The No. 23 Cornerstone women's basketball team hosted conference foe, UM-Dearborn, on Saturday afternoon. The matchup was the second meeting this year after the Golden Eagles rolled to a 65-43 victory in December led by 15 points for Katelyn Cousins and Ashley Niedermayer's 8 rebounds. Today Cornerstone used a 11-point halftime advantage to take a 72-47 victory. Dearborn falls to 3-19 overall and 2-14 in league play. Cornerstone improves to 17-6 overall and 12-4 in the conference – second in the WHAC conference standings.
The Golden Eagles controlled from the very beginning after Jill Hendrickson won the opening tipoff and Janae Trombley put Cornerstone on the board with an easy layup. The UM-Dearborn Wolverines would eventually get on the scoreboard after four minutes of play. CU would play out the first half holding the lead rolling to a 33-22 halftime advantage. During the first, the Golden Eagles shot 43.3% from the field while holding the Wolverines to a low 26.9 shooting percentage. Jill Hendrickson led all players at the half with 11 points while the center also grabbed seven rebounds. As a team, Cornerstone added eight steals, five assists and 19 total rebounds.
Cornerstone continued strong offensive play after Jill Hendrickson sunk a basket from the right block 30 seconds into the second. The Wolverines were able to cut the lead to nine with 16 minutes remaining but the Golden Eagles were too strong riding the 25 point victory. Hendrickson recorded a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Katelyn Cousins followed closely behind adding 20 points.
The No. 23 Golden Eagles will travel to (RV) Aquinas College for an important conference game on Wednesday, February 5. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. Cornerstone holds an overall 13-6 record against their rivals.