Both the Baker men's and women's basketball teams built up double-digit halftime leads Saturday during a Heart of America Conference doubleheader sweep at Missouri Valley College.
Despite 13 points from freshman Jordan Epps, the Vikings found themselves trailing by 11 points at the break of the men's game -- but would make a run at the visitors during the second half.
Valley came out of the locker room with a 10-3 surge to close the gap to four points when junior Law Brown finished a break off a steal by junior Kendall Hays.
The Wildcats got their lead back up to nine points, but a stick-back by junior Jim Thomas and three-pointers from Epps and Thomas whittled the margin down to three points with 5:35 left in the game.
Neither team scored over the next two minutes before senior Corey Anderson connected from outside for Baker.
Brown and senior Ben Steinlage traded put-backs to keep the 'Cats' lead at three points. Although the Vikings got threes from Epps and Thomas during the final minute, Baker made four of six from the free-throw line to maintain a two-possession advantage.
Steinlage led the Wildcats (13-8, 6-5 HAAC) with 14 points and nine rebounds.
Valley (9-14, 4-7) got 23 points from Epps, with Brown providing a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lady Vikings were unable to draw closer than eight points during the second half of their 79-65 loss.
The Lady Wildcats were ahead by as many as 19 points before Valley put together an 18-8 stretch, closing to within nine points on senior Lindsi Jackson's three-pointer with 8:30 remaining in the contest.
However, the Lady Vikings couldn't sustain the run. Freshman Rayna Smith's three-point play with 4:09 to go cut the deficit to eight points, but Valley only made two field goals the rest of the way. Baker was eight of 12 from the charity stripe during the final minute-and-a-half.
The Lady 'Cats (14-8, 7-3) got a game-high 19 points from senior Alisha Fanshier, with sophomore Rashida Simpson contributing 12 points and 17 rebounds.
Smith topped the Lady Vikings (6-17, 3-8) with 17 points.
Valley has a week off before returning to league play Saturday at Benedictine.