—Throw previous records out the window. With a win over Drake in their Missouri Valley Conference opener, UE’s women are atop the league standings even coming off an eight-game losing streak. Sophomore Mallory Ladd went for her third double-double in as many games and senior Taylor Ware scored a season high against the Bulldogs.
—The Aces get just a day off before hosting preseason MVC favorite Creighton on Saturday. The Bluejays, who will have the same time to prepare, cruised to an 81-60 win over Southern Illinois. They’re 9-3 overall with the best record in the league.
—UE’s matchup Saturday against Southern Illinois is more than just another MVC game — it’s Military Appreciation Night, which honors active and retired military and hits home for Aces senior Colt Ryan. His brother served overseas during the star forward’s high school and college career.
—Courier & Press reporter John Martin updated progress on Roberts Stadium demolition in this week’s paper. The Aces’ longtime home arena should be completely disassembled sometime this spring.
—Longtime Bradley beat writer Dave Reynolds, of the Peoria Journal Star, wrote Thursday about two of the MVC’s biggest surprises: the Braves and Indiana State.
—That Bradley team beat UE’s next opponent, Southern Illinois, 66-60 Wednesday on the Salukis’ home court. Southern Illinois played a small lineup in its loss similar to what Missouri State fielded while it rallied against the Aces.
—Miss anything from that overtime game between UE and Missouri State? Check out links to game stories from both beat writers and some observations from the Aces’ MVC-opening victory.
—The Big East Conference’s seven Catholic schools will send representatives to a meeting Friday that Omaha World-Herald reporter Steven Pivovar said “could have a major impact on Creighton’s athletic future.” The Bluejays are a rumored candidate to join the other Catholic schools as they break away from the Big East.