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Thursday, February 9, 2012

* Campus Directory

We realize that many people miss the convenience of a printed phone directory and that there is some confusion about the electronic directory.  As a reminder, it is all housed on Acelink. 

This is the direct link to the page:

At this link, you can enter a person’s name or an office in the search box to easily find the information. For instance, if you type “University Relations” in the search box, it will bring up the contact information for everyone in our office.  Below that feature, you will also find links to a Printable Employee Directory, Employee Directory by Department, and a Printable Student Directory.  Once opened, you can save any of these to your computer, or print the pages you want so you don’t have to go back to Acelink every time!

As noted at the beginning of the academic year, there were a number of factors that made it necessary for the directory to be an electronic document. The primary reason was that the expense to print it had been absorbed by the company that produced it; they paid for it by selling ads in the directory. They notified UE that it was not profitable and that they were discontinuing the practice.  In addition to cost savings, the electronic version also allows us to have a database as updated as our Datatel information. Much as our printed calendars were always out of date before we ever got them, the phone directory, too was always outdated from the start.  So, the good news is that as people come and go, the information is up to date.

Remember, as with the previous printed directory, all this information is for internal use only and is not to be shared with those outside the University of Evansville. Also, to reassure those who might have this concern – this is the same database as was used for the printed directory, so if you have indicated your personal information is not to be made public, it will not be in this format either.

Thank you again for your understanding and if you need any help with the directory, please let us know.  Office of University Relations



What's Happening Today

* Sign Up Now for Spotlight!

The University of Evansville Music Therapy Association and the National Association for Music Education (CMENC) are co-hosting this year’s Spotlight. The event is set for March 18 at 3:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center. Spotlight is a great opportunity for those outside of the music department to display their musical talent.  Any student or faculty member who signs up will be able to participate in the event. This year, we are opening the event up to Greek organizations as well. Proceeds will go towards helping special education classrooms in the area purchase instruments.  If you are interested in performing a musical talent for Spotlight this year, or have any questions, please email Kaitlyn Knollenberg (, by midnight on February 14.

* Bible Study on Thursday Night

Adventist Campus Ministries will be having Bible study on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. in Room 153 (Eades Music Room) in the McCurdy Wing of the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building. The group will be studying what the Bible says about "Spiritual Gifts." Come and learn about the gifts God has blessed you with and how you can use them to further His kingdom. Contact: Guy Goodness ( or Chris French ( for more details. 


* Lecture on African Prehistory on Thursday, February 9

The Department of Archaeology and Art History is pleased to announce a presentation by Dr. Amanuel Beyin (Stony Brook University) titled “Recent Archaeological Explorations Along the Red Sea Cost of Eritrea and Lake Turkana (Northern Kenya)” on Thursday February 9, 7:00-8:00 p.m. in Room 273, Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building.  Beyin has a background in Paleolithic Archaeology and African Prehistory and is specifically interested in how humans adapted to coastal environments in prehistoric contexts. All are invited to attend. 

* Student Congress Open Forum

Student Congress will be hosting an open forum on Feb 9 at 9 pm in Eykamp 253, Ridgway University Center. The topic of discussion will be changes being made to the constitution. This is an opportunity for your voice to be heard! Please come and show your support .. or lack thereof. We want to hear what you have to say so that we can form the new constitution to reflect what the student body wants. 

* Ticket Sales for Vagina Monologues

V-Day and UE's Women's Awareness proudly present Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues this Saturday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 12 at 2:00 p.m. in Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center.  Come see the production that Variety calls, "Spellbinding, funny, and almost unbearably is both a work of art and an incisive piece of cultural history, a poem and a polemic, a performance and a balm and a benediction." Tickets will be available in Hyde Hall on Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., in Ridgway University Center on Wednesday-Friday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m, and at the door. All proceeds benefit the Albion Fellows Bacon Center for victims of domestic violence as well as V-Day's Spotlight Campaign to end violence against the women of Haiti. 


