By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
The last-place team in the Heart of America Athletic Conference didn't act like it hadn't won a league game this season.
The Culver-Stockton College women's basketball team survived a 26-4 run by Baker and got key baskets from Daja DeHayward and Randi Lee Plunkett in the closing minutes to upset HAAC front-runner Baker 60-57 Saturday afternoon at Charles Field House in Canton, Mo.
The victory ended the Wildcats' eight-game HAAC losing streak.
C-SC grabbed its first lead of the second half on a basket by DeHayward with six minutes remaining. C-SC twice extended the lead to three points before Baker went on a four-point run to take its final lead of the game at 53-52 with 3:29 to play.
The Wildcats (6-9, 1-4 HAAC) tied it moments later when Shelsey Stanley split a pair of free throws, and then C-SC took the lead for good on a steal by Mimi Reaves and a layup by DeHayward with 2:47 left.
After a miss by Baker, Plunkett scored on a drive to the basket to give the Wildcats a four-point cushion. Baker answered with a basket, but Plunkett drove again and scored to up the C-SC lead to 59-55 with 1:28 to play.
Two free throws from Baker's Rashida Simpson closed the lead to 59-57 with 58 seconds left. The Wildcats turned the ball over on their next possession, giving Baker a chance to tie the game.
However, Baker's BriAnna Garza gave the ball back to C-SC on a turnover with 11 seconds left in the game.
The Wildcats' Lisa Plattner was fouled with eight seconds left and made one of two free throws for a three-point margin. Baker had one last chance to tie, but Kyra Ramsey's 3-pointer was short as the buzzer sounded.
Reaves led the Wildcats with 17 points, while Plattner added 10.
Hannibal-LaGrange 66, Benedictine-Springfield 51: Ashleigh Spencer picked up her second double-double of the season with 27 points and 11 rebounds as the Lady Trojans won their American Midwest Conference home opener.
HLGU held Benedictine-Springfield to 27.3 percent shooting and outrebounded it 47-37. The Lady Trojans, who led by two at halftime, went on an 8-0 run to start the second half.
Benedictine-Springfield 72, Hannibal-LaGrange 65: The Bulldogs owned a 41-27 rebounding edge and shot better than 50 percent from the field in handing the Trojans a loss in their American Midwest Conference opener.
HLGU led 26-25 with five minutes to go in the first half before being outscored 8-2 down the stretch. The Trojans never regained the lead.
Senior Jurgen Lico led the Trojans (3-10, 0-1 AMC) with 26 points and 11 rebounds, while freshmen Herod Montgomery had 11 points off the bench.