12.8.09 | Men's Basketball
Weaver to retire as Baker’s men’s basketball coach
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - Rick Weaver, Baker University’s men’s basketball coach for the past 25 years, has announced his plans to retire from coaching at the end of the 2009-2010 academic year.
“It’s been a quick 25 years coaching at BU,” Weaver said. “It’s never easy to give up something that you enjoy, but I’ll be turning 60 before next season starts, it’s time. The early announcement will hopefully assist with the search process and I will do everything I can to help with the transition. It’s been a privilege to coach so many great kids over the last quarter century.”
Weaver will continue to teach and assist with fund raising through 2011-2012 at the university.
Weaver in 1985-86 became the 10th head men’s basketball coach in Baker University’s history. During his tenure at Baker, he has guided the Wildcats to 352 victories, the school’s first Heart of America Athletic Conference basketball title in 1989 and a trip to the NAIA national tournament in 1996 when the Wildcats set a school record with 25 victories.
12.12.09 | Women’s Basketball
Baker looks to extend three-game winning streak
Fulton, Mo. – A tough nonconference schedule in November left the women’s basketball team with a 3-4 record through its first seven games. However, the Wildcats have turned it around of late and will enter Saturday’s game against William Woods winners of their last three, including last Tuesday’s victory in their HAAC opener against No. 24 Evangel.
Baker (6-4, 3-0 HAAC) will continue to rely on junior Emily Gibson to lead the charge. Gibson averages 14.9 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per game. On Monday, Gibson was named HAAC Player of the Week, averaging 19.3 points on .667 shooting to go with 14.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.7 steals. Gibson posted a career-high 27 points and 17 rebounds in the Cats’ 74-52 victory over Lindenwood University on Dec. 5. She has recorded five double-doubles on the season.
12.28.09 | Basketball Weekend Previews
Baker women travel to Tabor College to participate in holiday classic
HILLSBORO, Kan. - The last time the Baker women's basketball team took the floor was way back on Dec. 12, when the Wildcats were defeated 54-72 by No. 23 William Woods University.
The Wildcats (6-5, 3-0) continue to get stellar play from junior Emily Gibson (pictured), who averages 13.8 points to go along with 9.4 rebounds per game.
The Tabor Bluejays (3-8, 2-2) will come into Friday's contest riding a two-game winning streak with victories over McPherson and Ottawa early in December.
The Bluejays are led by freshman Tynan Honn, who averages 12.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
1.1.10 | Women's Basketball
Gibson records sixth double-double as Baker women roll
HILLSBORO, Kan. - The Baker women's basketball team improved its overall season record to 7-5 on Friday evening by defeating Tabor College 62-55.
Three players scored in double digits. Junior Emily Gibson recorded her sixth double-double of the season, scoring 22 points while pulling down 10 rebounds, Brittany Hines chipped in with 12 points off 4-7 shooting from the field and 2-4 from beyond the arc, and Aubree Gustin added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals.
Baker forced the Bluejays into 19 turnovers, stealing the ball 11 times in the contest.
1.2.10 | Men's Basketball
Baker men get back on track with win over Bethel College
NEWTON, Kan. - Junior Andre Strozier led the way, scoring 18 points as the Baker men improved to 7-6 on the season. Three other players scored in double figures: Jaris Wommack with 14, Malcom Greer with 13 and Austin Bond with 12.
The game was never in doubt as the Wildcats led throughout, taking a 35-32 lead into halftime before closing the game with a score of 75-69.
Baker will be back in action Thursday when they take on Avila University at 7:30 p.m.
1.4.10 | Football
2009 Daktronics-NAIA Football Scholar-Athletes Announced
Rome, Ga. - Nine Baker University players to have been named 2009 Daktronics NAIA Football Scholar-Athletes by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
Nominated by each institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status to qualify.
With the nine selections on the 212-member squad, Baker had the most representatives of the 11 Heart of America Athletic Conference programs and ranked No. 1 nationally.
1.8.10 | Basketball Previews
Basketball teams will host Culver-Stockton College Saturday afternoon
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - Baker men's basketball (7-6, 0-3) looks to get back on track in the Heart of America Athletic Conference when they host Culver-Stockton College (2-12, 0-4) Saturday. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m.
Baker is coming off a 75-69 victory against Bethel College (Kan.) last Saturday when Andre Strozier recorded his third-best scoring performance of the season with 18 points. Strozier went 7-14 from the field and 3-5 from beyond the arc.
The Wildcats rank No. 4 nationally averaging 76 percent from the free-throw line and No. 27 nationally from beyond the arc at 37.1 percent.
1.6.10 | Wrestling
Looking forward to 2010
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - 2009 marked the beginning of a new era at Baker University with the addition of men’s wrestling. The Wildcat wrestling program hit the ground running with 35 new student-athletes from around the country. Now, 2010 will begin the culmination of the Baker wrestling program’s inaugural season.
Off to an undefeated 2-0 start in dual competition, head coach Jimmy May (pictured) and the Wildcats are preparing for the second half of their first season with a very busy January and February before heading to the NAIA National Championships in Oklahoma City in March.