Upcoming Events

* Career Day 2012

Attend Career Day 2012 on Tuesday, February 14, from 11 a.m.– 2 p.m. in the Student Fitness Center. Gain access to nearly 80 employers hiring for full-time, cooperative education, internship, and summer opportunities. Login to JobLink to view employers and pre-register yourself to give them access to your resume before the event!


* AcesTV Final Wobble Call-Out

Do you like to Wobble? Wouldn't you like to be in a music video? Then have your organization come - or get up a group of friends together - and join the AcesTV crew this Saturday, February 11 at 3 p.m. at Braun Stadium. This is a really laid back and exciting opportunity to be in a music video so don't miss out on the fun!


* The Washington Center Representative on Campus

A representative from The Washington Center will be on campus on Monday, Feb. 13.  She will be set up at a table at the Walnut Street Entrance of the Ridgway University Center and will be available for questions between classroom visits.  There will be an information session from 1-2 p.m. in Eykamp 253, Ridgway University Center, on that day.  Plan to attend and find out more about their organization.  This event is sponsored by Career Services and Cooperative Education.

* Speaker Series Luncheon

UE students are invited to attend the February Speaker Series Luncheon on Wednesday, February 15 from noon to 1 p.m. in Eykamp 253, Ridgway University Center. Our guest speaker will be alumna Starla West ’95, president and founder of Starla West International. Starla is an internationally known image coach, presenter, and personal brand guru and will be presenting on interviewing etiquette and how to properly represent yourself at an interview. If you wish to reserve a seat and a boxed lunch, email Diane Austin at by this Friday.

* Informal Chinese and Taiji Lessons Begin on February 15

Professor Zhu’s informal Chinese language and culture course will be offered again this semester. The class will meet each Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Room 204, Hyde Hall for 10-weeks, beginning Wednesday, February 15. The course will mainly cover practical vocabulary and skills in Chinese conversation, basic cultural information about Chinese traditions and customs, and an introduction to the Chinese writing system. The free Taiji (shadow-boxing) lesson will also continue this semester. It will follow the language and culture course, beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays The first meeting will be at the entrance of Krannert Hall of Fine Arts. In addition to the 24-movement Yang Style Taiji, Baduanjin, or the Eight Section Brocade, a traditional Chinese breathing exercise (similar to Taiji but easier to learn) will also be taught.

Both courses are open to the campus community.

* Winter Whispers Set for Saturday

The Resident Students Association will present Winter Whispers 2012 in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center, on Saturday, February 11, from 8-11 p.m. The theme is Midnight Masquerade and the first 100 people will get a free mask! There will be tons of food, including a cupcake/cookie bar, as well as music and dancing. It is free to everyone and all are welcome! If you have any questions you can email



* TIAA CREF Counseling

The TIAA CREF representative will be on the UE campus on Wednesday, February 22, for individual counseling sessions. To schedule an appointment, call TIAA CREF at 1-800-732-8353 or 317-706-6200. The sessions are held in the Clifford Rare Books Room of the University Libraries (Room 158). If you have any questions, call Carol McCraney at extension 2943.

* Resident Students Association Heads to Boulder, Colorado - So Can You!

Love meeting new people from across the globe? Looking for leadership development? In need of new programs for your floor, hall council or organization? These are all reasons that you should apply to attend NACURH, a national conference that connects students from around the world, provides student leadership development, and shares programming resources and efficient practices for running organizations. The conference is June 1-4, at the University of Colorado–Boulder. Applications are available NOW in Residence Life or on the RSA website: This opportunity is open to any student living on campus and it is completely sponsored by RSA. In other words, it is FREE! Contact Sierra Burtis at with questions or for more information.

* Are You Hungry for Change?

Did you eat cloned meat today from China?  Did you find it cheaper to eat salt, fat, and sugar versus vitamins and minerasl? Learn the answers to these questions and more on Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m., Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center when the Hale Hall RA staff shows the Point-of-View documentary Food Inc.This event is their spring Define Your Life program. They plan to invite community members involved in the food industry (from farmers to food service managers) to the screening.

How much do we really know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and serve to our families?

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry in his documentary. He feels that the nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. He points out that the food industry now offers bigger-breasted chicken, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli - the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. The nation is riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.

Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield Farms' Gary Hirschberg and Polyface Farms' Joe Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising -- and often shocking truths -- about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.

Doors will open at 6:30 PM for seating. Beginning with a brief introduction, the video will run from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Snacks will be provided. Discussion tables focusing on the different topics addressed in the documentary will be available.
The Hale Hall RAs and the Resident Students Association are hosting the program. This is a Get Fit. Live Well. program.
The main contact is Calvin R. Wertman - email:  or phone: x2214. 

Check out the following websites for more. - official site of the documentary with links to several organizations  - lesson plans, interviews, suggestions for improve food quality  – official trailer

* UE Fitness and Health Fair Set for February 16

The annual UE Fitness and Health Fair is set for Thursday, February 16 from 11 a.m-2 p.m. in the Student Fitness Center. Admission is free! Services to be offered at the fair include: chiropractic screenings, display of fitness equipment, vision tests, drunk driving goggles that demonstrate impairment levels in driving drunk, and blood pressure screenings. You could win free giveaways such as restaurant gift cards and more! So come out and have fun, get free things and see how fit and healthy you are!


Info You Should Know

* What UEL Can Do 4U: Grove Art Online

Are you looking for an image of an ancient Greek sculpture? Or perhaps you need background information on a particular painter such as Richard Dadd. Grove Art Online provides this information and more.

Oxford Art Online offers access to authoritative, inclusive, and easily searchable online art resources. Through a single gateway users can access and cross-search an expanding range of Oxford’s art reference works: Grove Art Online, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, which are continually updated. 

Oxford Art Online Key Features Include:
•  Interface provides clear and easy access to content
•  updated content to four Oxford art reference works
•  View articles and searches by source

Grove Art Online is available here if you are the campus server. Contact Kathy Bartelt ( or Shane White ( with questions or comments.

* Male Road Trip Hosts Needed

The Office of Admission needs current UE male students who live in the residence halls to host prospective high school seniors for Road Trip February 17-19. If you male, living in a residence hall on campus, and are available, you can volunteer by either clicking this link, emailing Ashley Jackson ( or Jess Sandlin (, or stopping by the Office of Admission (OH 104). We have had a wonderful response from prospective students this year and currently have more male prospects than male hosts. If you have already requested to host and can take an additional Road Tripper please notify Ashley or Jess, also. Thank you!

* "You Can Read About You" Contest

Enter Crescent Magazine’s “You Can Read About You” Contest and you might be reading about yourself in the April 2012 issue.  It’s simple to enter.  Just visit us at, download and fill out the contest entry and return it to by March 18.  Only University of Evansville students are eligible to enter. One student will be selected.  Students who have been profiled in a previous issue of Crescent Magazine are not eligible to enter.

* UE Spring Phonathon Needs Your Scrap Paper

Your one-sided scrap paper is needed!  It doesn’t matter if it colored or hole-punched as long as one side is blank (no staples please).  We will come and pick up your paper - just call Annual Giving at x2377 to arrange it. If you do not have paper at this time, please start saving!  We can use scrap paper this spring and also for Fall Phonathon. We appreciate your help with raising money without spending money!

* The Major George Cowgill and Mrs. Mary Cowgill Award in Creative Writing

The Department of Creative Writing announces the Major George Cowgill and Mrs. Mary Cowgill Award in Creative Writing.

George and Mary Cowgill believed in the power of a good education and the potential freedom and opportunity higher education could provide. Though he achieved much in his life, often through determination and a knack for being in the right place at the right time, Mr. Cowgill felt he could have achieved more if he had earned a college degree and instilled this belief in his sons. Mrs. Cowgill taught English for many years and continued her own education, eventually becoming a high school guidance counselor, where she helped many students in their search for the right college. A number of those students attended the University of Evansville, including her son Michael (BFA, creative writing, ’95). In her retirement, she volunteered at St. Gerard, a high school for pregnant teenagers in St. Augustine, Fla.

