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Monday, March 1, 2021

COVID-19 Corner

* COVID-19 Vaccinations for 16 and Older at Ascension St. Vincent

Currently, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has identified the following Indiana residents as eligible to receive the COVID vaccine:

  • Healthcare Workers
  • First Responders
  • Teachers and school staff in pre-K through high school, child care centers, Head Start and Early Start programs
  • Licensed childcare providers, including center-based and family care providers
  • Age 16 and above
  • Specific groups of patients at highest risk of severe illness from COVID-19 who are identified by their healthcare provider are also eligible. These individuals will receive a unique registration link by text or email.

We will keep our patients updated as eligibility and administration sites broaden. Although currently there is no cost to patients for the vaccine, insurance information will be collected.

Vaccine Scheduling

The COVID-19 vaccine is available by appointment only. No walk-ins will be permitted. Once listed as eligible by the ISDH, go to www.ourshot.in.gov or by calling 211 or 1-866-211-9966 to schedule an appointment.

Detailed instructions

  • Go to www.ourshot.in.gov
  • Enter date of birth and attest to being over age 16
  • Enter zip code and Select Ascension St Vincent Vaccine Clinic location
  • Select appointment date and time
  • Complete demographic information including accurate date of birth
  • Confirm appointment

Ascension St Vincent Vaccine Clinic

For your convenience, the Ascension St. Vincent Vaccine Clinic is open 7 days a week and located on the hospital campus in the Manor Auditorium. When scheduling an appointment on the state website, select “Ascension St Vincent Evansville VAX” as site location. Directions: Enter the parking garage off of Bellemeade Avenue, immediately turn left and follow the directional signage to the designated vaccine clinic parking area. Patients should enter the clinic using the doors adjacent to the parking garage. Tri State Clinics patients are encouraged to call our office at 1-888-492-8722 with questions or for assistance with scheduling at the Ascension St. Vincent Vaccine Clinic.

Spencer County Residents

Spencer County Local Health Department
Heritage Hills High School

Perry County Residents

Perry County Local Health Department
Perry County Memorial Hospital

Posey County Residents

Posey County Local Health Department

Illinois Residents

Phase 1A: Healthcare workers, those in long term care facilities.
Phase 1B : Frontline essential workers, residents 65 years of age or older and under 65 with comorbidities.
Phase 1B+ : IL residents 16+ with disabilities or serious medical conditions. Higher education staff, gov workers, and media. Details and scheduling info at: https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/.

Kentucky Residents

Phase 1a: Long term care facilities, healthcare personnel
Phase 1b: First responders, anyone 70 or older, K-12 school personnel
Phase 1C : KY residents age 60+ AND 16 and older with serious medical conditions and essential workers
For locations and to schedule appointment go to: https://govstatus.egov.com/kentucky-vaccine-map or call the KY COVID-19 Hotline - (800) 722-5725 for more information.

Should you have any additional questions, please contact Ashley Chipps at ashley.chipps@ascension.org or Stacey Smith at stacey.smith1@ascension.org

Upcoming Events

* Disability Awareness Month/ Womxn's History Month Challenge

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The month of March celebrates Disability Awareness Month and Womxn's History Month. Join the UE DAM/ WHM Challenge sponsored by the Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion! In this challenge you will find 31 ways for 31 days of Disability Awareness and Womxn's History Month to actively learn, engage, support, and uplift individual's with disabilities and womxn identifying individuals from Evansville and around the world. Items listed in the challenge can be done personally or in a social group! Hit the library and do some research on why we spell womxn with an 'x', the origins and culture of Sign Language and/ or grab a friend and binge Love on the Spectrum (available on Netflix!). However and whatever you do #DAM/WHMChallenge yourself! To make it extra fun, share what your doing on social media and be sure to tag us!

We can't wait to see the ways in which you all #DAM/WHMChallenge yourself!

Challenge Item List:

  • Research origins, backgrounds and cultures of communication other than spoken language ex: Braille, Sign Language
  • Practice People-first language, not sure what that is? Research it!
  • Bring awareness to a charity or resource in Evansville that supports individuals with disabilities
  • Research UE and the surrounding community’s history with individuals with disabilities and disability awareness
  • Read a biography or autobiography written by an individual with disabilities
  • Watch Love on the Spectrum, Asperger’s are us, and other movies documentaries and TV shows celebrating individuals with disabilities
  • Listen to a speaker with disabilities via TedTalk, Podcast, etc.
  • Learn about prominent current/historic Evansville figures in the disability community
  • Share news/articles/information on social media that spark awareness of different disabilities
  • Incorporate DAM and WHM into your teaching/ learning/ work
  • Buy, read, share, support artists and authors with disabilities
  • Learn 3 facts about a new/ different disability everyday
  • Download 3 new apps that foster disability awareness and understanding
  • Research an influential activist with disabilities
  • Educate others on the importance of celebrating differences found within disabilities through books/cartoons/etc.
  • Attend DAM and WHM programming held by CDEI/ other organizations at UE/ in Evansville
  • Research the origins of modern-day feminism
  • Watch Self Made, a Netflix series about Madam C.J Walker
  • Follow or subscribe to a podcast hosted by womxn about womxn related challenges and celebrations
  • Express appreciation to and for the womxn in your life
  • Read Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
  • Break the stigma! Research and discuss difficult topics like menstrual cycles, transition surgery, sexual assault, etc.
  • Utilize your privilege to uplift the voice of womxn and/ or individuals with disabilities! Be sure not to speak for them!
  • Research why we spell womxn with an ‘x’
  • Raise awareness to organizations and resources supporting womxn in Evansville
  • Watch movies and/ or tv shows directed by womxn
  • Have a conversation with a womxn from a culture different from your own and learn about their traditions, celebrations, and experiences
  • Research womxn of power in Evansville and what they are doing for the community
  • Utilize social media and your spaces to educate others about influential womxn as artist, activist, lawyers, doctors, etc.
  • Support a business owned by a womxn and/ or individual with disabilities
  • Sign at least 3 petitions advocating for womxn and/ or individuals with disabilities on change.org/ other petition websites
* Center for DEI Presents: Girlfriend Hour

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March is Womxn's History Month! Throughout the month of March the Center for Diversity Equity and Inclusion will host a Lunch and Learn series entitled the Girlfriend Hour every Wednesday around 12pm on Zoom! Please check Acenotes and our social media for weekly topics and links! All identifying individuals are welcome to come, share and learn from our weekly speakers.

