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Thursday, 24 January 2013 21:47

Wildcats Earn Season Sweep of Avila

BriAnna Garza had a big game for Baker with 17 points, three rebounds and three assists BriAnna Garza had a big game for Baker with 17 points, three rebounds and three assists

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University women's basketball team completed the season sweep of Avila University on Thursday night for the first time since 2005-06 with a 55-50 win over the Eagles to improve to 13-8 overall and 6-3 in the HAAC.

The Eagles fall to 4-14 on the year and 3-7 in the conference and have lost 8 of its last nine games.

Both teams also celebrated the National Association of Basketball Coaches, Coaches vs. Cancer campaign as both coaching staffs and Baker administrators wore sneakers with their suits to spread awareness for cancer research and the American Cancer Society.

The contest was tied five different times and featured two lead changes. The Baker bench came through with 29 points, while Avila had just eight points from its bench.

Alisha Fanshier and BriAnna Garza were the only two Wildcats to score in double figures with 20 and 17 respectively.

The Wildcats trailed by five with 7:44 to go, 44-39, when BriAnna Garza put together three straight plays to tie up the game.

Garza first hit a jumper to bring the deficit to just three, 44-41, she then blocked a Jessica Smith jumper and took the ball down the court and nailed a three-point bucket to tie up the game at 44-44.

Garza then hit two free throws to give Baker back the lead at 46-44. With the score tied at 50-50, Fanshier put the nail in the coffin with a big three-point bucket with 54 seconds left to put Baker up for good 53-50. She then nailed two free throws to ice the game and give the Wildcats the 55-50 win.

The Wildcats were again efficient from the free-throw line, shooting 92.9-percent on 13-of-14 shooting.

Rece Huddlin and Rashida Simpson each led the team in rebounding with six each and Garza had a team high three assists.

Baker will hit the road this Saturday, Jan. 26 when they take on HAAC foe Missouri Valley at 2 p.m.

Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), which empowers all sports coaches, their teams and their local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

STATS: Baker 55 – Avila 50

-BAKER-

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