Baker sports roundup
Women's basketball team concludes record-breaking season
Special to the Signal
A record-breaking women's basketball season came to an end before a large Baker University crowd Saturday night in Olathe. The Wildcats' six-game winning streak (and winners of 12 of 14 games since Jan. 17) was snapped by a 65-51 loss to MidAmerica Nazarene University in the Heart of America Athletic Conference semifinals.
Sophomore guard Ashley Ohlman of Emporia scored 16 points and hit two timely three-pointers, and junior center Jessica Pontious of Enid, Okla., added 10 points and six rebounds. In the final game of her career, senior Cory Shoaf of Bonner Springs had a team-high four assists and two steals. She finished her career sixth on the career scoring list with 951 points.
The Wildcats set records for conference wins (16), consecutive games won (six) and conference winning percentage (72.7-percent), and tied records for wins in a season (21) and consecutive conference games won (5). En route to breaking those records, head coach Susan Decker became Baker's all-time career wins leader in just four seasons.
Baker also swept the free throw success records with 505 made during the season (tying a record) at a 70.6-percent clip (breaking a record). The Wildcats got a big boost towards those records from a Feb. 2 game versus Benedictine in which Baker made 35 of 38 free throws, setting records for free throws made and free throw percentage (92.1-percent) in a single game. Baker set another record on Feb. 12, when it grabbed 55 rebounds against Lindenwood to set the rebounds in a game record.
Shoaf came close to the record for three-point field goal percentage in a season. Set by Amy Feuerborn in 1999-2000 at 41.9-percent (13 for 31), Shoaf was still on target to break the record after 31 games but dipped below in the final two games to finish at 40.2-percent (37 for 92).
Shoaf started the season ranked 17th on the career scoring list but bolted up the charts to finish the season sixth with 951 career points. Junior point guard Erin Robinson of Topeka moved from 20th to 15th with 830 points and senior forward Amber Koblitz of Paola climbed from 22nd to 19th with 656 points.
Track stars to compete in national championship
Five Baker University track athletes will compete at the NAIA National Indoor Track & Field Championship Thursday through Saturday in Johnson City, Tenn.
Senior pole vaulter Angie Heffner of Baldwin City and senior racewalker Emma Carter of Overland Park will compete for the women's team, and Carter is ranked second in the nation. Junior shot putter Nick Codutti of Springfield, Mo., sophomore hurdler Brett Weir of Topeka and freshman triple jumper Brent Randle of Dallas, Texas, will represent the men. Randle is ranked first in the nation in the triple jump by 10.75-inches. The top six finishers in each event are named All-American.
Wildcats start softball season with shutout victories
In their first action of the season, the Baker Wildcat softball team outscored their first two opponents 19-0 before losing their final two games of the MidAmerica Nazarene Tournament Friday and Saturday in Olathe.
Sophomore Pam Miller of Valley Falls shut out Ottawa University in a 6-0 victory Friday, and freshman Jana Smith of Topeka followed with a shutout of Haskell Indian Nations University the same day. Miller hit a home run in the 13-0 victory over HINU.
On Saturday, the Cats led the College of St. Mary (Neb.) early but eventually fell 12-2. Freshman Kendra Cody of Longton hit a home run versus Bellevue University in the Cats final game, a 3-1 loss. Baker committed only three errors in the four games.
"We played very well together for our first time on the field," said head coach Jennifer Wright, who has seven new players on her roster of 13.