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 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.