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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:33

Rivalry Showdown

2.14.12 | Basketball

Baker men own third-place alone heading into MNU rivalry showdown


BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Coming off a key 63-52 road win on Feb. 11 at Culver-Stockton College, the Baker men’s basketball team looks forward to what could be one of the biggest games home games of the season on Thursday evening against first place No. 21 MidAmerica Nazarene.

Junior Ben Steinlage is coming off his best game of the season after scoring a career-high 26 points, while pulling down 10 rebounds to record his first double-double. Senior Jack Shortell continues to be the staple of consistency as he finished with 10 points and nine rebounds. Watch the games live here.

“I thought we played a little bit better than what the final score indicated at Culver-Stockton,” said Baker head coach Brett Ballard. “We didn’t shoot the ball particularly well and we need to clean up some defensive breakdowns late in the shot clock. Ben was terrific and really carried us offensively.”

The Pioneers (19-7, 13-1 HAAC) are riding a nine-game winning streak and currently hold a two game lead over Evangel University for first place in the HAAC.

Baker (17-8, 10-4 HAAC) currently owns a 1.5 game lead over Benedictine College for third place in the HAAC.

“Our guys are excited about the final two weeks of the regular season,” Ballard added. “We know that all starts with a big-time challenge on Thursday against MNU. They’ve won nine games in a row and are playing as well as anyone in the country. We know we will have to play well to beat them and I expect a great crowd and a good atmosphere for the game. It should be fun.”

Women look to keep playoff hopes alive heading into rivalry game with MNU

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Wins late sure beat losses early. The Baker women’s basketball team seems to be playing with that motto of late as the Wildcats have quietly rattled off back-to-back wins and put themselves into a position to make the HAAC playoffs.

Baker (7-19, 5-9 HAAC) currently sits in eighth place alone with Graceland trailing by one game in the nine spot. This past weekend the Wildcats knocked off Culver-Stockton College, 67-61 to grab just their third road win of the season.

Senior Gloria Atanmo and junior Alisha Fanshier led all Baker scorers with 18 points apiece. Atanmo also tied a season-high with 16 rebounds, good enough for her eighth double-double of the season.

No. 24 MidAmerica Nazarene (18-8, 11-3 HAAC) is coming off a stunning home loss to Benedictine College on Feb. 11. Daria Sprew leads all MNU scorers with 11.4 points per game. Watch the games live here.


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