Aubree Gustin was the only Wildcat to score in double figures with 13 points, but the Cats' inability to capitalize on costly turnovers and convert key free throws sealed their fate. Avila committed 31 turnovers, its second highest total of the season and Baker managed to shoot just 15-for-52 (28 percent) from the field while going 15-for-28 (53 percent) from the foul line.
Culver-Stockton (3-18, 2-11 HAAC) is coming off its biggest wins of the season after defeating William Jewell College 61-60 in overtime on Monday evening in Liberty, Mo.
Four players scored in double figures in the victory with Rachel Larson leading the way netting 14 points. Jessie Logsdon (12.5 ppg.) and Rachel Larson (10.5 ppg.) are the only players averaging in double figures Culver-Stockton. Larson also leads the team in rebounds per game with an average of 6.2.
Baker (13-12, 8-7) will look to their post players for scoring on Saturday. Emily Gibson (14.6 ppg.) and Aubree Gustin (10.6 ppg.) combined for 29 points in their previous outing against the Wildcats.
Men's basketball preview
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker men’s basketball team fell on Thursday night to Avila University, 79-65.
The Wildcats held a 37-33 lead heading into the break, but Avila University put together a 16-4 run early in the second half from which Baker was never able to recover. Quinton Branch led the Eagles with a team-high 24 points while shooting 13-for-14 from the charity stripe.
Baker (10-15, 6-9 HAAC) continues to get consistent play from senior guard Austin Bond who is averaging 11.7 points over his last three games. Team scoring leader Jaris Wommack is currently averaging 16.3 points per game.
Culver-Stockton College (1-21, 1-12 HAAC) comes into play reeling as they are currently riding a 13 game losing streak. Peter Rodriguez leads the Wildcats with an average of 10.7 points, 3.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game.
WHAT COACH BALLARD SAYS
Speaking about the Avila game: “We didn’t play well the last six minutes of the game against Avila. They wore us down and their pressure really bothered us late in the game. We didn’t shoot the ball well and when you don’t make shots you have to take care of the ball and play very solid defense. We had too many turnovers and too many mental breakdowns defensively.”
Looking forward to Culver-Stockton: “We struggled for most of the game at Culver and were able to pull away late. They basically play five guards on the court so we will have to cover the perimeter on defense. Offensively, we will need to get the ball inside and try to take advantage of our size.”