No. 20 Kentucky next up for Aces


Wrapping-up a three-game road trip, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team travels to Lexington, Kentucky to take on 20th-ranked Kentucky at 6 p.m. (CT) on Tuesday night.

Evansville is coming off an 82-73 loss on Saturday afternoon on the road at Austin Peay. The Aces led 23-20 after the first quarter before the Governors mounted an 11-0 run and took a 35-34 lead to the half. Austin Peay increased its lead as high as 17 in the early portion of the fourth quarter, but the Aces roared back to cut it to single digits late as the Governors held on for an 82-73 win. Graduate guard Hannah Noe recorded the second-most points in her career with a 29-point outing that earned her Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week honors. The Dexter, Missouri native knocked-down six triples in the loss, while playing just shy of 40 minutes in the contest. Joining Noe in double figures was senior guard Brooke Dossett who tallied 10 points, adding four rebounds and four assists.

Noe has started off her Purple Aces career well, holding the MVC’s best scoring average with 18.2 points per game and leading the conference in three-pointers made per game with 3.7, good enough to put her 11th nationally.

No. 20 Kentucky enters the week with a 7-1 record and coming off a split last week. The Wildcats opened the week on Thursday with a 90-63 loss on the road at the ninth-ranked Baylor before earning an 82-54 win inside Memorial Coliseum on Sunday. Kentucky a trio of players averaging double-digits, led by junior guard Maci Morris, who is averaging 16.3 points per contest and has hit a team-best 23 tree-pointers.

Tuesday’s matchups marks the third meeting between the two sides with Evansville owning a 2-0 advantage in the series. The Aces earned a 78-72 victory over the Wildcats in the first-ever contest between the two on Dec. 22, 2001 in Lexington before capturing a 70-66 triumph over Kentucky in the last matchup on Dec. 4, 2002.