Aces' Heck named MVC Player of the Week

Senior Samantha Heck was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week for the first time in her four-year career Monday afternoon in an announcement made by the league office.  Heck averaged 20.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in Evansville's final two regular-season games at Creighton and Drake last weekend.

Heck recorded her fifth double-double of the season in UE's, 74-69, overtime loss at Creighton by scoring 21 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in her 43 minutes on the court.  The Auxvasse, Mo., native went 8-for-12 from the floor against the Bluejays, sank all four of her free throw opportunities and dished out a season-high six assists.

Despite being limited to just 27 minutes on the floor due to foul trouble, Heck scored 19 points and hauled in eight boards in Evansville's 70-59 win over Drake in its regular-season finale.  She drained five of her eight field goal attempts and went 7-for-8 from the charity stripe.

Heck's MVC Player of the Week honor is just the second by an Aces' player this season, as sophomore Mallory Ladd received the same recognition back on Jan. 7.

UE will open MVC Tournament play as the No. 7 seed and will take on No. 10 seed Southern Illinois at 7:07 p.m., Thursday, March 14, at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo.