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02.18.14 | W Basketball

Baker Jumps to No. 13, Tops in HAAC

Kyrstie Ehm and the Wildcats currently have their highest-ever ranking at No. 13 Kyrstie Ehm and the Wildcats currently have their highest-ever ranking at No. 13

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Baker University women's basketball team moved up a spot to No. 13 in this week's NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 poll and is now the highest ranked team in the Heart of America Athletic Conference, jumping past MidAmerica Nazarene who is now No. 15, falling from No. 13.

The Wildcats enter the poll with an overall record of 20-5 and 13-1 in the HAAC and have won 13-straight HAAC games.

The other squad from the HAAC ranked this week is No. 20 Central Methodist. The Eagles moved up from No. 24 last week and post a record of 19-5.

The Wildcats will look to run its winning streak to 14 and 15 games this week, as they take on Avila at home on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m. and then travels to Evangel on Saturday, Feb. 22 to take on the Crusaders at 2 p.m.

Baker currently ranks eighth in the NAIA in total blocks with 111 and Macy Wallisch is fifth in the country in total blocks with 71.

Senior point guard BriAnna Garza is 10th in the country in total assists with 120 and Shea Shoemaker is in the Top 20 in free-throw percentage of 81.6-percent.

Notes: (All information dates back to 1999-2000) This is the 37th all-time and ninth-straight No. 1 ranking for Vanguard (Calif.)... Five teams were ranked No. 1 during the 2012-13 season: Westmont (Calif.), Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), Oklahoma City, Vanguard and former member Lubbock Christian (Texas)... Former member Union (Tenn.) leads all schools in all-time No. 1 rankings with 53, while Oklahoma City (46), Vanguard (37) and former member Southern Nazarene (Okla.) (15) are the only other programs with 10-or-more No. 1 rankings... Since the start of the 1999-2000 season, only Oklahoma City and Freed-Hardeman have been listed in all 174 polls... Vanguard has appeared in 141-straight... No. 8 Georgetown (Ky.) made its first appearance among the top five since Jan. 11, 2005 in the Preseason Poll...Thirty-five programs garnered Top 25 mention in 2012-13... Union and Vanguard are the only programs to have spent an entire season ranked No. 1 (Union: 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11) (Vanguard: 2005-06, 2006-07).

For a look at the entire Top 25 poll, please click here.

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