Entering the WHAC first round game, No. 24 Cornerstone and Concordia had squared off twice before Thursday night's contest. The teams split the two as both teams won at home. Tonight's game looked to be a tough match up for the Golden Eagles.
With just a one point lead at the half, Cornerstone was in for a battle in the second. With several lead changes in the second, Cornerstone used a strong run in the final few minutes to take the 66-57 victory advancing to the WHAC semi-final game. The game will be played at Cornerstone on Saturday at 1 p.m. They will host the number three seed Siena Heights.
In the first, Concordia took an early six point lead with six minutes into the game. The Golden Eagles were forced to come from behind. Going on a 13-6 run, Cornerstone was eventually able to take a one-point lead after Katelyn Cousins converted from the charity stripe. The Golden Eagles would ride the lead for the remaining 10 minutes grabbing their largest lead of six with just two minutes remaining. Concordia wouldn't go away easily going on a 7-2 run cutting the Cornerstone lead to only one heading into the locker room.
The two WHAC All-Conference players, Katelyn Cousins and Jill Hendrickson, made a big impression in the first for the Golden Eagles. Katelyn Cousins led the Golden Eagles with 14 points while Jill Hendrickson added 12 points and 7 rebounds. As a team, Cornerstone added eight steals, four assists but were outrebounded 20-16. Concordia shot 56.5 percent from the field led by WHAC Player of the Year Brooke Adams' 20 points going 8-for-14.
Both teams were held scoreless for the first four minutes until Jill Hendrickson was sent to the line. The sophomore converted the pair pushing the Golden Eagles ahead, 38-35. Concordia clawed their way back taking a one point lead again with 12:49 on the clock. Putting on the pressure, Cornerstone would take a 53-48 lead with just six minutes left in the game however Concordia again would pull within one forcing head coach Katie Mattera to call a timeout. Looking like the game was headed down to the wire; Cornerstone held a four point advantage with just 1:15 remaining but CU was too strong taking the nine-point win.
Katelyn Cousins led the Golden Eagles with 24 points while Hendrickson added another double-double (19pts & 15rbs). As a team, Cornerstone added two blocks, 10 steals, eight assists and 37 rebounds while shooting 32.8% from the field but going 14-for-17 from the free throw line.
The Golden Eagles will continue the WHAC tournament on Saturday for the semi-final game against Siena Heights. The game will take place at Cornerstone with a 1 p.m. tip off.