UTA opened action on the court with a close, 71-70, setback to the University of Ottawa in a exhibition that went back-and-forth for the entire 40 minutes. The GeeGee's knocked down a 3-pointer with less than 15 seconds left to steal away the win.
However, while building cohesion on the court, it was a day of learning about the city of San Jose, Costa Rica that was the spotlight of the opening day. The Lady Mavs visited the heart of the city that started with a bus ride through town.
Following the ride, UTA walked its way through the streets and into several markets to allow the team to see the culture of the Tico's.
Game 1 - vs. University of Ottawa
Rebekah VanDijk opened up her senior action with an impressive performance from the tip. VanDijk scored the opening four points for UTA to lead with a team-high 16 points.
Crystal Allen was equally impressive, knocking down four 3-pointers on the way to 15 points.
UTA, down three at the break, came back to score nine of the opening 11 points in the second half and seemed to steal all momentum away from Ottawa as four consecutive turnovers were all converted into points.
Ottawa wouldn't go away and clawed back into the lead as the fourth quarter went down the stretch. UTA scored six consecutive with under a minute to play, but couldn't stop a corner three in the final seconds as the GeeGee's pulled away the win.
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