Three Stars of the Week: December 3 – 9
Shonn Miller and Robert Hatter
Senior forward Shonn Miller and sophomore guard Robert Hatter were the only Cornell players in double figures as the two led the men’s basketball team with 18 points each to a 71-60 victory over UMass Lowell, breaking the River Hawks’ six-game winning streak.
Miller chipped in five rebounds, three blocks, and two steals, while shooting 58 percent from the field. Hatter added four rebounds to go along with a season-high five 3-pointers in the Big Red victory.
Miller and Hatter spearheaded Cornell’s decisive 10-0 run early in the second half after UMass Lowell knotted the game at 30. The three-minute span eventually proved to be the difference, as the Big Red did not allow the lead to slip to less than eight points for the remainder of the game.
Hatter began the stretch with two consecutive treys, and Miller capped off the 10-point spurt with an emphatic putback dunk and a fierce block. The critical run shifted momentum to the Cornell side, and the squad never looked back.
The Big Red led by as many as 17 points midway through the second half after Hatter drilled one from beyond the arc with 7:10 left in the contest.
With the win, Cornell remains unbeaten at Newman Arena and surpassed the .500 mark, improving to 5-4 on the year. The Big Red will return to action after a break for final exams when the team faces a road matchup with Radford at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 21.
Senior captain Brianne Jenner led the women’s hockey team with seven points on the weekend in wins against Clarkson and St. Lawrence.
Jenner finished Friday night with two goals and two assists, as the Big Red defeated defending national champion No. 6 Clarkson 8-3.
Her first score came on a two-on-two with senior Jillian Saulnier, and gave Cornell the lead halfway through the first period. The two Canadian forwards pushed into the Clarkson zone, as Saulnier attempted to fend off a Golden Knight defender and fell to the ice, yet still managed to backhand a tape-to-tape pass to Jenner, who buried the puck on the backdoor.
Jenner capitalized again only 2:11 later when she scored in the high-slot amid Clarkson defenders. Jenner, tied up at the time, broke free and received a pass from Saulnier, then sent home an off balance backhand shot that just trickled past Golden Knight goalie Shea Tiley.
On Saturday night, Jenner tallied three assists in the Big Red’s 4-2 victory over St. Lawrence. The win completed Cornell’s four-point weekend, which included two victories over top ECAC teams, putting the Big Red four points out of first place in the league.
Following break, Cornell will host McGill for an exhibition at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 2.