WBB: Lady Mavs Outlast Georgia State on Senior Day

Feb. 24, 2018

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Seniors Rebekh VanDijk and Shelby Richards each scored in double figures to help lead the UTA Lady Mavericks to a 62-57 win over Georgia State on Senior Day Saturday at College Park Center.

UTA (18-10, 12-5 Sun Belt Conference) wrapped up its home schedule with its seventh consecutive win, finishing February a perfect 7-0. UTA finished 2017-18 with a 13-2 record at College Park Center. The Lady Mavs took a six-point lead into halftime and after being outscored in the third quarter, finished the game strong behind its seniors, Richards, VanDijk and Miranda LeJune.

Georgia State (7-20, 3-13 Sun Belt) had its offense come alive in the second half, evening the game at 42-42 in the second half. Overall, the Mavs held Georgia State to 40 percent shooting from the field, with UTA outscoring Georgia State in the paint, 28-12 and 11-0 in fast break points.

VanDijk, the UTA all-time leading rebounder, had 13 points and eight rebounds in the win. Richards, a native of South Jordan, Utah, had 12 points, four rebounds and four assists. Aysia Evans finished with 10 points, with Lejune dishing out a team-high five assists. Brooke Alexander added eight points, with Lauren Billie charting a six-point game. Kelsey Johnson had four points and a rebound in 14 minutes.

The Lady Mavs wrap up the regular season on Saturday at Texas State at 2 p.m. CT.  

After the Panthers opened the scoring, Richards found VanDijk to get the Mavs on the board, with Billie's first basket giving UTA a 4-2 lead. After two buckets from Georgia State, Richards got on the board and a banked-in jumper put the Mavs in an 8-6 hole. After falling behind 11-8, Alexander splashed a triple to end the quarter and even it at 11-11.

Kelsey Johnson got the Mavs on the board in the second in the paint and Richards splashed the first of two threes in the quarter for a 18-14 lead. She drilled her second for a seven-point lead, with a jumper from Daiane Machaco and free throws from Johnson taking UTA's lead to 23-19. Alexander connected on her second three of the game to put the Mavs up 27-21.

Georgia State opened the scoring with a layup and VanDijk stretched the lead with an and-one conversion and a jumper for a 34-29 lead. This opened a stretch of over seven minutes of game action where Georgia State didn't score from the field. UTA took a 38-32 lead into the break after an Aysia Evans steal and coast-to-coast layup in transition.

VanDijk connected in the paint to open the fourth and give UTA a 42-39 lead. Richards was spotte in the paint by LeJune to break a 42-42 tie with 7:09 left. The Mavs then stretched its lead after Billie hauled down a defensive rebound and found Evans on the wing in transition for a three. The Panthers evened it at 49-49 with three minutes left and LeJune immediately responded with a triple from the top of the key for a 52-49 lead with 2:46 left. Evans then stretched the lead with a three for a five-point lead with two minutes left in regulation. Billie then finalized the win after a steal and basket in transition, getting fouled for a 57-50 lead. The Panthers had a chance under a minute, as UTA missed a pair of free throws and gave GSU the ball back, down four with 50.9 seconds left. UTA got the defensive stop and hit a free throw but Georgia State narrowed the lead to 59-56 with 26.1 left. Laurynn McGowen hit a pair of free throws to take the lead to 61-56. 

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