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.
Taylor Dicus collected 12 points and seven rebounds for the Rams. Freshman Kellie Kuzmanic dished nine assists. Kathryn Schilling added five points and seven rebounds.
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.