Mr. and Mrs. Cowgill both worked hard and made sacrifices so their sons could attend college. Though creative writing wasn’t their first choice of major, they supported Michael’s choice both at UE and later at the graduate level at George Mason University. They were lifelong readers and considered writing an honorable profession. Michael honors their spirit and memories with this gift to the Department of Creative Writing.

DEADLINE: Entries MUST BE RECEIVED ON OR BEFORE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, AT 4:00 P.M.  No late manuscripts will be accepted.

One $1000 prize will be awarded for the best story

ELIGIBILITY:  Any UE writing major or minor.

ENTRIES:  Maximum 15 pages of short fiction.

FORMAT:  All entries are to be typed on one side of 8 ½ x 11 sheets, double-spaced.  Each is to have a title, and pages are to be numbered.  The writer’s name is not to appear on the work, but each submission is to have an attached (stapled) cover page (8 ½ x 11) listing: the name of the award (“The Cowgill Award), the genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, academic essay), the title, author, and the UE ID number.  PLEASE NOTE: NO SUBMISSIONS WILL BE RETURNED.

Michael Cowgill will award the prize at the Creative Writing Coffee Hour on April 19 at 4 p.m. in Eykamp 253, Ridgway University Center.  All are welcome to attend.


* UE Student Writing Contest

The deadline to enter the UE Student Writing Contest for the Virginia Lowell Grabill Writing Awards and the George Klinger Memorial Prize for Excellence in Writing is February 17. Entries must be submitted to Kathy Martyn, administrative assistant for Departments of English and Creative Writing, in Room 320, Olmsted Hall. THEY MUST BE RECEIVED ON OR BEFORE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2012, AT 4:00 P.M.  No late manuscripts will be accepted.

Grabill Awards
Four $100 first prizes will be awarded for the best (1) Poem; (2) Short Story; (3) Creative Non-Fiction Essay; and (4) Academic Essay.  Second and third prizes of $75 and $50 respectively will be awarded in each category.  In each category a student will receive only the highest prize for which he or she is eligible.

Anyone who is or has been a University of Evansville student at any time between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011 is eligible to submit a work in any category.

For the Poetry Category:  a poem of at least 10 lines.  Three may be entered separately.  For the Short Story Category:  a short story of at least 5 pages.  Two may be entered separately.  For the Creative Non-Fiction Essay category: a creative essay of at least 5 pages.  Two may be entered separately.  For the Academic Essay:  an expository research paper of at least 8 pages. Two may be entered separately. 

Klinger Prize
Two prizes will be awarded in the amount of $500 each, one for creative writing (poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction) and one for academic writing.

Any senior University of Evansville student is eligible for this prize.

Entries in the Poetry category should be a poem of at least 10 lines. Three may be entered separately. For Short Stories:  a short story of at least 5 pages.  Two may be entered separately. For Creative Non-Fiction: a creative essay of at least 5 pages. Two may be entered separately. For Academic Essays: an expository research or analysis paper of at least 8 pages. Two may be entered separately.

All entries are to be typed on one side of 8 ½ x 11 sheets, double-spaced. Each is to have a title, and pages are to be numbered. The writer’s name is not to appear on the work, but each submission is to have an attached (stapled) cover page (8 ½ x 11) listing: the genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, academic essay), the title, author, the UE ID number, class rank, and the name of any teacher who has read or heard the work. PLEASE NOTE: NO SUBMISSIONS WILL BE RETURNED.

Prizes for Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction will be awarded at the Creative Writing Coffee Hour on April 19 at 4 p.m. in Eykamp 253, Ridgway University Center.  All are welcome to attend.  Prizes for academic writing will be given at an English Department event to be announced at a later date.

Seniors will be entered automatically in both the Grabill and Klinger contests.

If in the opinion of the judges, entries in one or more categories are too few or not of satisfactory quality to merit recognition, one or more prizes may not be awarded.  All entries are judged “blindly” (i.e. anonymously.) Please note that all entries in the Poetry, Short Story, and Creative Non-Fiction categories will be judged by the Department of Creative Writing Faculty and may be considered for publication in The Evansville Review and/or The Ohio River Review.  All entries for the Academic Essay Category will be judged by the Department of English Faculty.



