multi-Sport Center.
Cornell (10-0 overall, 5-0 MWC) reached the 70-point mark for the fifth time this season and improved to 7-0 on its home floor.
The win sets up a showdown with 23rd-ranked Monmouth (10-0, 6-0 MWC) at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 in Monmouth, Ill. The Fighting Scots stayed perfect with a 56-51 road win Wednesday over Ripon.
This night belonged to Marie, who netted her record-setting 1,190th career point on a putback of her own miss with 14:32 to go in the second half. Marie was presented a basketball and embraced by coaches and teammates during the next stoppage in play a minute later.
Marie, a 6-foot-2 center from Marion, finished a strong game with 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field and 4-of-4 from the foul line. The four-year starter ran her career point total to 1,196 in her 81st game as a Ram. Marie broke the previous mark of 1,189 points, established by Lisa Fry (1998-02) in 99 games.
Marie, who owns a career scoring average of 14.8 points per game, has put up 112 points this season. She totaled 433 points as a freshman, 361 as a sophomore and 290 last season.
On Wednesday, Marie also broke Fry's school record for free throw attempts in a career (451), one game after setting the all-time mark for free throws made (now with 326).
Sophomore Rikki Mulloy had the hot hand early against Illinois College (5-6, 3-3 MWC), scoring 15 of her game-high 24 points in the first half as the Rams took a 33-27 lead into the break. Cornell pulled away shortly after intermission, using a 13-2 run to stake a 51-33 lead with 12:31 remaining.
Mulloy went 8-of-16 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers and made 6-of-7 free throws. Marie added a team-high nine rebounds, six on the offensive end.
Kathryn Schilling contributed nine points, three assists and three steals. Taylor Dicus collected eight points and seven rebounds. Chelsea Harris led the team with four assists and four steals.
The Rams held a 36-31 edge in rebounds and pressured the Lady Blues into 24 turnovers. Cornell hit 20-of-25 attempts from the foul line.
National polls – Cornell collected 55 votes in Tuesday's D3hoops.com Poll, the most tallies by a team not ranked in the Top 25. Moravian is ranked 25th with 70 votes.
The Rams received two votes in the USA Today Sports Division III Top 25 Coaches' Poll, also released Tuesday.
NCAA leaders – Dicus went into Wednesday's game as the NCAA all-divisions leader in field goal percentage, converting at a sizzling 75.3-percent clip. The 6-foot-2 Mount Vernon High School graduate connected on 55-of-73 field goals through nine games.
The NCAA statistical report is based on a minimum of five made field goals per game. Chiney Ogwumike, of Division I Stanford, is second among all NCAA players with a 65.6-percent field goal percentage.
Harris stands fifth in Division III in assist-turnover ratio at +3.11 per game, followed by Schilling in 23rd at +2.07.
Cornell ranks third nationally in rebound margin at +14.4 per game. The Rams are 10th in field goal percentage (45.2) and 15th in field goal percentage defense (30.1).