Baker sports roundup
Baker women's basketball
team off to fast start
The Baker University womens basketball team has quickly emerged as one of the toughest teams in the Heart of America Athletic Conference by upsetting two of the HAAC's top teams.
The Cats shut down Missouri Valley College Dec. 2 in Marshall, Mo., upset No. 24 MidAmerica Nazarene University Thursday at home, and finished the five-day period with an upset of William Jewell College Dec. 6 in Liberty, Mo., to start the conference season 3-0.
Baker held Missouri Valley to 14 first-half points en route to a 52-38 victory. Twelve Wildcats scored for Baker, led by junior Courtney Hodges of Topeka, senior Cory Shoaf of Bonner Springs and senior Amber Koblitz of Paola with seven points apiece. Sophomore Jessica Pontious of Enid, Okla., had six rebounds and three blocked shots and junior Erin Robinson dished four assists.
The Cats limited Missouri Valley to 20-percent shooting in the first half and 24.6-percent for the game. It was the fewest points Baker had allowed since defeating Tabor College 76-49 Nov. 25 at home.
The Wildcats jumped to an early lead and held on to upset MidAmerica Nazarene 57-52. Baker held a 24-17 lead at halftime while holding the Pioneers to five of 36 shooting.
Junior Erin Robinson of Topeka led the Wildcat offense with 13 points. Sophomore Ashley Ohlman of Emporia and Pontious added 10 points. All three shot five for 10. Shoaf grabbed 11 rebounds and had seven points.
MidAmerica was ranked No. 16 in the preseason poll before dropping eight spots in the Dec. 1 poll.
Hodges scored 15 points to lead Baker to a 67-62 victory over William Jewell. Jewell received votes in the Dec. 1 NAIA poll.
Hodges made six of eight field goals and two of three 3-point field goal attempts. The Cats shot over 50-percent as a team, with junior Kristin Crites of Junction City helping the statistic by making four of five shots. Junior Gretchen Patty of Wichita and Shoaf added 10 points. Nine different players have led the Cats in scoring in 11 games.
The Cats head to Orlando, Fla., for Disney's NAIA Challenge Dec. 14-18. The players will return from Christmas break with two home games on Jan. 5 and 8 versus Benedictine College and Central Methodist College.
Wildcat basketball team
loses first three HAAC games
Baker University has shown plenty of offense but hasn't been able to get a win in its first week of Heart of America Athletic Conference games.
The Cats scored a season-high 90 points in a 93-90 loss to Missouri Valley College Dec. 2 in Marshall, Mo. The game total exceeded Baker's previous season-high set in an 86-77 defeat of Saint Mary College Nov. 18.
Baker shot 61.3-percent in the game, led by senior Pedro Dos Santos of Goiannia, Brazil, making 10 of 12 field goals en route to a 21-point game.
Senior point guard Brandon McDonnell of Topeka made eight of nine field goals for 19 points and also had a game-high six-assists. Junior Josh Flett of Wellsville had 15 points and senior Luke Harris of Dodge City added 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Freshman Darin Redeker of Olpe came off the bench to hit three 3-point field goals.
The Cats put up a spirited fight but couldn't upset No. 18 MidAmerica Nazarene University Thursday in Baker's home opener.
Twelve different Wildcats scored in the 105-81 loss, and five scored in double figures. Redeker scored 15 points, including three 3-point field goals at crucial moments during the game. The other four Wildcats to score in double figures were Flett, Dos Santos, senior Ryan Tenbrink of Meriden and freshman Marc Roberts of Salina.
The Baker men started the season with an 11-game road swing, and Collins Center was nearly filled to capacity for their homecoming. MidAmerica was ranked 10th in the preseason poll before falling to 18th in the Dec. 2 poll.
Flett and Redeker scored in double figures, but couldn't lead Baker to an upset of No. 18 William Jewell College Saturday in Liberty, Mo.
Flett had 12 points and six rebounds and Redeker added 10 points. Dos Santos had a game-high eight rebounds and four blocked shots. Freshman Ross Thompson of Ottawa came off the bench to score nine points and grab seven rebounds.
The Wildcats have no more games until the San Diego Classic on Dec. 30.