SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - Team cohesion was at a high for the four-game tour as the Lady Mavericks capped the on-court action with a convincing 81-43 win in an exhibition contest against Costa Rica at BN Arena.
UTA shot a trip-high 55.4 percent from the field and featured 12 of the 13 players having at least three points. Zhane Templeton, a transfer that will sit out the 2017-18 after coming from Gonzaga, led the way with 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting, she was joined by Jennifer Parker as the two Lady Mavs in double figures.
The matchup wrapped up a four-day, four-game trek in San Jose, Costa Rica for the team that featured two games against the University of Ottawa and the Costa Rican National Team. UTA used the week to test out new lineups, begin the implementation of offense and defense, as well as gain valuable experience for the newcomers.
The offense improved across all categories over the course of the four games, and also on the defensive side, as the team held Costa Rica to just 25.0 from the field, achieved only in the fourth quarter.
UTA opened up a quick double-digit lead in the first, getting on the board early with Laurynn McGowen catching an assist from Michaela Wright, and McGowen returning the favor on the next possession. Costa Rica would knock down a near half-court buzzer beater at the end of the frame to trail by five after the first, 18-13.
The offense opened things up in the second to push the lead back into double figures midway through the quarter. UTA would go on to outscore the Ticos 24-10 in the second, despite coming up empty in the final three possessions.
Parker stole the show in the second half as she rattled off jumpers from mid range on the way to a 4-of-5 shooting effort. Brooke Alexander, leading the team in 3-pointers for the week, would hit on one of two attempts in the third, as UTA had six on the night.
After spending four days in San Jose, the team departs for a three-day team-bonding experience on the Pacific Coast beginning on Saturday.