* Yasser Alhenawi

Dr. Yasser Alhenawi, Assistant Professor of Finance in the Schroeder Family School of Business administration, has had a paper accepted for publication in The Global Journal of Finance and Economics. The paper is titled “The Determinants of Capital Structure in Real Estate Investment Trusts.” In this paper, he attempts to explain the borrowing behavior of the tax-exempted Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).  Alhenawi tested the implications of the pecking order theory, agency cost theory, and signaling theory. Consistent with the pecking order theory, he found that REITs with higher existing investment use more debt; REITs with higher profitability issue less debt; and REITs with higher expected investment use less debt. He concludes that REITs managers issue debt, despite no tax-deductibility benefits, in order to avoid issuing equity and to maximize wealth of existing shareholders.



* Aces Women's Basketball Welcomes Creighton For Thursday Matinée

The University of Evansville women’s basketball team will play its annual weekday matinée Thursday, hosting Creighton University at 11:00 a.m. at the Ford Center. Nearly 3,000 students from the local school districts are expected to be in attendance as part of the Future Purple Aces Fast B.R.E.A.K. (Basketball Reinforcing Education to Area Kids) program. The program helps young kids apply the subject of math to real-life situations using the game of basketball. In last year’s morning game, the Aces edged Butler, 51-49 (12/7/10).

The Aces look to end a seven-game losing streak this week, coming off road losses at Bradley (82-64) and Northern Iowa (58-53). On the season, junior Samantha Heck and senior guard Briyana Blair lead the team offensively. Heck averages 13.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, while Blair nearly averages a double-double with 10.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Juniors Meagan Collins (8.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg) and Taylor Ware (6.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg) have also been steady contributors on the scoring end.

Junior Meagan Collins scored double-digit points in both games last week, averaging 12.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, while shooting a team-best .714 percent (10-14) from the field and .667 (2-3) from three across the two road contests. Collins logged 11 points in 18 minutes of play at Bradley, and scored a team-high 14 points and nine rebounds at Northern Iowa, piloting UE back from a 15-point second-half deficit to make it a three-point game in the final 30 seconds. On the season, Collins leads UE with a .365 (23-63) three-point percentage, while averaging 8.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.

What has become a tradition of the last decade, UE will host the 10th annual Hoops For The Cure game Sunday February 12th, when the Purple Aces host Drake. Hoops For The Cure is a collaborative partnership between the UE athletics department, UE women’s basketball program, and the Greater Evansville Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For The Cure, which is designed to help raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer. Half of ticket proceeds and all proceeds from t-shirt sales and auctioned items will be donated to Susan G. Komen For The Cure to aid in breast cancer research. The Lady Aces will trade in their normal home white jerseys for ones with a pink twist, while fans are also highly encouraged to wear pink in support of the cause.

Evansville dominated the glass at Northern Iowa, outrebounding the Panthers 42-29 while outscoring UNI 14-0 on second chances. The +13 rebounding margin matched a season-best for the Aces, done twice before in wins over Eastern Kentucky (12/2) and Murray State (12/10).

In her third season of play, Samantha Heck is climbing up Evansville’s career blocks list, totaling 48 so far. She currently ranks 9th all-time and needs one more to move up another spot.

Battling back from a 15-point second-half deficit, Evansville had a chance to tie the game in the final 30 seconds of play, but sophomore Miranda Liles’ three bounced off the back rim and the hosting UNI Panthers converted free throws in the final seconds to edge the Aces, 58-53, Saturday night at McLeod Center. Three Evansville players reached double figures led by junior Meagan Collins’ 14 points and nine rebounds and classmate Samantha Heck’s 12 points and nine boards. In her second career start, Liles tallied 11 points and five rebounds. For the third straight game, senior Briyana Blair reached double-digits on the glass, grabbing 10 boards in addition to logging eight points. Katelin Oney led UNI with 16 points. Evansville dominated the boards, outrebounding the Panthers, 42-29, and outscored UNI, 14-0, on second chances. However, turnovers proved to be costly for the Aces as UNI forced UE into 21 and scored 26 points off the mishaps. UE shot 38.8 percent (19-49) from the field, 14.3 percent (2-14) from three, and 72.2 percent (13-18) from the line, while the Panthers shot 35.3 percent (18-51) from the floor, 23.1 percent (6-26) from three, and 72.7 percent (16-22) from the free throw line.

