Women's basketball bolts to Bradley for Sunday showdown - Tri-State News, Weather & Sports

Women's basketball bolts to Bradley for Sunday showdown

PEORIA, IL (WFIE) -

The University of Evansville women's basketball team (10-11, 5-5) completes a three game roadtrip at the Bradley Braves on Sunday afternoon. The game will be held at the Renaissance Coliseum in Peoria, Ill. and begin at 2:00 p.m.

UE lost their last game 70-58 at Loyola on Friday, the fourth consecutive loss for the Purple Aces. Guards Sara Dickey and Khristian Hart combined to score 43 points in the contest. Forward Sasha Robinson also gathered 12 rebounds on the night.

On the stat sheet, Evansville's Dickey (18.6 points per game), forward Mallory Ladd (15.3) and Hart (10.9) are all averaging double figures. Dickey also has the most assists (57) and steals (34) for UE this year. Ladd is notching a team-best 0.9 blocks per game. Robinson is securing 8.4 rebounds per game, a team-high. UE is averaging 63.5 points and 33.4 rebounds per game. The Aces make 41.0% of their field goals, 37.0% of threes, and 64.1% at the free throw line.

Bradley (3-18, 2-8) also lost their last game, 65-55, against Indiana State on Friday. Guard Michelle Young totaled 14 points as forward Whitney Tinjum and guard Fantasia Vine each tallied 10 points each in the loss.

Statistically, Young (13.4 points) and Tinjum (13.0) are each averaging double figures. Tinjum also leads all Braves with 6.9 rebounds per game. Young has a team-best 44 steals and has the second most assists on the Bradley roster with 36. The Braves average 57.0 points and 36.4 rebounds per game. Bradley shoots 35.4% from the floor, 22.1% beyond the arc, and 72.1% 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 25-18 in the all-time series against Evansville but the Aces won the only meeting this season 86-46 at home on Jan. 12. It was the largest margin of victory in league play for UE since joining the MVC in the 1993-94 season.

Evansville is back at home on Friday, Feb. 13 when the Aces host the Southern Illinois Salukis. The tip is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind.

Provided by UE Sports Information Department

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