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01.19.13 | W Basketball

Baker Earns 2OT win over No. 22 CMU

BrAnna Garza (left) had 13 points and Shea Shoemaker (right) had four for Baker on Saturday BrAnna Garza (left) had 13 points and Shea Shoemaker (right) had four for Baker on Saturday

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – In its first double overtime contest of the season, the Baker University women's basketball team defeated No. 22 ranked Central Methodist University, 82-79, on Saturday in a wild finish.

Both teams largest leads were just five points, as the Wildcats led by five in the first half, 20-15, with 10:34 to go in the first half and the Eagles led by five with 11:18 left in the game, 44-39.

The contest featured 10 lead changes and 14 ties. With key free throws down the stretch, the Wildcats closed out the game.

Central Methodist went up 61-59 with 1:45 left with a bucket from Jasmine Poteete. With time running out, Rece Huddlin was fouled for the Wildcats and went to the line with Baker still down two points and only 11 seconds remaining.

She nailed both from the line and sent the game into overtime. Towanda Sutton scored first in OT for CMU and Kyrstie Ehm answered that with a bucket of her own to tie things up, 63-63.

With the Wildcats down two late in overtime, Huddlin came up big again for the Wildcats with 21 seconds left and Baker trailing, 70-68, the senior nailed a bucket and sent the game into a second OT.

In that second overtime, Alisha Fanshier scored first with 4:19 to go to give Baker the 72-70 lead. The Wildcats then hit 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch and took home the 82-79 victory.

With the win, Baker is now 12-8 overall and 5-3 in the HAAC and all alone in fourth-place, while CMU falls to 17-3 and 6-3 in the conference.

Baker was an impressive, 20-of-23, from the free-throw line, good for an 87-percent clip. Five Wildcats scored in double figures including Fanshier with 18, Huddlin with 15, Ehm and Rashida Simpson each had 12 and BriAnna Garza scored 13.

The Wildcats outrebounded CMU, 38-32, with Simpson leading the way with 15. Baker will next take on Avila University on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Collins Center.

STATS: Baker 82 – CMU 79 (2OT)

-BAKER-

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