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2016-17 women’s basketball preview

2016-17 women’s basketball preview

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

October 31, 2016

The Baker women’s basketball team is coming off its best season in program history. The Wildcats won 28 games in 2015-16, highlighted by a memorable NAIA national tournament run in Independence, Missouri. The No. 13 Wildcats will look to pick up right where they left off, but this time it will be without...

Women fall to MNU in NAIA finals

Women fall to MNU in NAIA finals

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

March 22, 2016

The Baker women lost to MidAmerica Nazarene 49-35 in the NAIA National Championship game on Tuesday night in Independence, Missouri. The Wildcats finish their best season in program history at 28-9, and the seniors finish with 96 wins in their four years. This marks the seventh straight loss to MNU...

Women dominate Benedictine in Fab Four

Women dominate Benedictine in Fab Four

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

March 21, 2016

The Baker University women are into Tuesday night's NAIA national championship game after beating conference rival Benedictine 50-34 in the Fab Four. Senior Ericka Simpson’s career-high 24 points pushed the Wildcats to a dominating win Monday night at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence,...

Women clinch spot in Fab Four

Women clinch spot in Fab Four

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

March 19, 2016

The No. 22 Baker women beat the No. 13 Lewis-Clark State Warriors 71-52 in the NAIA quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon in Independence, Missouri, and clinched a spot in the Fab Four for the first time in school history. The Wildcats will take on their conference rival Benedictine at 6 p.m. on Monday...

Women advance to national quarterfinals

Women advance to national quarterfinals

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

March 18, 2016

The No. 22 Baker Wildcats claimed a 70-56 win over No. 5 Shawnee State in the second round of the NAIA national championships on Friday afternoon in Independence, Missouri. The Wildcats will play Lewis-Clark State at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena for a chance to go to the Fab Four. This...

Hot shooting leads BU women to first-round win

Hot shooting leads BU women to first-round win

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

March 16, 2016

The No. 22 Baker women opened up the NAIA national tournament with an 80-71 upset win over the No. 12 Columbia College Cougars Wednesday night at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence, Missouri. Senior Jami Hodge’s career-high 30 points and the team’s hot 3-point shooting pushed the...

Macy Wallisch has always focused on defense

Macy Wallisch has always focused on defense

Story by Brittney Diehm, Writer

March 13, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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....