01/02/2013 – The women's basketball nearly erased a 22-point deficit in a 61-55 loss to Cornerstone University. The Golden Eagles improved to 11-5 on the season and to 5-3 in the WHAC, while the Saints fell to 8-6 overall and to 4-4 in league play. Aquinas, who is now 5-2 on their home court, currently is in sixth place in the WHAC standings.
The Saints and Golden Eagles were both looking to start 2013 with a bang. Both teams were in position to jump up with the top-tier teams in the conference with a victory. The typically close contest was broke open late in the first half as the Golden Eagles closed the half with a 14-5 run. Cornerstone extended their eleven point halftime lead to as many as 22 during 20-9 run midway through half number two. The tide quickly turned at this point and the Saints found themselves in the middle of comeback. The furious rally took place over the games final seven minutes. Aquinas had shrunk the Golden Eagles lead to as little as five during the games final moments, but the 23-7 surge was not enough as the Saints ran out of clock and would succumb to Cornerstone 61-55.
Poor shooting proved too much to overcome as Aquinas posted 28% (21-74) shooting from the field and 42% (8-19) from the free throw line. The Golden Eagles also held a distinct advantage in rebounds (57-45). The Saints were led by Clare Conway's 14 points and eight rebounds, while Allison Heberlein chipped in with a dozen points and seven rebounds. Jill Hendrickson paced the Golden Eagles with 14 points.
The Saints will now travel across town to play Davenport (16-0, 8-0 WHAC) on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Panthers are ranked #5 in the latest NAIA Coaches Poll.