Sara Dickey nets 1,000th point on her birthday as Aces end losing streak
February 15, 2015 at 10:38 PM CST - Updated July 2 at 5:06 AM
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE)
Guard Sara Dickey became only the 19th Evansville women's basketball player to reach 1,000 career points as the Purple Aces ended a six-game losing streak and clipped the Illinois State Redbirds 69-52 on Sunday afternoon. Dickey, playing on her 20th birthday, led all scorers with 27 points. The sophomore was 8-for-16 shooting, 4-for-8 beyond the arc, and 7-for-10 at the free throw line in the victory. Forward Mallory Ladd also added 15 points and eight rebounds after missing the last seven games due to injury.
The victory marks the first home win for the Aces over Illinois State in almost a decade. UE's last home court victory over the Redbirds was an 87-78 overtime win on Feb. 25, 2005.
Evansville (11-13, 6-7) started the game on an 8-0 run thanks to six straight points from Dickey. Illinois State then tallied four consecutive points to cut the deficit in half.
Leading 8-4, UE surged further ahead with a 19-8 run over the next 11:25. Five Aces scored during the stretch including five from guard Laura Friday.
UE widened the lead up to 17 points at halftime with a 32-15 advantage. Dickey led all scorers with 12 points at the break. Friday and Ladd each had five points in the opening stanza.
Illinois State (1-23, 1-10) sprinted out of halftime on a 13-5 run to bring the deficit down to single digits. After withstanding 10 straight points from the Redbirds, the Aces lead dwindled to 37-28 at the 15:54 mark of the second half.
After both teams traded a few baskets, UE would score 10 of the next 14 points to rebuild the lead to double digits. Dickey tallied seven points during the timeframe as the Redbirds were unable to bring the gap down to single digits.
Evansville extended the lead to 20 in the final minute before winning the contest 69-52.
Dickey has now scored in double figures in 49 of her 55 career games and has recorded 20+ points in 21 of those contests. Her 1,007 career points are tied with Lisa Eckhart (1998-2001) for 18th most in program history.
Ladd also ended the afternoon with four assists, three steals and one block.
The Aces return to the road next weekend when they play at Drake on Friday, Feb. 20 at 7:05 p.m. and at Northern Iowa on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 2:00 p.m. Evansville is back at home on Friday, Feb. 27 to host the Indiana State Sycamores.