The Cornerstone women's basketball team hosted the No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats for a non-conference game on Saturday afternoon. Since 2005 Cornerstone is 1-8 overall against the Wildcats. Last year the two teams met on Nov. 13 with Indiana Wesleyan taking the 60-35 victory. The Wildcats would take the 47-66 victory again Saturday afternoon.
After the first media timeout the Golden Eagles trailed 10-7 to the Wildcats. The Wildcats began to push away 21-13 as Cornerstone was forced to call a timeout to stop the momentum with ten minutes remaining in the first half. After a hard drive by senior Janae Trombley who dished it off to Jill Steenwyk for an easy layup, CU would chip away at the lead. However, with four minutes remaining the Golden Eagles trailed 35-18. Two minutes later CU cut the lead again after Trombley drove the lane, made the basket, and was fouled. The senior was unable to convert the free throw as the Wildcats held the 35-20 advantage. However, the Golden Eagles would go into the locker room down 39-22.
During the first half, the Golden Eagles shot 30.8% from the field as the Wildcats had a dominant 50 percent shooting percentage. Indiana Wesleyan went five-for-eight from behind the arc to aid in their lead. Jill Steenwyk led all CU players with seven points in the first while the sophomore grabbed six rebounds. IWU's Emma Stahl led all players in the first with 17 points. Cornerstone was able to force six turnovers while turning the ball over five times.
The Wildcats continued their strong three-point shooting to begin the second half making back-to-back three pointers. After another easy layup for IWU, Head Coach Katie Mattera was forced to call an early timeout as CU trailed 47-22. Indiana Wesleyan would maintain momentum throughout the remainder of the game to take the victory.
KEY TEAM STATS
The Golden Eagles shot 32.1% from the field compared to the Wildcats shooting 47.1% during the day. Cornerstone grabbed a team total 33 rebounds compared to IWU's 42 rebounds. The Golden Eagles also added nine assists and forced 20 turnovers. Tanner Hostetler led all CU players with 11 points while Jill Steenwyk added the team high seven rebounds.
The Golden Eagles will return to conference action on Wednesday, Nov. 4, when they travel to Southfield, Mich. The WHAC game will face Lawrence Tech and Cornerstone with tip off beginning at 5:30 p.m. Last year Cornerstone took both contests winning by slim margin of three points at Lawrence Tech on Jan. 28, 2013.