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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:33

Final Rivalry

1.13.11 | Basketball

Wildcats prepare to face William Jewell College for the final time in Baldwin City

Final Rivalry

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Some might say it’s the end of an era come Thursday evening when William Jewell College and Baker University square off for one last regular season competition in Baldwin City.

Baker and William Jewell College have been members of the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) since its inception in 1971. All that will come to an end on Thursday evening as William Jewell College has been invited to join the Great Lakes Valley Conference of the National Collegiate Athletics Association’s Division II. The Cardinals will be fully eligible for competition in the 2012-2013 season.

“The rivalries over the years will be greatly missed with Jewell,” said former Baker Athletic Director Dan Harris. “Larry Holley is one of the all-time great coaches in the NAIA, he’s done a heck of a job over at Jewell with the men’s basketball program.”

The Baker women will kick things off at 5:30 p.m. CT. The Lady Cats‘ (9-7, 4-2 HAAC) are coming off a victory last weekend at Culver-Stockton College. Brittany Hines continues to pace the Wildcats offensively averaging 15.3 points per game. Emily Gibson is the only other Wildcat averaging in double figures with 13.4 points per game.

William Jewell College (10-5, 5-0 HAAC) currently sits in first-place in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Standings. Holly Switzer leads the Cardinals‘ offensive attack with 12.3 points per game.

The Baker men will follow the women with a 7:30 p.m. CT tip-off. The Wildcats (6-10, 2-4 HAAC) look to build on the momentum they gained last weekend defeating Culver-Stockton College 64-52. Jaris Wommack and Andre Strozier lead the Baker offense with 16.1 and 11.7 points per game respectively.

“I hope we can build on some momentum after a solid road win,” said head coach Brett Ballard. “Our guys have been working very hard in practice. Our effort and enthusiasm in practice has been good and we need to start carrying that over into games.”

No. 19 William Jewell College (13-2, 4-1 HAAC) sits just 1.5 games behind HAAC leader Lindenwood University. Nick Larson leads the Cardinals with 17.3 points and 11 rebounds per game, while leading the conference with eight double doubles on the year.

A live audio and video broadcast of both games will be available 15 minutes prior to tip-off. To view the game live click here

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