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Macy Wallisch has always focused on defense

Macy Wallisch has always focused on defense

Story by Brittney Diehm, Writer

March 13, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

One player stands out from the rest on the Baker University women’s basketball team. Senior center Macy Wallisch likes to focus her attention on the defensive end. The 6-3 senior center is averaging 3.0 blocks per game along with 8.25 rebounds and only 2.3 turnovers. Wallisch is second in NAIA Division...

Women will face Columbia College in NAIA tourney

Women will face Columbia College in NAIA tourney

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

March 9, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The No. 22 Baker women received an at-large bid to the NAIA National Championships next week at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence, Missouri. This is the team’s third consecutive trip to the NAIA tournament. Tournament pairings were announced on Wednesday. The Wildcats are the sixth...

No. 24 women fall to No. 9 MNU in Heart final

No. 24 women fall to No. 9 MNU in Heart final

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

March 8, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The No. 24 Baker women lost 53-41 to the No. 9 MidAmerica Nazarene Pioneers in the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament championship game Tuesday night in Olathe. The Pioneers won their second Heart title in three years and have now knocked off Baker six straight times. The Pioneers led...

Women move on to Heart finals with upset win at CMU

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

March 5, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Baker women's basketball team upset the top-seeded Central Methodist Eagles 64-59 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament semifinals in Fayette, Missouri, on Saturday. The Wildcats are on their way to their second Heart tournament final in the last three seasons. Sophomore Sydney...

Women open Heart tourney with blowout win

Women open Heart tourney with blowout win

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

March 3, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The No. 24 Baker women beat Culver-Stockton 64-37 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinals Thursday night in the Collins Center. The win pushes Baker into the conference semifinals at Central Methodist on Saturday. This is Baker’s fourth straight appearance in at least the...

Women’s basketball preparing for Heart tourney

Story by Nathalia Barr, Managing Editor

February 28, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The women’s basketball team is now headed to the Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament. The Wildcats ended the regular season 22-7 overall after defeating William Penn University on Saturday in Oskaloosa, Iowa. With a 16-6 conference record, the 'Cats will enter the tournament seeded No....

Women, seniors dominate Peru State in home finale

Women, seniors dominate Peru State in home finale

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

February 24, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The women’s basketball team sent its seniors out with an 85-43 win over Peru State, the largest margin of victory in conference play this season. The four seniors accounted for 44 of the team's points and exited with a standing ovation halfway through the fourth quarter. Peru State scored the game’s...

Women win 20th game for fourth straight season

Women win 20th game for fourth straight season

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

February 20, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Baker women cruised to their 20th win of the season in a 77-53 thrashing of the Grand View Vikings on Saturday afternoon in the Collins Center. This is the fourth straight season the women have won 20 or more games, which is a school record. After only scoring two points in the Wildcats’ 51-48...

Baker women win at Culver-Stockton

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

February 14, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Baker women avenged a previous loss to Culver-Stockton College on Jan. 9 with a 61-43 victory over CSC on Saturday afternoon in Canton, Missouri. Culver’s inefficiency to make shots, as well as Baker’s defense, kept the CSC Wildcats out of the game the entire way. “We did a really nice job...

Women fall in final minute to No. 16 CMU

Women fall in final minute to No. 16 CMU

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

February 10, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Baker women’s basketball team fell 68-63 to the No. 16 Central Methodist Eagles on Wednesday night in the Collins Center. The Wildcats are now alone in fourth place in the Heart of America Athletic Conference standings at 12-5. They are 18-6 overall. The Wildcats led for the majority of the...

Hodge and Simpson longtime teammates

Hodge and Simpson longtime teammates

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

February 9, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Seniors Ericka Simpson and Jami Hodge are approaching the end of their Baker basketball careers together. But for Hodge and Simpson, their bond dates back before even their high school and middle school careers. The two went to the same elementary school, but at first they played on different teams. Both...

Women cruise by Evangel 89-53

Women cruise by Evangel 89-53

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

February 3, 2016


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Baker women showed why they’re one of the best defensive teams in the Heart of America Athletic Conference in a 89-53 win over the Evangel Crusaders on Wednesday night in the Collins Center. The BU defense shut down every aspect of the Crusaders’ offensive game from the opening tip as the Wildcats...