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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What's Happening Today

* Thanksgiving Sale

The UE Bookstore will be offering 15% off of all UE Clothing and Gift purchases, Monday-Wednesday, November 24-26. Bring the parents in if they're picking you up so they can cash in on the savings as well. Don't forget the Bookstore closes at Noon on November 26 and reopens again December 1 for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

* UE SAAC to Hold Toys for Tots Fundraiser

Our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has partnered with Buffalo Wild Wings (Green River Road) as part of their fundraising efforts for Toys for Tots. Show your Home Team Advantage Card (UE is Team D) prior to paying your bill and SAAC will receive 10% of the proceeds. The card is valid through December 31 and may be used multiple times.

Feel free to save to your cell phone for convenience and circulate to everyone you know that frequents Buffalo Wild Wings.

* Please visit GoPurpleAces.com for the card! 

Upcoming Events

* UE Students Invited to Give Feedback on Bus System at METS Meeting

UE students, faculty, staff and administrators are invited to attend the METS Comprehensive Operations Analysis Public Information Meeting on Thursday, Dec. 11, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Evansville Vanderburgh Central Library, Browning Room B. (Central Library is located at 200 SE Martin Luther King Boulevard.) UE students are invited to give their feedback on the bus system in Evansville at the meeting.

* Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day

The annual Faculty/Staff appreciation day at the UE Bookstore is Wednesday, December 3 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Check your personal email on Monday for full details or contact the Bookstore. 

* UE Holiday Art and Crafts Sale Set for December 4 in Krannert

The Department of Art is pleased to announce that it again will host a Holiday Art and Crafts Sale. Anyone in the UE community who creates art or crafts is invited to participate.  This includes faculty, staff, students, spouses, children, parents, relatives and friends. 

The date of this year’s sale is Thursday, December 4.  The sale will be held in the Krannert Gallery.  Doors will open at 7:00 a.m. and the sale will continue until 6:00 p.m.  However, participating artists and craftsmen do not need to stay with their work.  Art Department staff and volunteers take care of the sale.

If you would like to join in this year’s sale, or think you might but need more information, please contact the Department of Art at ca5@evansville.edu or 812-488-2043.

Info You Should Know

* Holiday Hours for the UE Medical Clinic

Holiday hours for the UE Medical Clinic:

Wednesday November 26 - CLOSED
Thursday November 27 Thanksgiving- CLOSED
Tuesday, December 23 - OPEN
Wednesday December 24, Christmas Eve - CLOSED
Thursday December 25, Christmas Day - CLOSED
Tuesday, December 30 - OPEN
Wednesday December 31, New Year’s Eve - CLOSED
Thursday January 1, New Year’s Day – CLOSED

* Collecting for Christmas Donation to Albion Fellows Bacon Center

Graves Hall is collecting women’s and children’s new hats, gloves, scarves and socks this Christmas season to be donated to the Albion Fellows Bacon Center. We are also asking for $5.00 or $10.00 gift cards from Target and Walmart. Monetary donations will also be accepted!

Until the Christmas tree is set up in the lobby of Graves Hall to hang the items on, please put your donations (hat, gloves, etc.) in the wrapped box in the lobby. If you are donating money or gift cards, please bring them to Pam Young, Karen Doss, Cindy Felts, Jeannette Oakley, Lisa Toelle or Jane Woods in Graves Hall. Thank you!
 

* UE Winter Housing

The residence halls will be closed for winter break from noon on December 18 to 3 p.m. on January 9. Students participating in official University functions or other approved activities have the opportunity to apply for Winter Housing. Simply submit an Online Winter Request Form (hyper link this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WinterHousing) by noon on Reading & Study Day to be considered. For more information about Winter Housing, contact the office of residence life. 

Congratulations

* Douglas Reed Performs New Orleans Concert

Douglas Reed, professor emeritus of music, performed at Central St. Matthew United Church of Christ, New Orleans, Louisiana on November 23. Sponsored by the New Orleans Chapter of the Organ Historical Society, the concert included works by J.S. Bach, Robert Schumann, William Albright, and other composers. Dr. Reed performed on the 1905 Hook and Hastings mechanical action organ. 

