GRINNELL – The 14th-ranked Cornell Rams received a double-double from Taylor Dicus and pulled away from upset-minded Grinnell down the stretch for a 69-57 Midwest Conference women's basketball victory Tuesday night at Darby Gymnasium.
Dicus finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Cornell, which climbed to 21-1 overall, 16-1 in the MWC with one game left in the regular season. The Rams recorded their sixth consecutive double-digit win, although this one hung in the balance until the final few minutes.
Grinnell (10-12, 8-9 MWC) pulled within 55-51 with 6:08 remaining, but senior Kathryn Schilling answered with a three-pointer on the next possession to push the margin back to seven points. The Pioneers then made it 58-53 with less than five minutes to go.
Cornell put the game away with an 11-2 run, capped by a three-pointer from freshman Kellie Kuzmanic that stretched the lead to 69-55 with 49 seconds left. Kuzmanic wound up with 11 points and five assists.
Dicus had another efficient game with five offensive rebounds, three steals and no turnovers in 30 minutes. The sophomore center, who went 6-of-7 from the foul line, recorded her fifth double-double of the season.
Senior post Camille Marie led all scorers with 16 points on 8-of-18 shooting. She also had six rebounds. Rikki Mulloy and Schilling chipped in nine points apiece. Schilling distributed a game-high six assists. Chelsea Harris had five points and five rebounds off the bench.
The Rams made half of their field goals (14-of-28) in the first half to take a 36-30 lead at the break. Cornell held a 12-point advantage from the foul line, hitting 14-of-19 attempts. Grinnell made two free throws on just five attempts.
Cornell outrebounded the hosts, 33-26. The Rams tallied 34 points in the paint, to Grinnell's 16.
Coming up – The Rams wrap up a historical regular-season Saturday with a 1 p.m. home game against Beloit (4-18, 3-14 MWC) on Senior Day. Cornell beat the Buccaneers, 89-59, on Jan. 12 in Beloit, Wis.