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UE looks to defend home court vs. Drake on Sunday


The University of Evansville women's basketball team (10-8, 5-2) complete a weekend homestand by playing the Drake Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon. The tip is set for 1:00 p.m. at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind.

UE was defeated by the visiting Northern Iowa Panthers in their last game, 58-44, on Friday night. Evansville's four game winning streak, 6-0 home mark, and stretch of 10 consecutive wins at the Ford Center were all snapped in the defeat. Guard Sara Dickey scored a game-high 16 points for the Aces. Forward Sasha Robinson nearly had a double-double with eight points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Guard Khristian Hart set a new career-high with eight rebounds in the game. Guard Laura Friday tied a season-high with seven points.

On the stat sheet, Evansville's Dickey (17.6 points per game), Ladd (15.3) and Hart (10.6) are all averaging double figures. Dickey also has the most assists (54) and steals (31) for UE this year. Ladd is notching a team-best 0.9 blocks per game. Forward Sasha Robinson is securing 8.1 rebounds per game, a team-high. UE is averaging 64.5 points and 33.2 rebounds per game. The Aces make 41.5% of their field goals, 38.5% of threes, and 65.1% at the free throw line.

Drake (11-6, 6-0) holds the best record in the Missouri Valley Conference after winning all six conference games this season. The Bulldogs also won their last game, 72-65, at Drake on Friday night. Forward Lizzy Wendell netted a game-high 30 points in the win.

Statistically, Wendell paces the Bulldogs offense with 22.7 points per game and defense with a team-high 38 steals. Forward Becca Jones (12.9), guard Caitlin Ingle (12.2) and guard Maddy Dean (11.7) are all averaging double figure points per game as well. Jones also has a team-leading 7.9 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game. Drake averages 77.2 points and 40.3 rebounds per game. The Bulldogs shoot 41.5% from the floor, 33.2% from beyond the arc, and 69.0% at the charity stripe.

Evansville is projected to finish fourth in the MVC preseason poll, their highest projection since 2008-2009. Drake was voted third in the MVC preseason poll.

Dickey and Wendell were both named to the MVC preseason team, just a season after they both were named Co-Freshman of the Year in the MVC.

The Aces are guided by fourth year head coach Oties Epps as the Bulldogs are led by third year head coach Jennie Baranczyk.

Drake holds a 31-13 edge over UE including two wins in three matchups last year. The Aces will look to avenge an MVC Tournament loss against the Bulldogs 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.

Provided by UE Sports Information Department

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