UE’s loss at Bradley marked the first time the UE defense allowed more than 80 points in a game this season, and first time since March 3, 2011 when UE fell 80-61 to Missouri State.

Senior point guard Staci Gillum nearly recorded her first career double-double at Bradley (2/2) with nine points and career-high eight assists

After shooting 2-for-8 (25.0%) from the free throw line in the first half at Bradley (2/2), the Aces pulled it together in the second period, making 9-of-10 (90.0%). Samantha Heck has made eight consecutive free throws after making her last two at BU and went 6-for-6 at UNI (2/4). She leads the team with a .753 percentage at the line. In her third season of play, Heck is climbing up Evansville’s career blocks list, totaling 48 so far. She currently ranks 9th all-time and needs one more to move up another spot.

For the first time this season, Evansville recorded a loss after leading at halftime. Prior to Saturday’s game at UNI, the Aces had held on to win every game with a 3-0 record when owning an advantage at the break. When UE is trailing at the half, they are 0-15 and when the score is tied, they are 1-2.

Senior Briyana Blair has single handedly recorded more double-doubles in one season than the entire UE team logged in the last two years. Versus Southern Illinois on Jan. 29th, Blair achieved her sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. In the 2010-11 season, the team combined for three double-doubles, while they recorded zero in 2009-10. Blair has the most double-doubles in a single season since Jamie Gray logged 12 in 2003-04.

Junior Samantha Heck led Evansville with 21 points vs. SIU (1/29), matching her career-high, while also grabbing nine rebounds and adding two assists, a block, and a steal. Heck scored nine of the Aces’ first 10 points of the contest, including the first seven. She also took a career-high 10 free throws, making a career-high seven from the line. Heck has been UE’s leading point scorer 13 times this season and has reached double figures 43 times in her career. Heck extended her double-figure point streak to 14 games vs. Wichita State (1/19), scoring all 10 points in the second half. Heck owns the longest double-digit streak since Meagan Liffick in the 2005-06 season when Liffick scored 10 or more points in the first 19 games of the year and in 28-of-29 games. However, the streak came to an end after 14 when Missouri State (1/21) held her to four points. After restarting the streak, she has reached double digits in each of the last three games.

Evansville has used seven different starting lineups this season with point guard Staci Gillum and forward Samantha Heck serving as the only players to start all 22 games. Heck has started 33 games consecutively for the Aces; the longest streak among active players. For the first time in nine games, Coach Epps changed the lineup at Bradley (2/2), swapping in Miranda Liles for Meagan Collins in the forward position. The lineup changed again at UNI (2/4) with Liles staying and Collins replacing Blair who had started the previous ten straight games.

Sophomore Miranda Liles made her first career start at Bradley (2/2), and scored nine points in a career-high 32 minutes of play. In her second start at UNI (2/4), Liles also had a career game with five rebounds and matched a best 11 points in a career-high 36 minutes on the floor. In the last four games, Liles is averaging 8.8 points and 3.0 rebounds.

Evansville’s game vs. Drake on Feb. 12 will be aired on ESPN 3.

Entering the week, Briyana Blair ranks 31st in the nation and second in the MVC, averaging 9.7 rebounds per game. Blair’s 20 rebounds in UE’s first outing vs. Bradley (1/8) not only represented a career-high, but also marked the first time a player has pulled down 20 or more boards in a game since 1998, when Shyla McKibbon tallied 23, also versus Bradley. Blair has recorded double figure rebounds nine times this season, including the last three consecutive games.