Let's talk about sex, baby! Our first Girlfriend Hour will be held on Wednesday, March 3rd at 12pm via Zoom and the topic is- 'Purity is a Myth: Breaking the Stigma on Sex'. Lead by Rev. JillAnn Knonenborg the Director of Religious Life here at UE! This Lunch and Learn is sure to be an eye opening, stigma breaking, discussion surrounding the relationship between feminism, religion, and all things sex positivity! Come join the conversation. See ya there! ;)

Please register for- March 3rd: Purity is a Myth: Breaking the Stigma on Sex- here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctf-iprTsqGtMNaXRMkSOZTNuWGeN4jWge

Meeting ID: 930 8113 0007
Password: 003424

* Student Leadership Conference

The Center for Student Engagement is now accepting registrations for the Student Leadership Conference.

The 2021 Student Leadership Conference will be held on March 13th from 10:00 am until 2:30 pm. This year the topic is Overcoming. There is so much going on in the world today that can impact students on a college campus. Throughout the conference, you will be given the opportunity to hear from peers, alumni, and guest speakers who are willing to share their experiences and stories about overcoming stress, failure, challenges, fears, the unknown, and their stories of overcoming the challenges of life in the world today. Dr. Lauren Cook will be the keynote speaker giving a talk titled "Eat Your G.R.A.P.E.S: How to Cope Through Challenging Times".

We would love to have you join us!Please register online for the Student Leadership Conference.

The deadline to register is March 5th. If you have any questions, please reach out to Kaitlyn Luczak at kl241@evansville.edu.

* Spring Intramurals Sports Announced

The Spring Intramural season is set to begin the first of March and we're excited for what's in store! Sports include volleyball, human foosball, kickball, and wiffleball and many more! If you're interested in finding out more or registering a team, go to imleagues.com or download the imleagues.com app!

All participants will be required to wear a face mask prior, during, and after their scheduled intramural event.  No walk-up, sign-ups will be allowed, all participants must be registered on imleagues.com to participate.  For all other Covid related protocols please visit imleagues.com or contact ah519 for more information.

Info You Should Know

* Village Housing Q & A Session

The Office of Residence Life will host a Q & A Session for for students who have questions about living in the Villages for 2021-22. This session is not required, but rather an opportunity for you to hop on Zoom to ask any questions that you may have (students will be admitted one at time so you can ask your questions individually).

Zoom Meeting ID: 944 0330 7641
Passcode: ResLife

* PAID Basketball Coaching Apprenticeship: Indiana Ambition Basketball

PAID Basketball Coaching Apprenticeship: Indiana Ambition Basketball (www.indianaambition.com) is looking for college students interested in working with kids and coaching! Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 5:30-8:30pm, paying $15/hour helping with practice for a wide range of age groups. Must be good with kids and love basketball. Qualified students may be eligible to receive more hours and weekend AAU tournament coaching stipends. Contact coach Mitch Lewis to apply and receive more information. Text: 210-863-9421, or mlewis.ambition@gmail.com.

* Room Selections for 2021-22

Students, it's time to start thinking of where you will live for next year. The Office of Residence Life has updated their website with the timeline for signing up for housing for the 2021-22 academic year. You can find important dates and information on the Residence Life website at https://www.evansville.edu/residencelife/housingapplyreturn/applying.cfm. If you need assistance in finding a roommate or have questions regarding the sign up process, please contact Brian Conner in the Office of Residence Life at bc32.

* Black History Celebration with Step Afrika

Did you enjoy the #BlackHistoryMonth Celebration from Step Afrika! so much that you could watch it again, or were not able celebrate our Black and African-American community, but would love to still be able to?

You're in luck - Everyone at the University of Evansville can celebrate until March 4th, thanks to Step Afrika! setting up our very own private YouTube Channel:

https://youtu.be/r39sKwOGl7k

Made possible with collaborations from:
Black Student Union
Alpha Omicron Pi, Chi Lambda Chapter
UE Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
UE Student Activities Board

Celebration Description:
Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities; traditional African dances; and an array of contemporary dance and art forms into a cohesive, compelling artistic experience. Performances are much more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation. The blend of technique, agility, and pure energy makes each performance unique and leaves the audience with their hearts pounding.

* Submit Your Abstract to Participate in the UE Student Research and Honors Symposium

The 2021 UE Student Research and Honors Symposium is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14. This event will showcase the scholarly activities of students of diverse disciplines across UE’s campus, including the graduating seniors of the Honors Program. This year’s symposium will be conducted via Zoom. All students are invited to apply to participate by submitting an abstract for their papers. For more information or to submit an abstract, please visit: https://www.evansville.edu/undergraduateresearch/student-research-symposium.cfm

Contact Jayme Williams at jw504@evansville.edu with any questions.

* Medical School Application Information Session

Are you applying to medical school this summer? If so, please consider attending a Zoom information session, “Preparing for Medical School Application Season” Tuesday, March 2 at 6PM. We will discuss how and when to ask for Letter’s of Recommendation, getting started on a personal statement, what to expect on the application, and updated information on when to apply. I will share links to additional resources that may give you a good head start. If you are unable to attend, please email fr25@evansville.edu to schedule an advising appointment.

