DETROIT, Mich. -- The Mustangs (2-20, 0-15 WHAC), led by head coach Antonio Hitchcock, continued a tough stretch of games that included two nationally-recognized programs within the last three outings when (RV) Madonna University made the short trek to Ford Field House.
The Crusaders (14-8, 10-5 WHAC), ranked just outside the NAIA's Top-25 this week, had to hold off a gritty Mustang squad early on as the home team raced out of the gates keeping the game within single digits for the first 10 minutes of the contest.
As time ticked by, the Mustangs lack of depth allowed the Crusaders to head to their bench and continue their attack that would eventually put the Mustangs down at the half, 47-23.
Second half action saw the Mustangs go down by as many as 29 before cutting it to 16 points in a game that went final 83-63 in favor of Madonna.
Arielle Edwards (Grand Rapids, Mich./Ottawa Hills) poured in a game-high 21 points to go along with seven rebounds. Ciara Moore (Detroit, Mich./Northwestern) contributed nicely with 19 points and seven assists.
Madonna was led by Yazmeen Hamid and Kaylee McGrath with 12 points each. Madonna's bench would outscore Marygrove's reserves, 25-6.