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Saints Defeat Golden Eagles

02/06/2014 – The women's basketball team used a big first half effort to down the #23 ranked Golden Eagles in front of their home crowd at Sturrus. The victory improved the Saints record to 18-6 on the season and to 11-6 in the WHAC, while Cornerstone dropped to 12-5 in league play and to 17-7 overall. After back-to-back wins the Saints now find themselves rejoining the top four in the league standings with five games to play.

The two crosstown rivals went back and forth over the first ten minutes of play with the Golden Eagles holding a 17-14 lead midway through the half. Allison Heberlein, Brooklyne Lane and the rest of the Saints took over and executed near flawless basketball over the final ten minutes of the half. The 35-10 offensive explosion enabled the Saints to take a 49-27 lead into the halftime break. Heberlein, who has been in a mini slump, broke out of it in a big way by scoring 20 points in the half including 5-of-7 from beyond the three-point arc. The Saints outshot the Golden Eagles in the first half to the tune of 51%-28%.

Aquinas pushed the lead to a game high 24 points at the 12:49 mark and kept Cornerstone at bay for the remainder of the contest. The Golden Eagles would score the games final eight points to bring their margin of defeat down to 14 points (78-64). Heberlein finished the night with 28 points, while both Lane and Marissa Marx tallied ten points a piece. Chelsea Matley flirted with a triple-double as she accounted for nine points, nine rebounds and six assists on the night.

The Saints will look for three in a row as they now travel to face #2 Davenport (23-1, 16-1) on Saturday afternoon.

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