Baker women play at 8 a.m. Friday in NAIA women’s tournament
The No. 12 ranked Baker University women’s basketball team will look to advance to the NAIA national quarterfinals, as they take on Bethel (Tenn.) at 8 a.m. Friday, Mar. 21 in the second round of the 2014 Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship.
The 27-6 Wildcats defeated No. 23 ranked University of Cumberlands, 74-61, on Wednesday morning to open up the 2014 national tournament, while Bethel upset No. 7 The Masters (Calif.), 82-67.
The Wildcats dominated the boards in their win over Cumberlands with a 49-31 advantage over the Patriots and 2014 Heart of America Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year Macy Wallisch had a game-high 14 rebounds.
2014 HAAC Player of the Year BriAnna Garza also had a big game with a game-high 24 points and the Wildcats held Cumberlands to just 20-percent shooting from behind the arc.
Bethel trailed at the half against The Master’s, 41-37, but then rolled past the Mustangs in the second half outscoring them, 45-26.
Three Wildcats scored in double figures for Bethel, as Tayla Foster had a game-high 32 points and 10 rebounds and Porsha Harrisalso had a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds.
Bethel shot 11-of-26 from three-point land and collected 53 rebounds, with 23 coming on the offensive side of the court.
This marks the fifth all-time appearance for the Wildcats under head coach Chris Nelson and they are 2-4 in those five appearances.
2014 marks the first-ever appearance for the Baker Wildcats under 2013 and 2014 HAAC Coach of the Year Ben Lister.
Bethel averages 79.1 points per game and features four double-digit scorers per game, they also allow just 67.8 per game.