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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:33

WBB Playoff Preview

3.2.11 | HAAC Playoffs

Second season begins on Wednesday at Lindenwood for Baker women

2011 HAAC Playoffs

ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Coming off a big win on Senior Day over Graceland University, the Baker women’s basketball team will look to ride a new wave of momentum as it opens the Heart of America Athletic Conference postseason tournament on Wednesday evening at No. 2 seed Lindenwood University. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m in St. Charles.

During the regular season, the Wildcats (15-15, 10-10 HAAC) defeated Lindenwood 71-66 on Dec. 4 in Baldwin City but fell 76-62 on Jan. 29 in St. Charles. The Lions (20-9, 15-5) are coming off a 67-56 Senior Day victory over William Jewell College.

In a season that was filled with ups and downs, the No. 7-seeded Wildcats feel like they are getting a chance to avenge some of the shortcomings they had during the regular season.

“Our kids know the new season begins now,” Baker head coach Susan Decker said. “If we play with the passion, heart and enthusiasm we’ve talked about in practice, everything else will take care of itself on the court.”

Gameday Matchup BU LU
W-L 15-15 20-9
Avg. Pts 62.3 70.2
Avg. Pts allowed 61.5 61.4
Home record 7-6 11-3
Road record 7-8 10-6
Current streak Won 1 Won 1

The Wildcats’ leading scorer, Emily Gibson, is coming off her best game of the season, scoring 27 points and pulling down 11 rebounds against Graceland. Gibson averages 14.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.

Balanced scoring will be key. Brittany Hines (14.1 ppg) and Aubree Gustin (10.1 ppg) have played key roles for the Wildcats this season. In games that both Gustin and Hines have scored in double figures, the Wildcats own a 9-2 record. Their only two losses during that span came when the Wildcats gave up more than 80 points against Kansas Wesleyan and Graceland University.

Team Stat Leaders
(per game)
BU LU
Points Emily Gibson (14.3) Morgan Harrington (13. 1)
Rebounds Emily Gibson (8.6) Kelly Albers (7.8)
Assists Brooke Sanders (3.4) Morgan Harrington (2.9)
Steals Audrey Bryant (1.5) Marissa Lehnig (1.3)
Blocks Emily Gibson (2.2) Sarah Schneiders (.86)

Lindenwood has three players averaging in double figures. Morgan Harrington leads the squad at 13.1 points per game. Kelly Albers (11.7 ppg) and Sarah Schneiders (11.3 ppg) balance out the Lions’ scoring attack.

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