Baker University sports roundup
Wildcat women rally for 60-55 victory
Down by 11 at halftime, Baker University rallied for a 60-55 women’s basketball victory over Friends on Tuesday night at the Collins Center.
The Wildcats (1-2) outscored the Falcons 40-24 in the second half. Junior Emily Gibson, a transfer from Washburn, scored a team-high 17 points and snagged 12 rebounds to lead Baker to its first win of the season.
Junior Aubree Gustin chipped in 10 points for the Wildcats. Junior Jenna Brantley dished a team-high 10 assists.
The Wildcats will play two games this weekend at the Baker Classic at the Collins Center. Baker will play host to Park University at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Ottawa at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Friends spoils Baker men’s home opener
Friends University pulled away in the second half for a 73-60 men’s basketball victory over Baker University, spoiling the Wildcats’ home opener on Tuesday night.
Ahead 32-30 at halftime, Friends outscored the Wildcats 41-30 in the second half.
Senior Malcolm Greer scored a team-high 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field to pace the Wildcats (1-2).
Wildcat junior Andre Strozier recorded his second double-double of the season, scoring 12 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Junior Austin Bond also scored 12 points for Baker.
Baker will play host to Bethel at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Collins Center.
Baker men’s soccer squad falls in first round
Lindenwood stunned No. 17 Baker University 1-0 on Monday in the first round of the men’s Heart of America Athletic Conference at Liston Stadium in a game delayed two hours because of lightning.
Lindenwood, the No. 5 seed in the tournament, scored the decisive goal 15 minutes into the second half on Robin Rundstrom’s free kick.
Baker (11-3-5) entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed and the defending HAAC champion. The Wildcats will have to wait until next week to learn if they receive an at-large bid to the NAIA playoffs.
Lindenwood (8-9-2) advanced to an HAAC semifinal match against top-seeded Benedictine on Wednesday.
Papps paces Baker women at HAAC championships
Led by freshman Corinna Papps, Baker University’s women’s cross country team placed fourth at the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday at Stocksdale Park in Liberty, Mo.
Papps finished the 5-kilometer race in 22 minutes, 15.15 seconds to place 16th. Devin Freeman (18th, 22:21.31), Molly Schmeidler (19th, 22:25.02), Lindsey Brown (21st, 22:42.83) and Mary Loveland (27th, 23:17.93) also contributed to the team total of 101 points. Lindenwood, which had three runners crack the top 10, won the team title with 38 points.
In the men’s race, freshman Corey Clark was Baker’s top performer, placing 11th in the 8-kilometer race in 29:11.55. Taylor Nall (22nd, 30:26.04), Parker Bryant (24th, 30:37.38), Eric Larson (33rd, 31:24.58) and Aaron Caldwell (36th, 31:37.93) also figured in the team score. Lindenwood captured the team title for the second year in a row.
Wrestling program triumphs in debut
Fielding a wrestling team for the first time in the 152-year history of the university, Baker defeated York (Neb.) College 30-21 in its program debut Saturday at Baldwin Junior High School.
Winners for the Wildcats in their respective weight classes were freshmen Jacob Price (165 pounds), Joe Pace (174), Jacob Nowak (184) and Brandon Gebhardt (197). Baker’s Robb Waters (133) and Nathan Sommer (157) won their matches by forfeits.
On Sunday at the Dan Harris Wildcat Open at the Collins Center, Baker was host to more than 160 wrestlers from 14 colleges and universities from the region. Pace was the top placer, finishing second at 174 pounds.
Third-place finishers were Gebhardt (197) and Clarence Jordan (174).
Fourth-place finishers were Jordan McGuire (125); Zach Reeb (141), Nathan Sommer (157); and Nowak (184).
Hurla placed fifth at 157 pounds.
Sixth-place finishers were Alan Callahan (125) and Jason Schweer (197).
With their performances Sunday, four Wildcat wrestlers — McGuire, Callahan, Pace and Jordan — qualified for the national meet in March.
Dan Harris, the former Wildcat athletic director who was instrumental in bringing wrestling to Baker, and his family were honored during the event.
The Wildcats will wrestle on Saturday at the Dakota Wesleyan Open in Mitchell, S.D.
Wildcats’ women’s soccer to host conference game
Baker University, ranked No. 23 nationally and the second seed in the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament, will play the winner of Tuesday’s Avila-William Jewell contest at 7 p.m. tonight at Liston Stadium in the tourney semifinals.
Wildcats topple Ottawa for first victory
Baker University’s men’s basketball team upended Ottawa University 93-66 on Saturday at the Central Methodist Classic in Fayette, Mo., for its first victory of the season.
Newcomer Austin Bond, a junior from Kansas City, Kan., scored 17 points to lead the Wildcats. Baker junior Andre Strozier, of Phoenix, posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Baker shot 50.7 percent from the field, including 65 percent from three-point range.
On Friday, Baker opened with a 66-64 loss to St. Mary at the Central Methodist tournament. Strozier (17 points), senior Malcolm Greer (15) and junior Ryckey Harper (10) scored in double figures for the Wildcats.
Oklahoma Baptist clips Baker women’s team
Oklahoma Baptist, ranked No. 3 in the NAIA women’s basketball poll after coming off a 32-5 season, dumped Baker University 72-48 on Saturday on the second day of the season-opening Baker Classic at the Collins Center.
Rae Lynne Stewart, a sophomore from Independence, Mo., led the Wildcats with 10 points.
Oklahoma Baptist outscored Baker 21-3 from three-point range.
On Friday, the Wildcats opened with a 55-50 loss to Northwestern State at the Collins Center. Newcomers Brittany Hines, a transfer from Hutchinson Community College, and Emily Gibson, a transfer from Washburn University, scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, to pace the Wildcats
Baker will play host to Park at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Ottawa at 3 p.m. Saturday.