Use the zoom link below to join the meeting:
Francie Renschler is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: “Preparing for Medical School Application Season”
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7385197423?pwd=ckMrTGpBaDJiSW82bi9kb2hBam9GZz09
Meeting ID: 738 519 7423
Passcode: 182059

* Student Run Marketing Agency Now Hiring

Our Story: “Embrace Marketing and Communications is a student-run agency that began work in the fall of 2018. Since then, Embrace has served multiple clients throughout the Evansville and Tri-State area, including start-up businesses, all the way to national corporations. Our diverse clientele provides us with invaluable experience to nurture and expand with each opportunity that comes our way. With guidance and leadership from our advisors, Keith Leonhardt and Emily Schuster, our multi-talented team brings fresh perspectives, creativity, and unique skills to every project. Since the beginning, our goal has been to help our clients embrace their full potential because a win for them is a win for us.”

Who: Upcoming Fall 2021 Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Communications or Business majors primarily, but open to all majors

What: Openings in Account Executive, Marketing Strategist, Digital and Social Media Specialist, Creative Director, CFO, Writer, and CEO positions. The description/requirements for each of these positions can be found on the Embrace website, https://embracemarcomm.com.

When: Apply by March 10

Where: Send resume & cover letter to embracemarcomm@gmail.com.

Why: Gain real world business experience while in college! Knowledge that can’t be learned in the classroom is obtained. Join a fun and innovative team of like-minded creatives.

* Departmental Summer Activities, Camps, and Events

When planning departmental summer activities, camps, or events on the University of Evansville campus, please contact Shelby Roscoe at mr410@evansville.edu for current protocols and requirements.

* Bookstore Closed for Inventory

The bookstore will be closed on Saturday, March 6th for inventory.

Athletics

* Shamar Givance named MVC Player of the Week

In a week that saw him tie his career scoring mark while leading his team to a top five seed for Arch Madness, University of Evansville junior Shamar Givance has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week.

With conference tournament seeding on the line, Givance put forth two of the top performances of his career. In Friday’s opener against Missouri State, Givance finished with 21 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. He was 9-of-16 from the field and 3-for-6 from outside over the course of 30 minutes. The final point tally was just one short of his career high.

Just 24 hours later, Givance stepped it up even more in one of UE’s biggest games in recent seasons. Another 9-for-16 shooting day saw him tie his career scoring mark with 22 points. He knocked down four triples in six tries while leading the Aces with 7 rebounds in a 72-63 win that cemented UE’s spot as the #5 seed in the upcoming tournament.

Givance and the Purple Aces are preparing to face 4th-seeded Indiana State on Friday at 2 p.m.

* Huskies big fourth inning hands Aces series-ending loss

Eyeing a sweep, the University of Evansville baseball team battled in a 7-4 loss to NIU in the final game of the three-game series on Sunday afternoon at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

"NIU did a great job on the mound and at the plate against us today. The big inning was too much to come back from," said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll. "It was great to win the series though and we have a lot of baseball to play this upcoming week with 5 games in 5 days. A lot of great takeaways from this weekend."

Evansville struck first offensively, scoring the game's opening run in the bottom of the second inning. With a pair of Aces in scoring position, a wild pitch by the Huskies scored sophomore Danny Borgstrom to give Evansville the 1-0 lead.

The aforementioned big inning for NIU came in the top of the fourth as the Huskies scored five runs in the inning, including three on a home run to left center field by Jack Blazevich. Evansville answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning as freshman Max Malley lifted a sacrifice fly to left that scored Borgstrom again.

In the fifth, NIU added two more runs on a single and a sacrifice fly to increase the Huskies lead to 7-2. The Aces slowly pushed closer, scoring a run in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings to close within three runs.

In the bottom of the ninth, Evansville appeared to be replicating its magic from Friday night as senior Craig Shepherd opened the half inning with a base-hit. Following Shepherd's single, NIU pitcher Brandon McPherson recorded three-straight outs to end the game and give the Huskies a 7-4 win.

Evansville has a busy week ahead with a single game at Kentucky on Wednesday and a four-game set this weekend against Western Illinois at German American Bank Field on Friday through Sunday.

* Aces wrap up series against Green Bay

In the final day of a 4-game set against Green Bay, the University of Evansville softball team dropped two contests on Sunday by scores of 6-5 and 6-3 in Decatur.

GAME 1

UE (4-4) recorded the opening four runs of the game. Following a scoreless three frames, the Purple Aces jumped on top in the fourth. Eryn Gould delivered a 2-RBI single to score Mea Adams and Mackenzie McFeron. Lindsay Renneisen added a sacrifice fly to bring Gould home. A single run scored in the fourth on a solo shot by Marah Wood. The Phoenix countered with a 6-run sixth inning that included a 2-RBI double by Alyssa Brewer. UE saw one run score in the seventh but could not get the tying run home with Green Bay taking a 6-5 win.

GAME 2

Evansville got the early lead once again, scoring single runs in each of the first three frames. Renneisen had an RBI single in the first before delivering a home run in the third. Halie Fain had an RBI single in the second that scored Jessica Fehr, who led the inning off with a single. Just as they did in game one, Green Bay used a big inning to go in front. This time, they plated six runs in the bottom half of the fourth. Morgan Bihun had a grand slam in the inning. The Phoenix remained in front and swept the doubleheader with a 6-3 victory.

Up next for Evansville is a doubleheader on Wednesday at Bellarmine. Game one is set for a noon CT first pitch.

* Feliciano records 11 kills in weekend opener

Melanie Feliciano recorded a team-high 11 kills in Sunday’s series opener at Missouri State that saw the Bears finish with a 3-0 victory.

Feliciano finished with 11 kills and 9 digs while Alondra Vazquez was just behind with 8 kills. Chloe Bontrager added six. Vazquez and Thon tied for the UE (3-8, 2-7 MVC) lead with 10 digs while Hannah Watkins finished the game with 5 block assists. Allana McInnis added 18 assists to her career numbers. Brooklyn Cink led all players with 16 kills while Amelia Flynn notched 15 for the Bears (10-2, 6-1 MVC).

