GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The 18th-ranked Siena Heights women's basketball team dropped a 74-69 contest to 25th-ranked Cornerstone in Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference action on Wednesday. The loss snapped SHU's 10-game winning streak.
Sierra Calhoun was the Saints' leading scorer, finishing with 15 points, while Grace Howrigon contributed 14 points and five assists. Alexxis Knannlein added eight rebounds for the Saints (15-6, 9-5).
After heading into intermission with a 33-all tie, the Saints built a four-point lead on four occasions in the second half.
A 12-point run by Cornerstone helped the Golden Eagles snag a 52-44 advantage. CU (15-5, 10-3) then held the lead until Howrigon hit a 3-pointer with 4:32 to go.
Howrigon's 3-ball put the Saints ahead, 63-62. From there, the squads traded the lead five times, finishing with Cornerstone's game-ending six-point streak.
CU's Ashley Niedermayer and SHU's Najee Brazzle traded baskets, leaving Siena Heights with a 65-64 advantage. Then, Janae Trombley buried a 3-pointer with 3:28 remaining to give the Eagles a 67-65 lead.
Morgan Warfield connected on a pair of free throws to even the score at 67-all before Jill Hendrickson gave CU the lead once again with 1 of 2 free throws.
Howrigon gave the Saints their final lead with 1:59 left, hitting a pair of freebies as SHU went up, 69-68. After that, Niedermayer hit a go-ahead basket with 1:04 to go and then Katelyn Cousins made four free throws during the final 19 seconds for Cornerstone. SHU went 0 for 2 from the field in the last minute.
Cousins was the Eagles' leading scorer, finishing with 25 points and five assists. Niedermayer, Jill Steenwyk and Tanner Hostetler added 12 points apiece. Niedermayer also had seven rebounds while Trombley put in 10 points and Hendrickson dished five assists.
For the first time in 11 games, the Saints did not hold a halftime lead. They are now 0-4 in games in which they trail or are tied at halftime while being 15-2 in games that they do have a halftime lead. SHU struggled from 3-point land at Cornerstone, shooting 16 percent (4 of 25).
Siena Heights will return to action on Saturday with a non-conference game at Rochester.