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12.02.09 | Men's Basketball

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12.3.09 | Basketball

Baker to host conference rival Benedictine Thursday eveningAustin Bond

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - The Baker women (4-4, 1-0) will get things started Thursday when they host rival Benedictine College (3-4, 0-0) at 5:30 p.m. at the Collins Center.

Baker enters Thursday's game 1-0 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference after defeating No. 24 Evangel University Tuesday evening by a score of 66-61. Brittany Hines led the way on Tuesday scoring 26 points off 10-12 shooting from the floor and 4-5 shooting from beyond the arc. Emily Gibson recorded her third double-double of the season with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Junior Jenna Brantley played a key role, matching the single-game assist record of 10 that she set against Friends University on Nov. 10.

Gibson leads the Wildcats with 13.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

With their five-game win streak in the rearview mirror, the Baker men (6-3, 0-1) will look to get back on track Thursday evening after dropping the conference opener 48-72 to Evangel University on Tuesday.

Junior Andre Strozier leads the Wildcats in scoring with 13.7 points per game and rebounding with 8.7 rebounds per game).

This season Baker has done a good job of forcing its opponents into turnovers. Wildcat opponents have collectively averaged 15.6 turnovers per game through the first nine games.

Live stats for Thursday's game will be available through NAIA Dakstats, live audio will be available via Allinbroadcasters.com, and live video will be available via UStream.tv. To listen to audio and video simultaneously, open both the audio and video links.

Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m., immediately following the women's game.

SERIES STUFF

The Baker women last defeated Benedictine on Feb. 10, 2005, by a score of 69-56. Jessica Pontious led the way, scoring 18 points. The Lady Cats finished the 2005 season 21-11.

HAAC RANKINGS

The Benedictine Lady Ravens were picked No. 2 in the preseason HAAC coaches poll. The men were picked seventh. Both the Baker men and women were picked No. 6

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