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10.31.11 | Basketball

Wildcats rebuild and reload for 2011-12 under new head coach Ben Lister

2011-12 Previews

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – After losing its starting five to graduation, the Baker women’s basketball team looks to turn to a new chapter in the 2011-12 season as head coach Ben Lister takes over the reins.

Senior Gloria Atanmo (Avondale, Ariz.) is the top returner from last year’s squad. Other key returners are senior Rae Lynne Stewart (Independence, Mo.) and sophomore Rachel Taghaboni (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Atanmo played in 28 games last season, averaging 4.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Taghaboni and Stewart played in 30 and 26 games, respectively.

9.28.11 | Women's Basketball

Local star Ericka Simpson signs with Baker

Ericka Simpson

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Area high school girls basketball standout Ericka Simpson has signed with Baker University, Wildcat head coach Ben Lister announced on Wednesday.

Simpson, a senior point guard from Spring Hill High School, signed her letter of intent with the Wildcats on Sept. 14.

“We could not have been more pleased with the addition of Ericka to our program,” Lister said. “She is an excellent student-athlete. Her ability to play the one or two will allow us to utilize her skill set in multiple ways. We are fortunate to have her join our program.”

7.12.11 | Women's Basketball

Women’s basketball team reloads for 2011-12 season

WBB Reloads

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – New Baker University head women’s basketball coach Ben Lister has been busy this summer, announcing on Tuesday the signing of nine student-athletes for the fall season.

“I’m pleased with the depth of our incoming class,” Lister said. “This is a group that brings versatility, toughness and a winning mentality to our team. Every incoming player will be able to compete for playing time immediately; therefore the competition in practice should be intense and productive.”

5.23.11 | Women's Basketball

Ben Lister named head coach of Baker women's basketballBenLister09

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Ben Lister has been named head coach of the Baker University women’s basketball program, Baker athletics director Theresa Yetmar announced on Monday.

Lister, an assistant women’s basketball coach at Barton County Community College, takes over for Susan Decker, who resigned earlier this spring after coaching the Lady ’Cats for 11 seasons.

Coach Lister served as an assistant coach at Barton County Community College for four years. During his time at Barton, the Cougars compiled a 94-36 record and won the 2008 and 2009 Jayhawk West Conference Championship on their way to a Region VI Championship.

4.11.11 | Women's Basketball

Baker University women’s basketball head coach Susan Decker to step down

Susan Decker

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker University women’s basketball coach Susan Decker announced on Monday that she has resigned her post after 11 seasons leading the Wildcat program.

Decker, a former NAIA All-American at Tabor College from 1989-1992, said she felt that this was the right time to transition to a new professional challenge and turn the program over to new leadership.  Decker will expand her current part-time teaching role to become a full-time faculty member at the Baker’s College of Arts and Sciences in the fall of 2011.

“I am really excited for the opportunity that Baker has provided for me to move in a new direction with my teaching career,” Decker said. “Baker basketball will continue to hold a special place in my heart and I will always be grateful for the opportunity that was given to me by Dan Harris and Baker University 11 years ago to become the women's basketball coach.  I want to send a special thank you to all the administration, faculty, staff, current and former players of Baker.  This has been a tremendous experience in my life and one I will never forget.”

3.24.11 | Women's Basketball

Brittany Hines named NAIA Scholar-AthleteBrittany Hines

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker University’s Brittany Hines (Hutchinson, Kan.) was named a 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete, one of 127 Division I women’s basketball student-athletes to earn the distinction, the NAIA announced on Monday.

Hines finished second on the team in scoring averaging 13.9 points per game. She also set the Baker single-game record for points scored (34) in the Grand Canyon Classic held in Phoenix, Arizona over winter break.

3.3.11 | Women's Basketball

Baker women fall in opening round of HAAC Playoffs to Lindenwood 65-59

Brooke Sanders

ST. CHARLES, Mo. – The Wildcats played a near flawless first half, but Lindenwood came out hot after the break hitting 11-of-19 shots to go on an early 9-0 run that ultimately doomed Baker.

Brooke Sanders scored a career-high 17 points to go along with five assists and two blocks. Brittany Hines was the only other Wildcat to score in double figures with 10 points. Sanders finished the game 6-for-9 from the field and 4-for-7 from beyond the arc.

3.2.11 | HAAC Playoffs

Second season begins on Wednesday at Lindenwood for Baker women

2011 HAAC Playoffs

ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Coming off a big win on Senior Day over Graceland University, the Baker women’s basketball team will look to ride a new wave of momentum as it opens the Heart of America Athletic Conference postseason tournament on Wednesday evening at No. 2 seed Lindenwood University. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m in St. Charles.

During the regular season, the Wildcats (15-15, 10-10 HAAC) defeated Lindenwood 71-66 on Dec. 4 in Baldwin City but fell 76-62 on Jan. 29 in St. Charles. The Lions (20-9, 15-5) are coming off a 67-56 Senior Day victory over William Jewell College.

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