12/07/2011 – Taelor Sanders' three point play, the old fashioned way, keyed the Saints victory over Cornerstone 57-56. The win improved the Saints record to 8-5 overall and 2-1 in league play, while the Golden Eagles fell to 2-1 in the WHAC and 6-5 on the season.
The Saints struggled to find a consistent rhythm in the first half as ten turnovers and 23% shooting led to a seven point halftime deficit. The Golden Eagles play was a little erratic as well. Aquinas forced 13 turnovers of their own to stay within striking distance.
The Saints methodically closed the gap during the second half and tied the score at 42 with 9:18 to play in the game. The game, from this point on, went back and forth with neither team establishing a lead of more than three points. Allison Heberlein played a pivotal role in the come from behind victory as the freshman paced the Saints with 16 points. Taleor Sanders struggled from the field on this evening, but the Saints star rose to the occasion with the game on the line. Sanders three point play with 25 seconds to play proved to be the difference maker for the Saints. The defense withstood one final rush by the Golden Eagles to hold on to the 57-56 road victory.
Coach Nash comments, "We played with composure. Cornerstone is very disciplined and we did not let them speed us up. I thought we did a great job controlling the tempo of the game. It was a physical game and we had great support off the bench. I was very proud of the way we hung in there and came up with some huge defensive stops down the stretch. This team has the ability to play with anyone in the nation and beating a ranked team is a feather in our cap. We are just taking it one game at a time. Slow and steady wins the race; it was in my fortune cookie the other day."
The Saints will return to action on Saturday as Aquinas will host Indiana Tech (7-3, 1-2 WHAC) at 1 p.m. at the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center.