Valiant effort comes up short for Aces in loss to Braves

Valiant effort comes up short for Aces in loss to Braves
Feit finishes with 20 points to lead Evansville
Credit Source: University of Evansville Athletics
EVANSVILLE – A rampant end to the first half provided fuel, but the comeback effort fell short as the University of Evansville women’s basketball team fell to Bradley, 77-57, on Saturday night inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

Returning to her high-scoring ways, sophomore Abby Feit recorded 20 points to lead the Aces on the evening, adding seven rebounds in an impressive effort. Joining Feit in double-figures was sophomore Sydney Thurwalker with 10 points, contributing six rebounds for Evansville. Finishing with a game-high 27 points, Bradley’s Gabi Haack led all scorers and narrowly missed a triple-double with eight rebounds and six assists.

Bradley ran out to an early advantage, holding a 12-point lead at 23-11 following the opening 10 minutes. Evansville flipped the script in the second quarter, out-scoring the Braves, 21-13, and closing within four points at the break. A wild end to the opening half featured a three-pointer by Feit with four seconds remaining. On the ensuing inbound pass, freshman Rylie Stephens stole the pass and quickly hoisted a jumper that fell through as the horn sounded to narrow the Braves’ advantage to just four at the break. An 8-1 run for Bradley coming out of halftime is what ultimately proved to be the difference for the Braves as the lead grew to 11 before Bradley captured the 77-57 win.

Evansville’s rebounding played a large part in its ability to keep within single digits for much of the middle portions of the contest as the Aces were narrowly out-rebounded by Bradley, 38-35. Aiding the Aces effort was the fact that for the first time in conference play Evansville shot above 40% from the field, finishing 20-48 (41.7%) from the floor on the night, while limiting the Braves to just 37.7% (26-69) on the evening.

The Aces hit the road next with a trip to Normal, Ill. to face Illinois State on Thursday and Friday.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply