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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.
(Grand Rapids, Mich.) The Annual Q Elite Half Marathon doesn't have much to offer. It's a no frills, bare bones, nothing fancy, no awards or T-shirts, out and back, accurate, flat and fast course. Nearly everyone who enters in only looking for one thing: to run under the NAIA national qualifying times of 1:12:00 (automatic) and 1:14:00 (provisional) for men and 1:30:00 (automatic) and 1:32:00 (provisional) for women.
Held the first Saturday in December, the race offers athletes coming off the cross country season the opportunity to capitalize on their long distance fitness before taking a break going into the indoor Track & Field season. While the course is ideal, the conditions were not. At race time the temperature stood at eighteen degrees with the wind chill in single digits.
Cornerstone entered five women, three whom qualified last year. As if the brutal conditions weren't enough, the 2014 standards, released two weeks ago were one minute faster. CU's top finisher here last year 2013 graduate, Julia Contreras, trained specifically for the event to pace her former teammates. Her efforts paid off as she led CallyAnne Wyma (1:29:33) to a nine second PR and Sydney Tremaine (1:29:35) to an automatic qualifying debut. Erin Laplander (1:30:40) improved her best time by 1:39 and Leah Shepherd (1:30:51) took 1:40 off her previous best, bother well under the NAIA provisional standard. Kayla Ovokaitys finished her first attempt at the half marathon distance in 1:37:53.
Becca Lamb of Indiana Tech broke the course record. Her time of 1:25:57 bettered the mark of 1:28:01 by Trisha Nelson of Bethel set in 2012.
The Cornerstone women's basketball team hosted the (RV) Madonna Crusaders on Saturday afternoon for sixth Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference game of the season. After keeping the Crusaders scoreless through the first 12 minutes of play, the Golden Eagles would roll to a 89-72 victory. After the day, Cornerstone advances to 7-4 overall and 4-2 during WHAC play. Madonna falls to 5-5 overall and 4-2 in conference play. Jill Hendrickson and Ashley Niedermayer both recorded a double-double on the day. Hendrickson had 20 points and 15 rebounds while Niedermayer added 10 points and 13 rebounds. Four other Golden Eagles were able to notch double digits in the point category.
During the first half, Cornerstone would play strong on both sides of the court going on a 21-0 run in the first 12 minutes. The Crusaders would eventually get on the board after a defensive foul put Madonna's Rachel Melcher to the free throw line. Madonna would go on a bit of a run to pull within seven, 27-20, as the clock read 3:22. The Golden Eagles would extend the lead en route to a 40-24 score at the half. The second half was once again dominated by CU led by Hendrickson's 13 points in the half.
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The Golden Eagles shot 42.9% from the field while holding Madonna to a 36.5 shooting percentage. Cornerstone would dominate the boards out rebounding their opponent, 66-33. CU would also add 20 assists and 11 steals.
The Golden Eagles will travel to Dearborn, Mich., to face the Wolverines from UM-Dearborn. The game is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. Last year the two teams faced twice as each team was able to take a victory on the road. Cornerstone is 16-1 overall against the Wolverines.
(Allendale, Mich.) The Cornerstone University Men's Track & Field team opened the 2013-2014 season with two freshman records and a school record the Grand Valley State Early Bird meet.
Ross Raymond ended the 2013 outdoor campaign breaking the school record in the shot put. In his first event of the new school year he added nearly four feet to his indoor school record. Raymond's 49' 4.25" toss erased his old mark of 45' 7.25" and placed second. Gabe Turner opened his collegiate career with a freshman record in the shot put. His mark of 45' 2.5" added over a foot to the old record of 43' 11.75" set by Raymond in 2012.
William Russell also had a great debut. The freshman from Ontario, Canada won the 400 meters in 49.19, bettering the CU freshman record of 49.49 set by Zach Yeo in 2010. The time was also under the NAIA provision qualifying standard.
Logan Norton won the pole vault, clearing 13' 11.25".
The 5,000 meters proved to be one of the most exciting events of the evening as CU alum, Zach Ripley won in 14:17.68. CU seniors, Jared Courtright (14:47.66) and Cody Risch, (14:03.53) running unattached while waiting to use their last seasons of outdoor eligibility, took third and tenth.