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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:33

Baker @ Graceland Preview

1.22.11 | Basketball

Basketball teams travel to Graceland for a Saturday matinee

Baker vs Graceland

LAMONI, Iowa – The Baker men’s and women’s basketball teams will return to action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Graceland University for a 2/4 p.m., tip-off at the Closson Center.

The Baker women (11-8, 6-3 HAAC) will get the action started with hopes of avenging a disappointing loss on Thursday night to MidAmerica Nazarene. The Pioneers grabbed the lead late in the first half and never trailed from that point forward as they went on to upset a Baker team that has high hopes of finishing at the top of the conference.

Brittany Hines continues to lead the Baker offense with 14.9 points per game. Emily Gibson is the only other Wildcat averaging in double figures with 13.4 points per game.

Graceland University (7-10, 2-7 HAAC) enters play riding a two-game losing streak after dropping contests to Benedictine College and Missouri Valley College. The Yellowjackets currently have three players averaging in double figure points. Josilyn Wilkes leads all scorers with 17.1 points per game, while Adria Jackson (15.8 ppg) and Florida Siaosi (12.0 ppg) follow closely behind.

The Baker men’s team (7-12, 3-6 HAAC) is coming off its biggest win of the season on Thursday evening, after upsetting local rival MidAmerica Nazarene, 81-71. It was the Wildcats‘ first victory over the Pioneers since the 1999-2000 season.

Since scoring a career-high 31 points at Bethany College (Kan.) in a non-conference clash, Jaris Wommack, Baker’s leading scorer is averaging 22 points per game, while ranking 15th nationally with a three-point field goal percentage of 46 percent. Wommack also ranks 19th nationally with 317 total points. Andre Strozier is the only other Wildcat averaging in double figures with 12.1 points per game.

Graceland (9-10, 4-5 HAAC) is coming off a 55-61 loss to Missouri Valley College on Thursday evening. Jake Smith, the Yellowjackets top player leads the team in points (17.7), rebounds (8.2) and blocks (.43) per game.

A live radio broadcast of both games can be heard by clicking here 15 minutes prior to the tip-off.

Watch coach Ballard's pregame here

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