By Chad Cooper, community contributor
The Coe and Cornell womenís basketball teams are taking wins and momentum into the heart of their conference schedules.
The Rams (11-0) are undefeated, ranked in Division III for the first time and already are one-third of the way through their conference schedule.
Cornell sits at 6-0 and atop the Midwest Conference standings heading into Saturdayís game at Lake Forest. The Rams are coming off a 64-60 win over then-23rd-ranked Monmouth on Dec. 22 and also had a dominant, 63-32, victory over Coeon Nov. 28.
Cornell has a high-scoring attack, scoring 60 or more points in every game. They are led by sophomore center Taylor Dicus,a former Mount Vernon prep standout who averages more than 14 points per game. Dicusalso leads the team in rebounds at 9.1 per game.
Sophomore guard Rikki Mulloy and senior forward Camille Marie also average double-figures for the Rams at 13.3 and 10.6 points, respectively. Marie, a former star at Cedar Rapids Washington, recently became the programís career scoring leader, breaking the mark of 1,189 points set by Lisa Fry (1998-02).
The Rams return home to face Grinnell on Wednesday.
Coe, the preseason pick to win the Iowa Conference, started the season a little rough, but appear to have righted the ship heading into Iowa Conference play.
The Kohawks (7-4) suffered through a three-game losing streak in November, including that demoralizing loss at Cornell.The Kohawks sat at 2-3 at the end of November, but thrived in December, coming back to life by winning five of their last six games.
Coe finished 2012 with a sweep in Las Vegas at the D3hoops.com Classic with wins over the University of La Verne and Saint Vincent College.
Coe is a veteran team with nine upperclassmen on the roster. The Kohawks are led by senior guard Kayla Waskow, who averages more than 13 points per game and also leads the team in rebounds with eight a game. The Kohawks arguably have the best and most dominant interior duo in the Iowa Conference with junior forward Mary Halvorson and sophomore center Megan Hayes.
The Kohawks open Iowa Conference action Saturday, hosting Central. They host Dubuque on Wednesday.
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