Late Comeback Is Not Enough As No. 24 Clarke defeats Baker, 70-65
Men’s Basketball – Sat, Feb. 8, 2020 at 7:25 PM
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – After winning back to back games, the Baker men’s basketball team falls to No. 24 Clarke Saturday afternoon, 70-65.
In the loss, Baker still managed to have four players finish in double digits. Braden Wiggs led the scoring for the Wildcats as he finished with 14 points while going 5-7 from the field. Senior Brett Elifritz posted 12 points after going 5-6 from the field and 2-3 on three-point attempts. Brandon Clifford and Xavier Elam each finished with 11 points and both hit three shots from beyond the arc.
Clarke led the majority as of the contest as the Pride held the lead for all but 1:30 in the first half. Reaching a nine-point lead for Clarke, the Wildcats were able to cut into the deficit and trail, 33-27, at halftime.
In the second half, the Pride was able to extend their lead to 11 points before the ‘Cats made a run to get back into the game. With 6:30 remaining in regulation Baker went on a 13-3 run capped off by a three by Clifford and a layup by Elifritz to give the Wildcats their second lead of the game, 65-64. However, the ‘Cats would fail to score in the final 1:30 of game time and the Pride would finish with the victory, 70-65.
The Baker men’s basketball team is now 12-12 on the season and 10-9 in Heart of America play. The Wildcats will be back in action Tuesday, February 11th as they will travel to St. Louis, Mo. to take on Harris-Stowe State at 7:00 p.m.
Published at Sun, 09 Feb 2020 01:25:00 +0000
Women’s Basketball – Sat, Feb. 8, 2020 at 4:25 PM
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Despite winning the fourth quarter, the Baker women’s basketball team lost to No. 19 Clarke University on Saturday by a score of 64-57.
“Obviously, I am disappointed in the final outcome, but I am proud of the effort and fight tonight,” head coach Justin Rees said. “We needed to respond to the way we performed earlier in the week and I thought we did that against a very good Clarke team. We had some solid offensive performances from Abby, Leslie and Leah, but unfortunately, we came up a couple of possessions short tonight. This is the kind of effort we need and expect moving forward to really push our team to get better as we move along.”
Abby Bird led the team again in scoring on Saturday, scoring 18 points, while also grabbing three rebounds. Leslie Karolina-Alvarado and Leah VanWeelden also reached double figures on the night, scoring 12 and 10 points respectively.
Early in the first quarter, Baker held the Pride close, but trailing by three, Clarke went on a 7-0 run to grab a 10 point lead. The Wildcats were able to cut the lead to five, but a basket by the Pride gave Clarke a seven point lead after the first quarter.
Throughout the second quarter, the Pride held Baker at arm’s length, but Baker was able to keep it within single digits heading into halftime trailing, 35-26.
In the third quarter, Clarke slowly added to their lead until they led by 14 with 3:44 left in the quarter. Baker battled their way back, cutting the lead to 10 heading to the final quarter, giving them a chance at a comeback.
Throughout the fourth quarter, Baker cut the lead to six, three different times, but that is the closest they would get as Clarke went on to win the game, 64-57.
With the loss, the Wildcats are now 8-15 overall and 5-14 in Heart of America play. They will be in action again on Feb. 12, when they travel to Papillion, Neb., to take on Nebraska Christian College at 7 p.m.
Published at Sat, 08 Feb 2020 22:25:00 +0000