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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.