WAUKESHA, Wis. – Rikki Mulloy and Camille Marie combined for 58 points as the red-hot Rams notched a school-record tying 18th win, 80-65, over host Carroll in Midwest Conference action Saturday afternoon.
Mulloy pumped in a career-high 31 points – 23 in the second half – to lead a lights-out shooting performance for Cornell (18-1 overall, 13-1 MWC), which hit a season-best 60.0 percent (30-of-50) from the field. The 14th-ranked Rams remained two games ahead of Monmouth (12-3 MWC) with four to go in the regular season.
Coach Brent Brase's Rams became the third team in program history to win 18 games in a season. Jon Herbrechtsmeyer's 1999-00 squad went 18-8, as did Linda Brown's conference championship club in 1979-80.
Mulloy came up big against a Carroll club (9-8, 8-6 MWC) that battled the Rams to a 64-61 game earlier this season in Mount Vernon. The sophomore guard drained a 3-pointer just 13 seconds into the contest, and finished 6-of-10 from behind the arc. Mulloy moved into third place on Cornell's career list with 93 3-point goals.
Mulloy caught fire in the second half, hitting 6-of-7 field goals and all seven of her foul shots as the Rams broke open a 39-35 halftime lead. She topped her previous scoring high of 29 points, set last February against Buena Vista.
The Pioneers also had no answer inside for Marie, who finished with a season-best 27 points behind 13-of-17 shooting. The 6-foot-2 senior had 17 points by intermission. Marie grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season.
Cornell shot a sizzling 68.4 percent (13-of-19) in the second half to put its 14th double-digit win in the books. The Pioneers got within 48-44 with 15:52 remaining. The Rams responded with an 11-4 run – behind a pair of Mulloy threes – and were never threatened the rest of the way.
The Rams dominated Carroll on the boards, 38-22, and had 20 assists on 30 made field goals. Cornell finished with 23 turnovers, to Carroll's 10.
Coming up – The Rams travel to play Illinois College (6-13, 4-10 MWC) at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 in Jacksonville, Ill. The Lady Blues fell 56-53 at Lawrence Saturday.
Cornell beat Illinois College in the season's first meeting, 75-56, in Mount Vernon.