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Men's Basketball—The Golden Eagles' men's basketball team went 1-2 last week after losing at Davenport University and splitting a pair of games in the 17th annual Grand Rapids Hall of Fame Classic on Thanksgiving weekend. After the week, Cornerstone falls to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in WHAC play.
Last week Tuesday, Cornerstone dropped a close game to Davenport 91-85 after the Panthers hit a pair of free throws to seal the game. At the Hall of Fame Classic, the Golden Eagles lost in the championship on Saturday to Calvin College after edging Hope College the previous night. Cornerstone's Wes Hudson and Ty Mason both received All-Tournament honors during the weekend.
Looking ahead, Cornerstone plays two conference opponents this week. On Wednesday, the Golden Eagles will host Siena Heights at 5:30 p.m. CU will then travel to Detroit to take on WHAC newcomer, Marygrove College at 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.
The Saints from Siena Heights enter tomorrow's game holding a 2-4 overall record and 2-0 in conference play. On Saturday, the Saints edged Concordia in the final seconds, 89-87. Siena Heights, already looking to improve upon its 4-14 conference record from last year, is led by Ryan Hopson's 13.8 PPG and 5 RPG.
Marygrove enters the contest with a 0-7 overall record and a 0-2 conference record. The Mustangs are led by Darryl Foster's 9.7 points per game while Manny Washington has grabbed a season 6.7 average rebounds per game.
Cornerstone head coach Kim Elders is looking to get back on the winning track after a tough schedule last week.
"Last week was a very difficult week playing #11 Davenport, #7 Hope and a very good Calvin team," said Elders. "We didn't play well in the two games that we lost, being out rebounded by 10 and 13. We also shot the ball very poorly in those two games. In both of those two games we still had a chance in the end to pull out the victory, but came up short. We played a very good game against Hope on Friday night. This week we are back playing conference games. Both of these are important because we can't afford to have any more losses in conference. We have to regroup from last week and get better in a few areas to be able to go 2-0 this week."
Women's Basketball—The Cornerstone University women's basketball team fell to Davenport 69-39 last Tuesday, dropping the Golden Eagles to 4-3 overall record and 1-1 record in conference play. Robyn Veltkamp led the way for CU with 18 points against the nationally-ranked Panthers.
This week, Cornerstone will play two conference opponents on Wednesday and Saturday. Tomorrow the Golden Eagles will host Siena Heights at 7:30 p.m. and will travel to Detroit on Saturday to face Marygrove College at 1 p.m.
Siena Heights enters tomorrow's event with a 4-2 overall record and 1-1 conference record. This past weekend the Saints hosted the Siena Heights University Thanksgiving Classic, losing the championship game to St. Francis (Ind.), 73-70.
Head coach Katie Mattera knows the contest against Siena Heights will be difficult.
"We are coming off a tough loss to Davenport last week but we have been able to regroup after the long break. Siena Heights will be another big game for us this week as they recently beat Saint Francis who we struggled with during preseason, said Mattera."
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference newcomer, Marygrove, hosts Cornerstone on Saturday. Marygrove is currently 1-5 overall and 0-2 in conference play. The Mustangs' strength is offensive rebounding where their 16 per game is ranked 17th overall in NAIA Division II.
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