UE News and Notes for Feb. 3, 2013

—A major theme following UE’s loss to Missouri State on Saturday revolved around the Aces’ four starting seniors wanting to get better. This late in the season, that approach is notable given that UE’s finished 16-16 the last two years and seems headed toward a similar result again. Read more about what those seniors, notably Colt Ryan and Ned Cox, had to say.

The UE women dropped another Missouri Valley Conference game on Saturday at Northern Iowa. It was the first in which the Aces played completely without their leading scorer, sophomore Khristian Hart, who went down earlier in the week with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Sophomore Mallory Ladd managed 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds in the loss on a bum left ankle.

—After the UE men’s loss to Missouri State, the Aces are 127th in the Collegiate Basketball News’ ratings percentage index. UE will be matched up against a similarly rated opponent on Monday when ESPN announces this season’s BracketBusters pairings.

—Bradley (13-10, 2-6 Missouri Valley Conference) enters Tuesday’s 7 p.m. game against UE off a 75-58 road loss to Creighton over the weekend. The Aces beat the Braves by 10 points Jan. 23 at the Ford Center.

—In a letter published in Sunday’s Courier & Press, Rich Davis wrote about diminishing attendance for UE men’s basketball, especially compared to the rest of the MVC. Read it here.

—In their final dual meet of the season, UE’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams lost Saturday to Southern Illinois. The Aces women next compete at the MVC championships from Feb. 14-16 and the men in the Mid-American Conference championships on March 7.

—Sophomore Marketa Trousilova was the only UE women’s tennis player to post a victory Sunday in the Aces’ 6-1 loss to Bowling Green. The Aces are home at 7 p.m. Saturday against Austin Peay at the Tri-State Athletic Club.

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