The Cornerstone women's basketball team hosted the Cougars from Spring Arbor University on Tuesday night for a non-conference game. With the help of senior Katelyn Cousin's career-high 33 points, the Golden Eagles would roll to a 76-61 victory. After the day, Cornerstone advances to 9-4 overall while Spring Arbor falls to 6-6 overall. The Golden Eagles now hold an 8-1 overall record over the Cougars with their lone loss coming on Nov. 13, 2007 in Spring Arbor. Jill Hendrickson recorded a double-double with 13 points and grabbing 18 rebounds. Ashley Niedermayer aided in the win with seven points and eight rebounds.
During the first half, the Golden Eagles found themselves behind five points with six minutes into the game. However, Cornerstone would go on a 9-0 run to pull ahead by four with 10 minutes until the half. The Cougars would chip away at the first half lead pulling within two points with just three minutes remaining but CU would again go on a strong run taking the 45-37 lead into the locker room. During the first half, Cornerstone would go 15-for-30 while dominating the glass with 25 rebounds compared to Spring Arbor's 11 rebounds. Cousins notched 18 points in the half while SAU's Carlie Newman added 14 points.
In the second, the Cougars would not go away easily and with 16:13 on the clock, the Cougars pulled within two (46-44). The Golden Eagles would go on another run taking a 13 point lead with nine minutes remaining in the game. CU looked to control the remainder of the game until Spring Arbor found themselves only four points behind with seven minutes left. However after another 9-0 run by the Golden Eagles, the women would cruise to a 15 point victory over their non-conference opponent.
KEY TEAM STATS
The Golden Eagles shot 44.8%% from the field while holding Spring Arbor to a 34.4 shooting percentage. However, the Cougars would go 11-for-18 from behind the arc. Cornerstone would dominate the boards out rebounding their opponent, 45-32. CU would also add 10 assists and nine steals.
The Golden Eagles will travel to Mishawaka, Ind., for another non-conference game against Bethel College. The game is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 20, with tip off at 7 p.m. The last time Cornerstone faced the Pilots was in 2011 after falling 56-52 to Bethel. Bethel holds the all-time record winning four out of seven against the Golden Eagles. On Friday night, Cornerstone will look to even the series between the two teams.