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Tuesday, 22 January 2013 16:20

BU Hosts AU on Coaches v Cancer Game

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University men's and women's basketball teams will take on Avila University this Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Collins Center, with the women's team tipping off at 5:30 p.m. and the men's team clashing at approximately 7:30 p.m.

The contest will also features Baker's initiative to promote the National Association of Basketball Coaches, Coaches vs. Cancer event.

Baker head women's and men's basketball coaches Ben Lister and Sean Dooley along with members of its coaching staff and Baker officials and Avila head coaches Larry Williams and Rodney Perry will all wear basketball sneakers with their suits to promote awareness for the NABC's role with the American Cancer Society and its cancer research.

Donations will be taken at the front entrance of the Collins Center for the American Cancer Society and fans can also purchase a paper cutout of a shoe at the front entrance and write the name of someone you know that has been touched by cancer and decorate it, the Baker Athletics department will then hang it in the Collins Center, those donations will also go to the American Cancer Society.

Between the men's and women's basketball games on Thursday, members of all four basketball teams will meet on the center court for a special presentation benefiting the Coaches vs. Cancer program, it will be an event you won't want to miss.

The Baker women's basketball team is coming off of its biggest win of the season, as they defeated No. 22 ranked Central Methodist University on Saturday in a thrilling 82-79 double overtime win at the Collins Center.

Alisha Fanshier and Rashida Simpson lead the Wildcats in scoring, as Fanshier averages 13 points per game and Simpson is just behind her averaging 10.4 points per game and leads the team with her 8.2 rebounds per contest.

Avila comes in with a record of 4-13 and 3-6 in the HAAC, while Baker is 12-8 and 5-3 in the conference and in fourth-place in the league standings.

The Baker men's squad also defeated Central Methodist on Saturday, in a 65-55 win over the Eagles. The Wildcats are led by Ben Steinlage and his 13.5 points per game and the Wildcat defense is holding its opponents to just 40-percent shooting.

Avila is 7-12 overall and 2-7 in league play. The Eagles have three players averaging double figures in scoring per game, but have lost five of its last six games.

Fans can watch the game live via live stats and live video at, legendary broadcaster Tom Hedrick will call the game.


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