Baker teams in action
MEN'S BASKETBALL (9-15, 5-8 7th) - In its biggest win in recent history, Baker knocked off Mid America Nazarene University (20-5, 11-2 2nd), the seventh-ranked team in NAIA Div. II, 96-90 on Thursday in the Collins Center.
Aaron Schwerman, senior from Beloit, led Baker with 25 points. Down the stretch, however, Baker turned to point guard Scott Johnson, junior from Tulsa, Okla., who made all four of his free throw attempts in the game's final minutes and six for six overall. Brandon McDonnell, sophomore from Topeka, had seven assists. The 'Cats had their best shooting night of the year, hitting 58.3% from the field (66.7% in the second half) and 77.8% from outside (3 3 in the second half).
Baker followed up its big win over MidAmerica with a 79-74 victory over William Jewell College (14-10, 8-4 4th) on Saturday on Jewell's home court in Liberty, Mo. Jewell had been receiving votes in the NAIA Div. II poll, but were undone by Schwerman's game-high 27 points and nine rebounds. McDonnell had six assists and Johnson had 11 points and five assists.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (14-11, 7-6 4th)- The Wildcats closed the gap on the leaders in the Heart of America Athletic Conference standings with a 62-58 upset of MidAmerica Nazarene University (13-9, 9-4 3rd) on Thursday in the Collins Center. Gayla Brown, junior from Grandview, Mo., led Baker with 12 points and six rebounds. Angie Miller added 11 points.
Baker fell to William Jewell College (18-4, 10-2 2nd), the 16th-ranked team in NAIA Div. II, 91-80 on Saturday in Liberty, Mo. Point guard Erin Robinson, freshman from Topeka, scored a career-high 17 points to lead the 'Cats and also had five rebounds. Brown scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD - Cristy Turner, junior from Perry, Fla., nearly broke her second school record in as many meets for the Wildcats but missed the indoor 200-meter record by one-hundredth of a second on Saturday at the Iowa State Invitational in Ames, Iowa. Turner ran a 29.29, just missing the record set by Jackie Sommer, senior from Bixby, Okla., in 2000 when she was a sophomore. Turner shattered the school indoor pole vault record by a foot in her first meet as a Wildcat at last weekend's Graceland Invitational with a vault of 11' 6". She vaulted 10' 4" on Friday to take fifth place, Baker's highest finish of the weekend.
Matt Neal, senior from Austin, Texas, broke Baker's indoor 400-meter record by nealry a second with a provisional-qualifying time of 51.17 on Saturday. The old record of 52.03 was set by Jeff Gabriel in 1993.
Baker's next meet will be the Jayhawk Invitational on Friday, hosted by the University of Kansas, in Anshutz Pavilion.