Nov. 27, 2013
"It's mental," UT Arlington coach Krista Gerlich said. "We get better every time we step on the floor. We need keep working and make good decisions."
The Mavericks (0-7) scored a season-high in points, besting a performance of 63 in its previous game against Virginia Commonwealth. Abilene Christian improved to 5-2, snapping a brief two-game losing skid.
UTA featured two double-digit scorers in the losing effort at College Park Center.
Senior Briana Walker had a double-double by the end of the first half with 27 points and 12 rebounds, and finished the game with a career-high 32 points and 15 boards. Junior Tahlia Pope scored a UTA career-high 15 points, and was a board short of her first double-double as a Maverick with nine rebounds.
"Briana was a warrior tonight. We told her she could go out there and score on them, and she believed what we told her and she did just that," Gerlich said.
The Wildcats started the game with a 3-pointer from their leading scorer, Whitney West, and quickly got out to a 9-0 lead. UTA's Walker and Pope stepped up for the Mavericks, as they were the only two scoring until Allea Harris knocked down a 3-pointer to close the gap 35-31.
Desherra Nwanguma scored her first points early in the first half to move the Mavs within one and Walker would score to give the Mavericks their first lead of the game, 51-50. The Wildcats extended their lead, but UTA was able to keep the game close.
The Mavericks closed the gap to just three points with under a minute to play on a layup from Pope, however ACU ended UTA's bid for its first win of the season by knocking down late free throws.
The Mavericks are back on the court in one week as they host North Texas Wednesday, Dec. 4 at p.m. at College Park Center.
WBB: Life lessons learned in Costa Rica
WBB: Chemistry shines in finale vs. Costa Rica
WBB: UTA builds confidence vs. Costa Rica
WBB: Lady Mavs visit La Paz Waterfall Park
WBB: Lady Mavs top Ottawa on Day 2
WBB: UTA completes first full day in Costa Rica