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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 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.
KEY TEAM STATS
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.
Cornerstone got back to WHAC play tonight as they travelled down to Southfield to take on the Blue Devils of Lawrence Tech. The host got off to a quick start making baskets on their first three possessions to take a 6-1 lead. The Golden Eagles responded with a 9-4 run to tie the score at 10-10 with 14:35 on the clock. Cornerstone then made an 11-6 run over the next 5 ½ minutes to take a 21-15 lead but the Blue Devils would make a run to finish the half with a 30-26 lead at the half. The Golden Eagles would open the second half with a 11-7 run to tie the score at 37-37 with 14:31 on the clock. Cornerstone turned up the pressure and outscored Lawrence Tech 14-1 over the next six minutes to take a 51-38 lead with 8:22 on the clock. The Blue Devils would get the lead down to 10 (48-58) with 4:26 left in the game but that would be as close as they would get and Cornerstone would go on to defeat Lawrence Tech 66-50 to improve to 3-2 in WHAC play and 6-4 overall. Katelyn Cousins led all players with 23 points while Jill Hendrickson followed closely behind adding 19 for CU. Hendrickson also grabbed 15 rebounds for the Golden Eagles while Jill Steenwyk added three blocks on the night.
KEY TEAM STATS
The Golden Eagles shot 39% from the field compared to the Blue Devils shooting 35.3% during the game. Cornerstone was able to force 20 turnovers while grabbing 42 rebounds compared to their opponent's 34 total rebounds. The Golden Eagles also added nine assists, 13 steals and seven blocks.
The Golden Eagles will host another conference game on Saturday afternoon at Mol Arena. The Madonna Crusaders (RV) will face Cornerstone for a 1 p.m. tip off. Last year the two teams faced three times with the Crusaders ending the Golden Eagles' season in the WHAC Quarterfinal.
The Cornerstone women's basketball team hosted the No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats for a non-conference game on Saturday afternoon. Since 2005 Cornerstone is 1-8 overall against the Wildcats. Last year the two teams met on Nov. 13 with Indiana Wesleyan taking the 60-35 victory. The Wildcats would take the 47-66 victory again Saturday afternoon.
After the first media timeout the Golden Eagles trailed 10-7 to the Wildcats. The Wildcats began to push away 21-13 as Cornerstone was forced to call a timeout to stop the momentum with ten minutes remaining in the first half. After a hard drive by senior Janae Trombley who dished it off to Jill Steenwyk for an easy layup, CU would chip away at the lead. However, with four minutes remaining the Golden Eagles trailed 35-18. Two minutes later CU cut the lead again after Trombley drove the lane, made the basket, and was fouled. The senior was unable to convert the free throw as the Wildcats held the 35-20 advantage. However, the Golden Eagles would go into the locker room down 39-22.
During the first half, the Golden Eagles shot 30.8% from the field as the Wildcats had a dominant 50 percent shooting percentage. Indiana Wesleyan went five-for-eight from behind the arc to aid in their lead. Jill Steenwyk led all CU players with seven points in the first while the sophomore grabbed six rebounds. IWU's Emma Stahl led all players in the first with 17 points. Cornerstone was able to force six turnovers while turning the ball over five times.
The Wildcats continued their strong three-point shooting to begin the second half making back-to-back three pointers. After another easy layup for IWU, Head Coach Katie Mattera was forced to call an early timeout as CU trailed 47-22. Indiana Wesleyan would maintain momentum throughout the remainder of the game to take the victory.
KEY TEAM STATS
The Golden Eagles shot 32.1% from the field compared to the Wildcats shooting 47.1% during the day. Cornerstone grabbed a team total 33 rebounds compared to IWU's 42 rebounds. The Golden Eagles also added nine assists and forced 20 turnovers. Tanner Hostetler led all CU players with 11 points while Jill Steenwyk added the team high seven rebounds.
The Golden Eagles will return to conference action on Wednesday, Nov. 4, when they travel to Southfield, Mich. The WHAC game will face Lawrence Tech and Cornerstone with tip off beginning at 5:30 p.m. Last year Cornerstone took both contests winning by slim margin of three points at Lawrence Tech on Jan. 28, 2013.
Cornerstone entered the game with a 5-2 record while Calvin came in undefeated at 4-0. Calvin scored a 3-pointer to open the game but Ben Lanning matched that to tie the score at 3-3. Calvin then made a basket that was matched by Jake Plite. That would be Calvin's last lead of the game. Plite scored again to put the Golden Eagles up for good. The score would remain fairly close (16-14) through 12:10 on the clock and then Cornerstone went on an 8-0 run to go up 24-14 with 9:28 left in the half. The Golden Eagles kept the margin close to 10 through the last couple of minutes but Wes Hudson hit a 3-pointer and Cory Cox made a basket as time ran out to give Cornerstone a 15 point (48-33) advantage at the half. The Golden Eagles would keep a double digit lead for the whole second half. Cornerstone would push the lead to 18 on a couple of occasions through the first two and a half minutes of the second half but the Knights responded and cut the lead back to 12 points four different times over the next five minutes of play. Cornerstone would then build the lead to as much as 21 points (83-62) with 3:12 on the clock and would finish with an 85-66 win over Calvin. Wes Hudson and Ben Lanning led the Golden Eagles with 25 and 20 points respectively.
KEY TEAM STATS
The Golden Eagles shot 49.2% compared to the Knights 38.9% from the field for the game. Cornerstone made 7-14 from long range in the first half but went cold (1-9) in the second half for a total of 34.8% for the game. Calvin made only 3-16 from the 3-point line. The Golden Eagles also made 19-23 from the foul line while the Knights made 21 of 35 from the charity stripe.
Cornerstone will play Hope in the second game of the Grand Rapids Hall of Fame Tournament at Calvin at 6:00 p.m. Hope defeated Aquinas 69-67 in their game.