—The UE women dropped their fifth straight game Tuesday, 70-57, on the road at Eastern Illinois. Coach Oties Epps, always positive, is far from giving up on the Aces. He said afterward: “I know great things are on the horizon for this team,” Epps said. “We’ve just got to stick together right now. Sometimes things bring you down, but you’ve got to bring yourself right back up. We’re going to keep grinding – keep focusing. We’re doing the right things, and we’re going to get there.”
—UE announced a discount four-game ticket package. Through Friday, fans can purchase lower-bowl tickets to Saturday’s Murray State game as well as Missouri Valley Conference contests against Southern Illinois, Drake and Creighton for $40. Good call by the school, as the last two of those four games will be on TV.
—Check out more on UE basketball history book “Trophies and Tears,” including extra comments from author Kyle Keiderling, who will be at the Ford Center entrance on Wednesday to promote the book.
—The Aces’ softball team announced a six-player recruiting class, the largest since coach Mark Redburn has been at UE.
—Wyoming’s win Tuesday night over Illinois State clinched a series edge for the Mountain West in the last year of the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge. UE went 0 for 3 in the Challenge.
—A day after Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson announced that forward Antonio Bryer had left the team, Hinson came back Tuesday to say Bryer is reinstated. The sophomore is a regular starter for the Salukis.