2017-18 Women's Basketball
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2017-18 Women's Basketball Coaches
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Brent Brase
Head Coach- 13th Season
Brase (pronounced BRA-zee), the 2012-13 Midwest Conference Coach of the Year, has elevated Cornell's women's basketball program to unprecedented heights in his 12 seasons at the helm.

Brase is the winningest coach in program history with 154 victories. The Rams are an impressive 99-27 since the 2012-13 season, highlighted by a 77-13 mark in MWC play. Cornell has posted five consecutive winning seasons and appeared in the conference tournament six straight years.

Brase has coached 11 all-conference performers and three all-region selections since 2013, highlighted by a pair of MWC Players of the Year in Diamond Boyd (2017) and Camille Marie (2013).

The 2016-17 Rams finished 20-5, captured the MWC regular-season title with a 17-1 record and reached the championship game of the MWC Tournament for the fourth time in five years. 

Cornell's 2015-16 squad posted a 19-6 overall record. The 2014-15 team went 15-10 and featured the program's most prolific pair of classmates in Rikki Mulloy and Taylor Dicus, who graduated with a combined 2,725 career points.     
 
The Rams registered their first-ever back-to-back 20-win seasons in 2012-13 and 2013-14. During that span, the team went 33-3 in league play with a pair of MWC regular-season championships.   
 
The 2013-14 Rams fashioned a 20-4 record and claimed a share of the MWC regular-season crown with a 16-2 mark. They carried a 12-game winning streak into the conference tournament.     

Brase's 2012-13 team, picked to finish eighth in the MWC preseason poll, turned those projections upside down during an incredible 25-2 campaign. The Rams won the program's first conference championship in more than three decades and made their first appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Rams captured the MWC Tournament title and advanced to the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament with a resounding 76-54 regional win at home over St. Scholastica. Cornell's record-setting ride ended in a 53-52 loss to St. Thomas in the second round. The Rams shattered the old school mark of 18 wins. Cornell finished 16th in the final USA Today Sports Top 25 Coaches' Poll and 20th in the D3hoops.com Poll.

The 2012-13 squad started the season 15-0 and finished with 14 victories of at least 20 points. The Rams ranked among the Division III leaders in field goal percentage (third, 45.8), rebound margin (fourth, +12.6 rpg), assists (fourth, 17.7 apg) and won-loss percentage (ninth, 92.6).

Marie led the record-setting 2012-13 team and became Cornell's first women's basketball all-American (Fourth Team, D3hoops.com).  

Brase, a 1990 Cornell graduate, spent 11 seasons coaching at Coe, where he left as the winningest men's coach in school history. Coe was 90-50 in Iowa Conference games his final seven seasons.

Before leading the Coe men's basketball program, Brase served as an assistant men's coach at both Cornell and Coe and as the head boys' basketball coach at Anamosa (Iowa) High School. Brase helped guide the 1990-91 Kohawks to a south division tournament berth and the 1993-94 Rams to the Midwest Conference Championship and the NCAA Division III tournament. In two years at Anamosa, Brase compiled a record of 27-13 and was named Big Bend Coach of the Year in 1991-92.

Brase is a 1986 graduate of Wapsie Valley (Iowa) High School and earned a bachelor's degree in physical education and secondary education from Cornell in 1990. He received a master's degree in physical education from the University of Iowa in 1992.

Brase's teams play stifling man-to-man defense and run on every make or miss. He has implemented defensive and offensive schemes to compliment one another by putting maximum pressure on the opponents for an entire game. In order to achieve this, his teams execute simple fundamentals at an extreme pace in practice - a pace their opponents haven't trained for and cannot handle mentally and physically during the duration of a game.

Brase and his wife, Ann, a 1990 Cornell graduate, live in Mount Vernon with their four children: Ella, 16, Owen, 14, Evan, 10, and Nora, 7.

"A Message From Coach Brase"
Basketball is a unique tool in the educational process. My goal as a coach is to make basketball one of the most educational experiences in my players' collegiate years. We want players who are committed to higher education, who have respect for what we believe in, who are positive representatives of the college and our basketball program and who have the ability and desire to compete for Midwest Conference and national championships.

It is our goal not only to have students graduate on time, but also provide them with experiences that go beyond basketball and the classroom. Experiences that will allow them to learn, mature and lead. We foster an environment that allows freedom for students to make decisions and the guidance for them to be able to make the right choices and to correct mistakes.

We believe that the ability to compete at an extraordinary level must be targeted in our recruiting efforts. We want players who have high expectations and a willingness to go after their dreams. The effort and attitude of an individual are just as important to us as their skills.

Our program is challenging and rewarding. We have high expectations for our team as people, students and players. The expectations of our staff will not only challenge students, but also serve to guide and support them.

After graduation, a basketball player is left with one thing from her involvement in a program - the "experience". The "experience" refers to the lessons and values learned, the personal relationships that develop and being a part of something larger than herself. This is an awesome opportunity and one that is often hard to duplicate in other areas of life.

Thank you for taking a serious look at Cornell College and our women's basketball program!

Coach Brase

 
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Lindsay Smith
Assistant Coach- 2nd Season

Smith, a multi-sport standout at Central DeWitt High School and former NCAA Division I player, joined Cornell’s women’s basketball staff in May 2016.

The DeWitt, Iowa, native was a scholarship basketball player at the University of Wisconsin (2011-12) and Illinois State University (2013-15) before wrapping up an injury-plagued collegiate career at NAIA’s St. Ambrose University (2015-16).

Smith, an honorable mention pick her only year at St. Ambrose, helped guide the Queen Bees to a runner-up finish in the CCAC Tournament and a berth in the 2016 NAIA National Tournament. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Ambrose in May 2016.

Smith enjoyed a distinguished prep career at Central DeWitt (2007-11), where she earned 17 varsity letters competing in cross country, basketball, track & field and softball. She was a McDonald’s All-America nominee in basketball and voted the 2011 Quad City Times Female Athlete of the Year.

Smith was a four-time Class 3A all-state basketball selection (three-time first team) and led the Sabers to the semifinals of the 2011 state tournament. A three-time team captain, Smith is DeWitt’s all-time scoring leader with 1,457 points and also holds career records for assists, steals and 3-point goals. She was selected to play in the IBCA Elite All-Star Game and was a member of Iowa’s 17U state championship team.

Smith was a nine-time state qualifier in track & field, highlighted by a third-place finish in the 400 hurdles her junior year. She was an all-state infielder in softball, where she was a five-year letterwinner and four-time all-conference performer. Smith earned honorable mention all-conference in cross country.

Smith played in 26 games during her freshman season at Wisconsin, earning her first collegiate start against Iowa on Jan. 12, 2012. Smith missed most of her sophomore year due to injury and wound up transferring to Illinois State. She spent two seasons in Normal, Ill., serving as team captain her red-shirt junior year while starting 10 games.  

Smith was voted Defensive Player of the Year in Iowa City’s Game Time League in the summer of 2015.

Smith graduated from Central DeWitt with High Honors in 2011. She was a member of the Dean’s List every semester during her time at Wisconsin, Illinois State and St. Ambrose.

 
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Allison Krull
Student Assistant- 2nd Season
 
Jordan Simpson
Assistant Coach- 4th Season
 
Gene Hauser
Assistant Coach- 2nd Season