EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Bradley struggled from three-point range, shooting a season-low 8.3 percent from beyond the arc and Evansville’s Sara Dickey scored a game-high 23 points to help power the Purple Aces to a 62-46 victory over the Braves Sunday afternoon.
Dickey, who had 15 first-half points, scored seven points during a 9-0 Evansville (2-13 overall, 1-3 MVC) first-quarter spurt as the Purple Aces built a 15-4 lead and held a 17-10 advantage after the opening 10 minutes.
Evansville extended the lead to as many as 13 points in the second quarter, but Bradley (4-10 overall, 0-3 MVC) outscored the Purple Aces 7-3 in the closing minutes of the half. Sophomore Danielle Brewer (Coatesville, Ind.) beat the halftime buzzer with a runner in the lane to pull the Braves within nine points (30-21) at the break.
A pair of Dickey three-pointers early in the third quarter helped push the UE lead back to double digits. Seven consecutive Bradley turnovers helped fuel a 10-0 Evansville run as the Purple Aces extended the advantage to 46-25 with four minutes to play in the period.
The Braves shot a season-low 8.3 percent (2-for-24) from three-point range and made just 8-of-14 free throw attempts in the 62-46 setback. Sophomore Anneke Schlueter (Ulm, Germany/Max-Weber-Schule) was the only Bradley player in double figures with 12 points, making both of the team’s three-pointers on the afternoon. Brewer had eight points, six rebounds and two assists to help lead the Braves. Bradley hauled down 20 offensive rebounds, but managed just 11 second-chance points.
Dickey was 8-for-14 from the field and 4-for-7 from beyond the arc as she tallied a game-high 23 points to lead Evansville. Sasha Robinson notched a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds to help the Purple Aces to a 39-36 rebounding advantage. UE shot 47 percent from the field and also connected on 6-of-14 (43 percent) three-pointers.
Bradley will play six of the next eight games at Renaissance Coliseum, opening the stretch Friday with a 7 p.m. home contest against Missouri State.