Basketball teams set for final regular-season showdown with William Jewell One of the longest standing rivalries in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) will come to an end on Thursday evening, as Baker and William Jewell square off for the final time.
One of the longest standing rivalries in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) will come to an end on Thursday evening, as Baker and William Jewell square off for the final time as conference opponents. William Jewell next season will become an active member in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLCV) in NCAA Division II.
The Baker women’s basketball team (13-13 overall, 8-8 HAAC) will look to bounce back after losing on Saturday to Culver-Stockton for its third consecutive loss. Emily Gibson and Brittany Hines continue to pace the Wildcats offensively, averaging 14.2 points apiece. Aubree Gustin is the only other Wildcat averaging in double figures with 10.6 points per game. Courtney Goodrum, averaging 4.9 points per game, continues to provide an offensive spark off the bench.
William Jewell (14-12, 9-7) is coming off a loss to Culver-Stockton on Monday evening. It was the second time in a week the Cardinals dropped an overtime contest to Culver-Stockton. Katie Bond (12.3 ppg) and Holly Switzer (10.2 ppg) are the only Cardinals averaging in double figures.
Jewell is one game ahead of Baker in the HAAC standings, and the separation between the third- and seventh-place teams is just three games. Evangel (15-1) and Lindenwood (13-4) sit atop the conference standings.
Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m., Thursday on the William Jewell College campus in Liberty, Mo.
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WHERE BAKER STANDS NATIONALLY
Emily Gibson Ranks Number 6 in Division I in Total Blocks (56)
Emily Gibson Ranks Number 7 in Division I in Blocks per Game (2.154)
Aubree Gustin Ranks Number 8 in Division I in Free Throw Pct (0.852)
Brooke Sanders Ranks Number 10 in Division I in Assist/Turnover Ratio (2.023)
The Baker men’s basketball team (11-15 overall and 7-9 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference) enters play tied for fifth place in the conference race.
The Wildcats are coming off a blowout victory over Culver-Stockton College last Saturday. Jaris Wommack (16.3 ppg) and Andre Strozier (12.5 ppg) continue to lead the Baker offense.
No. 17 William Jewell (22-4, 13-3) comes into play riding a two-game winning streak with victories over Central Methodist University and Culver-Stockton College. Nick Larson leads the Cardinals, averaging a double-double with 17.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. Jonathan Benson (14.4 ppg), Mark Mason (13.3 ppg) and Chris Uz (10.1 ppg) also average in double figures.
“Culver gave Jewell a scare on Monday night, so I’m sure they will be focused and ready to play,” Wildcat head coach Brett Ballard said. “We talked in practice yesterday about believing in ourselves the last four games of the year. I believe that we have become a good team that can beat anybody on any given night, and it’s important that the players feel the same way.”
William Jewell currently sits in second place in the conference standings. Baker would vault into fifth place outright with a victory over Jewell.