Baker sweeps openers
Baker University's basketball teams got the season off right Saturday night, with both teams picking up wins over Haskell Indian Nations University. The Baker men won 75-68 and the women had an easier time of it, taking a 69-44 victory.
Baker's men used a 10-point edge at the free throw line to help secure the win. In all, there were 56 fouls called, 35 against Haskell and 21 against Baker. The Wildcats went to the charity stripe 44 times, hitting 24, while Haskell was 14 of 21. Baker's percentage wasn't good, but the Cats took advantage down the stretch, hitting 12 of their final 18 free throws to bag the win.
Baker coach Rick Weaver said he wasn't surprised by the sloppiness in the game.
"It was kind of a sloppy, ragged early season ball game, but both teams played hard," said Weaver. "Usually everybody in the first game is kind of like a chicken running around with its head cut off and I thought both teams were like that a little. The intensity was there, but sometimes the thinking wasn't."
Baker was able to put together a 38-36 halftime lead, but Haskell tied it up at 59 with a little more than five minutes left in the game. It didn't last long, however, as 10 seconds later Baker's Scott Johnson hit a free throw to give the Wildcats the lead for good.
Baker was led by Aaron Schwerman's 19 points and 11 rebounds. Schwerman, a 6-foot-7 senior from Beloit, was an all-conference selection a year ago. Johnson, a 6-1 junior from Tulsa, added 11 points and Brandon Scarborough, 6-5 senior from Kansas City, Mo., chipped in with 10.
Baker was in action Tuesday night at home against Ottawa, but results weren't available by press time. The Wildcats will be in tournament play Friday and Saturday at the Bartlesville, Okla., Wesleyan Classic. They will be at home Nov. 13 against St. Mary, with tip-off set for 7:30 p.m.
Baker women 69, HINU 44
The Wildcats used a full-court press to force Haskell into 35 turnovers just two nights after Haskell had forced 44 turnovers in a one-sided victory over Central College.
"I saw the score in the paper and I thought, 'Oh, man, we've got our work cut out for us,'" said Baker coach Susan Decker. "I was concerned that we wouldn't be able to contain them offensively, but I thought we did a good job in our full-court defense to really shut them down."
Baker was led by Gretchen Schroeder's 13 points and Gayla Brown with 11.