Women’s basketball tips-off 2017-18 campaign Sunday

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Aces welcome Murray State to Meeks Family Fieldhouse

The University of Evansville women’s basketball team opens up its 2017-18 season on Sunday at 1 p.m. against Murray State as the Aces return to campus for their first game since 2000.

Back on campus, the Aces will call the newly renovated Meeks Family Fieldhouse home and welcome in the Racers for the 2017-18 season opener.

Evansville is coming off a 14-17 record in head coach Matt Ruffing’s first season in 2016-17. The Aces won six of their last seven games to conclude last season, including a victory over Missouri State in the quarterfinals of the MVC Tournament. Returning for the Aces this season are a pair of upperclassmen guards who started every game last season in senior Brooke Dossett and junior Kerri Gasper. Also returning are sophomore guard Macie Lively, sophomore center Kaylan Coffman and junior center Tattenai Hall.

Murray State similarly opens the season on Sunday as the Racers are under the direction of first year head coach Rechelle Turner. The Races enter the opening weekend after a 15-14 season in 2016-17. Returning for Murray State this season are four of its top five scorers from a year ago, including leading scorer senior guard/forward Ke’Shunan James who averaged 20.5 points and 7.3 boards in 2016-17.

The Aces and Racers meet for the 25th time in the series history on Sunday with Murray State holding a 20-14 advantage in the series. In last year’s matchup, Evansville used strong efforts in the second and third quarters to push the Aces past the Racers, 82-77. The last time Evansville and Murray State met in Meeks Family Fieldhouse was November 29, 1993 when the Racers captured a 96-94 overtime victory.

At halftime of Sunday’s contest, Evansville will recognize Aces’ women’s sports pioneer Lois Patton for her efforts in building women’s athletics at the University of Evansville.

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