EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE)
The University of Evansville women's basketball team (2-4) begins a three game-homestand when they host Miami (Ohio) on Saturday, December 6 at 4:00 p.m. at the Ford Center.
Anyone attending the game is encouraged to bring a teddy bear which will be donated to charity. Fans will toss the teddy bears from their seats to the Ford Center floor at halftime. The fan whose bear lands closest to center court will win a bag of prizes courtesy of UE Athletics. All bears that are tossed will be collected and donated to the Deaconess Riley Children's Hospital.
Evansville won their last game, 93-83, in overtime at Murray State on Wednesday night. Sophomore guard Sara Dickey scored a program-record and career-high 37 points in the victory. Sophomore forward Sasha Robinson added a career-best 17 points and also grabbed 11 rebounds for her fifth career double-double. Senior forward Mallory Ladd notched 17 points and dished a career-high eight assists in the win.
Statistically, Dickey has a team-best 21.0 points per game. Ladd is averaging 17.8 points per game, second most on the Aces, and her 19 assists lead all teammates. Senior guard Khristian Hart is also averaging double digits with 10.2 points per game. Freshman guard Taloni Reese has a team-high 2.0 steals per game. The Aces are scoring 67.8 points and securing 32.5 rebounds per game. UE has made 39.7% of their field goals, 33.7% from beyond the arc, and 74.1% at the free throw line.
Miami (Ohio) is 2-3 this season including a 82-59 win in their last game against Valparaiso on Wednesday. Junior forward Hannah McCue scored a team-high 26 points as the RedHawks outscored the Crusaders 43-19 in the second half.
On the stat sheet, freshman guard Ana Richter (11.4), freshman guard Baleigh Reid (11.2) and McCue (11.0) all average double figure points per game. McCue also has a team-high 10.2 rebounds per game as Richter also pulls in 7.6 rebounds per game. The RedHawks are scoring 63.2 points and 45.2 rebounds per game. Miami (Ohio) shoots 36.1% from the floor, 29.9% on threes and 67.6% at the charity stripe.
Evansville is projected to finish fourth in the MVC preseason poll, their highest projection since 2008-2009. Dickey was also named to the preseason All-Conference team. The Aces are led by fourth year head coach Oties Epps. According to a league preseason poll, Miami (Ohio) is projected to finish 5th in the Mid-American Conference East Division. They have no student athletes named to the preseason All-Conference team and are guided by second year head coach Cleve Wright.
This is the first all-time meeting between the two programs. General admission tickets for the Miami (Ohio) and Evansville game are $5 each.