GAME 19: MARYGROVE (2-16; 0-11 WHAC) vs. #RV CORNERSTONE (13-5; 8-3 WHAC)
Saturday, January 18 | 1 p.m.
Northwest Activities Center | Detroit, Mich.
Live Stats: Mustang Sports Network – marygrovemustangs.com/live
Live Audio: Mustang Sports Network – marygrovemustangs.com/live (Jeremy Otto, play-by-play)
Marygrove Women's Basketball – Game 19
GAME PREVIEW & NOTES
The Mustangs are 0-6 all-time against the Golden Eagles of Cornerstone University (CU) in a series that dates back to the 2003-04 campaign. Since joining the WHAC in 2012, Marygrove is 0-3 in their meetings with the Golden Eagles, including an 85-55 loss in Grand Rapids earlier this season. Today's WHAC tilt will only be the second time the Mustangs have hosted CU in seven total meetings. Marygrove lost at home last season to CU, 64-40.
THE LAST TIME THEY MET
Cornerstone hosted Marygrove on Nov. 23 in Grand Rapids winning, 85-55. As a team, the Mustangs were outrebounded 51-30 in a game where the Golden Eagles attacked the paint with the inside presence of Jill Hendrickson. The 6-2 sophomore center went 7-of-9 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line to tally a game-high 19 points. Hendrickson and teammate Ashley Niedermayer combined for 12 rebounds to keep the Mustangs at bay.
GREAT FIRST HALF AGAIN
In their previous outing, the Mustangs frustrated NAIA No. 4 and WHAC leader, Davenport University, over the first 20 minutes of play. The upset-minded Mustangs went into the locker room down eight, 43-35, to last year's NAIA National Champion Runner-up after forcing the Panthers into 11 first half turnovers. On Saturday (Jan. 11), the Mustangs went up 18-2 early over UNOH before stumbling late. The Mustangs will look for another fast start against CU and aim to sustain it over 40 minutes of play.
A LOOK AT CORNERSTONE
Cornerstone has enjoyed success in the WHAC under second year head coach Katie Mattera -- a former member of the WNBA's Detroit Shock. This season, Mattera has led CU to an 8-3 conference mark and is responsible for the lone blemish on Davenport's season (17-1). The Golden Eagles enter Saturday's game receiving votes in the latest NAIA Top-25 Coaches Poll.
NAIA TOP 50 RANKINGS
As of Jan. 16, the Mustangs own three NAIA Division II Top-50 season rankings according to the association's official statistics website. The Mustangs are ranked 21st in offensive rebounds per game (15.3), 29th in total steals (177), and 38th in steals per game (9.8). The near 10 swipes per game mark is third in the WHAC (DU, 14.5; CU 10.1).
DISHING OUT RECORDS
In a little under two seasons donning the Green & Gold, senior guard Ciara Moore is quickly climbing her way to the top of Marygrove's all-time assists category. With 137 career assists, Moore stands alone in third place all-time after dishing out six helpers in a recent loss to UNOH. The six-assist game allowed Moore to surpass former Mustang Amanda DeGain for third all-time in the record books. Maria Martin is the program's all-time leader with 171 career assists. Tiffany Burt is second with 166 assists. Both Burt and Martin accumulated their hefty totals in two seasons.
"Our game at Davenport showed just how well this team can play when playing together," said Covington. "For the second game in a row, we came out on fire and proved we can compete with anyone in the WHAC. The fast starts are great, but we have to find a way to sustain that effort over 40 minutes."
WEAVER TIES CAREER HIGH
Junior guard Raeha Weaver poured in a team-high 16 points in Wednesday's (Jan. 15) setback at Davenport. The 16-point game tied Weaver's Marygrove career-high set earlier this season at home against Aquinas. Weaver has eclipsed double figures scoring on four occasions this season.
THEY WIN WHEN
At 2-16 overall and 0-11 in conference play, the Mustangs win when distributing the ball throughout the offense. In their two wins this season, the Mustangs combined for 38 assists -- four more than their last six games combined (34) dating back to 12/27/2013.
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