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Women's Basketball - Wed, Feb. 27, 2013

MOUNT VERNON – Cornell swept the league's two individual awards and landed three players on the 2012-13 All-Midwest Conference Women's Basketball Teams released Wednesday.

Senior forward Camille Marie was tabbed MWC Player of the Year and joined sophomore guard Rikki Mulloy on the six-player first team. Sophomore center Taylor Dicus garnered second team honors.

Brent Brase, the engineer of Cornell's 24-1 MWC championship and NCAA Tournament club, was voted Coach of the Year.

Marie, a Cedar Rapids Washington High School graduate, is the first Ram to collect MWC Player of the Year honors in women's basketball. Brase is the program's first Coach of the Year recipient in the conference.

The Rams had never before fielded three all-conference honorees in the same season. The last time Cornell placed two players on the first team was 1986 – Genny Dettmer and Deanna Dittmer.

Marie became the program's first four-time all-conference recipient, after taking second team accolades three years in the Iowa Conference. The 6-foot-2 post ranked fourth in the MWC in field goal percentage (54.0), seventh in blocked shots (0.8 bpg) and ninth in scoring with a team-high 13.3 points per game.

Marie shot 75.3 percent from the foul line and averaged 6.3 rebounds, second on the team. She recorded three double-doubles, all coming against top-division teams in Monmouth, Carroll and Coe. Marie reached the 20-point mark five times, including a season-best 27 at Carroll Feb. 2.

Marie holds Cornell's career scoring mark and stands 12th in MWC history with 1,416 points. She also owns school records for career field goals made (521), free throws made (364) and blocked shots (109).

Mulloy, of Phoenix, Ariz., is just behind Marie in scoring average at 13.0 points. The sharp-shooting guard led the conference in free throw percentage (90.3 %, 56-of-62) and ranked fourth in three-point percentage (37.0) and three-point goals made (50). Mulloy averaged 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals.

Mulloy, also a first team all-conference pick in 2012, netted a career-best 31 points in a win at Carroll, and went for at least 18 in five other games. She has recorded at least one three-point goal in all 25 games this season.

Dicus blistered the nets at a MWC-best 63.6-percent clip, sinking 112 of 176 field goals. The Mount Vernon High School graduate ranked fifth in the league in rebounding (8.6 rpg) and sixth in free throw percentage (77.7).

The 6-2 Dicus leads the Rams with six double-doubles, four coming this month. She tossed in a career-high 24 points against Carroll Dec. 11, followed shortly by a season-best 16 rebounds at Monmouth Dec. 22.  

Brase has taken the program to unprecedented heights in his eighth season at the helm. The Rams, picked eighth in the MWC Preseason Coaches' Poll, rolled to the regular-season title with a 17-1 mark and then captured the MWC Tournament title to earn their first trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Cornell, which had only one winning season since 1987-88, climbed to No. 10 in this week's USA Today Sports Top 25 Coaches' Poll, and No. 12 in the D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll. The Rams are No. 1 in the Central Region rankings.

Brase's Rams carry a 16-game home winning streak into Friday's first-round regional game against St. Scholastica (13-14). Tipoff is 7 p.m. in the Small Multi-Sport Center.