Baker women to play Tuesday for HAAC basketball tournament title
The No. 1 seeded Baker University women’s basketball team defeated No. 5 Missouri Valley, 69-60, on Saturday night to advance to the 2014 HAAC Women’s Basketball championship game and will now take on No. 2 MidAmerica Nazarene.
The MNU Pioneers defeated No. 3 Central Methodist, 77-54, on Saturday in the HAAC semis and will prepare for its third game against BU this season on Tuesday, Mar. 11 at 7 p.m. inside the Collins Center.
This victory over Mo Valley moved Baker to 26-5 on the year and the ‘Cats have now won 19-straight games.
Baker had three different scorers in double figures with Kyrstie Ehm scoring a game-high 19 points, 2014 HAAC Player of the Year BriAnna Garza had 12 and Shea Shoemaker scored 14 on 8-of-9 from the free throw line.
2014 HAAC Defensive Player of the Year Macy Wallisch had three more blocks along with seven points and eight rebounds.
The Wildcat defense caused 20 turnovers and held Mo Valley’s leading scorer Gabi Morales to just seven points on 3-of-14 shooting.
Baker had to battle back from a 34-31 halftime deficit, but rallied together and outscored the Vikings, 38-26, in the second half.
Despite a 5-of-21 night from behind the arc, Baker was able to shoot 73.3-percent from the free-throw line on 22-of-30.