Baker University sports roundup
Wildcat men roll past Culver-Stockton
Baker University jumped to a 16-3 lead and never looked back, cruising to an 83-50 men’s basketball victory over Culver-Stockton College on Saturday at the Collins Center.
Ben Steinlage recorded a game-high 20 points to lead the Wildcats. Corey Anderson and Todd Eils contributed 13 points and 10 points, respectively. Anderson led the Wildcats with eight rebounds.
Baker shot 53 percent (29-for-55) from the field, including 32 percent (6-for-19) from three-point range.
Baker (11-5 overall and 4-1 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference) will play tonight at MidAmerica Nazarene and Saturday at Graceland. Baker’s next home game is 7:30 p.m., Jan. 19 againstBenedictine at the Collins Center.
Baker women claim third consecutive win
Baker University’s women’s basketball team on Saturday captured its third consecutive victory, beating Culver-Stockton College 75-67 at the Collins Center.
Junior Alisha Fanshier led Baker with a game-high 21 points. Senior Gloria Atanmo scored 19 points, tying a career-high, and pulled down eight rebounds. Freshman Shelbi Petty and Kyra Ramsey added 16 and 10 points, respectively.
“I thought offensively we really played nicely in the first half,” Wildcat head coach Ben Lister said. “Defensively we had some breakdowns, but I’m happy with the end result of the way our girls are coming together. We’re happy to be right back in the thick of the conference race.”
Baker (4-12 overall, 2-3 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference) finished 24-for-63 (38 percent) from the field and 9-for-21 (43 percent) from beyond the arc. Baker made 18 of 21 free-throw attempts.
Baker plays tonight at MidAmerica Nazarene and Saturday at Graceland. The Wildcats’ next home game is 5:30 p.m., Jan. 19 against Benedictine at the Collins Center.
Wildcats wrestle well in Springfield
The No. 10-ranked Baker University wrestling team traveled to Springfield, Ill., last weekend to compete in the prestigious NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals, where the Wildcats saw top-ranked teams from the NCAA DII, NCAA DIII, NAIA, and NJCAA.
Baker opened up the competition against No. 7 Midland University, winning six out of ten matches. Phillip Henes (141 pounds), Jarell Price (149 pounds), Nathan Sommer (157 pounds), Parker Owen (174 pounds), Jocob Nowak (197 pounds), and heavyweight Dylan Berg all recorded victories. Berg’s 3-1 overtime victory over top-ranked Leviticus Roberson highlighted the match. Unfortunately, the Wildcats fell just short and dropped the opening dual 19-18.
In its second match, the BU wrestlers faced Cumberland University (Tenn.). Once again, the Wildcats were victorious in six of ten matches as AJ Gassman (133 pounds), Jarell Price (149 pounds), Nathan Sommer (157 pounds), Parker Owen (174 pounds), Jacob Nowak (197 pounds), and Brandon Gebhardt closing out the match with a 21 second pin in the heavyweight match to give Baker a 22-15 victory.
Baker’s final dual of the afternoon pitted the Wildcats against eighth-ranked Campbellsville University (Ky.). Senior Jarell Price highlighted the Wildcats effort, posting an unblemished tournament record of 3-0, as Baker fell to Campbellsville 30-10. Price currently ranks No. 2 nationally in the 149 pound weight class.
“Overall I am happy with our teams effort,” said head wrestling coach Jimmy May. “I believe we showed we are capable of competing with the top teams and individuals in the country. Throughout the next several weeks, we will be continuing to prepare our team to compete in the regional and national tournament.”
The Wildcats also sent wrestlers to Hastings, Neb., this past weekend to compete in the Hastings Quality Inn Open. 141 pound Josh Wolfe and 165 pound James Hirsch highlighted the group by qualifying for the 2012 NAIA National Championships.
Baker has now qualified 19 wrestlers for the 2012 NAIA Wrestling National Championships set to be held March 1-3 in Des Moines, Iowa.