Women’s basketball improves to 4-1

Junior Kyrstie Ehm led the Baker University women’s basketball team with a season-high 23 points against the University of Saint Mary in the HAAC/KCAC Challenge on Saturday.

The team pulled off an 83-67 win against the Spires, pushing its record to 4-1 on the season.

Ehm, sophomore Jami Hodge and freshman Sydney Buchel were all double-figure scorers. The team also made eight 3-pointers and outrebounded Saint Mary 57-34.

“I feel like our team has grown tremendously even though we’ve only been playing actual games for a few weeks,” sophomore Sarah Lowry said. “We still have a long way to go, but if we can put the pieces together and find that chemistry, I think we will be pretty good this season. We’re building off last year and we’re continuing to do so in hopes for a very bright future for the basketball program.”

Junior Rashida Simpson believes the starters did an excellent job of setting the tempo, executing plays and making rebounds during the USM game. However, after the 70-66 loss to Ottawa University the day before, she thinks their season should have better results.

“We shouldn’t have lost to Ottawa. They’re a good team, but there’s no way we should have lost to them,” Simpson said. “We just need to show up to every game and play like we know how and stop stooping to other teams’ levels of play… But it’s still early in the season, and I’m confident that as the season progresses we will start playing to our fullest potential.”

The team will travel to Oklahoma City on Friday and Saturday for the Mid-America Christian Classic, where they will take on Mid-America Christian University and Southwestern Christian University.

“I think so far this season is going pretty well,” sophomore Ericka Simpson said. “We are starting to jell together and hopefully on our way to becoming the team we want to be.”