Baker University sports roundup
Wildcat women roll to 73-60 victory
Three Wildcats scored in double figures to lead Baker to a 73-60 women’s basketball victory over Missouri Valley on Saturday in Marshall, Mo.
Emily Gibson and Brittany Hines shared scoring honors with 16 points apiece while Aubree Gustin added 14 for Baker (11-7 overall and 6-2 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference).
The Wildcats led by as many as 20 points with four minutes remaining before Missouri Valley pulled within 11 — 71-60.
“We need to tighten it up out there and show more emotion,” Wildcat head coach Susan Decker said.
On Thursday, Jan. 13, Baker outlasted William Jewell 64-56 at the Collins Center. Gibson scored a team-high 18 points and snared nine rebounds. Brittany Hines added 17 points and Aubree Gustin contributed 12.
The Wildcats outscored the Cardinals 36-24 in the paint.
The Wildcats will play host to MidAmerica Nazarene at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Collins Center. All Baldwin City residents will be admitted free into the game during Baldwin City Community Night.
Missouri Valley edges Baker men
Down by nine at halftime, Missouri Valley rallied in the second half to edge Baker 61-56 on Saturday in Heart of America Athletic Conference men’s basketball in Marshall, Mo.
The Wildcats led 29-18 halftime before being outscored 43-27 in the final 20 minutes.
Jaris Wommack scored a team-high 17 points to pace Baker. Austin Bond added 15 and Andre Strozier chipped in 14.
“We played as good defensively in the first half as I have seen all year,” Baker coach Brett Ballard said. “We just didn’t come out with the same intensity in the second half.”
On Thursday, Jan. 13, Baker fell to William Jewell 70-58 at the Collins Center. Wommack led the team in scoring with 19 points. Strozier added 11.
Baker (6-12 overall and 2-6 in the HAAC) will play host to MidAmerica Nazarene at 7:30 Thursday, Jan. 20. All Baldwin City residents will be admitted free into the game during Baldwin City Community Night.
Wildcats qualify three more wrestlers for nationals
The Baker men’s wrestling team, coming off a dual victory over No. 17 Oklahoma City University, qualified three more wrestlers — Levi Calhoun, Matt Rabinowitz and Darrick Smith — for the NAIA nationals with solid performances at the York Invitational on Saturday in York, Neb
Calhoun placed second at 285 pounds, Rabinowitz was fourth at 125 pounds and Smith finished third at 184 pounds.
“The whole team wrestled hard,” assistant George Roath said. “We look forward to seeing them reach their full potential as we progress on towards nationals.”
The Wildcats will return to action on Jan. 30 when they travel to the Kansas Cup in Hays.
Gathright, Thurbon lead track team
Jeremy Gathright and Kate Thurbon highlighted Baker University’s track and field performances at the weekend UNL Holiday Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.
Gathright placed second in the men’s triple jump with a mark of 14.52 meters. With the performance, he earned Heart of America Athletic Conference field athlete of the week. Thurbon led the Baker women with a seventh-place finish in the pole vault with a national qualifying mark of 3.45 meters. She was named HAAC field athlete of the week on the women’s side.
The indoor season will continue this weekend when both teams travel to the NWU Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.