WBB: Mavs fall 70-55 to North Texas
Dec. 4, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas – The UT Arlington Mavericks fell Wednesday night at College Park Center, 70-55, to metroplex rival North Texas.
"I thought we battled really hard in the first half," UT Arlington coach Krista Gerlich said. "Halftime just kills us and every game it seems to kill us. When they realized the officials were going to let us play, they turned up the physicality and that certainly bothered us."
The Mavericks (0-8) hit the road for two consecutive before returning to CPC on Dec. 21 to close out their nonconference schedule against former Southland Conference foe Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
North Texas controlled the tip, however it was the Mavericks who got off to a running start. UTA opened the contest by scoring the first five points of the game. The Mean Green rallied to tie the game at 7-7, but UTA held the lead for most of the first half, including an 11-0 run.
The Mean Green closed the gap late in the first half and took a 41-38 lead on a short jumper as the buzzer sounded. Suleiman led the Mavericks with 10 points at the break.
The Mavericks regained the lead, 46-45, on a 3-pointer from Tahlia Pope early in the second half. Following a pair of free-throws from Nwanguma to tie the game at 49, North Texas jumped out to an eight-point lead and never looked back.
The Mavericks have nine days off before heading to Flagstaff, Ariz. to take on Northern Arizona Saturday, Dec. 14 at 11:30 a.m. CT.