Baker sports briefs
Graceland topples Baker in regional
Heart of America Athletic Conference champion Graceland scored three second-half goals to upend Baker 4-1 in an NAIA Region V men's soccer game Tuesday at North Park Fields.
Junior forward Marty Johnston scored Baker's lone goal in the first half on an assist from junior forward Shaun Nicklin. Baker, the No. 4 seed in the six-team region, ended its season at 10-8-1.
Guillermo Sanchez, Jesus Rodriguez, Kevin Souter and Hunter Re scored for Graceland (11-5-1). Sanchez and Rodriguez also had assists for the Yellow Jackets. Graceland, the No. 5 seed, will play at No. 1 Missouri Baptist on Thursday.
Basketball squad opens with two wins
The men's basketball team opened last week with two road victories. The Wildcats beat Haskell Indian Nations University 88-75 on Nov. 2 in Lawrence. Junior DJ Watkins scored 28 points, including five three-pointers, in the victory. The Wildcats beat Bethany College 98-87 on Nov. 5 in Lindsborg. Senior David Ward scored a team-high 18 points in the 11-point win.
Baker women go 1-1 at tourney
The women's basketball team split its two games at the Grand View Classic in Des Moines, Iowa, defeating Grand View College 58-45 before falling to Mount Mercy College 62-45. Junior Amanda Yates led the Wildcats with 11 points in the victory. Senior Ashley Ohlman scored 15 points in the loss.
Volleyball team drops tourney opener
Baker University lost in the first round of the Heart of America Athletic Conference volleyball tournament on Nov. 5. No. 6 seed Graceland (22-9) beat the No. 3 Wildcats 30-32, 31-29, 30-28, 30-23. The Wildcats (25-11) are still eligible for NAIA Region V tournament. Regional pairings will be announced next week.
Freshmen pace runners
Baker University's men's and women's cross country teams ended their season Nov. 5 at the NAIA Region V Championship Saturday in Fayette, Mo. The men's team finished 12th. Baker freshman Alex Dingman placed 58th in 29:07. The women's team, led by freshman Amber Keith's 30th-place finish and 21.37 time, placed 11th.
Men's basketball squad starts season 3-0
The Baker University men's basketball team won for the third time in as many games Tuesday, this time due to a dominating effort defensively.
The Wildcats held the University of St. Mary's Spires to 13 points in the first half on the way to 79-49 win. Baker held St. Mary's to 5-24 shooting in the first half and the Spires shot only 5 free throws. The Wildcats shot 44 percent from the field and 54 percent from the free throw line.
Junior DJ Watkins was the leading scorer for the Wildcats again, scoring 13 points on 4-10 shooting. Freshman Dain Dillingham had five assists for Baker, while junior Nate Pedrow had 12 rebounds.
Baker women win home opener easily
After a slow start, the Baker University women's basketball team dominated the University of St. Mary Spires Tuesday, winning 98-43.
The Wildcats shot 55 percent from the field for the game, while shooting 56 percent from three-point range. They also held St. Mary's to just a 32 percent shooting and only 14 points in the second half.
A combination of good shooting and solid defense paved the way for the win against the Spires, with junior Amanda Yates dominating on offense and the boards, scoring 25 points on 11-14 shooting and grabbing 10 rebounds. Freshman Courtney Sutton had five steals and four assists for the Wildcats as well.
The Wildcats, who now stand at 2-1, will host Park University at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Ottawa University at 4 p.m. Saturday to cap off their opening homestand.