MOUNT VERNON – The Cornell women's basketball team celebrates the New Year with a new label attached to its name.
The Rams (11-0) broke into national rankings for the first time in program history Wednesday, standing No. 23 in the D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll with 83 votes. Cornell is among 12 unbeaten women's teams in this week's Top 25.
Cornell stood 26th with 55 votes in the Dec. 16 poll. The Rams switched places with Monmouth (11-1) after beating the previous-unbeaten and No. 23 Fighting Scots, 64-60, on Dec. 22 in Monmouth, Ill.
The latest rankings can be found at D3hoops.com Poll.
Eighth-year head coach Brent Brase has the Rams alone atop the Midwest Conference standings at 6-0 with 12 league games left in the regular season. Monmouth is second at 6-1. Three-time defending MWC champion St. Norbert, which the Rams beat 63-42 at home Dec. 1, is third at 5-1.
The Rams, picked eighth in the MWC Preseason Coaches' Poll, have already claimed the most wins in a season since the 2002-03 squad went 12-14. The 11-game winning streak is the longest in school history.
Cornell is led by sophomore Taylor Dicus' 14.2 points, 9.1 rebounds and Division III-best 70.1 field goal percentage. Sophomore guard Rikki Mulloy averages 13.3 points, followed by senior Camille Marie at 10.6.
The Rams have outrebounded every team they've faced and rank third in Division III in rebound margin at +13.3 per game. Cornell is shooting 44.8 percent from the field, while holding foes to an MWC-low 31.1.
Cornell returns to action Saturday, Jan. 5 for a 3 p.m. MWC contest at Lake Forest (5-6, 3-3 MWC). The Rams play host to Grinnell (5-5, 4-2 MWC) at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 in the Small Multi-Sport Center.