Purple Aces in pursuit of 6-0 home start, host Bradley on Monday

Purple Aces in pursuit of 6-0 home start, host Bradley on Monday


The University of Evansville women's basketball team (7-7, 2-1) looks for their 10th consecutive home win when the Aces host the Bradley Braves on Monday night. The game is set for a 7:00 p.m. tip at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind. UE is seeking their sixth straight home win to begin the season, most since 2006-07. Evansville also hopes to claim their second consecutive conference victory.

The Aces will honor school chaplain Tammy Gieselman, Neu Chapel, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Nazarene Missionary Baptist Church and other various religious groups/figures during halftime of the game.

UE yielded a season-low in points in their last game, a 63-38 victory over the visiting Loyola Ramblers on Thursday night at the Ford Center. The Aces defense held the Ramblers to just 28.3% shooting. Guard Sara Dickey and forward Mallory Ladd each totaled 19 points in the win, the second consecutive conference victory for Evansville.

With Ladd's next rebound, she will have 500 for her career with UE.

On the stat sheet, Evansville's Dickey (17.6 points per game) and Ladd (15.5) are both averaging double figures. Robinson is securing 7.8 rebounds per game, a team-high. Ladd also has the most assists (41) and blocks (12) of anyone on the squad. Dickey and guard Taloni Reese are both tied for a team-best 24 steals this year. UE is averaging 64.7 points and 33.3 rebounds per game. The Aces make 41.0% of their field goals, 35.9% of threes, and 65.4% at the free throw line.

Bradley (1-13, 0-3) enters this contest on a seven-game losing streak including a 64-50 loss at Indiana State on Friday night. Guard Michelle Young scored a team-high 14 points in the contest with 10 made free throws in the defeat.

Statistically, forward Whitney Tinjum has a team-high 15.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Young is also in double figures with 14.3 points per game and leads all Braves with 29 steals. Forward Tamya Sims averages 2.2 blocks per game as guard Sameia Kendall has the most assists for Bradley with 31. The Braves average 58.9 points and 34.4 rebounds per game. Bradley shoots 34.7% from the floor, 24.4% beyond the arc, and 72.2% at the free throw line.

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 guided by fourth year head coach Oties Epps. Bradley was voted to place last in the MVC preseason poll but did not have any players named to the preseason team. The Braves are led by third year head coach Michael Brooks. Bradley is ahead 25-17 in the all-time series vs. UE but the teams split their meetings last season.

Tickets can be purchased over the phone at 812-488-ACES (2237), in person at either the Carson Center or Ford Center ticket office, or online via Ticketmaster.com.

Provided by UE Sports Information Department