WBB: Mavs host South Alabama
Jan. 24, 2014
UT Arlington (1-16, 0-6 SBC) vs. South Alabama (5-11, 3-3 SBC)
THE GAME: The UT Arlington women’s basketball hosts South Alabama Saturday evening at 5 p.m. at College Park Center for its seventh Sun Belt Conference game of the season. The Mavericks defeated South Alabama in Fayetteville, Ark. 73-61 in their only meeting in 1998.
LIVE STREAM/STATS: Live stats and video stream are available at UTAMavs.com.
RADIO: Live audio is available at UTARadio.com.
TICKETS: Single game and season tickets can be ordered by visiting utatickets.com or by calling 817-272-9595.
SCOUTING SOUTH ALABAMA: The Jaguars are 5-11 overall and 3-3 in league play, sitting two spots above the Mavs in the Sun Belt standings. Senior guard Meghan Dunn is leading in the team in points with 11.9 per game, but struggles from the free-throw line shooting 62 percent (26-42).
LAST TIME OUT: UT Arlington women's basketball lost its sixth straight Sun Belt Conference game of the season Wednesday night, falling 86-62 to Troy at College Park Center. Senior Desherra Nwanguma led the Mavericks with her third double-double of the season. The center scored 20 points while grabbing 15 rebounds. After scoring just four points in the first half, Nwanguma was 8-13 from the floor in the second half scoring 16 points.
WHO TO WATCH: Senior center Desherra Nwanguma has grabbed back-to-back double-doubles is the last two outings for the Mavericks scoring 55 points and grabbed 28 rebounds total. Nwanguma is second on the team in scoring with 11.4 points per game.
GERLICH ERA: Krista Gerlich is in her first season at UTA after seven years at West Texas A&M. Gerlich compiled an impressive record of 168-53 in seven seasons at West Texas A&M. Her teams won four consecutive South Division Lone Star Conference titles from 2007-10 and three consecutive Lone Star Conference championships from 2008-10.
LINEUP CHANGE: Coach Gerlich has used six lineups in 17 games so far this season. Seniors Laila Suleiman and Desherra Nwanguma, as well as junior transfer Tahlia Pope, have remained starters in all 17 contests.
MAVERICKS IN 2013-14: UT Arlington returns eight letterwinners and two starters from last year. The Mavericks welcome two freshmen as well as four transfers (one sophomore and three juniors) for the 2013-14 season.