The University of Evansville women’s basketball team played with seven players in its closed scrimmage Sunday at Southeast Missouri State, and will likely have that many available for Saturday’s exhibition game against Division II University of Southern Indiana.
Kat Taylor, a senior who started at point guard last season, tore her Achilles tendon this summer but is expected to return sometime this season. Senior guard Khristian Hart is day-to-day with a hamstring strain, while freshman forward Asia Petitte is recovering from an ankle injury.
UE coach Oties Epps said Taylor was told she wouldn’t play again this season — and was supposed to be in a protective boot until the end of January — but is well ahead of schedule. Taylor is already on a daily routine of running, defensive slides and shooting.
“I guess she was supposed to never play again, but that’s not gonna be the case,” Epps said. “She’ll be back playing. She’s so far advanced in terms of where she should be, so we’ll get her back at some point.”
For Saturday’s game against USI, Evansville’s lineup will look like this:
Point guard — Taloni Reese (5-8, Fr.); Shooting guard — Sara Dickey (5-11, So.); Small forward — Peyton Langston (6-0, Fr.); Power forward — Mallory Ladd (6-1, Sr.); Center — Sasha Robinson (6-1, So.); Bench — Kenyia Johnson (5-8, Fr.), Laura Friday (5-6, Jr.) and (possibly) Khristian Hart (5-8, Sr.).
While that leaves the Aces fairly thin, Epps was pleased with the way his seven players performed against Southeast Missouri State. Although he wasn’t allowed to report the score of the scrimmage, he said, “We walked away in terms of the score really liking the results.”
Epps was most pleased with the team’s defense in the scrimmage. He said the Aces kept up the defensive pressure for the entire 40 minutes despite their short bench.
And while the offensive execution was spotty, Epps said multiple players were able to improvise and make positive plays. Langston, in particular, stood out with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
“It was really hard for SEMO to find a way to guard her because she’s (6-foot), but yet she’s got guard skills,” Epps said. “When you had the post on her, she was driving her. Then you put the little guard on her, she would take them to the block. We have a lot going on that we’re pretty excited about. If we stay healthy – we’re gonna get some kids back pretty soon — we’re gonna be a team that you have to deal with in the Missouri Valley Conference.”
On Thursday, the Aces picked up a verbal commitment from Erin Sinnott, a 5-foot-11 senior forward from Oswego (Illinois) High School. Sinnott averaged 14 points and eight rebounds during her junior season.
Sinnott’s high school and AAU teammate, Jordan Campbell, is also a Class of 2015 commitment for the Aces along with Ohio guard Kerri Gasper.
For a full story on Sinnott’s commitment to Evansville, check our website on Friday evening or pick up a copy of Saturday’s newspaper.