Big second half pushes Rams past Lawrence

Erin Hill scored seven points for Lawrence in a loss to Cornell.
Erin Hill scored seven points for Lawrence in a loss to Cornell.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Cornell College women's basketball team used a big second half Tuesday to pull away for a 67-43 Midwest Conference victory over Lawrence University at Alexander Gymnasium.

The Rams went from a seven-point halftime lead to a 14-point lead after three quarters and pulled away from there.

Diamond Boyd scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Cornell (13-5, 9-2 MWC).

Kenya Earl paced Lawrence (6-14, 4-7) with 11 points, and Shonell Benjamin added eight points. Nicole Cummins had seven points, seven rebounds and three assists for the Vikings, and Erin Hill chipped in with seven points, three steals and three rebounds.

The Rams jumped out to an 18-11 lead after one quarter and pushed that lead to 12 at 31-19 in the second period. Hill then hit a three-pointer and Benjamin followed with a jumper to trim the margin to 31-24 at the half.

Cummins hit a three-pointer early in the third quarter to cut Cornell's lead to 33-27 but the Vikings would get no closer. Lawrence was still hanging close after Olivia Hoesley hit a three-pointer to pull to within 40-32, but Cornell finished the quarter on a 7-1 run to lead 47-33 after three.

Lawrence didn't get closer than 13 points in the fourth quarter.