The No. 23 Cornerstone women's basketball team bounced back after falling to No. 2 Davenport University on Saturday by beating the Madonna Crusaders on Wednesday night (84-71). The game between the two teams was the second meeting this season. On December 7, 2013, Cornerstone's Jill Hendrickson and Ashley Niederamyer both added double-doubles in the 17-point victory. Madonna falls to 10-12 overall and 8-7 in league play. Cornerstone improves to 16-6 overall and 11-4 in the conference – second in the WHAC conference standings.
In the first half, the two teams traded baskets throughout the first four minutes until the Golden Eagles went on a 15-3 run. Cornerstone would then jump out to their largest lead of the half with 3:09 on the clock after a pair of free throws by Jill Hendrickson (35-19). Madonna would not go away easily, cutting the lead to one in the final seconds before the half. Cornerstone would take the 35-34 halftime advantage. During the first, Cornerstone capitalized on 12 points off turnovers, seven second chance points and four fast break points.
The two teams remained scoreless in the second until Madonna's Lizzy Otten put the Crusaders ahead by one after converting two shots from behind the charity stripe after three minutes of play. Cornerstone would eventually get on the scoreboard in the second taking the lead with 16:41 on the clock. The Golden Eagles held a minimal lead until ten minutes remaining when they went up by double-digits. Cornerstone continued to play strong both offensively and defensively throughout the remainder of the game taking a 13 point victory.
In the second period, Cornerstone dominated the paint capitalizing on 22 points compared to the Crusaders' minimal six points. Madonna held the 17-2 advantage in bench points. Senior Katelyn Cousins led all-players with 33 points while three other Golden Eagles scored in double-digits. Jill Hendrickson mirrored her performance from last meeting with the Crusaders, recording a double-double (10 rebounds and 11 points).
The No. 23 Golden Eagles will continue conference games as they host the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Saturday, February 1. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Cornerstone holds a overall 17-1 record against the Wolves.