Oct. 12, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington men's and women's basketball both practiced Friday night before a raucous Maverick Madness crowd at College Park Center. Maverick Madness, headlined by Dallas rapper Dorrough, served as an introduction for both teams going into the 2012-13 seasons.
"We can't wait to start," UTA women's coach Samantha Morrow said. "It's like birthday cake. You just get excited. We want to get out there and have our fans come watch us play. We're going to be a great product on the floor and we want to entertain you. We want everyone to get excited about basketball."
The women have been practicing for more than a week, while the men began their first full workouts on Friday.
"I love the challenge of building a winner, and I know that we have the pieces in place to get the job done," men's coach Scott Cross said. "I think it is easy for people to see the change in the nature of our players over the last few years. When the ball is on the floor, we are diving for it, and we are going to win all of the effort and toughness battles throughout the season."
The UTA men are coming off a 24-9 season that included a Southland Conference title and trip to the NIT. The men received their SLC championship rings at Maverick Madness.
"We expect more," men's senior center Jordan Reves said. "We know it's not going to be as easy as last year. We expect to be better than last year."
UTA is also making its transition into the WAC this year. Both teams are looking forward to the challenges ahead.
"We're progressing every single day and getting better," women's senior guard Sabreena DeNure said. "We're getting our freshmen and new people in tune with how things are, as well as getting back in shape and getting prepared for this new conference."
UTA opens its home season Nov. 16 at College Park Center with a Homecoming doubleheader. The women host Oral Roberts at 2 p.m., with the men welcoming Oklahoma at 7 p.m. The Sooners will be the first current Big 12 men's team to play on UTA's campus.
For more information regarding season tickets for the upcoming men’s and women's basketball season log onto UTAMavs.com or call 817-272-6319. Men's Season tickets start as low as $66 and include all 14 home games. Women's season tickets are $49 and include all 14 home games.
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