Game 1

Missouri State jumped out to a 5-2 lead before Evansville stormed back to tie it up at 6-6 with kills by Bontrager and Brooke Springer before jumping in front. MSU went back up by three at 12-9 but the Aces were once again able to rally back, opening up a 16-14 advantage with Feliciano kills accounting for three Aces points in a row. With the set knotted at 17-17, MSU took control, scoring five in a row before winning by a score of 25-21.

Game 2

The Bears followed their win in game one with a dominant 25-12 victory in the second game. The jumped out to a 9-3 lead before going up by double figures for the first time at 20-10. They never looked back as they cruised to the win.

Game 3

Evansville faced another early deficit in game three with the Bears going up by a 10-4 margin. Two kills by Feliciano, one from Bontrager and a service ace by Allana McInnis saw Evansville cut the gap in half, clawing back to a 12-9 score. The Bears countered with an 8-3 rally to open their largest lead at 20-12. UE did not give up, getting back within three tallies at 22-19 on back-to-back Missouri State errors. The Bears regrouped and fended off the challenge to finish the match with a 25-20 win.

On Monday, the teams meet up again in a 5 p.m. match.

* Riggs, Rucinski Highlight Final Day of MVC Indoor Championship

The University of Evansville track and field team close out the indoor season with the completing of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship.

Trey Riggs repeated his strong performance yesterday in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing 8th in the event a new school record 8.23. Riggs was also a part of the 7th place finishing 4x400-meter race with teammates, Brendon Smith, Ian Albers and Jackson McPheeters, coming in at 3:29.11.

Joey Rucinski finished in 8th place in the men’s heptathlon setting four new personal records, including a 3rd place finish in the pole vault at 4.21-meters and the 1,000-meter run at 2:54.42.

The men’s and women’s teams both finished 9th in the team standings with the men counting for 6 points and the women with 10.

The next scheduled event for the Purple Aces track and field team is the Margaret Simmons Invitational on March 19.

* Weekend closes with Aces loss on the road at UNI

In the series finale, the University of Evansville women's basketball team dropped a road MVC contest to UNI, 96-48, on Sunday inside the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Leading Evansville were junior A'Niah Griffin and sophomore Abby Feit with 14 points each, while freshman Rylie Stephens narrowly missed double-figures with eight points on the day. For the Panthers, Kam Finley led UNI with 17 points as one of five Panthers to finish in double-digits.

Evansville got off to a much better start on Sunday than it did Saturday taking an early 4-3 lead on the Panthers after buckets from senior Jada Poland and Griffin. Following the Aces early lead, UNI took back the lead with a 16-2 run as the Panthers owned a 24-10 advantage after the first quarter. Evansville held strong with UNI through much of the second period as the Panthers narrowly out-scored the Aces 19-16 in the quarter.

The offense for the Panthers repeated its performance from Saturday's game in the second half as UNI scored 53 points in the final 20 minutes on a 60.7% (17-28) shooting performance. Of the Panthers 17 second half field goals, 13 came from beyond the arc for UNI. The Panthers limited the Aces to 22 second-half points in the 96-48 win for UNI.

In the contest, UNI set an MVC record for most three-pointers made in a single-game, hitting 21 of its 37 attempts from the arc. The 21 made threes also tied for eighth-most in a single game in NCAA history.

Evansville returns home for the final series of the season with a pair of matchups against No. 23 Missouri State inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse on Friday and Saturday night.

* Cold-shooting hands Aces loss in series opener at UNI

Hampered by a cold shooting effort, the University of Evansville women's basketball team fell in its series opener at UNI, 67-31, on Saturday afternoon at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Freshman Rylie Stephens led the way for Evansville with seven points and adding six boards on the afternoon. Sophomore Abby Feit scored just four points, but found other ways to get involved despite her shot not falling, recording a season-best 13 rebounds. For the Panthers, Karli Rucker finished with a game-high 19 points, knocking-down five triples and further contributing to the offense with seven assists.

Evansville's offensive woes began early in the contest as the Aces failed to score in the first quarter, but showed strong defense, limiting the Panthers to just 10 points in the first 10 minutes. The Aces bounced-back in the second quarter, keeping pace with UNI in the quarter to trail the Panthers 24-11 at the half.

UNI's offense began to find its next gear in the second half as the Panthers scored 20+ points in each the third and fourth quarters. Evansville's offense continued to improve, scoring 14 points in the third, but struggled down the stretch with six points in the fourth as UNI captured the 67-31 win.

As far as field goal percentage goals, Evansville shot 22.6% (12-53) from the field against the Panthers, its second-lowest percentage of the season, but again, the Aces strength was shown in their defense. The Panthers shot just above 30% for the afternoon, representing the fourth-lowest shooting performance an Aces opponent has recorded on the season and the second-lowest an MVC opponent has compiled.

The Aces and Panthers conclude their weekend series at Noon on Sunday in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

* Scherry's big day at the plate powers Evansville to win

An impressive day by freshman Simon Scherry at the plate and a dominant set of early innings from senior Nathan Croner helped the University of Evansville baseball team earn an 8-5 win over NIU in Saturday's second game of the series at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

"Such a great win to feed off of the comeback last night," remarked Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll on Evansville building momentum off a come-from-behind 5-4 win on Friday night. "It started on the mound with (Nathan) Croner who was outstanding. We have been looking for offense, so to get two big hits that led to 5 RBI from Simon Scherry is a big lift. The bullpen did a great job with (Jakob) Meyer closing the door."

Croner indeed had an outstanding outing and it began in the first inning as the senior lefty struck-out the side, sitting down the Huskies in order. Evansville's offense got rolling in the bottom of the first with two outs. The Aces loaded the bases and with Scherry at the plate, the freshman delivered a double to right center that cleared the bases and gave Evansville a 3-0 lead.

The top of the second closely resembled the first as Croner again struck-out the side, giving the Independence, Mo. native six-straight Ks to begin the game.

The Aces got further help offensively in the bottom of the fourth as redshirt senior Troy Beilsmith launched the 16th home run of his career, this time a two-run shot that provided UE with a 5-0 advantage.

NIU pushed back to within two runs in the top of the fifth as the Huskies scored a pair of runs on an error and later added a run on a sacrifice fly.

It was Scherry again who keyed the Evansville offense with the bases loaded. Scherry drilled a double to left center that scored a pair of runs to push the Aces lead back to four at 7-3. Later in the fifth, freshman Max Malley hit a sacrifice fly to right field that scored junior Mason Brinkley to give the Aces an 8-3 lead.

In the sixth inning, NIU got a big boost from Kam Smith, who squeezed a two-run homer down the left field line to trim Evansville's lead to 8-5.

NIU threatened late in the eighth inning, as the Huskies had runners on first and second with just one out. Freshman Jakob Meyer got the Aces out of the inning with a fly-out to right field and struck-out Jacob Schroeder to close the inning.

In the ninth, Meyer again worked well, limiting the Huskies to just one base runner before inducing a fly-out to right to end the contest.

The Aces and Huskies close their series on Sunday at 1 PM at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

* UE Track & Field Breaks Program Records at Day Two of MVC Indoors

The University of Evansville track and field team took down program records during day two of the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships.

Michael Boots checked in with a new school record in the men’s shot put, besting his previous record, with a 14.89-meter toss. Boots finished 11th in the event.

Trey Riggs qualified for tomorrow’s 60-meter hurdle finals with a record-breaking run of 8.45. Riggs also took 13th in the men’s triple jump with a 12.55-meter jump.

Taiza Alexander also set a new program record in the 60-meter dash, finishing the prelims in 19th place at 8.01.

Ian Alberts placed seventh in the men’s pole vault with a 4.51-meter mark.

The final day of the MVC Championship begins at 10 a.m. CT with the completion of the men’s Heptathlon.

* Softball Sweeps Saturday Doubleheader

Strong pitching, efficient defense and timely hitting was a winning formula on Saturday as the University of Evansville softball team swept a doubleheader against Green Bay in Decatur, Illinois.

Full box scores for today’s games will be available and posted on Sunday evening.

GAME 1

Izzy Vetter had another excellent start for Evansville (4-2), setting a career mark with 11 strikeouts while allowing just one Green Bay hit in a complete game effort. The offense for UE broke through in the third inning when Mea Adams led off with a double. Following her was Eryn Gould, who recorded a double of her own to open up the scoring. With two outs, Lindsay Renneisen came to the plate and delivered a 2-run home run to extend the Aces lead to 3-0. In the fifth frame, it was Adams coming through once again. After leading off with a double, Adams stole third before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Halie Fain. Her run capped off the scoring as Vetter kept the shutout intact with UE taking a 4-0 win.

GAME 2

Jaime Nurrenbern tossed a shutout of her own to wrap up a 7-0 win over the Phoenix. Nurrenbern scatted five hits over the complete game showing. UE wasted little time getting on the board with as Gould and Haley Woolf reached via singles before advancing to second and third with two outs. Jessica Fehr came through with the big hit, singling to plate both runners and put UE on top, 2-0. A single run came across the plate in the second when an Adams sacrifice fly scored Hannah Hood, who singled to lead off the frame.

Three extra base hits saw three more runs score in the third. Renneisen led off with a double before coming home on a triple by Fehr. Bella Coffey hit a sac fly to bring Fehr home. Marah Wood doubled with two outs before scoring later in the inning to push the lead to 6-0. In the fourth, it was Eryn Gould connecting on a solo home run that completed the scoring with the Aces earning another shut out, taking a 7-0 decision.

On Sunday, the teams meet up for two more games, beginning at 10 a.m.

* Aces Clinch Top Five Seed with Win over Missouri State

For the first time since the 2015-16 season, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team clinched a top five seed in the Missouri Valley Conference, finishing the regular season with a 72-63 victory over Missouri State on Saturday night at the Ford Center.

Evansville (9-15, 7-11) enters Arch Madness as the #5 seed and is set to face the #4 Indiana State on Friday afternoon at 2:08 p.m. in St. Louis. Shamar Givance tied his career scoring high with 22 points on Saturday, knocking down 9 out of 16 attempts and four triples. He also led UE with seven rebounds. Jawaun Newton added 20 points while Evan Kuhlman recorded 17. Missouri State (16-6, 12-6 MVC) was led by a 22-point game from Isiaih Mosley.

“I did not doubt these guys. We ran into a tough stretch and kept fighting. If you are a basketball fan, you have to love this team – they are just fun,” UE head men’s basketball coach Todd Lickliter said. “They are constantly trying to learn, grow and do the right thing. We just made a few adjustments today and our guys locked into it and made it happen.”

It was the “Evan Kuhlman Show” in the opening minutes of the game. The senior connected on his first three triples of the game to give his squad a 9-6 advantage. UE would extend that lead to 18-12 when Shamar Givance connected on a basket at the 12:45 mark. The Aces would hit one of their next six attempts but the Bears were only able to chop two points off of the lead.

When Jawaun Newton hit his first field goal, it led the Aces on a 7-0 run that pushed the advantage into double figures at 25-14. Givance recorded the other five points in the run, capping it off with a layup at the 7:51 mark. With the Aces up 27-16, Missouri State scored six in a row to get back within five tallies, but Evansville was able to counter, going back up by 10 (33-23) before a layup at the buzzer by Newton sent UE to the break with a 38-30 lead. Givance had 17 points in the opening stanza

Missouri State chopped the lead in half in the opening two minutes of the second half, but a turning point came from Noah Frederking. With the shot clock nearing the buzzer, the senior drove for a layup that was the start of an 11-0 run that gave the Aces a 49-34 lead. Kuhlman, Givance and Newton each followed with triples that made it a 49-34 contest with 15:21 remaining.

