March 1, 2008
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington women's basketball won 77-49 over Stephen F. Austin in a Southland Conference Western Division match-up at Texas Hall on Saturday.
Senior Maryann Abanobi hit her 1,000th career point with 44 seconds left in the game to become the 14th Maverick to score 1,000 points in their career. Abanobi came into the game with 989 career points and it took a blocking foul in the final minute of the game to get her 11th point of the night.
After scoring the first seven points of the game, UTA (17-9, 12-3) went on to build up a 33-8 lead over SFA in the opening 15 minutes of the first half.
Senior Tiffeny Riles, who finished the day with 9 points and 10 rebounds, hit a jumper at the 3:34 mark to spark a 6-1 Maverick run to closeout the half up 39-14.
UTA held SFA to a 5-for-32 (.156) first-half performance, while UTA connected on 16-of-31 shots in the opening half.
The Mavs came out of the locker room and did not miss a beat extending their lead to as many as 40 points by connecting on 9-of-their-first-10 shots in the second half.
UTA connected on 51.6 percent of their shots for the game compared to 26.9 percent for Stephen F. Austin and outscored the Ladyjacks 41-20 in the paint.
UTA won the battle of the boards with a 55-34 margin with a big contribution coming from junior forward Erin Dixon with a career-high 16 rebounds.
Four players scored in double figures for the Mavs led by freshman Tamara Simmons with 16, fellow freshman Shalyn Martin added 13 points and dished out a season-high seven assists in the win. Junior Candice Champion finished the day with 12 points and one block and Abanobi had 11 points.
Stephen F. Austin (10-16, 7-7) had no other major scorers on the night besides senior Nikki Carr with 13, freshman Jordan Ford with 11 and junior Natasha Green with 10.
The Mavs will closeout the regular season at Texas Hall on Sat., March 8 against Texas State, who leads the SLC West. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. and the Mavs will honor their seniors before the game.
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