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The Golden Eagles remained the 24th ranked team in the NAIA and they will play the 11th ranked Mayville State Comets from North Dakota on Thursday, March 13th at 11:15 am EST. The Comets are the North Star Athletic Conference Champion. They defeated #3 Jamestown (82-73) to win their tournament. They split with Jamestown during the season. Click here for the full bracket.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is excited to announce that the 32-team pairings in the Division II Men's and Women's Basketball National Championships will be officially announced with a live and free video-stream selection show on March 5, with the women's segment at 7 p.m. CST and the men's at 8 p.m. There will be commentary and analysis during the show. The video will appear on NAIA.org roughly five minutes prior to the start of the show.
The Golden Eagles started out a little slow today in their game against Siena Heights. The Saints got out to a 6-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game. Cornerstone would not score their 6th point until mid-way through the first half. Katelyn Cousins scored 4 of the first 6 points for Cornerstone. The Saints had a 14-6 lead with 10:12 left in the half and then they hit a dry spell over the next four minutes and Cornerstone pulled to within 4 points (14-10) with 7:25 on the clock. The Saints made a 9-2 run over the next three and a half minutes to take their largest lead (23-12) of the half with 3:53 remaining. Cornerstone cut the lead to 6 points on a Janae Trombley basket with 1:08 on the clock and had another chance to cut it to 4 but missed their shot and Siena Heights scored at the clock wound down to take a 28-20 lead into the lockeroom at the half. Katelyn Cousins scored 12 points to lead all scorers at the half. Neither team shot well from beyond the arc in the first half. Cornerstone made 1 of 10 and Siena Heights went 0 for 5 from that distance. Cornerstone made the first basket of the second half and cut the lead to 6 but the Saints made a 15-8 run over the next five and a half minutes to go up 43-30 with 12:53 left in the half. The Golden Eagles battled back with an 11-2 run to get themselves back into the game at 45-41. They had a couple of opportunities to get it to 2 points but couldn't convert until 7:08 on the clock. Ashley Niedermayer made a basket to cut the lead to 48-47 and got fouled but missed the foul shot. Siena Heights pushed the lead back to 4 (53-49) with 4:48 on the clock. Katelyn Cousins cut it to 53-51 at 4:07 and then tied the game at 53-53 with two foul shots at 2:23 but the Golden Eagles couldn't quite get over the hump and Siena Heights was a perfect 12 for 12 down the stretch as they held off the Golden Eagles for a 67-58 win. Katelyn Cousins led the Golden Eagles with 23 points. That puts her over the 1000 point mark in her career which includes her first year that she played at Davenport. Siena Heights advances to the WHAC final and gain 1 of 2 automatic berths for the WHAC because they will face Davenport in the final so both teams will gain automatics. Cornerstone is now 22-9 overall and they will have to wait to see if they earn an at-large berth to the NAIA Tournament in Sioux City, Ia.
KEY TEAM STATS
Cornerstone shot only 21.2% in the first half compared to Siena Height's 44%. Cornerstone shot much better (43.3%) in the second half but Siena Heights made (50%) of their shots but a key for them was that they drained 16 of 17 from the foul line and 12 of 12 when Cornerstone was fouling and trying to get back in the game.
The Golden Eagles will have to sit and wait to see if they get one of the at-large berths to the NAIA Tournament.
Entering the WHAC first round game, No. 24 Cornerstone and Concordia had squared off twice before Thursday night's contest. The teams split the two as both teams won at home. Tonight's game looked to be a tough match up for the Golden Eagles.
With just a one point lead at the half, Cornerstone was in for a battle in the second. With several lead changes in the second, Cornerstone used a strong run in the final few minutes to take the 66-57 victory advancing to the WHAC semi-final game. The game will be played at Cornerstone on Saturday at 1 p.m. They will host the number three seed Siena Heights.
In the first, Concordia took an early six point lead with six minutes into the game. The Golden Eagles were forced to come from behind. Going on a 13-6 run, Cornerstone was eventually able to take a one-point lead after Katelyn Cousins converted from the charity stripe. The Golden Eagles would ride the lead for the remaining 10 minutes grabbing their largest lead of six with just two minutes remaining. Concordia wouldn't go away easily going on a 7-2 run cutting the Cornerstone lead to only one heading into the locker room.
The two WHAC All-Conference players, Katelyn Cousins and Jill Hendrickson, made a big impression in the first for the Golden Eagles. Katelyn Cousins led the Golden Eagles with 14 points while Jill Hendrickson added 12 points and 7 rebounds. As a team, Cornerstone added eight steals, four assists but were outrebounded 20-16. Concordia shot 56.5 percent from the field led by WHAC Player of the Year Brooke Adams' 20 points going 8-for-14.
Both teams were held scoreless for the first four minutes until Jill Hendrickson was sent to the line. The sophomore converted the pair pushing the Golden Eagles ahead, 38-35. Concordia clawed their way back taking a one point lead again with 12:49 on the clock. Putting on the pressure, Cornerstone would take a 53-48 lead with just six minutes left in the game however Concordia again would pull within one forcing head coach Katie Mattera to call a timeout. Looking like the game was headed down to the wire; Cornerstone held a four point advantage with just 1:15 remaining but CU was too strong taking the nine-point win.
Katelyn Cousins led the Golden Eagles with 24 points while Hendrickson added another double-double (19pts & 15rbs). As a team, Cornerstone added two blocks, 10 steals, eight assists and 37 rebounds while shooting 32.8% from the field but going 14-for-17 from the free throw line.
The Golden Eagles will continue the WHAC tournament on Saturday for the semi-final game against Siena Heights. The game will take place at Cornerstone with a 1 p.m. tip off.
As the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference regular-season came to a close last weekend and as the conference tournament begins Thursday, Feb. 27, the announcement was made earlier this afternoon for the 2013-14 conference Women's Basketball Awards.
Senior Katelyn Cousins and sophomore Jill Hendrickson represent the Golden Eagles on the WHAC All-Conference First Team. Cousins averaged 18.9 points, 1.9 steals, 2.9 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game this season. The Ada native scored her career high 35 points during senior day on Saturday, Feb. 22. Meanwhile, Hendrickson averaged 14.6 PPG and 8.2 RPG and recording 15 double-doubles this season. Hendrickson was also named to the WHAC All-Defensive Team.
Named to the All-Academic Team were Cornerstone's Tanner Hostetler, Olivia Jewett, Kirsten Kamphuis, Ashley Niedermayer and Janae Trombley. Sophomore Hostetler was also named to the Champions of Character Team.
The Golden Eagles finished 21-8 overall during head coach Katie Mattera's second season highlighted by finishing second in the WHAC regular-season going 16-6 in the WHAC. The conference tournament begins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. as the Golden Eagles host Concordia University during the first round.
To view all 2013-14 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Award Winners and full WHAC release, CLICK HERE.