MURRAY, KY (WFIE) - The University of Evansville women's basketball team (2-4) received a program-record and career-high 37 points from sophomore guard Sara Dickey in a 93-83 overtime victory at Murray State on Wednesday night. Dickey broke the UE single game scoring record that was previously set by Ashli Senff's 35 point effort at Wichita State on December 30, 2006. Dickey also tied the program-record with 14 made field goals in the victory.
Sophomore forward Sasha Robinson achieved a double-double with a career-high 17 points and 11 rebounds (her fifth career double-double). Senior forward Mallory Ladd also notched 17 points and a career-best eight assists in the win.
Evansville began the game on a 12-0 run with five points from Dickey and another four by Robinson. Murray State rallied back to pull within two points, 17-15, with 12:40 left in the first half. UE responded by going on a 14-2 run and entered halftime with a seven point lead. Dickey led UE with 13 points by halftime. UE shot 48.6% in the opening half.
Down 39-32 beginning the second half, Murray State continued to chip away at the Purple Aces advantage. The Racers took their first lead, 59-58, on a Keiona Kirby layup at the 10:23 mark of the second half. Evansville pushed back ahead when Dickey made three three-pointers in a span of 2:24 to hold the 67-63 edge. Murray State then tied the game with 4:48 left on a Kyra Gulledge layup and also went up by four with 3:34 to go in regulation. The Aces would fight back once again, going up by one on a Mallory Ladd three with 2:34 remaining and ahead by three on a Ladd layup with 1:48 to play. After both teams swapped a pair of baskets, Murray State trailed 77-74 but tied the game on a Kirby three with 40 seconds left. Freshman guard Taloni Reece missed a jumper with 14 seconds remaining and the Aces defense held tight with Kirby unable to hit a jumper with three seconds left.
After both teams scored on their opening possession of overtime, Evansville would score 14 of the final 18 points for the victory. Dickey tied the single game program record by making two free throws at the 1:10 point of overtime, extending the lead at 89-81. She then set the record on two more made free throws with 37 seconds remaining. Dickey and Robinson both scored six points each in overtime to snap a four game losing streak.
The Aces finished the night 13-for-15 on free throws. This is the first time UE has scored 90 of more points in a game since topping Toledo 90-80 at the Ford Center on December 30, 2013.The 18 steals for UE are the most since the Aces tallied 17 at home vs. Eastern Illinois on December 8, 2013. Dickey played all 45 minutes in the victory.
UE's next game will be at home on Saturday, December 6 against Miami (Ohio).