JACKSONVILLE, Ill. – Win No. 19 put Coach Brent Brase's 2012-13 Rams in the school record book Thursday night.
Cornell's 14th-ranked women's basketball team established a program record for wins in a season with yet another double-digit Midwest Conference victory, 76-60, over Illinois College on the road.
The Rams (19-1 overall, 14-1 MWC) topped the previous mark of 18 wins, shared by the 1999-00 and 1979-80 teams. Cornell needs just one more victory – or a Monmouth loss – to claim its first conference championship in 31 years along with the No. 1 seed in the MWC Tournament.
Cornell has three regular-season games remaining, starting with a home date Saturday at 1 p.m. against Lawrence (2-18, 1-14 MWC). The Rams beat the Vikings, 68-54, in December.
The Rams had great offensive balance against Illinois College (6-14, 4-11 MWC) with four scorers reaching double figures. Senior Kathryn Schilling led the way with 18 points, which tied a career high set during her sophomore year. She was 6-of-9 from the field and hit all six of her free throws. Schilling also contributed six steals and three assists with just one turnover in 28 minutes.
Taylor Dicus posted 11 points and 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. Freshman Kellie Kuzmanic collected 15 points, five rebounds and a team-high five assists. Camille Marie pitched in 13 points and seven rebounds. Rikki Mulloy added nine points.
The Rams hit the 70-point mark for the 11th time, although were outrebounded (43-39) for the first time this season. Cornell had 21 assists on 25 field goals with seven players recording at least two assists.
Kuzmanic had the hot hand from the perimeter, sinking a season-high five 3-pointers on nine tries. The Rams shot 82.6 percent from the foul line, including 16-of-19 in the second half.
Cornell took a 32-23 advantage into halftime and stretched the lead to 61-43 with eight minutes to go. The Lady Blues got within eight points on two occasions in the final four minutes.
The Rams held the hosts to 30.8 percent shooting for the game. Cornell shot 41.7 percent.
|Lawrence University at||5:30pm|
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|(25) Cornell at||7:00pm|
|(3) Luther College||CST|
|St. Norbert College at||1:00pm|
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|Rockford College at||7:00pm|