Avila (14-9, 9-5) currently sits in third place in the HAAC and is currently riding a two game winning streak after recording victories against Graceland and Culver-Stockton College.
Defensive strategy will be key for the Wildcats on Thursday evening as Avila brings the top two leading scorers in the conference. Alyson Young is averaging 20.5 points per game and Brittany Townsend is averaging 17.2 points per game. Townsend set the Avila school record last Thursday against Graceland University recording 40 points while shooting 10-for-15 from beyond the arc. Alyson Young broke the school record for career points (1,810) on Saturday against Culver-Stockton.
The Wildcats enter play with three players averaging in double figures, Emily Gibson (14.6 ppg.), Brittany Hines (14.3 ppg.), and Aubree Gustin (10.5 ppg.).
Baker National Leaders
Emily Gibson Ranks Number 5 in Division I in Total Blocks (52)
Aubree Gustin Ranks Number 6 in Division I in Free Throw Pct (0.866)
Emily Gibson Ranks Number 8 in Division I in Blocks per Game (2.167)
Brooke Sanders Ranks Number 10 in Division I in Assist/Turnover Ratio (2.075)
Emily Gibson Ranks Number 23 in Division I in Total Total Rebounds (204)
Avila National Leaders
Torie Murillo Ranks Number 1 in Division I in Steals per Game (5.409)
Torie Murillo Ranks Number 1 in Division I in Total Steals (119)
Brittany Townsend Ranks Number 4 in Division I in Total 3-Pt FG Made (75)
Brittany Townsend Ranks Number 4 in Division I in 3-Pt Fg Made per Game (3.261)
Torie Murillo Ranks Number 4 in Division I in Assists per Game (5.909)
Torie Murillo Ranks Number 6 in Division I in Total Assists (130)
Alyson Young Ranks Number 6 in Division I in Field Goal Pct (0.585)
Alyson Young Ranks Number 6 in Division I in Total Scoring (472)
Alyson Young Ranks Number 8 in Division I in Points per Game (20.522)
Alyson Young Ranks Number 20 in Division I in Free Throw Pct (0.817)
Alyson Young Ranks Number 25 in Division I in Total Rebounds per Game (8.739)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Coming off one of its best wins of the season, the Baker men’s basketball team looks to keep the momentum rolling on Thursday evening at Avila.
Baker (10-14, 6-8) knocked off one of the top teams in the conference on Saturday afternoon defeating Evangel University 71-65. Four players scored in double figures with Jaris Wommack leading the way with 15 points. Andre Strozier added 12 points and Austin Bond and Joe Wachter each chipped in with 10.
Wommack continues to lead all Baker scorers with 16.3 points per game. Andre Strozier is the only other Wildcat averaging in double figures with 12.2 points per game.
Avila (10-13, 6-8 HAAC) enters play in a similar situation to the Wildcats. The Eagles, winners of its past two games against Graceland and Culver-Stockton, sit in a deadlock with the Wildcats at fifth place in the conference standings.
As a team, the Eagles rank No. 1 nationally averaging 9.9 three-point field goals per game. Quinton Branch is the only Eagle averaging in double figures with 18.8 points per game.
“The first time we played Avila they did a good job controlling the tempo of the game. They really sped us up by pressuring us defensively. We didn’t do a great job of handling the pressure and had too many turnovers.” -Brett Ballard
“We will have to do a better job of handling their pressure defense. We also must try to contain Quinton Branch. He is a great player that went off on us last game. We are both fighting for position in the standings and this game will be important in the overall seeding for the playoff race.” -Brett Ballard