The Lady Mavericks ranked eighth in the nation in scoring defense last season.
UTA's 13-win increase was the largest in program history and best in NCAA Division I last year.
UTA begins the 2015-16 season in the Women's Preseason NIT.
UTA takes on Texas State in the first round on Wednesday at 2 p.m. on ESPN3.
Cierra Johnson scored a career-high 20 points to help UTA to its 17th win of the season.