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Katelyn Cousins and Jill Hendrickson were both selected as NAIA Division II All-Americans for 2013-14. Cousins led the Golden Eagles in scoring (19.1 points per game) which ranks her 19th in the nation. She also ranked 17th in total scoring (592 points) this season. Cousins also broke into the 1000 point club this season and finished her career with a total of 1011 points in her three seasons at Cornerstone. Hendrickson averaged a double double this season (14.5 points and 11 rebounds per game). Hendrickson ranked 3rd in Total Rebounds (341), 5th in Rebounds per game (11.0), and 9th in Defensive Rebounds per game (7.38) in the NAIA Division II.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Davenport University will serve as the 2014 host to the Champions of Character College All-Star Games on March 26 at the Student Center. The games will take play at 6 p.m. for the ladies and 7:30 p.m. for the men.
Davenport's women's coach Mike Williams will join Aquinas head coach Linda Nash as one set of coaches and they will take on a team headed up by Olivet College head coach Nicole Burford. On the men's side, Cornerstone's Kim Elder will lead one team and Davenport's coach Burt Paddock will lead the other team.
The first players to take the court will be the women's college all stars on March 26 at 6 p.m., followed by the men's game at 7:30 p.m.
Here are the players selected for the women's teams:
Taelor Sanders, 5-8, Dewitt
Marisa Marx, 5-5, Warren Woods
Lindsey Karpowicz, 6-0, Grandville
* Jenna Brower, 5-9, Hopkins (injured)
Taylor Johnson, 5-11 Belding
Niki De Guilo, 5-8 Mt. Vernon (OH)
Alison Bouman, 6-4, Calvin Christian/Wayne St.
Alex Merz, 5-9, Grand Haven
Jessica Jelsema, 5-8, Hudsonville Unity Christian
Sarah DeShone, 5-7, Jimtown (IN)
GRAND VALLEY STATE
Dani Crandall, 5-9, Eaton Rapids
Anna Kaufman, 5-8, Davenport Central
Kelsey Masserant, 5-11, Novi
* Raven Trammel, 5-4, West Ottawa (injured)
Kelsey Campbell, 5-6, Olivet HS
Chelsea Ciba, 5-7, Olivet HS
Kylie McKay, 5-9, Rockford
Here are the players for the men's game
Isiah Law, 6-5, Grand Haven
Kolin Kazen, 6-4, Saugatuck
Austin Semple, 6-6, Zeeland West
John Schaffer, 6-0, Mott HS
Mike Betcher, 6-9, Schoolcraft
Jon Prins, 6-5, Rockford
JaVontae Ford, 6-3, FH Northern
DeArmond Davis, 6-7, Mt. Vernon (Ind)
*Brendan Cooper, 6-5, Gabrial Richard - Alternate
Raymoan McAfee, 6-7, Detroit Pershing
University of Detroit/Mercy
Evan Bruinsma, 6-8, Western Michigan Christian
Nick Mascarro, 5-11, Tri Unity Christian
Nick VanLoo, 6-0, Hudsonville
GRAND VALLEY STATE
Rob Woodson, 5-11, Inkster
Nate VanArendonk, 6-10, Grand Haven
Caleb Byers, 6-5, Allegan
*Grant Neil, 6-3, West Ottawa - Alternate
LAKE SUPERIOR STATE
Cameron Metz, 6-6, Northpointe Christian
Travis Schuba, 6-0, Kalkaska
Bobby Naubert, 5-11, Livonia
ESPN 96.1 FM will have the men's game live on the radio while Davenport Sports Information will provide live stats and live video on the Davenport Athletics Network with Aaron Sagraves on the play by play call.
Tickets are $5 per person or $15 for families, with money raised going to the "Champions of Character Lecturing Initiative." A goal to raise between $5,000 and $7,500 has been set by the sports marketing departments at Davenport and Cornerstone to help this initiative that promotes respect, integrity, responsibility, leadership and sportsmanship to every player, coach, referee, parent and spectator at OK Conference schools.
It was a tale of two halves for the Cornerstone women's basketball team as they fell to Mayville State University in the opening round of the NAIA Division II National Tournament by a score of 86-82 on Thursday.
