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Taylor Scores 30 in Aces' Thrilling Win at Indiana State

February 17, 2014


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Junior Kat Taylor scored a career-high 30 points to lead the University of Evansville women's basketball team to a thrilling, 63-56, victory over in-state rival Indiana State Sunday afternoon at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute, Ind.  The win marked the first time in 13 seasons that the Purple Aces have won back-to-back road games against Indiana State.
Taylor finished 10-for-13 from the floor, including a 5-for-7 effort from beyond the three-point line to lead a pair of Evansville (10-14, 5-8 MVC) players in double figures.  Freshman Sara Dickey finished with 18 points, including 12 in the second half, despite a 5-for-12 mark at the free throw line. 
Both sides struggled to find their shooting touch in the early going, as the Aces hit just one of their first six attempts and Indiana State (13-10, 8-4 MVC) sank just three of their opening 10 field goal attempts.
After a combined 11 turnovers in the opening 6:30, the teams settled in offensively and the Sycamores opened up a 13-7 advantage with 11:25 remaining in the opening period, after Chelsea Small converted an old fashioned three-point play.
With 3:10 remaining in the half, freshman Kenzie Gustin drained a three from the right corner to bring UE back within one at 21-20, before Taylor tied the game at 23-23 with a deep three less than two minutes later.
Evansville grabbed its first lead of the game, when Taylor sank a pull-up, 15-foot jumper just seven seconds before the horn, giving the Aces a 27-25 lead at the intermission.
Indiana State quickly regained the lead by going on a 10-2 run out of the break.  Marina Laramie started the spurt by sinking a 10-foot jump shot, before Small capped the run with a 15-foot jumper of her own.
Dickey put an end to an over five-minute scoring drought for the Aces with a driving layup at the 13:04 mark, pulling UE back within four, before Gustin made yet another corner three to trim ISU's advantage to 35-34 with 11:57 to play.
Taylor continued to have the hot hand from long range, as she put Evansville in front, 42-41, at the 6:15 mark by nailing a three from the top of the arc.  However, the lead was short lived as Laramie tied the game at 42-42 by hitting one of two free throw attempts on ISU's next possession.
The two teams continued to trade baskets, as Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir tied the game for the 10th time, 47-47, by hitting a pair of shots from the charity stripe with 4:41 remaining on the clock, before the Aces slowly began to pull away.
UE upped its lead to two possessions on a pair of Dickey free throws with 3:10 to go, before converting an and-one opportunity with just over two minutes to play to extend Evansville's margin to 55-49.
Anna Munn brought the Sycamores back to within three at 59-56, by sinking a deep three from the left wing with just 36.3 seconds remaining, but the Aces were able to secure their third-straight win by hitting their final six free throw attempts.
For the game, UE shot 38.2 percent (21-for-55) from the field, including a 40.9 percent mark from distance (9-for-22).  Defensively, Evansville held Indiana State to just two made three-pointers on 20 attempts.
The Sycamores outrebounded the Aces, 47-42, and scored 13 second-chance points on 16 offensive rebounds.  However, UE was able to turn 14 ISU turnovers into 16 points, while limiting Indiana State to just six points off turnovers.
Evansville will look to extend its winning streak to four games next Sunday, Feb. 23, when it hosts Southern Illinois at the Ford Center at 2 p.m.

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