PEORIA, IL (WFIE) - The University of Evansville women's basketball team (10-12, 5-6) received a game-high 15 points off the bench from guard Kat Taylor but the Purple Aces still fell short 56-50 at Bradley on Sunday afternoon.
Taylor was 6-for-8 in the game including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc in the loss, the fifth consecutive defeat for Evansville. Guard Sara Dickey also reached double-figures with 11 points. The sophomore is now just 52 points shy of achieving 1000 points in her UE career.
After two scoreless minutes, the Aces jumped ahead 2-0 on a layup from forward Sasha Robinson only to see Bradley go on a 5-0 run into the initial media timeout. UE responded when forward Peyton Langston scored four straight points and put the Aces up 6-5 with 14:49 to go in the first half.
The lead jockeyed back and forth five times in the opening half that saw Bradley up 22-18 at the break. Dickey and guardKhristian Hart, two of Evansville's top three scorers, were held to just two combined points in the opening stanza. Taylor had a team-high six points at halftime for UE.
After the Aces brought the deficit to a single possession, the Braves went on a 9-2 run to take their largest lead, 34-25 with 13:04 remaining.
Trailing 39-31, Evansville answered by scoring the next nine points, five from Dickey and four by Taylor, for the one point advantage. The lead then see-sawed four times over the next minute and 42 seconds. Down 42-41, Bradley's guard Danielle Brewer regained the lead with a three pointer at the 4:20 mark and a foul by guard Taloni Reese at the same instance led to two more made free throws from forward Tamya Sims.
The Braves leapt up by as many as six points but UE clamored back to a single possession three times in the last 2:14. A pair of made free throws by guard Laura Friday pulled the Aces within two points, 52-50, with 40 seconds remaining. Bradley went 6-for-6 at the free throw line in the last minute to secure the 56-50 victory.
Robinson grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in the game. Hart also led UE with five steals in the game. Friday tied a career-high with five assists in her first start of the season. The Aces went just 4-for-24 beyond the arc for 16.7%, the second lowest team total of the year.
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.