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STATESBORO, Ga. - The trip through Georgia concludes for UT Arlington women's basketball on Saturday when it looks to make it four wins in a row against Georgia Sothern at 1 p.m. CT at Hanner Fieldhouse.
The Lady Mavs (11-9, 5-4 Sun Belt) are coming off a thrilling overtime win in Atlanta as it defended off Georgia State. Rebekah VanDijk poured in 27 points in the win, while Laurynn McGowen finished with 20 points.
Scoring in the opening 10 seconds against the Panthers, VanDijk became just the fifth player in UTA history to record 1,500 points as she completed her 44th-career double-double.
HOW TO WATCH/FOLLOW
Thursday's contest is available on GSEagles.com. Live Stats are available at GSEagles.com, while fans can follow along to UTA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ladymavhoops.
UTA has won all five meetings with Georgia Southern, all taking place since the teams joined the Sun Belt. The Lady Mavs are 11-2 against the two Georgia schools.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
UTA is seeking to push its winning streak to 4 games, longest since opening the year with a 5-0 start... UTA is 5-0 all-time against GS and 11-2 against the two league programs from Georgia... UTA is 14-3 when playing in the eastern time zone since coach Krista Gerlich took over in 2013.
Rebekah VanDijk is averaging 24.3 points and 13.3 rbs over the last 4 games, posting 3 games with 27 points or more. Laurynn McGowen and Crystal Allen are averaging 13.0 and 11.8 points in the same stretch respectively. VanDijk's 58.1% field-goal percentage is currently best in single-season history (Tracy Burr, 86-87, 57.8%).
VanDijk is 38 rebounds away from breaking UTA's all-time rebounds record as she has 1,041). She needs 60 points to move into 4th in UTA scoring history, she has 1,527.
HEAD COACH Krista Gerlich
Krista Gerlich enters with with a 237-123 career record, while posting a 69-81 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
It was a wild one at GSU Sports Arena as UTA survived the Panther's comback bid on Thursday night on ESPN3.
UTA led by as much as 16 points midway through the third quarter, but a huge run by GSU pushed the home team into the lead in the fourth. After the teams traded buckets, GSU found itself up 4 with a minute left.
Crystal Allen drained a 3-pointer to cut it to 1, and McGowen's steal with 9.1 on the clock helped her knock a pair of free throws to take the lead. GSU would hit 1 of 2 on its chance at the other end, sending it into OT. UTA raced out to a 10-2 run to start the extra frame to hold on to win.
VanDijk grabbed her 44th-career double-double with 27 points (23 in the first half) and 17 rbs.
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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For up-to-date news, photos, videos and updates you can follow UTA sports program online at UTAMavs.com or via any of several social media accounts on twitter @UTAMavs, Instagram @UTAMavs, Snapchat @UTAMavs and Facebook at UTArlingtonAthletics. Follow the UTA basketball programs on Twitter at @UTA_MBB and @LadyMavHoops.
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