Evansville’s lead went as high as 18 points when another Kuhlman 3-pointer gave UE a 65-47 advantage with 5:27 on the clock. The Bears chipped away in the final minutes, getting as close as six points in the final seconds, but the deficit was too much to overcome with Evansville clinching the 72-63 win to wrap up the regular season. Devan Straub put an exclamation point on the win with a buzzer-beating triple.

The Aces outshot the Bears by a 51.0%-46.3% margin while it was MSU outrebounding the Aces by a final tally of 34-26.

* Aces Clinch Top Five Seed with Win over Missouri State

For the first time since the 2015-16 season, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team clinched a top five seed in the Missouri Valley Conference, finishing the regular season with a 72-63 victory over Missouri State on Saturday night at the Ford Center.

Evansville (9-15, 7-11) enters Arch Madness as the #5 seed and is set to face the #4 Indiana State on Friday afternoon at 2:08 p.m. in St. Louis. Shamar Givance tied his career scoring high with 22 points on Saturday, knocking down 9 out of 16 attempts and four triples. He also led UE with seven rebounds. Jawaun Newton added 20 points while Evan Kuhlman recorded 17. Missouri State (16-6, 12-6 MVC) was led by a 22-point game from Isiaih Mosley.

“I did not doubt these guys. We ran into a tough stretch and kept fighting. If you are a basketball fan, you have to love this team – they are just fun,” UE head men’s basketball coach Todd Lickliter said. “They are constantly trying to learn, grow and do the right thing. We just made a few adjustments today and our guys locked into it and made it happen.”

It was the “Evan Kuhlman Show” in the opening minutes of the game. The senior connected on his first three triples of the game to give his squad a 9-6 advantage. UE would extend that lead to 18-12 when Shamar Givance connected on a basket at the 12:45 mark. The Aces would hit one of their next six attempts but the Bears were only able to chop two points off of the lead.

When Jawaun Newton hit his first field goal, it led the Aces on a 7-0 run that pushed the advantage into double figures at 25-14. Givance recorded the other five points in the run, capping it off with a layup at the 7:51 mark. With the Aces up 27-16, Missouri State scored six in a row to get back within five tallies, but Evansville was able to counter, going back up by 10 (33-23) before a layup at the buzzer by Newton sent UE to the break with a 38-30 lead. Givance had 17 points in the opening stanza

Missouri State chopped the lead in half in the opening two minutes of the second half, but a turning point came from Noah Frederking. With the shot clock nearing the buzzer, the senior drove for a layup that was the start of an 11-0 run that gave the Aces a 49-34 lead. Kuhlman, Givance and Newton each followed with triples that made it a 49-34 contest with 15:21 remaining.

Evansville’s lead went as high as 18 points when another Kuhlman 3-pointer gave UE a 65-47 advantage with 5:27 on the clock. The Bears chipped away in the final minutes, getting as close as six points in the final seconds, but the deficit was too much to overcome with Evansville clinching the 72-63 win to wrap up the regular season. Devan Straub put an exclamation point on the win with a buzzer-beating triple.

The Aces outshot the Bears by a 51.0%-46.3% margin while it was MSU outrebounding the Aces by a final tally of 34-26.

* Aces Drop Season Opener Against Illinois State

After over a year of waiting the University of Evansville opened the 2020-21 season Saturday at Arad McCutchan Stadium against Illinois State, falling 1-0.

The Purple Aces registered one shot on goal off a free kick from Alex Eyler. The match was left at a draw going into the half.

The Redbirds came out hot in the second half attempting a shot within the first minute, before breaking the tie in the 68th minute with a goal by Ashley Santos.

UE added another shot on goal at the 87:53 mark by Emily Wolak before the game drew to a close.

Goalkeeper Michael Till made five saves, including two back-to-back attacks by Illinois State.

The Aces are back in action on March 5 when they take on Northern Iowa at home at 5 p.m.

* Lowry Makes History During Day One of the MVC Indoor Championship

Anna Lowry solidifies her name in the University of Evansville track and field program’s history books after her performance at day one of the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championship.

Lowry crushed the 5,000-meter final, taking first in the event by nine seconds. Lowry’s 17:06.02 performance earned her the honor of being the first Evansville track and field athlete to win a MVC Conference Championship. Lowry’s finish at the top of the podium earned her all-MVC honors for the second straight year.

Also competing for the Aces on Friday where Taiza Alexander, taking 15th place in the long jump at 5.16-meters, in the same event on the men’s side Brendon Smith took 15th at 5.96-meters. Zach Dove (13.99m) and Michael Boots (13.87m) took 19th and 20th respectively in the weight throw, while Timmy Miller finished in 13th in the men’s 5,000-meters.

Day two of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship will start at 9:30 a.m. CT with the men’s multi-events.

* Jawaun Newton Has Career Game against Missouri State

Jawaun Newton scored a career-high 26 points while Shamar Givance added 21 in Friday evening’s 90-81 loss to Missouri State at the Ford Center.

Newton hit 8 of his 16 field goal attempts on the way to his top scoring effort at UE (8-15, 6-11 MVC). Prior to tonight, his career scoring mark stood at 22 points, which he recorded on January 16 at Bradley. Shamar Givance finished the evening just one point shy of his career mark. He posted 21 points with nine of his attempts finding the bottom of the net. He has reached double figures in each of the last six games.

Leading Missouri State (16-5, 12-5 MVC) was the duo of Gaige Prim and Isiaih Mosley. Prim scored a game-high 33 points while Mosley wrapped up the night with 26.

“I am really proud of the way our team competed tonight – our guys kept fighting the entire way,” Aces head coach Todd Lickliter exclaimed after the game. “I always tell our guys that we are either winning or getting ready to win and the way we are competing every game has been a positive for us.”

