10.31.11 | Basketball
Ballard expects improvement in wide-open HAAC race
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – With a mix of senior leadership and a strong recruiting class, Baker second-year head basketball coach Brett Ballard believes his program is headed in the right direction.
Seniors Jack Shortell (Mission Hills, Kan.) and Joe Wachter (Pittsburg, Kan.) were key contributors for the Wildcats in 2010-11 and will look to step up again in their final collegiate season. Shortell, a 6-foot-7-inch forward, averaged 5.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in 2010-11, while Wachter, a starter for the final half of the season last year, averaged 4.6 points per game.
“Jack Shortell and Joe both played big minutes for us last year and will provide great senior leadership for us this season,” Ballard said. “Jack will be a tough defender for us at the five spot and his offense has improved over the summer. Wachter is a solid, all-around player and is a hands-down winner.”
6.16.11 | Men's Basketball
Coach Ballard announces 2011-12 signing class
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Head coach Brett Ballard has been busy this past spring preparing for the 2011-12 basketball season, as the team announced the signing of seven student-athletes.
“I am very excited about this recruiting class that we are bringing in,” Ballard said. “This is a highly competitive group that will come to work everyday in practice and go to battle every night on the court. I believe we have addressed some immediate needs from talent standpoint. These young men will represent Baker University well both in the classroom and on the court.”
2.28.11 | Men's Basketball
Wommack and Strozier named to men’s basketball all-HAAC squad
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two Baker University seniors grabbed all-Heart of America Athletic Conference men’s basketball honors on Sunday evening as Jaris Womack (Taylorville, Ill.) was named to the all-HAAC second team while Andre Strozier (Phoenix, Ariz.) received honorable mention.
Wommack led the Wildcats with 16.7 points and 1.7 steals per game. Strozier was the only other Wildcat averaging in double figures with 12.8 points per game.
2.24.11 | Men's Basketball
Hot shooting lifts MNU past Baker
OLATHE, Kan. – The Baker men’s basketball team battled the entire game, but came up just a few baskets short on Thursday evening in Olathe, falling 83-76.
MidAmerica started the game hot and finished the game hot. The Pioneers (13-16, 8-11 HAAC) shot 51 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc. Three players scored in double figures with HAAC scoring leader Rustin Dowd leading the way scoring a game-high 19 points on a 4-for-13 shooting performance. Dowd went 10-for-12 from the charity stripe.
2.19.11 | Men's Basketball
Wommack paces Baker past Missouri Valley with team-high 29 points
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Doing it all was an understatement on Saturday afternoon for senior guard Jaris Wommack.
Wommack scored a game-high 29 points while shooting 9-for-15 from the field and pulling down 11 rebounds. Andre Strozier added 18 points as the Wildcats went on to defeat Missouri Valley College 61-53.
2.14.11 | Men's Basketball
Wildcats and coach Ballard making big strides on the basketball court
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The record says 11-15, but the improvement on the floor says so much more as Baker University’s men’s team continues to play hard-nosed basketball.
“Being picked 10th in the Heart of America Athletic Conference at the start of the season was great motivation for us,” first-year Wildcat head basketball coach Brett Ballard said. “We used that as a rallying cry early on in practice. These guys have worked hard in practice, and now we’re starting to consistently see the results carry over into our games.”
2.10.11 | Men's Basketball
Cold second half sinks Baker against Avila
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Baker men’s basketball (10-15, 6-9 HAAC) team opened up the game with a 37-33 lead heading into the break, but Avila put the game away early in the second half with a 16-4 run from which Baker was never able to recover, bowing 79-65.
Austin Bond led three Baker players in double figures with a team-high 15 points while shooting 7-for-10 from the field. Jaris Wommack added 12 points and Andre Strozier chipped in with 10.