Baker men win, women lose
Balanced scoring and a big advantage in field goal shooting helped boost the Baker University Wildcats to a 79-67 victory over Graceland in the Collins Center Monday night. The game had been originally scheduled to be played Saturday.
Baker had five players in double figures and out shot Graceland 51 percent to 30 percent from the floor. BU also had a 44 percent to 29 percent edge in 3-point shooting. The Wildcats had a 39-34 halftime lead and extended that with a 40-33 advantage in the second half.
Scott Johnson, Brandon McDonnell and Pedro Dos Santos all had 14 points to lead Baker. Joining them in double digits were Brett Woolery with 11 points and Lee Driver with 10. Dos Santos also had 10 rebounds and four blocked shots. Luke Harris had seven rebounds and McDonnell had five assists and a pair of steals.
The victory upped Baker's record to 15-16 overall and 8-11 in Heart of America Athletic Conference play. Graceland dipped to 12-5 and 9-9.
Next action for the Wildcats will be Saturday afternoon at Culver-Stockton. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. That's the final regular season game for Baker. The HAAC tournament is set to begin Monday.
Baker women fall
to Graceland, 75-68
From Signal Staff Reports
A poor second half doomed the Baker University Wildcat women to a 75-68 loss to Graceland Monday night in Collins Center.
Baker had a slim 40-39 halftime lead, but saw that evaporate with a 36-28 showing by Graceland in the second half. The Wildcats shot 37 percent from the floor and only 11 percent from 3-point range while Graceland countered with 45 percent and 36 percent shooting. Graceland also had a large edge in rebounding, 43-30.
Gayla Brown topped the Baker scoring with 18 points and Tasha Gentry added 11. Gretchen Schroeder had six rebounds and both Brown and Courtney Hodges had five. Amber Burkland had three assists and Amber Koblitz had three steals.
The loss dropped Baker's record to 16-13 overall and 11-7 in Heart of America Athletic Conference play. Graceland improved to 14-14 and 8-9. The game had originally been scheduled for Saturday.
The Wildcats will close out the regular season with a trip to Culver-Stockton Saturday. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. The HAAC playoffs begin Monday.