Briyana Blair is the MVC’s third-leading thief and ranks 70th in the nation averaging 2.6 steals per game. In just a season and a half, Blair has recorded 123 career steals. She is 14 steals away from breaking into UE’s career top-ten and tying Angie McGrew (1986-89) with 139. Last season, Blair logged 71 steals, ranking her sixth in UE’s single-season record book. She is currently 6 steals away from breaking into the single-season top 10 again, swiping 54 so far this year.

Senior Chelsea Falkenstein will be out the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. Falkenstein injured her knee in UE’s game at UT Martin on Dec. 16. Because she missed two games earlier this season due to a concussion suffered versus Ball State on Nov. 29, she is eligible to redshirt. Falkenstein averaged 3.6 points and 5.5 rebounds before the season-ending injury. She had surgery on Friday, Jan. 20th.

Freshman Kat Taylor will also be out the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL occurring in practice on Monday, Jan. 16th. Taylor played in 13 games in her rookie campaign, averaging 1.8 points, and 1.1 rebounds.

Returning to the floor after an exactly one month hiatus, due to illness, freshman Juliann Miller had a breakout game versus Wichita State (1/19), recording career-highs for points (10), field goals (3), threes (1), free throws (3), rebounds (2), steals (1), and minutes played (28). Prior, to that contest, the Louisville, Ky. native last made an appearance at Mizzou on Dec. 19th.

Rebounding has proven to be one of the most important factors in winning or losing a basketball game. For the Aces, the squad is 4-8 when they win the battle of the boards and are undefeated when the positive margin is five or greater, with the exceptions of UE’s game vs. SIU (1/29) and UNI (2/4), in which UE outrebounded the Salukis, 38-33, and the Panthers 42-29, but still lost. UE is 0-10 when they get outrebounded.

Against UT Martin, Evansville recorded its highest field goal percentage, 55.8 percent (29-for-52), since the Aces shot 56.7 percent against Bradley on Feb. 2, 2004 (81-65 win). It also marked the first times UE has broken the 50 percent mark, since Jan. 26, 2008 when the Aces shot 53.4 percent versus Southern Illinois (77-67 win). On the season, UE is shooting 36.3 percent from the field.

The Aces own a 114-203 all-time record in the Missouri Valley Conference, since joining the league in the 1994-95 season. Evansville looks to get back to the results the Aces had from 2005-08, in which UE had four straight winning records. In the 2008-09 season, UE won the conference tournament despite a 4-14 regular season mark in the MVC, winning four straight contests in St. Charles, Mo.

Briyana Blair leads UE with six double-doubles this season: Brown (11 pts, 14 rebs) on Nov. 25, Eastern Kentucky (17 pts, 10 rebs) on Dec. 2, Illinois State (11 pts, 14 rebs) on Jan. 1, Bradley (19 pts, 20 rebs), and Drake (13 pts, 14 rebs), SIU (10 pts, 10 rebs). Samantha Heck recorded her first of the year vs. Wichita State (10 pts, 10 rebs), marking the third of her career. Meagan Collins is also a part of the three-person club with double-doubles to their name, tallying one in 2010-11

Blair – 2nd – assists – 4.2/game
Blair – 2nd – defensive rebounds – 7.3/game
Blair – 2nd – rebounding – 9.7/game
Blair – 3rd – steals – 2.6/game
Blair – 4th – assist/turnover ratio – 1.1
Heck – 8th – points – 13.5/game
Heck  – 8th – free throw % –.753
Blair – 9th – blocks – 0.9/game
Heck – 9th – offensive rebounds – 2.4/game
Gillum – 10th – assists – 2.8/game

A class of 11 women and men who have made significant contributions to Indiana high school basketball will be welcomed as inductees when the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame celebrates their 11th Women’s Induction Class on April 28, 2012. Among those inductees is UE’s all-time leading scorer, Shelly Brand Adlard. Adlard racked up 1,713 points in her career as a Purple Ace and also graduated as the school’s all-time leader in assists, steals, field goals made, and free throws made. Currently, she still holds the record for field goals (718), now ranks third in assists (448), sixth in steals (164) and seventh in free throws made (277).  In addition, she was the NCAA Division I national free throw percentage leader in the 1983-84 season.



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