WICHITA, KS (WFIE)
The University of Evansville women's basketball team (6-7, 1-1) played Wichita State close on the road but the Shockers pulled away in the final minute for a 54-44 win on Sunday.
UE trailed 46-44 with 50 seconds left, but Wichita State ended the game on an 8-0 run to claim the win.
Forward Mallory Ladd tallied a team-high 15 points and guard Sara Dickey added another 14 for the Aces.
The Shockers never trailed in the game and began the afternoon on an 8-0 sprint. UE moved closer by scoring seven of the next 11 points only to see Wichita State extend the lead to double digits.
Down 18-7 with 8:15 left in the opening half, Evansville went on a 9-3 run over the next few minutes. Dickey scored four points during the stretch that moved UE within four points. Wichita State ended the first half by tallying the last four points for a 24-16 edge.
The Purple Aces shot 41.2% in the opening stanza, but were held to a season-low 16 points in the first half. Guard Khristian Hart, Dickey, and forward Sasha Robinson each had four points at the break.
UE began the second half on a 7-2 run to pull within three. Ladd scored 11 of the Aces first 13 points in the half including back to back threes.
Seeing their lead dwindle to three, Wichita State then assembled a 5-0 run to build a 37-29 advantage with 12:55 to play.
Evansville slowly brought the deficit down to four with a Dickey three at 9:23 and to two points on a Dickey free throw at 2:25. Playing with four fouls, guard Alex Harden made a jumper with 1:37 left for the 46-42 Wichita State lead. Harden ended the day with a team-high 20 points.
Hart then responded with a jumper that inched UE within two, 46-44, with just 1:14 to go in regulation. Wichita State forward Michaela Dapprich then hit a three on the other end with only 50 seconds left. Dapprich's three and five last minute free throws secured the 54-44 win for the Shockers.
Hart ended the game with seven points off the bench for UE. Robinson totaled four points and nine rebounds for UE.
The next game for Evansville will be on Thursday, Jan. 8 with a 7:00 p.m. tip against Loyola.