Athletics

* UE Basketball Falls for First Time in 2014-15

Jaylon Moore had one of the best games of his career, posting 13 points on a 5-for-6 shooting day, but Green Bay was able to hang on in the end, taking a 64-62 win over the Purple Aces men’s basketball team in the second game of the Gulf Coast Showcase at Germain Arena.

“We played much better offensively in the second half and had a better tempo,” UE head coach Marty Simmons said. “Our guys really battled, there is no doubt about it. We obviously disappointed but I was very proud of our guys; our team just as to get better and that starts tomorrow.”

Moore led Evansville (3-1) with 13 points as he converted 3 of his 4 free throws. D.J. Balentine and Blake Simmons each finished with 12 while Adam Wing chipped in 10 points. Both Simmons and Balentine each hit a pair of 3-pointers.

Keifer Sykes paced the Phoenix (3-1) with 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting. He also led all players with 8 caroms. Carrington Love and Greg Mays had 11 points apiece.

Evansville started 0-2 with a turnover, but quickly got the offense rolling. After Green Bay took a 2-0 lead on a Sykes jumper, the Aces roared back with seven in a row. Egidijus Mockevicius had back-to-back buckets under the basket before Blake Simmons knocked down his first triple of the season to make it 7-2. The Phoenix began the contest 1-7 from the floor with three turnovers. Greg Mays ended the streak with a banked in shot from just inside the perimeter.

With the Aces up 12-6, Green Bay made their first run of the game, recording 10 straight tallies on their way to a 16-6 lead. They converted three buckets in a row in the run as Sykes was responsible for four of those points. Evansville rallied back to take a 17-16 lead, draining four free throws in a row by Mockevicius and Simmons with 6:32 left in the period.

Once again, Green Bay had an answer, reeling off the next six points as they went up by a 22-17 score. They took their largest lead of the half at 26-20 on a Turner Botz triple in the final minute, but D.J. Balentine responded with one of his own as the Aces went to halftime trailing 26-23. Balentine scored five points in the final two minutes after missing his first five shots of the game.

Balentine’s first make of the contest with 1:41 left ended a field goal drought of over nine minutes as the Aces missed nine in a row. Despite shooting 28% (7/25) in the period, UE trailed by just three tallies.

Out of the break, the Phoenix scored the first three tallies while drawing the third foul of the day on Mockevicius. David Howard scored the first points of the period for UE after grabbing an offensive board. Green Bay would go on to take a 36-28 edge before UE had a 9-2 stretch while cutting the gap to just one at 38-37.

Adam Wing hit his second trey of the night in the run before recording an assist on a Jaylon Brown layup to cap off the rally. Jaylon Moore kept the rally going as he had five points in a row for UE to tie it up at 42-42 before the Aces retook the lead at 47-46 on a Mislav Brzoja triple.

Carrington Love helped the Phoenix go up by a 54-51 score on his second 3-pointer of the game, but shots by Wing and Moore saw the back-and-forth action continue with the Aces back up 55-54. Sykes took over at that point as his consecutive buckets, including an and-one, put the Phoenix back on top, 59-55.

With Green Bay up 63-59, Balentine took matters into his own hands as he knocked down a three with 1:17 remaining and just one second left on the shot clock to get UE within one. Following a Phoenix turnover, the Aces had another chance with under 30 ticks left, but a triple fell short. The Aces had one more chance as they were down two with 10 seconds remaining, but the final shot fell short in the 64-62 final.

Tomorrow evening, Evansville will take on either San Francisco or Florida Gulf Coast in the third place game of the tournament. Game time will be at 6 p.m. ET at Germain Arena.

* Three UE Men's Soccer Players Named MVC Scholar Athletes

Three University of Evansville women soccer players were named Missouri Valley Conference Scholar Athletes for the 2014 season. Senior forward Charlie Macias, senior defender Kevin Schafer and senior forward Nick Schroeder all were honored for their play on and off the field this year.

"A trademark of this group has been a commitment to excellence on the field and in the classroom,” said UE head coach Mike Jacobs. “Each of the three members of our team recognized for academic achievement are clearly worthy of these honors."

