“To have a freshman that has the confidence to take that sort of shot is a great thing,” said head coach Ben Lister. “We need to get to the point where we can play 40 minutes like we played the last five minutes.”
Heading into the break, the Wildcats trailed 31-22, and with 4:53 remaining in regulation trailed 52-37. The Wildcats managed to rally though as timely turnovers by the Falcons and hot shooting by the ‘Cats got Baker back into the game.
Senior Rae Lynne Stewart led the way offensively for Baker with 11 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Haleigh Tenpenny was the only other Wildcat in double figures with 10 points and three rebounds.
Shelbi Petty’s gritty play was the story though as she finished the contest with four steals and seven points.
Abbey Fawcet led the way for Friends with 13 points. Sarah Munds was the only other Falcon in double figures with 12 points and eight rebounds.
Baker (1-3) finished the contest 21-for-52 from the field (40 percent) and 6-for-20 (30 percent) from beyond the arc.
The Wildcats return to action Nov. 11 against Park University at the Ottawa University Classic.