Dec. 1, 2017
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Houston used a third-quarter comeback to post a 62-58 win over the UTA Lady Mavericks on Friday night at College Park Center.
UTA (5-2) dominated the first half in the game, using a stifling defensive effort to build a 29-18 lead at intermission. Houston (6-2) answered out of the break to use a 30-13 advantage in the third quarter to earn the win, with UTA's fourth-quarter comeback bid falling short.
The Lady Mavs held Houston to 31-percent from the field and 13-percent from behind the arc but UTA committed 26 turnovers. The Lady Mavs outrebounded Houston, 48-37, owning a 25-14 advantage in bench points.
LEADING THE LADY MAVS
Senior Rebekah VanDijk turned in her 38th career double-double, owning 11 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman forward Jennifer Parker had eight points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Shelby Richards added nine points, with Brooke Alexander and Daiana Machado charting five points each, with Machado owning eight boards. Junior Lauren Billie and Sophomore Aysia Evans each had three points, with Miranda LeJune leading the team with four assists.
The Lady Mavs will return to action on Wednesday, traveling to face Kansas State at 7 p.m. CT in Manhattan, Kan.
Allen wasted no time getting the Lady Mavs on the board with a triple, 40 seconds into the game. UTA built a 5-0 lead behind a pair of free throw from Machado, stretching its lead to 7-4 after VanDijk got her first bucket of the game on a nifty pass from Allen. A 12-foot jumper from Richards lifted UTA to a 9-4 lead with just under five minutes remaining. UTA's defense then held the Cougars scoreless for over three minutes, with UH 1-for-its-last-11, as the Lady Mavs took a 14-7 lead into the break. UH was held to 3-for-18 from the field, including missing on all eight attempts from behind the arc.
UTA's defensive pressure continued, holding Houston scoreless until the 7:07 mark. McGowen completed an and-one with a late drive and basket on the shot clock as the Lady Mavs took a 17-7 lead. Evans extended the lead with a free throw and Parker's offensive board and putback gave UTA a 13-point lead. VanDijk answered a UH run with an offensive board and putback to give UTA a 22-13 lead. Allen accounted for a five-point UTA stretch, sinking a triple with 2:30 left before swiping the ball and completing a breakaway layup to lift the Lady Mavs to a 28-15 lead. UTA held Houston without a field goal for the final six minutes of the half, taking a 29-18 lead.
Houston came out of the halftime hot, using a 6-0 run to force a UTA timeout with the Lady Mavs leading 29-24 with 7:36 left in the period. UH's comeback continued as the Cougs took the lead with a 13-1 run. McGowen got to the foul line and converted on a pair to give UTA a 32-21 lead but Houston answered with a triple. Richards answered with a floater off the glass, getting fouled to even it up at 34. Billie's 3 pointer with three minutes left cut the lead to 41-37. In the closing second of the period, a nifty pass found Alexander for an up-and-under layup to cut the lead to 48-42 at the break. Overall, the Cougars outscored the Lady Mavs 30-13 in the third quarter.
The Lady Mavs went on a 7-0 run out of the break to regain the lead, getting a triple from the wing from Alexander to start the comeback. UTA cut it to one as the Lady Mavs broke the full-court press and found Parker for a lay-in. Machado gave the Lady Mavs the lead at 49-48 and after Houston got on the board in the fourth, UTA found VanDijk in the paint for a 51-50 lead. After Houston took a one-point lead, UTA answered with another break of the press and VanDijk basket but UH answered with a three pointer to take a 55-53 lead with three minutes left. VanDijk completed her double-double and tied the game with a basket in the paint. Parker gave UTA a 57-55 lead with a jumper on an assist from Billie and extended the lead with 1:12 left in regulation with a free throw. Houston took advantage of a UTA turnover to get a bucket in transition and take a 59-57 lead with 35.8 left. On the following UTA possession, the Lady Mavs were whistled for a traveling violation, setting up the Cougs with possession, a one-point lead and just 17.7 seconds left. UTA got the Cougars to the foul line with 12.5 left.
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