The Golden Eagles came out of the gate on fire scoring the first eight points of the contest. The 8-0 run all came from the paint with four of the points off the hand of Jill Hendrickson on two free throws and a bucket. The momentum continued as the CU women increased their lead to 26-4 on a three-point basket and put back on back-to-back possessions by Taylor Dean with 12:37 to go in the half. The Comets then began to chip away and the Golden Eagles led at the break by only 10, 41-31. CU's last point in the first half came at the 3:54 mark as the Comets slowed down the tempo and Golden Eagles finished their last seven possessions without a field goal. MSU's energy to close out the first half continued into the final stanza.
Cornerstone's balanced scoring, outside shooting, and fast tempo gave them the edge in the first half. Sever players were in the scoring column with Kate Cousins leading the attack with 11 points. The Golden Eagles knocked down five three-pointers and shot 42% from beyond the arc in the opening 20 minutes; 17% better than their season average from three-point range. Defensively, they held MSU to a chilling 20% from beyond the arc, a team that averaged 38% on the regular season.
In the second half, the Golden Eagles saw their lead quickly dissolve as the Comets took their first lead of the game (46-45) with 14:34 left on the clock. Over the next three minutes, there were six leads changes on baskets and answers by both teams. Jill Steenwyk contributed five points in the span on a three-pointer and put back. Cornerstone's basket with 13:11 remaining on a drive by Cousins put the Golden Eagles up 52-51; this would be the last lead of the game for CU.
Mayville State grew their lead to as many as 10 points with 7:21 remaining in the game. The Golden Eagles continued to fight and got back within in four (72-68) on a stolen inbounds pass by Tanner Hostetler which led to a lay-up and a free throw by Janae Trombley. After another run by the Comets and the CU women found themselves in their biggest deficit of the night as they were down by 11 with 1:45 to go in the game.
Cornerstone continued to claw their way back with three-pointers by Hostetler and Cousins on the two of the next three possessions to pull them within five (79-84) with 45 seconds on the clock. With 6 seconds remaining, Hendrickson converted a basket and was fouled on the shot. Her ensuing made free throw put CU within three. Cornerstone quickly fouled, but Mayville State converted one of two free throws to go up by four and secure the win 86-82.
The Golden Eagles finished the game with five players in double figures. Jill Steenwyk led the attack with a career high 17 points followed by Cousins (16), Hendrickson (14), Dean (11), and Hostetler (10) all in double digits. Trombley and Ashley Neidermayer each added seven points. Jill Hendrickson finished the game with another double-double as she collected 18 rebounds. Cousins and Hendrickson each dished out three assists while Hostetler grabbed two steals.
No. 24 ranked Cornerstone (22-9, 16-6 WHAC) will begin its 9th NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship appearance Thursday at 11:15 a.m. (EST), when the Golden Eagles square off with No. 11 ranked Mayville State University (22-3, 7-1 North Star) at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa. Thursday's winner will meet either No. 2 seed St. Xavier Ill. or No. 7 seed College of the Ozarks in the second round, Friday 1:00 p.m. (EST).
Location: Mayville, North Dakota
Record: 22-3 overall and 7-1 in the North Star Athletic Association (regular and tournament champions)
2nd straight NAIA National Tournament Appearance
Key Players: Hailey Longtin 15.7 PPG (ranks 16th in DII in 3-pt made per game (2.615) Marcisa McMillan 9.20 RPG 15.2 PPG
Streak: 5 wins
Notable wins: Beat #3 University of Jamestown in Conference Championship
Last Year: Lost in the first round to Northwestern (Iowa), 66-92.
A Look Back
Cornerstone finished the season ranked 24th in NAIA DII but fell in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference semifinals to No. 16 Siena Heights. However, the Golden Eagles were able to grab the ninth at-large bid boosting them to the tournament. The 23rd annual NAIA DII Women's Basketball Championship will be the ninth appearance for Cornerstone. The Golden Eagles are 9-8 overall in the tournament highlighted by their deep run in 2002 finishing as national runner-up. This will be head coach Katie Mattera's first year appearance in Sioux City.