Cornerstone University 56 Aquinas College 57
Grand Rapids, Mich. (Cornerstone)
Cornerstone - Melissa Veltkamp (22 points)
Aquinas - Allison Heberlein (16 points)
Cornerstone - Samantha Flietstra (12 rebounds)
Aquinas - Taelor Sanders (9 rebounds)
Cornerstone - Melissa Veltkamp (4 assists)
Aquinas - Taelor Sanders (4 assists)
KEY TEAM STATS
Both teams had very similar shooting stats. Aquinas shot 35.9% (23-64) while Cornerstone shot 34.4% (21-61) from the field. Aquinas made 4-15 (26.7%) and Cornerstone sank 4-17 (23.5%) from beyond the arc. Aquinas made 63.6% (7-11) and Cornerstone made 66.7% (10-15) from the foul line. Both team had 42 rebounds on the night.
Neither team started out shooting that well tonight but the Saints did outscore the Golden Eagles 13-5 in the 8:47 of the game. Cornerstone would respond a 14-2 run over the next eight minutes to take a 19:15 lead with 3:09 left in the half. The Golden Eagles extended their lead down the stretch and went into the locker room up 24-17 when Melissa Veltkamp drained 30-footer at the buzzer. The Golden Eagles pushed the lead to 8 (33-25) with 15:03 left in the half but that would be their largest lead of the day. Aquinas gradually cut into the lead and tied the game at 42-42 with 9:18 left in the game. The game would be tied four more times after that with Aquinas tying it at 56-56 on a layup by Taelor Sanders with :25 seconds remaining. Sanders was fouled on the shot and made the free throw to take a 57-56 lead. Cornerstone came down court and called a time out. The Golden Eagles missed a shot and then got possession of the ball when it went off an Aquinas player with about :05 seconds remaining. Cornerstone in bounded the ball and then turned it over and the clock ran out on the Golden Eagles.
The Golden Eagles will host Lourdes College on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. as part of a double header with the men's team.