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Women’s basketball snags 46-point victory

Story by Sara Bell, Editor

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While it only took 15 seconds for senior BriAnna Garza to knock down her first 3-pointer of the game Thursday, nearly eight minutes passed before the Avila University women’s basketball team put two points on the board.

The No. 13 Wildcats took advantage of Avila’s lowest offensive output of the season, claiming an 81-35 victory in Collins Center. Baker opened the game on a 20-0 run and led by as many as 49 points during the contest.

Garza anchored the Wildcats, scoring 14 points and adding three assists. Junior Kyrstie Ehm was the only other Wildcat to score in double figures, chipping in 12. Although starting center Macy Wallisch went 0-3 from the field, the 6-foot-3-inch sophomore added nine rebounds through 15 minutes of playing time.

Avila went 0-8 from behind the arc in the first half, but the offensive struggles didn’t stop there. Baker outscored the Eagles by 24 points after the break and forced 23 turnovers over the course of the game.

The win marked the Wildcats’ 12th straight victory and put Baker at 14-1 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference. BU remains at the top of the conference standings and has a one-game lead over No. 15 MidAmerica Nazarene University.

The Wildcats have just three regular season games left to play, beginning with the 8-17 Evangel University Crusaders on Saturday. Baker escaped with a 78-76 victory over Evangel earlier this season, led by a 26-point effort from center Allison Swanson. The Wildcats will look to complete the season sweep of the Crusaders at 2 p.m. in Springfield, Mo.