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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:33

Basketball Previews

2.19.11 | Basketball

Baker vs Mo. Valley

WBB Preview
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker women’s basketball team will try to snap a four-game skid with the Heart of America Athletic Conference playoffs less than two weeks away.

The Wildcats (13-14 overall, 8-9 HAAC) need a win Saturday afternoon to return to .500 in the conference. Baker fell 62-39 on Thursday evening at William Jewell College.

Emily Gibson and Brittany Hines continue to lead the team in scoring with 14.2 points apiece. Aubree Gustin is the only Wildcat averaging in double figures with 10.6 points per game.

Gibson currently ranks No. 6 nationally with 56 total blocks and No. 7 nationally with 2.2 blocks per game. Gustin is No. 8 nationally from the free-throw line, shooting 85 percent.

Missouri Valley College (7-21, 5-11 HAAC) also enters play on a four-game skid. Shateah West continues to lead the Vikings with 16.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Hannah Young is the only other Viking to average double figures in points (12.2 per game).

Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the George F. Collins Center in Baldwin City.

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MBB Preview
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - Coach Brett Ballard has the Baker men believing they can beat anyone in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

Baker took No. 17 William Jewell College down to the wire on Thursday evening, only to have a buzzer-beating 3-point attempt rattle off the rim in a 59-57 defeat.

Jaris Wommack, the one constant Baker has had all season, continues to lead the team with 16.3 points per game. Andre Strozier (12.5 ppg) and Austin Bond (9.4 ppg) have also added scoring punch recently.

The Wildcats (11-16, 7-10 HAAC) are tied for fifth place in the Heart of America standings. With a victory on Saturday, Baker could potentially hold down the No. 5 seed alone. The top eight teams from the conference advance to the postseason conference tournament.

Missouri Valley College (12-14, 6-10 HAAC) is coming off a 68-60 win over Avila University on Thursday. Chris Hortman leads the Vikings in four of the five top statistical categories with 14.7 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 2.3 steals per game.

“We lost a heartbreaker to Missouri Valley a month ago, so this is a big game four our guys,” said head coach Brett Ballard. We have won four in a row at home and our guys really want to come out and defend our home court. This game is going to have major playoff implications.”

Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. Saturday at the George F. Collins Center in Baldwin City.

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