SIOUX CITY, Iowa. – No. 4 seed Cornerstone University (Mich.) held on for 64-55 victory of the fifth seed, Sterling College Lady Warriors in the opening round of the17th annual NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship at the Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena in Sioux City, Iowa.
Cornerstone(25-8) had to rally late to keep the game close then distanced themselves with free throws to earn the nine point victory. Sterling pulled ahead with a basket by Jacci Tinkel at 55-52 that would be that last points scored by the Lady Warriors in the final 2:55. Following a Cornerstone timeout, the Golden Eagles Tami Thelen hit from long distance to tie the game. Following a defensive stand Thelen found a cutting Brooke Carter for a lay in that proved to be winning basket for Cornerstone.