Aces back in action against Oakland City, UIC


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Evansville women’s basketball team wraps-up a two-game homestand against Oakland City at 7 p.m. on Thursday before hitting the road for UIC for a 3 p.m. showdown on Saturday.

The Purple Aces (2-6) are coming off a narrow 82-75 loss to Morehead State on Sunday. Evansville opened the game on a tear, as the Aces shot 63.6% from the field in the first quarter including going a perfect 8-8 from the charity stripe to take a 24-12 lead after 10 minutes of play. In the second quarter, the Aces increased their lead to 20 at 35-15 before the Eagles sprinted back to cut Evansville’s lead to just 38-34 at the half. UE continued to hold its lead throughout the third quarter, but in the final frame Morehead State battled back to take the lead as the Eagles rallied late for the 82-75 win.

Graduate guard Hannah Noe led the Aces in scoring for the fourth time this season, recording 17 points, while junior center Kelsi Scott and senior guard Brooke Dossett both chipped-in double-digit scoring performances with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Morehead State was led by Darianne Seward who scored 31 points and Miranda Crockett who added 25.
The Aces open the week with a Thursday matchup with Oakland City at 7 p.m. inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse. The Aces and Oakland City are meeting for the 25th time on Thursday, but just the third matchup since 1983. Evansville is 19-5 all-time against the Mighty Oaks and the Aces are currently on a five-game winning streak in the series. In the last contest between the two, Evansville earned a 108-68 victory over OCU on December 6, 2016 inside the Ford Center. The two sides last met in Meeks Family Fieldhouse on Feb. 8, 1983 when the Aces earned an 83-59 triumph over the Mighty Oaks. Oakland City enters Thursday’s matchup with a 2-5 record and is coming off a 126-55 loss in an exhibition at Ball State on Sunday.

Wrapping-up the week, Evansville travels to downtown Chicago to take on UIC at 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. UE and the Flames have done battle 12 times with the Aces owning a 9-3 advantage in the series. The two sides have not met since November 25, 2006 when Evansville earned a 69-53 win on the road at UIC. In the series, the Aces currently own a five-game winning streak with the last win for the Flames coming in a 60-55 UIC win during the 1989-90 season. UIC enters the matchup with a 5-3 overall record and is fresh off a 73-70 victory on December 8 over Eastern Michigan.