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Wednesday, 29 December 2010 15:11

Grand Canyon Classic

12.30.10 | Women's Basketball

Baker women return to action Thursday afternoonCanyon Classic

PHOENIX, Ariz. – After playing just once in the past 20 days due to final exams and the Christmas holiday break, Baker will return to action Thursday afternoon as it takes part in the Grand Canyon Holiday Classic at Southwestern College in Phoenix, Ariz. The Wildcats will tangle with The University of Rio Grande (Ohio) on Thursday and host Southwestern College (Ariz.) on Friday. Thursday’s contest will tipoff at 2 p.m. MST (3:00 p.m. CT). Friday’s action is set to tipoff at 12 p.m. MST (1 p.m. CST).

Baker (7-5, 3-1 HAAC) last took the hardwood on Dec. 9th, defeating Central Methodist University 50-34 in Baldwin City. Emily Gibson sparked the Wildcats off the bench netting a team-high 11 points on 5-for-10 shooting from the field while also pulling down eight rebounds. Brittany Hines and Courtney Goodrum each chipped in with eight points apiece en route to the Cats‘ third-straight victory.

Senior guard Brittany Hines continues to lead the Baker offense averaging 13.4 points per game. Seniors Emily Gibson and Aubree Gustin continue to dominate the paint. Gibson is currently averaging 13.1 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game. Gustin is averaging 9.6 points per game while pulling down 7.5 rebounds per contest.

The University of Rio Grande (10-3, 7-1 MSC) enters play receiving eight votes in the most recent NAIA Division I Top 25 Coaches‘ Poll. Wednesday afternoon the RedStorm defeated host Southwestern College 107-80 in its first game of the Grand Canyon Holiday Classic. The Red Storm had five players score in double figures, with senior guard Jenna Smith leading the way scoring a team-high 27 points with seven three-pointers. Rio shot 45 percent (36-of-80) from the field, including 14-of-42 (33.3 percent) from three-point land. The RedStorm connected on 21-of-27 (77.8 percent) from the free-throw line.

Southwestern College (1-9) enters play reeling. The Eagles have dropped seven-straight games heading into Friday’s contest against Baker. Steffani Linscum leads the Eagles with 22.2 points per game.

Southwestern College is affiliated with the NAIA DII Independent League.

Live video of the contests can be viewed via the Trip Sports website. Click here to access the live link

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