Junior Courtney Goodrum led the Baker offense, scoring a career-high 15 points off the bench en route to a 56-43 victory. It was the first time the Wildcats had won in Springfield, Mo., since 2005.
Baker (6-5, 2-1 HAAC) continues to get solid offensive production from senior guard Brittany Hines, who is averaging 13.9 points per game. Seniors Emily Gibson (13.3 ppg) and Aubree Gustin (9.9 ppg) will look to stabilize the offense in the post and perimeter. Gustin ranks second on the team behind Brittany Hines with 11 three-point field goals on the season.
Central Methodist (2-8, 1-1 HAAC) opened the 2010-11 season with five consecutive losses but recently defeated Avila University for its first conference victory of the season. Sami Dunger continues to lead the Eagles offense, averaging 9.4 points per game.
Baker men’s basketball team seeks first HAAC victory Thursday night
Baker is coming off a close loss at No. 22 Evangel University
Jaris Wommack scored a career-high 27 points in the defeat
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker men’s basketball team continues to improve with each Heart of America Athletic Conference game it plays.
Baker stayed competitive with the Crusaders for nearly the whole game on Monday evening before falling 75-66. Evangel shot 46 free throws in comparison to the Wildcats’ 12 free throws.
Jaris Wommack (pictured) had the best game of his career, netting 27 points on 11-for-18 shooting from the floor. Wommack leads the Wildcats offense, averaging 16 points per game.
“We definitely took a positive step forward on Monday evening,” Wildcat head coach Brett Ballard said. “We competed with a good team in a great environment on the road. Jaris (Wommack) was terrific for us and made some really big-time plays.”
Central Methodist (6-5, 1-1 overall), the defending HAAC champion, is coming off a loss to Avila University last Saturday. Jake Clark leads the Eagles offensively with 14 points per game.
“We’re excited about our opportunity on Thursday,” Ballard said. “Anytime you play the defending conference champion it presents a true test.”