—UE women’s basketball player Samantha Heck earned her first Missouri Valley Conference player of the week honor during the final week of her senior season. Heck averaged 20 points and 10.5 rebounds in a loss at Creighton and regular-season finale win at Drake that landed the Aces the seventh seed for this week’s MVC tournament.
—UE’s other player of the week-earning standout this season, sophomore Mallory Ladd, will play but not at full strength when the Aces play 10th-seeded Southern Illinois on Thursday in the MVC tournament’s first round. Ladd injured her ankle in practice last week and missed UE’s next two games.
—The MVC named UE senior Kyle Lloyd, a right-hander on the Aces’ baseball team, its pitcher of the week after Lloyd earned a pair of wins during outings against Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Kennesaw State. Lloyd is now 2-1 this season with a 2.16 earned-run average, best in UE’s starting rotation. The Aces play their next six games at home. Click here for the schedule.
—UE men’s basketball senior Colt Ryan highlighted the MVC’s scholar-athlete teams announced Monday. Ryan, the league’s two-time scholar-athlete of the year, landed on the first team along with Jordan Clarke (Drake), Walt Lemon Jr. (Bradley), Ehimen Orukpe (Wichita State), Nathan Scheer (Missouri State) and Ethan Wragge (Creighton).
—MVC commissioner Doug Elgin gave his input on CBS’ decision to bolt from the Arch Madness championship game to the Associated Press on Monday, saying he’d get the game on Food Network if it meant seeing all 40 minutes on TV. From the AP story: ”They’ll (CBS) never be able to make this up to us,” said Elgin, adding the conference had received “hundreds” of complaints from irate fans. “Our concern is our most important game of the year carries nationally – all of it. That’s certainly what we bargained for.”
—Todd Golden, longtime Indiana State beat writer at the Terre Haute Tribune-Star, wrote in a column Monday about CBS’ decision: “Seems the sensible solution is to start the MVC title game a half-hour early. But would that fit into a CBS time slot? If it doesn’t, then perhaps the MVC is better served on ESPN — which is still the rights-holder for the title game. CBS buys the rights to the game from ESPN.”
—For those into looking ahead, the CollegeInsider.com Tournament guide is posted online. The 32-team field will be announced Sunday after the NCAA tournament selections are made. First-round games are played Monday through Wednesday of next week. The championship is April 2.
—Per Derrick Docket (@ddocket on Twitter), the MVC’s new media specialist, a link to an MVC-themed “One Shining Moment” video. The league played it at last week’s coach of the year banquet as well as the Arch Madness semifinals and championship game.