Site: Livonia, Mich. (Activities Center)
Score: No. 23 Cornerstone 84, Madonna 71
Records: MU (10-12; 8-7 WHAC), CU (16-6; 11-4 WHAC)
Next MU event: Saturday, Feb. 2 – at No. 2 Davenport – (Grand Rapids, Mich.) – 1 p.m.
LIVONIA, Mich. – The Madonna University women's basketball team went toe-to-toe with No. 23-ranked Cornerstone but came away on the short end of an 84-71 decision on Wednesday night (Jan. 29) in a Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference game at the Activities Center.
Junior Chelsea Williams (Livonia, Mich. / Franklin) led MU with 20 points to go along with six rebounds while freshman Lizzy Otten (Wyoming, Mich. / Grandville) added 17 points in the setback.
The two sides traded baskets early in the game before CU took a 10-point lead via an 11-0 run to lead 19-9, with 12:43 left in the opening half. The Cornerstone lead grew to as many as 16, 35-19, with 3:09 to play before MU began a run of its own.
The Crusaders run started with an old fashioned three-point play from Williams as she began a personal 9-0 run that featured a pair of 3-pointers that brought MU back within seven, 35-28. A pair of free throws by sophomore Dominique Mosby (Farmington Hills, Mich. / Mercy Catholic), a layup from classmate Molly Knoph (Livonia, Mich. / Stevenson) and two free throws from Williams brought MU back to within one, 35-34, at halftime.
MU continued its run into the second half as Otten knocked down a pair of free throws to complete the 17-0 run and give the home side a 36-35 lead with 17:06 to play in the game.
The lead changed hands three times in the next two-plus minutes until a 3-pointer from CU's Katelyn Cousins gave the Golden Eagles a 40-38 lead. With CU in front 45-43, with 13:15 left, the Golden Eagles went on an 18-3 run to take a 13-point lead, 59-46, with just over 10 minutes to play.
A triple from junior Rachel Melcher (Sterling Heights, Mich. / Marian Catholic) brought the CU run to an end and pulled MU within 10 with 9:55 left but the Crusaders could not get any closer the rest of the way was the Golden Eagles went on to lead by as many as 21 before taking away the 84-71 win.
Cousins led all players with 33 points on 11-of-16 shooting while Janea Trombley added 19 points and nine rebounds to go along with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds from Jill Hendrickson for the Golden Eagles.
The Crusaders head to Grand Rapids to take on No. 2-ranked Davenport on Saturday (Feb. 2) in the front half of a women's and men's doubleheader. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m.
Contact: Patrick Moore (734) 432-5834
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