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MONROE, La. - Since 1979, Lori Cottington's name has been at the top of the list of UT Arlington's all-time rebounding record. With just seven rebounds needed to surpass it, Rebekah VanDijk has the record in her reach as the Lady Mavericks take on ULM on Thursday night at 5 p.m.
The Lady Mavericks (14-10, 8-5 Sun Belt) have been one of the hottest teams in the league of late, winning six of their last seven games. However, the finales have been nail biters with an average of just 4.1 separating the winning team from the losing team with five being decided by one shot. The run has pushed UTA within a game of the second seed in the conference, but a group of five teams are all tied with eight wins with the top four at the end of the regular season earning a bye in the SBC Championship Tournament first round.
For VanDijk, a career that has re-written many of the all-time program records with her name being in the top 10 has seen her become the first to have 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career. VanDijk moved up to fourth in program history with her 20-point effort in the last time out against Texas Tech - the 20th 20-point game of her career. VanDijk has 1,580 points in four seasons.
HOW TO WATCH/FOLLOW
Thursday's contest is available via Warhawks All-Access at ULMWarhawks.com. The content is a paid subscription. Fans can follow on Live Stats as well via the ULM website, or follow UTA on Twitter for in-game updates @LadyMavHoops
UTA is going for its 6th consecutive win against ULM when the teams meet on Thursday. However, ULM leads the all-time series 34-25. UTA won 70-61 in the teams meeting in Arlington this season. UTA shot 40.7 percent, while ULM was just at 32.8. UTA is 6-4 against ULM under coach Krista Gerlich.
Rebekah VanDijk averages 17 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in 7 meetings. She has posted 4 games of 20+ points, including 29 in the last time out. Crystal Allen averages 11.0 points per game in 3 games played against the Warhawks. Allen connected on 3 from long range in the Jan. matchup.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Rebekah VanDijk needs just 7 rebounds to surpass Lori Cottington (76-79) for the most rebounds in program history. VanDijk enters with 1,072 in her career and is the first player in program history with 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. VanDijk moved into 4th in UTA scoring history after scoring 20 vs. Texas State, she has 1,580. VanDijk needs 6 rebounds to move into 7th in Sun Belt history and 1 block to move into 9th (188).
UTA’s last 8 games have been decided by an average of 4.1 points, including 5 in the stretch being less than 2 points and 2 overtime games. UTA is just 3-8 away from College Park Center, while 11-2 at home. UTA has won the last 5 matchups vs. ULM, including a 70-61 final on Jan. 20 in Arlington. VanDijk scored 29 points and 14 rebounds in the game. Crystal Allen scored 11, while Laurynn McGowen had 13.
Lauren Billie grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds on Saturday vs. Texas State.
HEAD COACH Krista Gerlich
Krista Gerlich enters with with a 240-125 career record, while posting a 72-83 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
UTA likes to live dangerously lately, needing overtime and a missed final shot from Texas State to take the in-state rivalry.
The Mavericks survived a game-winning attempt in both regulation and in overtime as the Bobcats missed a 3-pointer for the win at the buzzer. It was the 2nd game in a row that UTA has survived an attempt to win the game in the final seconds.
Rebekah VanDijk posted 20 points, her 20th-career game with 20+ points. Lauren Billie had a career-high 10 rebounds. Miranda LeJune scored a career-high 13, tying her career high in the first half.
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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