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UTA school president James D. Spaniolo at UTA's game at Michigan State

Nov. 12, 2012

By Michael Eldridge

ARLINGTON, Texas- College Park Center is host to three major games this week for UT Arlington. The volleyball team competes to qualify for the WAC tournament and UTA’s men and women basketball team’s open up its home schedule on homecoming.

Volleyball faces must win final game
UTA closes out its 2012 volleyball season at home on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Mavericks are facing a must win game against Louisiana Tech to clinch the final spot into the WAC tournament taking place next week.

The Mavericks lost both of its matches last week on the road. UTA fell to Seattle University on Thursday in 5-sets and then lost to Idaho on Saturday 3-1.

If UTA were to lose Thursday final game, it will take Seattle University to lose against Idaho for UTA to find itself in the post-season.

Men’s Basketball Hosts Oklahoma
The UTA men’s basketball team hosts the University of Oklahoma Sooners this Friday at 7 p.m. at College Park Center. The game, featured on FOX Sports Southwest, is the first ever at home against the Sooners and features two teams coming off opening wins.

UTA opened up its season at Cal State Bakersfield on Friday and won in the waning moments of the game when Jordan Reves clinched the game with a layup.

"Very thankful. It's a great win on the road against a very good Bakersfield team," UT Arlington coach Scott Cross said. "Our guys played extremely hard. We would have liked to execute better, but to be able to get a win when you're not playing your best is a testament to the guys."

The Sooners opened up with a convincing 85-51 home victory against Louisiana-Monroe.

The Mavs are 0-5 all-time against the Sooners, but this will be the first time in UTA history that the Oklahoma plays in Mavericks territory. The team’s last met in 2006 when the Sooners won 89-60

Women’s Basketball looking to bounce back
The Mavericks opened up its season with two tough road games.

UTA fell at George Washington on Friday night and then on Sunday to Michigan State. The two tough games gave the Mavs experience before it opens up at home this Friday afternoon at 2 p.m against Oral Roberts.

The UT Arlington women's basketball team fell 83-39 on the road to the Michigan State Spartans on Sunday afternoon.

"I'm disappointed, but I liked Aron Garcia's effort," UT Arlington head coach Samantha Morrow said.  "I thought she gave it everything she had."

The Mavericks scored first on a jumper from junior Malaika Green to open the game, but Michigan State responded with a 15-0 run to take control. The Spartans utilized their height advantage early, scoring  seven of their 12 field goals inside the paint.

"We have a specific defense we want to run and we weren't over there," Morrow said. "We gave up layups because our rotation wasn't where it was supposed to be."

Thursday, Nov 15
Women's Volleyball Louisiana Tech College Park Center 7:00 PM |
Friday, Nov 16
Men's Basketball Oklahoma Arlington, Tex. 7:00 PM TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus | Listen Live |
Women's Basketball Oral Roberts College Park Center 2:00 PM


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