—The UE women’s basketball team snapped a seven-game losing streak Saturday, finishing the regular season with a 70-59 victory at Drake. Senior Meagan Collins scored 20 points and senior Samantha Heck added 19 as she played through foul trouble for the shorthanded Aces.
—UE again played without sophomore Mallory Ladd, the team’s second-leading active scorer. Ladd plans to return for this week’s Missouri Valley Conference tournament at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo. The Aces earned the seventh seed and will face 10th-seeded Southern Illinois at 7:05 p.m. Thursday.
—Look for more on the UE men’s team’s loss and plans moving forward in Sunday’s paper. For now, check out some observations (and a couple photos of a late foul and another no-call) from the Aces’ Arch Madness quarterfinal loss to the Sycamores.
—Top-seeded Creighton routed Indiana State 64-43, and second-seeded Wichita State held off an Illinois State rally to win its own MVC tournament semifinal Saturday. The Bluejays and Shockers advanced to a 1 p.m. Sunday tournament championship, with both in a position to land NCAA tournament bids. CBS will broadcast the title game.
—Kavon Lacey’s hometown paper, the Alton (Ill.) Telegraph, profiled the former UE guard and current director of operations on coach Marty Simmons’ staff for Saturday’s edition. Said Lacey: “I’ll be finished with my master’s degree in May. It has really flown by quickly at Evansville. I’m making connections and getting experience. That’s priceless. I could see myself as a head coach in the future at the collegiate level.”
—Near the end of Creighton’s win over Drake on Thursday, the Bluejays’ fans started a “C-U” chant. Given conference realignment rumors, a “see you” was in order from the other nine MVC members. USA Today reports that Belmont and Denver have emerged as candidates for the MVC should Creighton leave for the new Big East Conference. Loyola (Ill.) and Oral Roberts are other possibilities.
—Bob Lutz, sports columnist for the Wichita Eagle, gathered expert opinions from a number of long-time MVC beat writers on Creighton’s possible move while they were assembled to cover Arch Madness at the Scottrade Center. Most agree — if Creighton gets an invite, it’s gone. But while the university will profit, it may hurt athletic success.
—Kennesaw State’s baseball team beat UE 6-3 on Saturday, following up on a victory Friday to earn a series win over the Aces (3-9) with the finale left to be played at 1 p.m. Sunday.
—UE’s softball team (2-9) split a Friday doubleheader against Bowling Green State and continues playing at its home Cooper Stadium through the weekend. Check the schedule here.
—The Aces’ men’s swimming team sat seventh at this week’s Mid-American Conference championships after two days. UE completes competition Saturday.
—Longtime UE benefactor Dr. William Ridgway, namesake of the Ridgway Center, died this week at age 92.