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07.05.11 | Athletics

BU Women Look Ahead

1.3.12 | Women's Basketball

Baker women look to make strides in second half of 2011-12 season

Growing Pains

HILLSBORO, Kan. – Baker University head women’s basketball coach Ben Lister believes some of the growing pains the team suffered in the first half of the season, could potentially pay off in the second half.

The Wildcats closed out the first half of the season with a 58-48 victory over Tabor College on Dec. 31., in the Tabor Holiday Classic. Three players Alisha Fanshier (17 points), Gloria Atanmo (15 points), and Shelbi Petty (12 points) all scored in double figures to lead the Wildcats offensively.

“We have reached a point where we have improved and found consistency,” said head coach Ben Lister. “I think it will help us compete against any team on our schedule the rest of the way out.”

Statistically, the Wildcats currently have only two players averaging in double figures as junior Alisha Fanshier and senior Gloria Atanmo currently average 15 and 10.1 points per game respectively.

“Gloria has really stepped up and she had an outstanding game against Tabor with 15 points, nine rebounds and six steals,” Lister added. “Alisha also played at a high level averaging 25 points over our two game stretch. We feel confident we are headed in the right direction.”

Conference play heats up this week as the ‘Cats will play four games over 11 days, starting out with a road battle against winless Peru State College on Jan. 5. The Wildcats return to the Collins Center on Saturday, Jan. 7 for a 2 p.m. showdown with second place Culver-Stockton College.

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