2.2.10 | Women's Basketball
Women's basketball emerging as conference title contender
- Junior Emily Gibson leads the conference in rebounds.
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - The Baker women's basketball team has emerged as an early title contender in the Heart of America Athletic Conference, with a 13-8 overall record, including a 9-2 mark in conference play. The Wildcats have been particularly successful at home, with a 9-2 record.
The promising start in conference play hasn't been a surprise to the team or coaches."We're trying to get better every game. Our defense should be there every night, even when the offense isn't. If we can play good defense and rebound the basketball, you have a chance to win," stated head coach Susan Decker.
2.2.10 | Baseball
Baseball announces two signings
- Baker annouced two signings on Tuesday afternoon
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - Baker University head baseball coach Philip Hannon announced on Tuesday the signing of two middle infielders — Luis Ramirez and Ryan Lasneske — to national letters of intent.
Ramirez, a junior transfer from Kansas City Kansas Community College, will join the team this spring. Lasneske, a senior at Leavenworth High School, will join the team in the fall 2010.
Coach Hannon learned of Ramirez through the Tom Urquhart’s School of Baseball.
"Ramirez wasn't playing while he was at (KCKCC),” Hannon said. “Our team is a little short on depth this spring. He will fit in nicely with the role he will be playing on this team. He has some of the best hands and feet on our squad.”
Lasneske recently was selected as the winner of the 2009 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities Character and Leadership Award. Out of the 1,000 athletes who participate in Major League Baseball's RBI program, Lasneske was the only player to earn the award.
"Getting a kid with great character is what you’re always looking for,” Hannon said. “But getting good baseball skills, as well, is a huge plus. His glove and arm across the diamond are something special. His leadership, determination and passion will be a true asset for Baker University.”
2.4.10 | Women's Basketball
Baker women cruise to 54-44 victory over Central Methodist
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - Emily Gibson scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Baker University women to a 54-44 victory over Central Methodist on Thursday evening. Gibson currently ranks No. 1 nationally with 14 double-doubles on the year.
The Wildcats (14-8, 10-2) shot 37 percent from the field and 27 percent from beyond the arc.
Blocks were the story of the game. The Wildcats recorded a season-high eight blocks with Emily Gibson and Aubree Gustin each swatting three apiece.
Central Methodist (9-14, 3-10) shot 32 percent from the field and only 17 percent from beyond the arc.
The Wildcats will be back in action this weekend when they travel to Evangel University on Saturday afternoon.
|Feb 04, 2010|
|Central Methodist Univ vs. Baker University|
Central Methodist Univ ( 9-14, 3-10 HAAC)
Nicole Schulz 0-2 0-0 0, Jazmynn Hutchings 6-13 1-1 13, Raylyn Nuss 1-2 0-0 3, Taija Bennett 0-2 2-2 2, Catherine Kyle 0-0 0-0 0, Brittany Elliott 3-12 0-0 7, Sarah Foster 0-0 0-0 0, Sami Dunger 3-12 0-0 7, Britney Westbrook 3-6 0-2 6, Jillian Palan 0-2 0-0 0, Alexa Fox 2-5 0-0 4, Kristin Willer 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 18-57 5-7 44
Baker University ( 14-8, 10-2 HAAC)
Aubree Gustin 1-5 0-0 2, Brooke Soske 0-0 0-0 0, Gloria Atanmo 3-6 0-0 6, Audrey Bryant 0-3 3-6 3, Jenna Brantley 2-7 4-6 10, Courtney Goodrum 0-1 1-2 1, Emily Gibson 10-16 2-2 22, Brittany Hines 1-9 0-0 2, JaNeil Robinson 0-0 0-0 0, Brooke Sanders 3-6 0-0 8. Totals 20-53 10-16 54
|SCORE BY PERIODS||1st||2nd||TOTAL|
|Central Methodist Univ||21||23||44|
FG%: Central Methodist Univ .316, Baker University .377. 3-pt FG:Central Methodist Univ 3-18 (Schulz 0-2, Hutchings 0-2, Nuss 1-2, Elliott 1-5, Dunger 1-5, Palan 0-2), Baker University 4-15 (Bryant 0-2, Brantley 2-6, Hines 0-3, Sanders 2-4). Rebounds: Central Methodist Univ 27 (Bennett 5, Elliott 5), Baker University 40 (Gibson 14). Fouls Central Methodist Univ 18, Baker University 10. Fouled out: none. Technical: none. Assists: Central Methodist Univ 7 (Dunger 3), Baker University 18 (Sanders 5). Steals: Central Methodist Univ 4 (Dunger 2), Baker University 5 (Bryant 2). Blocked shots: Central Methodist Univ 1 (Westbrook 1), Baker University 8 (Gustin 3, Gibson 3). Turnovers: Central Methodist Univ 13, Baker University 14. Attendance: 350.
2.4.10 | Softball
Softball announces the signing of Kayla Morse
- Coach Windle with, Kayla Morse (center), father Gary (left), sister Chloe (right)
and mother LaRissa (far right)
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - Head softball coach Matt Windle is proud to announce that Kayla Morse has signed a letter of intent to play softball at Baker University. Kayla will graduate from Olathe Northwest High School (Olathe, Kan.) and is planning on majoring in nursing. Kayla was an important piece in her school’s first ever state title and undefeated season. Expectations are high for her senior season, but she welcomes the test to repeat. “Kayla is an absolute competitor and has the fundamental training to excel at the NAIA level. She is extremely quick, hits from both sides, and can play multiple positions. I am very happy to welcome her to Baker and expect great things from her," stated Windle.
The Wildcats begin their season on Feb. 27, in Olathe, Kan. at the MidAmerica Nazarene Invitational.
2.5.10 | Basketball
Baker basketball vs Evangel preview
- Emily Gibson ranks No. 1 nationally with 14
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - The Baker Wildcats continue conference play when they visit the Evangel Crusaders Saturday afternoon at the Ashcroft Center.
On the women’s side, the top two teams in the HAAC are set to meet for an intense matchup at 2 p.m. Evangel (17-4, 11-1) enters the contest on a nine-game winning streak and is led by Kara Blankenship who averages 16.1 points per game. Despite Blankenship’s 30 points in Evangel’s previous meeting with Baker, the Wildcats prevailed and dealt the Crusaders their only conference loss.
With a win, the Wildcats (14-8, 10-2) will not only capture the series but the top spot in the conference as well. Baker hopes to keep things rolling as it comes off a 54-44 win over Central Methodist University.
Leading scorer Emily Gibson posted 22 points in the victory.
The Baker men (7-15, 0-12) tip off at 4 p.m. against the conference’s second-place team. Evangel (13-9, 9-3) enters the game with a recent victory over Lindenwood University.
2.7.10 | Wrestling
Jordan leads Wildcats at Missouri Valley College Open
MARSHALL, Mo. - Baker wrestling junior Clarence Jordan (174, Waterloo, Iowa) led all Baker wrestlers by finishing sixth at the Missouri Valley Open in Marshall, Mo. Saturday. With over 230 entries in the tournament, eight Wildcats entered the open with Jordan coming away as a top six finisher.
The MVC Open marked the end of the regular season for the Baker wrestling program and head coach Jimmy May and the Baker wrestlers will now have two weeks to prepare for the NAIA Central Regional at William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa on Saturday February 20th.
Ten Baker grapplers have already secured their spot at the NAIA National Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla. on March 4-6. Two more Baker wrestlers will look to stamp their ticket to the national chapionships at the Central Regional in Oskaloosa.