BELOIT, Wis. – Team balance and depth have taken Cornell's women's basketball squad to new heights in 2012-13. And it was all on display Saturday in an 89-59 Midwest Conference road rout of the Beloit Buccaneers in Flood Arena.
The Rams (14-0 overall, 9-0 MWC), ranked No. 21 by D3hoops.com and No. 23 by USA Today Sports, had five scorers in double figures and 12 players record a field goal in posting their highest point total during their unbeaten run. Cornell put up a season-best 48 points in the first half and shot a sizzling 55.4 percent for the game.
The victory capped an impressive first half to the MWC season for Cornell, which beat its first nine league foes by nearly 16 points a game. The Rams make the turn with a two-game lead over Monmouth and St. Norbert, both at 7-2. Cornell will see both teams next week.
Cornell's 14 wins are the most in a season since the record-setting 1999-00 team went 18-8. The Rams still have nine games to go in the regular season.
Sophomore Taylor Dicus led the way Saturday with a game-high 17 points and seven rebounds. Freshman forward Kellie Kuzmanic accounted for 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting, while collecting five rebounds and four assists. She had 11 points in the first half as the Rams shot 62.5 percent to build a commanding 48-24 lead.
The Rams got 11 points apiece from Kathryn Schilling, Camille Marie and Chelsea Harris. Schilling's solid game included five assists, four steals and three boards.
Harris came off the bench to hit three 3-point goals. Freshman Maggie Hogen led all players with eight rebounds, also in a reserve role. Leonie de Jonge chipped in seven points and five rebounds.
The Rams outscored Beloit (2-12, 1-8 MWC) in bench points, 32-15, and owned a 42-16 advantage in points in the paint.
Cornell limited the Buccaneers to 7-of-24 field goals in the first half and 31.6 percent shooting for the game. The Rams dominated the boards by a 45-27 margin.
The Rams put this game away with a 19-6 run over the final six minutes of the first half. Beloit never got closer than 17 points after intermission.
Coming up – Cornell opens a pivotal week at home Tuesday, Jan. 15 against Monmouth (12-2, 7-2 MWC). Tipoff is 5 p.m. The Rams went down to the wire with the Fighting Scots Dec. 22, prevailing 64-60 in Monmouth, Ill.
The Rams travel to play St. Norbert (10-4, 7-2 MWC) at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 in De Pere, Wis. Cornell beat the three-time defending MWC champs, 63-42, in the league opener Dec. 1 in Mount Vernon.