Macias has a 3.376 cumulative grade point average and is majoring in finance. He was named to the Missouri Valley Conference Second Team in 2014. He was tied for the team lead with six goals this season and also assisted on two goals. His 14 points were second most on the team. Macias took 33 shots, which were second most of any Ace this season. He also had 15 shots on goal leading all Evansville players in the statistic. Macias ended the year with one game winning goal, which came in a contest vs. Belmont earlier this season.

Schafer has earned a 3.900 cumulative grade point average and is majoring in mechanical engineering. Schafer is one of only six student athletes to have a 3.90 GPA or higher and be named a MVC Men’s Soccer Scholar Athlete this season. This is the second consecutive year that Schafer has been named an MVC First Team Scholar Athlete. He is the Male Recipient of the Heritage Federal Credit Union Scholarship bestowed at the Student-Athlete Academic Honors Breakfast. Schafer scored two goals this season including a game-winner vs. Loyola on Senior Day in the 83rd minute. He totaled three assists, third most on the Aces this season. Schafer’s seven points were fifth most on the team this year.

Schroeder achieved a 3.954 cumulative grade point average and is majoring in pre-physical therapy. He, like Schafer, is one of only six MVC men’s soccer student athletes to be named a Scholar Athlete this season. This is the second time Schroeder has received this award including 2012 when he was also a MVC First Team Scholar Athlete. He played in 16 games this year for the Purple Aces. Schroeder scored two goals this season, including one game-winner vs. Mercer. He also had one assist and five points this year. Schroeder totaled seven shots, five on goal this fall.

* Women's Basketball Plays At #22 West Virginia on Wednesday

The University of Evansville women’s basketball team (1-2) continues their season-long five consecutive road games when they visit #22 / #21 West Virginia on Wednesday night. The tip is set for 6:00 p.m. CT at WVU Coliseum.

UE looks for their first win on the roadswing after losing at Ball State last week and being defeated at IPFW 77-59 in their last contest. Senior forward Mallory Ladd scored a career-high 31 points in the game.

On the stat sheet, Ladd has a team-best 18.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Senior guard Khristian Hart is second on the team with 16.0 points per game including a season-high 26 points at Ball State. Sophomore guard Sara Dickey is also averaging double figures with 15.0 points per game this season. Sophomore forward Sasha Robinson is grabbing 8.3 rebounds per game. UE is averaging 67.0 points and 34.7 rebounds per game. The Aces are shooting 37.8% from the floor, 32.8% on threes and 75.4% at the free throw line.

West Virginia (2-1) won their first two games of the season before losing 74-61 at Mississippi State in the semifinals of the preseason WNIT on November 20. Averee Field piloted the Mountaineers offense with a game-high 23 points. Bria Holmes also added 18 points for West Virginia in the defeat.

Statistically, Holmes has a team-best 25.7points per game. Fields (18.7) and Teana Muldrow (11.3) are both averaging double figure points per game as well. Crystal Leary leads WVU with 8.7 rebounds per game. Fields also has 7.0 rebounds per game this season. West Virginia is scoring 72.3 points and recording 44.3 rebounds per game. The Mountaineers are making 41.1% of their field goals, 32.8 on threes, and 65.3 at the free throw line.

Evansville is projected to finish fourth in the MVC preseason poll, their highest projection since 2008-2009. Dickey was also named to the preseason All-Conference team. West Virginia is projected to place third in the Big 12 Preseason Poll. Holmes was named a preseason Big 12 First Team selection, a Lindy’s All-American and the Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year.

Evansville is 0-1 all time against West Virginia. The Mountaineers won the only matchup between the two teams 77-45 on December 6, 1991. The game was played at Assembly Hall on the campus of Indiana University. Five West Virginia players scored double figures including a game-high 16 points for Rosemary Kosiorek. UE’s Christy Greis notched a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds in the defeat.

UE’s next home game will be on Saturday, December 6 against Miami (Ohio) for a 4:00 p.m. tip at the Ford Center. Fans can purchase tickets over the phone at 812-488-ACES (2237), in person at either the Carson Center or Ford Center ticket office, or online via Ticketmaster.com.
 

