MOUNT VERNON – As the wins keep mounting, so do the national votes for Cornell's undefeated women's basketball team.
The Rams (14-0 overall) made a big jump to No. 17 with 65 total votes in Tuesday's USA Today Sports Division III Top 25 Coaches' Poll. It marks the highest national ranking ever for Cornell, among eight unbeaten teams in the Top 25. Coach Brent Brase's squad stood 23rd with 35 votes in last week's poll.
Cornell moved up two spots to No. 19 in the D3hoops.com Women's Top 25 Poll released Monday afternoon. The Rams received 143 votes and cracked the Top 20 for the first time.
The Rams extended their school-record winning streak to 14 games with an 89-59 thumping of Beloit Saturday on the road. Cornell cruised to a 66-45 home win last Wednesday night over Grinnell.
The two wins moved Cornell to 9-0 at the halfway point of the Midwest Conference schedule. The Rams have a key game at home Tuesday night against Monmouth (12-2, 7-2 MWC), which received seven national votes in this week's poll. Tipoff is 5 p.m. in the Small Multi-Sport Center.
Cornell scored a 64-60 road win over the Fighting Scots on Dec. 22. The Rams have won nine straight on their home court dating back to last season.
The Rams are No. 1 in the MWC in scoring margin (+18.6 ppg), field goal percentage (45.7), field goal percentage defense (31.8), 3-point percentage (36.1), rebound margin (+13.2 rpg) and assists (17.1 apg). Cornell ranks in the top 10 in Division III in rebounding and field goal percentage.
Sophomores Taylor Dicus and Rikki Mulloy head a balanced offense at 13.3 and 13.2 points per game, respectively, followed by senior Camille Marie at 10.7. Dicus tops the league in field goal percentage (61.9), while Mulloy is No. 1 in free throw percentage (87.8). Junior guard Chelsea Harris is the MWC and Division III leader in assist/turnover ratio (+2.9 pg).