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JONESBORO, Ark. - The trek through Arkansas continues for UT Arlington as the team completes a brief two-game trip on Saturday at Arkansas State at 3 p.m.
The Lady Mavericks (8-8, 2-3 Sun Belt) dropped a heartbreaker in the last timeout as their comeback bid fell short as UTA's buzzer-beating attempt bounced away in a chance to tie the game. The Lady Mavs used a 12-2 run to race into the lead, but Little Rock scored four straight to top UTA.
On Saturday, a chance at UTA history will be on the line as Rebekah VanDijk seeks to become the first player in program history to have 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. The senior is just nine rebounds short of the mark. Currently, there is just one other player in NCAA Division I active leaders with more than 1,000 rebounds - Ohio State's Stephanie Mavunga.
HOW TO WATCH/FOLLOW
Saturday's contest is streamed live on astateredwolves.com, while live stats will also be provided by Arkansas State's website. Fans can follow the team on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ladymavhoops for in-game updates!
UTA ended a 10-game drought against Arkansas State by taking the matchup last season, however, UTA has not won in Jonesboro since 1988, when the team's were both a part of the Southland Conference. ASU leads the series with a 14-6 record.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Rebekah VanDijk is just 9 rebounds shy of becoming UTA’s first-ever player with 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. There is only 1 active player in NCAA DI with 1,000 rebounds in a career (Stephanie Mavunga, Ohio St.). VanDijk is 6th in UTA scoring history with 1,428 pts and 2nd in rebounds with 991. VanDijk would also tie for 10th in SBC history with 9 rebounds (she is 13th with 2 inbetween the mark). UTA ended a 10-game losing streak to ASU last season, but have not won in Jonesboro, Ark. since 1988 when the teams were in the Southland Conference. VanDijk averages 17.2 points and 9.8 rebounds in 5 matchups. UTA is just 2-6 in away games this season.... Shelby Richards has averaged 10.6 points per game over the last 5 games and was 1 shy of her career high in the last time out with 15, hitting all 3 3-pt attempts.
HEAD COACH Krista Gerlich
Krista Gerlich enters with with a 235-122 career record, while posting a 66-80 record in her fifth season at UTA. A 1993 graduate of Texas Tech, Gerlich has led a resurgance of the Lady Mavs, bringing the team from just a four-win season in her first year, to reaching the WNIT in 2017. As a player, Gerlich won the 1993 NCAA National Championship with Texas Tech. Prior to UTA, she was a standout coach at West Texas A&M, claiming three conference titles.
LAST TIME OUT
Rebekah VanDijk's 41st-career double-double was not enough as the senior finished with a game-high 17 points. Daiane Machado has her last-second attempt bounce away, and Little Rock survived on Thursday night. Shelby Richards finished with 15 points, one short of her career high. UTA was outscored in bench points 29-9.
PURCHASE UTA HOME GAME TICKETS
Single-game tickets to attend UTA men and women's basketball events are on sale through the UTA Box Office in person or by calling (817) 272-8585 and online through UTATickets.com. Season tickets are available for as low as $99 for all 30 men and women's games, which comes out to $3.30 per game. Single game tickets are priced at $8, $12 and $25 per game, depending on seat location. UTA students and faculty staff tickets are available for just $5 for a single game or at a reduced rate for season tickets. Discount Maverick Club (season) and general public (single game) parking is also available. Visit UTATickets.com for detailed information.
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