WBB: Mavs claim first SBC win at GSU
Feb. 1, 2014
ATLANTA, Georgia - Senior forward Briana Walker scored 21 to lead UT Arlington women's basketball to its first-ever Sun Belt Conference win, 67-51, over Georgia State at GSU Sports Arena.
"This is a huge win for this program and for our team," UT Arlington coach Krista Gerlich said. "Beating someone on their home court who's on top of the standing is huge. We didn't play well in the first half, but we came out in the second half and immediately went to work."
The Mavericks improved to 2-18 overall and 1-8 in league play, snapping GSU's five-game winning streak. The Panthers (10-11, 6-3) came into the game tied for second in the Sun Belt.
Walker made 9 of 11 shots and pulled down nine rebounds. Fellow senior Desherra Nwanguma finished with her fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and 15 boards. Senior guard Laila Suleiman scored nine and helped control the tempo running the UTA offense.
"We came out strong from half time and really rolled with the punches," Walker said. "We never gave up and fought to maintain our lead and not give that up like we have in the past."
Georgia State stepped out to an early 7-2 lead, but UTA rallied back. Jordan Holub's jump shot on an inbounds play gave the Mavericks their first lead of the game at 16-15. GSU regained the lead went into the locker room up 30-26.
Holub and Walker each finished the first half with six points. The Mavericks were shooting 35.5 percent from the floor at the break.
UT Arlington opened the second half with a 3-point-play from Walker to close the gap 30-29 and continued with an 11-1 run. The Mavericks extended their lead to 10 (45-35) after Walker made a free throw. The Panthers came within five, but UT Arlington was able to hold on for its first SBC victory.
The Mavericks return home to College Park Center to host UL-Lafayette Thursday at noon as the men take on UL-L at 7:30 p.m.