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Dickey Scores 30 in Loss at Southern Illinois

January 26, 2014

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Turnovers and rebounding were the story of the game for the University of Evansville women's basketball team, as Southern Illinois forced 22 Purple Aces' turnovers and hauled down 26 offensive rebounds in a 66-57 win over UE Sunday afternoon at SIU Arena in Carbondale, Ill.
Freshman Sara Dickey dropped in a career-high 30 points for Evansville (7-11, 2-5 MVC), going 12-for-18 from the field, and hit the Aces' lone three-point basket.  Senior Katie Ellerson also finished in double figures with 10 points and freshman Sasha Robinson tallied a team-high 10 rebounds.
UE shot 46.8 percent (22-for-47) from the field, but Southern Illinois (4-14, 2-5 MVC) scored 19 points off of Evansville turnovers and posted a 14-6 margin in second-chance points.  In addition, the Salukis knocked down 17 of their 24 free throw attempts (70.8 percent), while the Aces managed just a 57.1 percent clip (12-for-21) and were outrebounded, 48-32.
Evansville took an early 6-2 lead, after a pair of made free throws by Ellerson and the senior forward later put the Aces in front, 17-11, at the 7:44 mark in the opening half by sinking a running, 12-foot jumper just before the shot clock expired.
UE's zone defense posed problems for SIU's offense early in the contest, as Southern Illinois went over seven minutes without a field goal, before Mercedes Griffin ended the drought with a transition layup with 7:10 remaining in the first half.
Dickey made a driving layup to push Evansville's lead to 21-13 with just over six minutes to play in the opening period, before Hannah Shores made the first three-pointer for either side with 1:30 left in the half to cut the Aces' advantage to 26-22.
The two sides traded baskets for the remaining of the opening 20 minutes and UE led, 30-25, at the break, despite going 0-for-2 from three-point land in the first stanza.  Evansville hit 13 of its 22 first-half shots for a stellar 59.1 percent mark, while the Aces' defense held Southern Illinois to a 24.4 percent first-half clip.
The Salukis grabbed their first lead of the game early in the second half, as Dyana Pierre pulled down an offensive rebound and converted on the put back to give SIU a 36-34 advantage with 13:55 left to play.
Just over a minute later, Pierre banked in another layup for two of her team-high 24 points to cap a 15-6 Southern Illinois run.
Dickey then took over for UE, as she scored Evansville's next 11 points to regain the lead for the Aces at 47-44 at the 7:58 mark.  However, the Salukis would counter by going on a 9-1 run over the next two and a half minutes that gave them a 53-48 lead following a pair of Griffin free throws.
Dickey trimmed the SIU margin to 56-52 with a slashing layup at the 3:30 mark, but the Aces would miss three-straight key free throws on their next two possessions and Griffin as able to put the game out of reach by coming up with a steal and a transition layup to put Southern Illinois up eight, 61-53, with just over 47 seconds remaining.
Pierre led the Salukis with a double-double, finishing with 24 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, which included 11 boards on the offensive glass.  Griffin finished with 11 points and a game-high five steals, while Azia Washington added nine points and eight rebounds.
Evansville will return to action Friday, Jan. 31, when it travels to Springfield, Mo., for a 7:05 p.m. game with Missouri State at JQH Arena.

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