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Three Stars of the Week: December 17 – 23

  1. Nia Marshall

Sophomore Nia Marshall led the women’s basketball team with a career-high 31 points in a 70-59 overtime victory over Robert Morris.

Marshall registered the most points in a single game under current head coach Dayna Smith and became the first Big Red player to score more than 30 points since 1996. Her performance is tied for 10th all time for the most points scored in one game in program history.

The last player to eclipse the 30-point mark was Mary LaMacchia, who posted 34 points against Lehigh 18 years ago.

Marshall earned Ivy League Player of the Week honors for her career game, becoming the first Big Red player to receive the conference award this season.

With the team shooting only 16.7 percent from the field in the second half, Marshall stepped up down the stretch. The sophomore forward played a crucial role near the end of the contest, scoring all of Cornell’s final 14 points in regulation to tie the game at 57, forcing OT. Marshall’s biggest play came with just 46 seconds remaining when she knotted up the score by converting a traditional three-point play.

After Marshall finished with 24 points, as the Big Red defeated Loyola 79-61 on Monday, she will look to continue her hot streak when the squad travels to Syracuse on Sunday for a 6 p.m. tip-off at the Carrier Dome.

  1. Shonn Miller

Despite losing 74-61 to Radford, senior forward Shonn Miller went 7-of-13 from the floor and 2-of-4 from beyond the arc en route to a career high 28-point performance.

Miller exceeded his prior career high, which occurred two seasons ago against Princeton, where he finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Miller just missed the double-double mark this time, as the senior added nine rebounds, three steals, and a block, while also shooting a near perfect 12-of-13 from the charity stripe.

Miller was key early, scoring half of the Big Red’s first 18 points of the game. However, his most electrifying play came just over midway through the second half. Miller forced a turnover and drove to the other end for an emphatic dunk to finish the play, which cut the Highlanders’ lead to six.

This would be the closest the game would get the rest of the way, as Cornell never got the lead to below seven points for the remainder of time in regulation.

The Big Red bounced back on Tuesday with a 75-57 win against Siena. The team will now return to Newman Arena at 4 p.m. on Sunday to take on Saint Peter’s.

  1. Rob Koll

The Big Red wrestling coach earned his 250th career win over the weekend, as Cornell swept two duals on Sunday at the Grapple at the Garden in New York City.

The team came from behind to defeat No. 12 Edinboro after trailing 23-14. The Big Red then won the first nine matches in a dominating performance against Northern Iowa, taking the 35-4 victory.

Junior Duke Pickett officially secured Koll’s 250th win, as he defeated Curt Maas 4-1 to assure victory over the Panthers in the second dual. Koll became the ninth coach in Big Red athletics history to achieve the 250-victory mark.

Koll is leading Cornell in his 21st season as the David R. Dunlop ’59 Head Coach of Wrestling. Under his tenure, the Big Red has earned 15 Ivy League titles, while also claiming 11 national champions, 52 All-Americans, and 46 individual EIWA champions.

Koll will look to add to his win total when the squad heads to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for the Southern Scuffle on January 1-2. The field features more than half of the top 25 teams at the 2014 NCAA Tournament, headlined by Penn State, Oklahoma State, and, of course, Cornell.

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