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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.
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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.
Cornerstone hit the road on this cold snowy day to play UM-Dearborn at Henry Ford Community College. The Golden Eagles opened up an 8-0 lead over the first 2:30 minutes of play. Katelyn Cousins scored 7 straight points in a minute period to push the Cornerstone lead to 21-11 with 11:07 left in the half. The Wolverines cut the lead to as low as 7 points (27-20) with 1:46 left in the half but the Golden Eagles responded to finish the half with a 31-20 lead at the half. Cornerstone would come out in the second half and gradually increased the lead through the first seven minutes of the second half. Emma Lockhart's two point basket at 12:22 gave Cornerstone a 45-24 lead and they ran the lead to as high as 30 points (62-32) with 4:32 left in the game. Cornerstone would go on to defeat UM-Dearborn 65-41 to improve to 5-2 in the WHAC and 8-4 overall
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The Golden Eagles dominated the Wolverines on the boards grabbing 29 more rebounds for a 57-28 advantage. Cornerstone also outscored UM-Dearborn 32-14 in the paint. Katelyn Cousins and Alyssa Van Ham led the Golden Eagles with 15 and 10 points respectively.
Cornerstone will host Crossroads League member Spring Arbor on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in their next game and then will travel to Bethel (IN) on the 20th before taking some time off around Christmas.
The Golden Eagles started kind of slow today against the Cougars from Kuyper. Cornerstone led from the beginning but they could not pull away from Kuyper for most of the first half. The Golden Eagles double up the Cougars 14-7 after 6:43 of play but Kuyper would not make it easy for Cornerstone. Cornerstone got the lead to 29-20 with 8:24 but Kuyper bounced right back with 7 points in a :48 second span to cut the lead to 29-27 with 7:21 on the clock. Cornerstone made a 10-4 run over the three minutes to push the lead to 39-31 advantage. The Golden Eagles pushed the lead to 51-34 with 1:36 and ended the half up 55-42 with Wes Hudson dropping in a couple of free throws with: 04 on the clock. The Golden Eagles came out red hot in the 2nd half of play with a 24-7 run over the first 5:15 of the period to push their lead to 83-53. Cornerstone continued to shoot well and extended the lead to 40 (99-59) with 8:05 left in the game. They would get the lead to as much as 47 (117-70) with 5:15 left in the game and would finish with a 130-85 victory over the Cougars. Seven players (Wes Hudson – 27, Alex Lyle – 18, Ben Lanning and Jake Plite – 16, Cory Cox – 15, Ty Mason – 13, and Travis Wells – 11) scored in double digits for Cornerstone tonight.
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The Golden Eagles shot 69% (29-42) in the second half of play to blow open the game. The Golden Eagles also out-rebounded the Cougars by a total of 56-27 including 19 offensive rebounds. Cornerstone outscored Kuyper 34-14 in the paint and scored 27 points off of Turnovers.
Cornerstone will go on the road to play UM-Dearborn on Thursday, Dec. 19th at 7:30 p.m.
Following a 2-0 week that included two conference wins last week, the Cornerstone women's basketball team received a conference weekly award. Sophomore Jill Hendrickson was honored the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week from games played Dec. 1-7. The announcement was made by the conference yesterday afternoon. The Ada, Mich., native also earned the award on Nov. 27.
Hendrickson's week was highlighted by back-to-back double doubles. The Golden Eagle recorded 19 points and 15 rebounds at Lawrence Tech on Dec. 4 as Cornerstone rolled to a 66-50 victory. On Saturday, Dec. 7, Hendrickson scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds when the Golden Eagles topped Madonna, 89-72. The sophomore has now recorded four double-doubles this season.
After the Week, Cornerstone improves to 7-4 overall and 4-2 in the WHAC as the Golden Eagles travel to Dearborn, Mich., on Dec. 14 with tip-off scheduled for 1 p.m.
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The Cornerstone men's basketball team hosted conference opponent, Madonna University, on Saturday afternoon. The game was Cornerstone's sixth WHAC game of the 2013-14 season. Last year, the two teams met twice with Madonna having their way in both. Today the Golden Eagles had revenge after taking a 15 point lead at the half en route to a 91-75 advantage for the home team. After the win, Cornerstone advances to 9-2 overall and 5-1 in WHAC play. Madonna falls to 7-5 overall and drop their first conference game of the season and hold a 5-1 conference record.
During the first half the Golden Eagles took the two point lead after Jake Plite scored in the paint off of a Madonna turnover. CU would pull ahead by seven at the 15 minute mark when Ben Lanning sunk a shot in the paint after grabbing his own rebound. Cornerstone would remain ahead throughout the half and would grab their largest lead of 17 after Ty Mason put in a layup after another Madonna turnover.
Wes Hudson would hit back-to-back three pointers to begin the second to put the Golden Eagles ahead by 21 points. Cornerstone would add to their lead and at the 7:11 mark they would tally their largest lead, 85-54, after back-to-back three's from Cory Cox and Anthony Allen. Madonna would slowly chip away at the lead but the Golden Eagles were too strong finishing the game, 91-75.
Cornerstone's Ben Lanning led all players with 26 points during the afternoon while Madonna's Bobby Naubert followed closely behind adding 22 points. For the game, the Golden Eagles shot 46.9% from the court while Madonna shot at a high percentage as well (40.6%). Anthony Allen dished out nine assists for CU while Jake Plite grabbed eight rebounds including five defensive and three offensive.
The Golden Eagles will take a break from conference competition and host non-conference opponent, Kuyper College, on Saturday, Dec. 14. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Mol Arena. Cornerstone holds a perfect 7-0 record against the Cougars with their recent win coming last year as they rolled to a dominant 109-66 win.