—In a true tale of two halves against Indiana State, the UE women dropped their fourth of five games Thursday by a 55-48 score at the Ford Center. After holding the Sycamores to 15 points and 12.9 percent shooting in the opening 20 minutes, the Aces went scoreless for 10 minutes and saw the visitors go on a 26-0 run en route to a win in the second.
—Already shorthanded, UE played with sophomore guard Juliann Miller out of uniform. Miller, who averages 4.2 points per game, is “suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team,” said coach Oties Epps. Miller was listed among the Aces’ probable starters Thursday — a role she’s taken on since sophomore Khristian Hart went down with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
—When the UE men host Creighton at 2 p.m. Saturday, there should be some tickets available for walk-up. But if you want good ones, get them now. A university official said the lower bowl is nearly sold out for the game, which will air on ESPN U.
—Creighton (20-6, 9-5 Missouri Valley Conference) enters Saturday’s game second in the league standings and 49th in the ratings percentage index. The Bluejays will most certainly fall out of the coaches poll, where they’re still 23rd, after Wednesday’s loss to Northern Iowa. UE (14-12, 7-7 MVC) is 141st in the RPI following its defeat at Southern Illinois.
—UE student Bryce Weiler will sing the national anthem before Saturday’s Creighton game at the Ford Center. If you don’t know Weiler’s story by now, check out this article written last year by Steve Yanda of the Washington Post.
—Adidas unveiled more sleeved jerseys on Thursday, this time for the McDonald’s All-American game for the nation’s best high school players played April 3. Since adidas announced sleeved jerseys for NBA teams earlier this week, the Aces have received some mentions (like this from UE alum Josh Tinley) for wearing the original sleeved uniforms.
—UE opens its baseball season Friday at Arkansas-Little Rock with sophomore Kyle Freeland getting the start at pitcher. Freeland posted some impressive numbers last summer in the Alaska Baseball League, and coach Wes Carroll wants to see the southpaw take the next step in his development.
—Softball season also starts this weekend, with another sophomore leading the Aces into 2013. Kayla Fortner paced UE in most every statistical category last season, and coach Mark Redburn expects a few more pieces around the star outfielder/first baseman this year.
—A Cedar Falls, Iowa, radio reporter talked to Northern Iowa’s athletic director on Wednesday and tweeted the following: “He says there are talks to keep the BracketBuster event going w/o ESPN, possibly w/ 2-3 leagues.” Stay tuned. The Aces play their last BracketBuster game (in its current format) Feb. 23 at Wright State.