Baker sports roundup
Decker earns career wins record as Baker sets free throw records
Special to the Signal
Susan Decker set the record for most career wins by a Baker University women's basketball coach as her Wildcats made 35 of 38 free throws in a 78-62 victory over Benedictine College Monday in Atchison, Kan.
It was Decker's 66th victory in her fourth year as head coach. The Wildcats have won more games in less than four full years under Decker than they did in the seven years previous to her arrival. Her Cats tied the record for wins in a season last year with 21.
The Wildcats defeated the Ravens with great free throw shooting, setting team records with free throws made in a game (35, breaking the old record of 34 set during the 1999-2000 season) and free throw percentage in a game (92.1-percent, breaking the old record of 89.5-percent also set in 1999-2000).
Senior Cory Shoaf of Paola led the way with 19 points and made all seven of her free throw attempts. Sophomore Ashley Ohlman of Emporia scored 15 points and made nine free throws. Ohlman also had a game-high five steals and a team-high five rebounds.
The win moved the Wildcats into a tie with Benedictine for third-place in the Heart of America Athletic Conference standings with a 10-4 record and just one game out of a tie for second-place with MidAmerica Nazarene University.
Junior point guard Erin Robinson of Topeka made a basket in the waning seconds to give Baker a 67-65 comeback victory over William Jewell College Saturday in Baldwin City.
The Cats were down by 12 points in the first half and needed a 13-3 run in the second half to take the lead. Ten different Wildcats scored, led by Ohlman and junior Jessica Pontious of Enid, Okla., with 10 points apiece. Junior Kristin Crites of Junction City came off the bench to score nine points and grab a season-high 12 rebounds.
Pontious and Crities combined for 26 points to lead a strong inside game as Baker fell to MidAmerica 74-71 Thursday in Olathe. The Wildcats led 41-25 at halftime.
Redeker leads Cats
through tough stretch
Freshman guard Darin Redeker of Olpe led Baker through a gauntlet of the Heart of America Athletic Conference's top three teams in five days with pinpoint 3-point shooting.
Redeker had a team-high 41 points during the stretch, with 39 of those points coming on 3-pointers. He made 13 of 25 shots from behind the arc during the stretch.
Redeker lit up Benedictine outside and freshman center Ross Thompson of Ottawa was nearly perfect inside as Baker fell 83-62 to the Ravens Monday in Atchison.
On Jan. 5 in Baldwin City, Redeker made six three-pointers for 18 points as Baker defeated Benedictine 69-67 for the Ravens' first conference loss. In the rematch, Redeker tallied 14 points with four 3-pointers. Thompson made six of seven field goals to lead the Baker front court.
Freshman guard DJ Watkins of Lawrence and Redeker combined for 31 points and six 3-pointers but couldn't upset William Jewell College Saturday in Baldwin City.
The Cardinals are ranked sixth nationally with a 22-3 record. Watkins led the Cats with 19 points and Redeker added 12.
The Cats had a season-high nine steals as a team, with Redeker and senior guard Brandon McDonnell of Topeka grabbing two apiece. McDonnell had five assists.
McDonnell didn't show any rust after a five-day break with 16 points and eight assists in a 90-73 loss to MidAmerica Nazarene University Thursday in Olathe.
McDonnell made seven of nine field goals and both of his 3-pointers and had just two turnovers against the Pioneers, who are ranked fifth nationally.
Baker's freshman guard duo of Redeker and Watkins again provided long-range scoring. Redeker made five 3-pointers for 15 points and Watkins had 12 points and four steals. Senior Pedro Dos Santos of Goiannia, Brazil, had 11 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots.
Weir, newcomers lead
indoor track team
Baker University's Brett Weir and a host of newcomers stole the show at the Nebraska Wesleyan University Quadrangular Saturday in Lincoln, Neb.
The indoor meet was the first meet of the season for the team as a whole. Pole vaulters and pentathletes have each had one meet.
Weir, a sophomore from Topeka who qualified for nationals last year in the hurdles, improved his provisional-qualifying time in the 55-meter hurdles. He finished second in the finals with a time of 8.01 seconds in the preliminary race, improving the time he ran at the Doane Pentathlon on Jan. 25 by four-hundredths of a second.
Weir also placed sixth in the long jump, one place behind freshman Brett Randle of Dallas, who jumped 20-2.75. Randle placed even better in the triple jump, with his 43-03.75 mark earning third place.
Freshman Marty Johnston of Leawood led the men's distance runners at the season opener just a few months after leading the Baker men's soccer team in scoring. Johnston finished seventh in the 1,000-yard run, just 0.6 seconds from scoring with a time of 2:25.30.
Freshman LaTasha Roberts' college career got off to a fast start with three scoring finishes to lead the women's team. Roberts, a sprinter from Louisburg, placed third in the 440-yard dash and fifth in the 55-meter dash, and ran the initial leg on the 4x440-yard relay team that finished fourth.
Junior Jana Collins of Highland also scored big in her first meet as a Wildcat. Collins placed fourth in the 600-yard ran and also ran on the 4x440-yard relay team.
Freshman Lori Seidl of Benton and senior Angie Heffner of Baldwin City placed fourth and fifth in the 55-meter hurdles. Senior Becki Cargo of Pomona placed sixth in the 880-yard run, her first performance for the track team after four years on the Baker soccer team. Sophomore Blair Spencer of Alma placed sixth in the 1,000-yard run.