Baker squads split league action
Both Baker University teams had good showings at home Thursday with victories and both came up short on the road Saturday at Benedictine.
In Thursday's games at the Collins Center, the BU men topped Culver-Stockton 64-58 and the women won by a 78-57 count in their biggest win of the season. Saturday's games were close, but the Wildcat men fell to Benedictine 76-67 and the women dropped a 57-54 decision.
Baker's men now have a 10-19 overall record and stand 5-12 in Heart of America Athletic Conference play. The Wildcat women are now 10-18 and 4-13.
In Thursday's mens game, BU had a slim 29-27 halftime lead and stretched it to six with a 35-31 advantage in the second half. BU shot 37 percent from the floor and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Wildcats also won the battle of the boards with 40 rebounds to Culver's 35 and committed one less turnover, 10-9.
Aaron Schwerman, a 6-foot-7 junior center from Beloit, topped the scoring with 19 points and also had nine rebounds. Todd Heitshusen, a 6-1 sophomore guard from Lawrence, had 10 points. Ivica Simac, a 6-5 sophomore from Croatia, had nine points and nine boards. Brett Woolery, a 6-0 sophomore guard from Princeton, chipped in with four assists.
In the loss to Benedictine, Schwerman had 14 points and nine rebounds. Simac and Scott Johnson, a 6-1 sophomore guard from Tulsa, both had 12 points. Pedro Dos Santos, a 6-8 freshman center from Brazil, had four blocked shots. BU shot 40 percent from the floor, including 19 percent from the 3-point line, and hit 75 percent from the charity stripe.
In the blowout win for the women against Culver, BU jumped out to a 45-35 first-half lead and then added another 11 points to the margin with a 33-22 surge in the second half. The Wildcats shot well from both the field (47 percent) and the free throw line (85 percent). They also out rebounded Culver 42-37.
Angie Miller topped the Wildcat scoring with 22 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Triece Baker added 13 points and Ashley Ranallo was right behind with 12. Monique Everett led the way in rebounding with nine and assists with five.
The Wildcats cooled off considerably against Benedictine, shooting 36 percent from the floor and 65 percent from the line. They also had five more turnovers than Benedictine, 14-9.
Miller had 12 points for the Cats and Cory Shoaf added 11. Ashley Ranallo topped the rebounding with nine.
Both teams will close out regular-season play with a pair of home games. Thursday, BU will play host to Graceland and on Saturday Central Methodist will come to town. The men play at 8 p.m. and the women at 6 p.m. both nights in the Collins Center.
The HAAC post-season tournament will follow with tournament seeds determined by season records. Brackets will be announced following Saturday's action.