Both teams made their opening three shots of the game, leading to a 7-7 score. Missouri State continued its hot start, making its first five tries to take a 13-7 lead. A jumper by Evan Kuhlman ended a 4-minute scoring drought and helped the Aces begin a 7-0 stretch that was wrapped up when Jax Levitch drilled a triple on the break to put UE back in front by a 14-13 score at the 12:27 mark.

The lead changed hands five times before the Bears wrestled away a 30-25 advantage inside of the 5-minute mark. The Aces recorded five in a row to tie it up with Jawaun Newton connecting from downtown, but Missouri State countered with a 12-2 stretch to open up a 42-32 lead with 1:13 left in the half. Facing its largest deficit, Evansville was able to cut the gap in half over the final minute with Shamar Givance hitting a triple and a layup to make it a 42-37 MSU lead at halftime.

Newton had 12 points in the opening frame with Gaige Prim tallying a game-high 14 points for the Bears.

Givance continued his scoring streak in the second half with Newton finding him on consecutive possessions before a shot by Kuhlman put the Aces back in front at 43-42 with 18:11 left in the game. The Bears wrestled a two-possession lead back over the next stretch, going back up by a 53-47 tally before a 3-point play from Newton was part of a 5-0 stretch to get UE back within one with 14 minutes remaining.

Once again, MSU answered with a 10-2 run to take a 9-point edge as the second half moved past the midway point. The lead for Missouri State extended back to double figures before getting as high as 14 points (80-66) with under three minutes left. Evansville never relented, knocking down four 3-pointers in the final minutes while getting within six points, but the Bears converted their free throws to win by a final of 90-81.

Evan Kuhlman had another strong outing for Evansville, registering 16 points while Samari Curtis added 11. Givance led all players with seven assists while Newton was credited with a career-high four steals. MSU shot 69.4% on the night with the Aces finishing at 50.9%. The Bears also finished with a 30-21 edge in rebounds.

Tomorrow night, the Aces and Bears meet up inside the Ford Center for the regular season finale at 6 p.m.

* Craig Delivers Walk-off Win for Aces to Cap Ninth-Inning Rally

Trailing 4-1 entering the bottom of the ninth, the University of Evansville baseball team mounted a four-run rally, delivering a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over NIU in the series opener on Friday evening at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

"Great come from behind win for our guys. We needed a spark offensively and that will hopefully carry over," said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll. "Our offense runs through Tanner Craig so it was great to see him deliver. (Shane) Gray gave us a chance on Friday which is all you can ask. Very proud of the fight from our guys."

Both offenses got started in the third inning as the Huskies struck first with a run in the top half of the inning off a single by Jake Dunham. The Aces answered in the bottom of the frame as junior first baseman Tanner Craig dropped a double into deep left center that rolled to the wall and scored senior third baseman Craig Shepherd.

Brady Huebbe did the damage for NIU in the seventh and ninth innings, hitting a two-run shot to left field to give the Huskies the 3-1 lead and then adding to NIU's advantage with an RBI double.

Evansville brought the 7-8-9 batters to the plate in the bottom of the ninth trailing 4-1 as NIU brought in Brandon McPherson to the mound. Freshman second baseman Simon Scherry opened the half inning with a single to right field that got the Aces offense rolling. Following Scherry, redshirt senior Kenton Crews came in as a pinch hitter and was walker. With junior Robbie Wilkes pinch-hitting in the nine spot, a wild pitch aided the Evansville effort, moving Crews and Scherry into scoring position. Wilkes was able to deliver in his opportunity as he struck-out swinging, but reacted quickly as the wild pitch got away from the catcher, reaching first safely as Scherry scored to narrow the deficit to two runs.

After redshirt senior Troy Beilsmith struck out, Shepherd came to the plate and singled to right field, scoring Crews. With the tying run represented at second in freshman Max Malley, who pinch ran for Wilkes, and the winning run at first base in Shepherd, Craig came to the plate. Craig capitalized on the moment, smashing a double down the left field line that scored Malley easily. Shepherd followed closely behind the freshman, sliding in safe and beating the throw to deliver a 5-4 win for the Aces.

Craig led the way on the evening for Evansville, going two-for-four at the plate with a pair of doubles and three RBI, while also earning a walk. Also recording a pair of hits was Scherry, who also went two-for-four.

Junior Shane Gray pitched another impressive performance, lasting five innings, allowing just three hits and one earned run, while striking-out four. The win was credited to sophomore Eric Roberts, who pitched a pair of innings, allowing one run, and striking-out four batters.

Evansville and NIU continue their series on Saturday at 1 PM with their second contest at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

* Evansville Heads to UNI for Final Road Trip of the Season

For the final time this season, the University of Evansville women's basketball team hits the road for a weekend series at UNI on Saturday and Sunday in the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Last Time Out: Indiana State 85, Evansville 69

  • University of Evansville sophomore Abby Feit scored a career-high 29 points as the Aces dropped a road contest at Indiana State, 85-69, on Wednesday evening at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute, Ind.
  • Feit scored 14 in the opening half and added 15 in the second 20 minutes for her career-high outing and paired it with 12 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season.
  • Joining Feit in double-digits was junior Anna Newman, who tallied 13 points, while adding six boards and four assists.
  • Leading the Sycamores was Adrian Folks with 23 points and 13 rebounds.
  • A high-scoring contest started as such early as the two sides ran-up the score in the opening quarter. The two sides combined for 47 points in the first as the Sycamores took a narrow one-point lead.
  • The middle quarters proved key for Indiana State as the Sycamores gained control of the game. Indiana State out-scored the Aces, 38-24, in the second and third quarters as the Aces shot just 8-30 (26.7%) from the field during the stretch and the Sycamores hit 11 shots and got to the line 13 times.
  • Late in the contest, Evansville mounted a run, cutting what was a 23-point deficit down as low as 12, but Indiana State pushed its lead back to 16 to close out the 85-69 win.
  • Both teams limited turnovers on the night with Evansville committing just eight turnovers, its fewest turnovers since recording five at Bradley on Feb. 10, 2019, while the Sycamores turned the ball over just seven times.

