Baker women play early Friday morning 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.