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Addison Bayman contributed 16 points in the Cougar win.  Spring Arbor University photo.

(January 23, 2021 11:12 PM) Playing in its first game since Nov. 21, the Spring Arbor University women’s basketball team battled its way to a 62-59 victory over Cornerstone University on Saturday.

An old-fashioned three-point play by freshman Addison Bayman with one minute remaining put SAU in front, and the Cougars would hang on for their third consecutive win. Bayman finished the game with 16 points and five assists while Teona Feldpausch registered a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The lead changed hands eight times on Saturday while neither team ever led by more than seven points.

Spring Arbor led 42-41 with three minutes to go in the third quarter, but Cornerstone would close out the period on a 7-3 run to take a four-point advantage into the final quarter.

Despite trailing for the first nine minutes of the fourth quarter, the Cougars stayed within striking distance. Down by three, 58-55, with 2:14 remaining, a bucket by Anne Marie Wright closed the gap to one. Then, with 1:05 on the clock, Bayman was fouled while driving to the basket and converted the free throw attempt to put SAU in front.

Following three big defensive stops, Grace Shoobridge sealed the game with a pair of free throws in the final seconds.  Bayman and Feldpausch scored 16 points apiece to lead the Cougars while Feldpausch also grabbed 10 rebounds to post her second double-double of the season. Shoobridge was two points shy of a double-double, finishing with eight points and a game-high 13 boards.

Cornerstone’s Sterling DeGayner and Shelby Nyboer recorded 17 points apiece.

Spring Arbor (4-2) returns home to host Lawrence Tech on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m.

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