* Ashley Ring Named to MVC Scholar-Athlete Team

Twelve Missouri Valley Conference volleyball student-athletes have been named to the 2014 MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team by a vote of the league’s volleyball sports information directors. An additional 12 student-athletes have earned honorable mention, the league office announced today.

University of Evansville senior Ashley Ring was the only unanimous selection to the team. Her stellar career not only set records on the court, but was also strong in the classroom. The native of Madison, Wisc. posted a 3.82 GPA in Biology.

This year’s first team includes seven players that have received previous MVC volleyball scholar-athlete recognition, including six repeat first team honorees. One member of the first team boasts a perfect 4.00 GPA in Indiana State’s Bree Spangler, while another first team honoree was the only unanimous selection, in Evansville’s Ashley Ring.

Three Valley first team scholar-athletes – Missouri State’s Andrea Beaty and Indiana State’s Spangler – were also members of their respective Capital One/CoSida Academic All-District Teams.

Forty-two student-athletes were nominated for the Valley’s scholar-athlete team. The criterion for the honor parallels the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) standards for Academic All-America voting. Nominees must be starters or important reserves with at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA (on a 4.00 scale). Also, students must have participated in at least 75-percent of the regular-season matches. Student-athletes must have reached sophomore status in both athletic and academic standing at their institution (true freshmen and redshirt freshmen were not eligible).

* UE Basketball Set for First Road Trip Today

Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week Mislav Brzoja and the University of Evansville men’s basketball team take to the road for the first time this season, heading to Oxford, Ohio to take on Miami University in a 7 p.m. ET game on Wednesday.

The Purple Aces opened up the 96th season of basketball with a 116-45 victory over Earlham. Six players scored in double figures in the game, led by D.J. Balentine’s game-high of 22. UE hit 50 out of 80 attempts while being credited with 34 assists in the game. As a team, the Aces hit 62.5% of their shots while holding Earlham to 29%. Evansville scored an unbelievable 90 points in the paint while the bench outscored Earlham’s by a 54-5 margin.

With its first game in the books, the Purple Aces sit atop the NCAA in two categories. After scoring 116 points against Earlham, UE leads the country in scoring average. The Aces also lead the nation with an average of 34 assists per game.

Mislav Brzoja posted a double-double in his first game at UE as he totaled 21 points and
11 rebounds on his way to MVC Newcomer of the Week honors. He was the first player to debut with a double-double since Scott Sparks had 12 points and 12 rebounds on Nov. 27, 1993 in a win over SEMO. His effort of 21 matched Kenneth Harris’ debut in 2010 against Oakland City. Brzoja also had 4 assists and 3 steals while committing no turnovers in his 23 minutes.

Balentine led everyone with a 22-point effort against Earlham as he drained 9 of his 16 shots. Balentine has scored 20 or more points in 22 of the last 34 games dating back to the beginning of last season. His six rebounds against the Quakers tied his career mark while he was one of five Aces to tally five helpers in the contest. In the two exhibition games, Balentine led the team with 23 PPG.

Saturday’s victory over Earlham saw UE accomplish a few feats that have not been done for a very long time. By scoring 62 in the second half, UE scored 60 or more in a period for the first time since 11/28/98 when the Aces had 61 in the second half at Hawaii Hilo.

UE took 80 shots in the Earlham game, the last time an Evansville team took that many attempts was 12/30/83 against Pepperdine. The Aces’ 34 assists was the most since Feb.
1, 2012 when the team finished with 31 in a win at Bradley. Six UE players hit double figures; the last time the team accomplished that was 11/21/04 when the Aces defeated Coastal Carolina, 87-80.

Miami is 1-0 on the season following a 76-63 win over Southern Utah in the opener. Four RedHawks scored in double figures led by 21 from Will Sullivan. The five starters for
Miami combined to score 64 of MU’s 76 points in the opener.

Evansville holds a 10-4 lead in the overall series against the RedHawks and has won the last three games in the series. The Aces have won seven out of eight games played in Evansville while splitting six road matchups. In their last visit to Oxford, the Aces picked up a 77-75 win behind 15 Denver Holmes tallies.

Next week, UE remains on the road at the Gulf Coast Showcase. The tournament opens on Monday against Fresno State in a 2:30 p.m. ET contest.
 

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