WBB: Machado, VanDijk Lead Lady Mavs Past Eagles

Feb. 22, 2018

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Daiane Machado charted her first-career double-double and Rebekah VanDijk packed the scoring punch in the first half, leading the UTA Lady Mavs to a 70-49 rout of Georgia Southern on Thursday afternoon at College Park Center.

UTA (17-10, 11-5 Sun Belt Conference) cruised past Georgia Southern (5-21, 2-13 Sun Belt) in its Annual Maverick Spirit Kid's Day, presented by Ben Hogan Texas Health. It marked UTA's sixth consecutive win, as the Lady Mavs are 6-0 in February and avenged a 73-68 loss at Georgia Southern to end January. The Lady Mavs have won nine of their last 10 games.

The Lady Mavs led throughout the game, earning a 10-point lead in the first half, taking a 12-point lead into halftime and stretching their lead to 20 points in the final quarter.

A native of Curitiba, Brazil, Machado notched her first-career double-double in the win, totaling 12 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. VanDijk, UTA's record holder for career rebounds, finished with 22 points and eight rebounds, sinking her first six shots of the game.

UTA also got 10 points from Aysia Evans and five points from Kelsey Johnson and eight from Crystal Allen. Brooke Alexander had six points and three rebounds.

The Lady Mavs will return to action on Saturday, hosting Georgia State on Senior Day at College Park Center in a game broadcast live on ESPN3.com.

Allen started the scoring in the game with a basket at the rim and VanDijk sandwiched a Eagles basket with two of her own from inside the paint for a 6-2 lead. VanDijk then cleaned up the offensive board and stretched the lead to 8-2 before Allen found VanDijk on the block for an and-one conversion, taking the lead to 11-4. Machado created space with her dribble in the paint, hitting a jumper to give UTA a 13-4 lead. After a Georgia Southern triple, Machado sank a jumper from the top of the key for a 15-7 lead and McGowen's nifty find of VanDijk in transition gave UTA its first double-digit lead at 17-7. After Georgia Southern splashed a triple, VanDijk drilled a pair from the charity stripe for a 19-10 lead. Kelsey Johnson gave UTA a 21-11 lead as the clock went under a minute with a 10-foot jumper. The Eagles sank a contested jumper to cut the UTA lead to 21-13 at the quarter break.  

VanDijk cleaned up a McGowen miss from behind the arc with an offensive rebound and putback to lift UTA to a 23-13 lead to open the second stanza. Aysia Evans then sank her first triple of the game to stretch the lead to 26-13. After the Eagles answered with a triple, McGowen got to the rim in transition for a 28-16 lead. Machado then forced a timeout from Georgia Southern after grabbing an offensive rebound and finishing at the rim for a 14-point lead. After a turnover on the offensive end, Georgia Southern capitalized and sank a triple to cut the lead to 32-21 with 3:26 left in the quarter, forcing a timeout from Coach Krista Gerlich. The Mavs answered the quick 5-0 run from the Eagles with Allen's and-one conversion to take the lead to 35-24 with the Mavs owning a 36-24 lead at the half.

VanDijk picked right up where she left off in the first half, lifting the Mavs to a quick 41-26 lead out of the break before Georgia Southern sank a triple. Lauren Billie then answered with one from the free-throw line. Allen found VanDijk in the lane for a basket to give the Mavs a 36-31 lead. The Mavs built on to their lead with a layuup from Machado, a free throw from Johnson and a triple from Miranda LeJune for a 55-35 lead at the break as the UTA defense held Georgia Southern without a point for the final 2:30.

The teams traded defensive stops to open the final quarter before Georgia Southern splashed a triple. Johnson answered with a basket off an offensive rebound for a 59-40 lead. Evans then answered the Eagles triple with her first of the game for a 22-point lead. Brooke Alexander splashed her second three of the game to give UTA a 65-42 lead. After Evans connected on a layup, UTA took a 23-point lead at 67-44.The Eagles spurted on a 5-0 run to force a Gerlich timeout with 84 seconds left.

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