Baker (11-7, 6-2 HAAC) defeated Missouri Valley College this past weekend, 73-60 but coach Decker knows the Wildcats can still take things to another notch.
“We need to show more emotion on the floor and limit some of our careless turnovers,” said head coach Susan Decker. Baker committed 23 turnovers against Missouri Valley and the Vikings didn’t hesitate to capitalize scoring 24 points off turnovers.
The Wildcats‘ only other double-digit victory with 20 turnovers or more came against Tabor College on Nov. 23rd when they won by 19 points.
Senior Brittany Hines continues to lead the Baker offense averaging 15.4 points per game. Emily Gibson is the only other Wildcat averaging double figures with 13.8 points per game.
Defensively the Wildcats have been one of the more consistent teams in the nation ranking 15th in field goal percent defense at 35 percent. Aubree Gustin leads the team with 5.7 defensive rebounds per game, while Emily Gibson leads the team with 2.9 offensive rebounds per game.
MidAmerica Nazarene (6-12, 4-4 HAAC) is coming off an 82-75 victory over Central Methodist University on Tuesday evening. Kiley Herold leads the Pioneers offensively on the year averaging 10.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. She also leads the Pioneers in steals per game (1.61) and blocks per game (1.4).
The Wildcats return to action this weekend when they travel to Graceland University on Saturday afternoon for a 2 p.m., tip-off.
Men’s basketball set for rivalry game with MidAmerica Nazarene
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker men’s basketball team will get its first real taste of a local rivalry on Thursday evening when it faces MidAmerica Nazarene at 7:30 p.m., from the Collins Center.
Baker (6-12, 2-6 HAAC) is coming off a tough defeat last Saturday at Missouri Valley College, 56-61. The Wildcats held the Vikings to just 18 points in the first half and held a 29-18 lead heading into the break.
“I was pleased with our effort at Missouri Valley,” said head coach Brett Ballard. “We played great team defense in the first half, holding them to just 18 points was pretty impressive.”
The second half didn’t treat the Cats‘ nearly as kind. Baker went just 10-for-26 (39 percent) from the field and Missouri Valley capitalized on missed shots to spark a 10-3 run with nine minutes remaining in regulation to tie the game at 49-49.
The Wildcats and Vikings exchanged blows, notching three more ties before the Vikings finally pulled away after a non-call against Baker on what should’ve been goaltending.
“It was a call I thought probably could’ve gone our way, but we’re focused on the game we’ve got on Thursday,” added Ballard. “Our players, coaches and fans will be fired up.”
Jaris Wommack continues to lead all Baker scorers with 16.2 points per game. Both Andre Strozier and Austin Bond add to the Baker offensive output with 11.8 and 8.3 points per game respectively.
“I was really happy with the way Austin Bond played on Saturday, he had one of his biggest games in a while scoring 15 points while shooting 6-for-9 from the field,” Ballard said.
MidAmerica Nazarene (8-10, 3-5 HAAC) enters play coming off a 108-85 victory over Central Methodist University on Tuesday evening. Coach Ballard was well aware of the offensive explosion the Pioneers had in the game.
“MNU is as good of an offensive team as we will play all year,” added Ballard. “They put up 108 in their last game so obviously we are going to have to try and slow them down.”
Rustin Dowd leads the Pioneer offense with a HAAC leading 22.1 points and 4.8 assists per game.
Baker returns to action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Graceland University for a 4 p.m., tip-off.
Thursday night also marks Baldwin City Community Night. All members of the Baldwin City community will be admitted into the contest free of charge. Come out and support your Wildcats!