Previewing the Matchup: UNI

  • Evansville and UNI are meeting for the 58th time in the all-time series with the Panthers owning a 38-19 lead in the series.
  • UNI comes into the weekend series with a 13-game winning streak in the series; tied for the longest active streak against the Aces by an MVC foe (Drake).
  • The Aces last win in Cedar Falls came in a 57-52 victory over the Panthers on Feb. 2, 2008 and was part of what would be a six-game win streak for UE in the series that stretched from Jan. 11, 2007 to March 14, 2008.
  • Evansville's 57-43 win over Valparaiso on Friday night at the ARC broke a losing streak of 13 road conference games for the Aces, dating back to the March 1, 2019 victory over Indiana State.
  • Evansville's six wins this season are the most for the Aces since winning 14 games during the 2016-17 campaign.
  • After back-to-back games scoring less than 50 points, Evansville has responded in the last three games. Over the last three contests, the Aces are averaging 60.7 points per game after averaging 40 points in the previous two contests.
  • With four games to play, Evansville still looks to secure itself a higher seed at Hoops in the Heartland. Currently tied with Indiana State, Evansville sits in 10th due to winning percentage.

Setting Season Highs

  • Against the Sycamores, Evansville set multiple team season highs.
  • The Aces set season highs in field goal attempts (64), free throws made (22), and tied their season high in free throw attempts (28).

Climbing the Record Books

  • Less than 50 games into her career, Abby Feit is already moving up the record books.
  • Feit's 66 blocks place her in eighth in Evansville program history in the statistical category.
* Women's Soccer Makes Long Anticipated Return to the Pitch

The long-awaited return to the pitch for the University of Evansville women’s soccer program takes place Saturday at 2 p.m. as the Purple Aces take on Illinois State at Arad McCutchan Stadium.

“After being inside for the past four weeks and not having a game in over a year it will be nice to finally play,” head coach Chris Phau said. “We are excited to get going and look forward to a game tomorrow. UE and our athletic department has done a great job of keeping our student-athletes safe.”

Know the Aces

  • The Purple Aces enter year one under a familiar face in head coach Chris Pfau. Pfau was promoted to head of the UE women’s soccer program in December 2019. Pfau, who returned to the Aces sideline as an assistant coach in May of 2019 will begin his second stint as the Aces head coach, serving at the top spot from 2005-07.
  • Evansville returns the top two goal scores from 2019, with Emily Ormson and Emily Wolak. Ormson also led the Aces in points and shot attempts, while Wolak was a main component for the Aces mid-field.
  • UE returns eight starters from a season ago, including second team all-MVC Wolak and all-Freshman Kristen Harvey.
  • Returning for her senior season is Aces goalkeeper Michaela Till, who posted 90 saves with a .763 goals-against-average. Till ranks fourth all time in career saves with 254.
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Georgia Katsonouri was called up to the Cyprus National Women’s Soccer Team back in November 2020 to play in the UEFA Women’s Euro qualifiers.
  • It has been 482 days since the Aces have seen game action, after falling 1-0 to Missouri State on Nov. 3, 2019 in the first round of the MVC Championship. UE finished the 2019 season 2-12-7, 1-4-2 MVC.
  • Evansville was picked seventh in the MVC Preseason poll.

Know the Redbirds

  • Illinois State enters this weekend’s match 0-2 with losses to Marquette (2-3) and Saint Louis (1-3).
  • Last time out against the Redbirds the Aces fell 3-0 on Oct. 6, 2019 at Normal, Ill.
  • This is the 30th meeting overall between Illinois State and Evansville with ISU holding an 18-8-3 record over the Aces.
  • The early goal leader for the Redbirds is Ashley Santos, who has scored two goals in two games for Illinois State.

Ticket Information

  • Aces soccer tickets will not be for sale for the general public for the 2021 season. Attendance will be limited to invited friends and family of the home and away teams and a limited number of student tickets.
* Aces Volleyball Travels to Missouri State

On Sunday and Monday, the University of Evansville volleyball team heads to Springfield, Mo. for a pair of matches at Missouri State. Sunday’s opener is set for a 12 p.m. start with Monday’s contest starting at 5 p.m....both contests can be seen live on ESPN+.

Last Time Out

  • In the finale against Bradley, the turning point came in the opening set...with UE up by a 24-18 tally, the Braves scored six in a row before taking a 27-25 win
  • The Purple Aces were unable to overcome the deficit with Bradley finishing with a 3-0 win
  • Melanie Feliciano recorded 18 kills and 17 digs while Alondra Vazquez added 9 kills and 21 digs

Stepping Up

  • Alondra Vazquez had her top performance of the season in the opener against the Braves, registering a season-high 24 kills over the course of a career-high 69 attempts
  • Vazquez averaged 4.71 kills in the series and is second in the MVC with 3.90/set...she is just 0.01 kills off of the conference lead
  • The junior currently has an average of 12.97 attacks per set, which leads the Valley and is 6th in the NCAA
  • Along with the offense, her defense has picked up - she posted 5.86 digs per game in the Bradley series and ranks 17th in the MVC

Heating Up

  • While Melanie Feliciano has ranked inside the top ten in the MVC with her kill totals in the opening weeks of 2021, she has found her groove as the season has moved along and is coming off of her best weekend of the season
  • Against Bradley, Feliciano averaged 5.29 kills per game while setting her season high with 19 in the opener...her season average jumped to 3.51, which is now 6th in the MVC
  • She has recorded 10 or more kills in nine out of 10 matches and has notched 15+ in three straight outings
  • Defensively, Feliciano has chipped in 3.36 digs per set (14th in the MVC) and had a season-high of 20 in the second tilt at Loyola...that was just one off of her career high of 21

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