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ARLINGTON, Texas - With the league's best winning streak at six games, UT Arlington is set for its Senior Day on Saturday when it hosts Georgia State at 2 p.m. on Saturday, presented by Texas Trust.
The Lady Mavericks (17-10, 11-5 SBC) will honor the storied careers of Rebekah VanDijk, Shelby Richards and Miranda LeJune prior to tipoff. Thanks to Texas Trust, all UTA students will be admitted free of charge.
VanDijk heads down the stretch of her Lady Maverick career as the program's all-time leading rebounder, while she is within reach of top marks in both points scored, field-goal percentage as well as several other offensive categories. Richards is averaging 8.8 points per game this season, having started in 21 games. LeJune has been a huge part of the offense of late, with a hot 3-point shot as well as being second on the team in assists over the last five games.
Saturday's contest also gives the Lady Mavs an opportunity to stretch its all-time best home win total. UTA's 12-2 record breaks its previous record of 11 wins at home set twice, last season and in 2004-05. UTA is 23-5 at home over the last two years.
HOW TO WATCH/FOLLOW
Saturday's matchup is featured on ESPN3 App or on WatchESPN.com with Dave Barnett and Robert Gill on the call. Fans can also follow along to live stats via UTAMavs.com or on the team Twitter by following the account @LadyMavHoops.
UTA is looking to complete the season sweep against Georgia State on Saturday. UTA topped Georgia State 81-76 in overtime to end January. Rebekah VanDijk scored 27 points in the win, scoring 24 in the first half. She finished with 11- for-18 shooting and had 17 rebounds, 1 shy of her career-high. Laurynn McGowen had a career-high 20 points. Crystal Allen finished with 15, making 5 3-pointers. Shelby Richards finished with 10 points. UTA shot 45.5 percent in the game, compared to GSU’s 47.4 percent. UTA hit on 8 3-pointers, 7 in the first half. UTA outscored GSU 26-14 in the first quarter, but a 18-9 third and 20-14 4th forced OT from GSU. UTA had a 21-9 advantage in points from the bench.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
UTA is looking to cap its best home win total in program history, the 12-2 record topped 11 wins at home acehived last year, as well as in 2004-05. UTA has the league’s best winning streak at 6 games, having won 9 of 10. Saturday marks the program’s Senior Day as UTA celebrates the careers of Rebekah VanDijk, Shelby Richards and Miranda LeJune before the game.
VanDijk has a go at several milestones on Saturday. She needs... 6 points to move into 3rd in scoring history (has 1,634, would pass Rola Ogunoye (01-05)... 9 free throws to move into 2nd (has 348, would pass Rola Ogunoye). VanDijk is UTA’s all-time rebounding leader with 1,091 - the mark is 7th in SBC history. UTA is control of its destiny to finish 2nd in the league, needing to win its final 2. However, a loss in either would leave UTA needing help to get a bye.
HEAD COACH Krista Gerlich
Krista Gerlich enters with with a 243-125 career record, while posting a 75-83 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
Compared to a recent run, Thursday’s game was never in doubt, flying to a 70-49 win in UTA’s annual Maverick Spirit Kid’s Day.
VanDijk posted 22 points, her 22nd game with 20+ points in her career. Daiane Machado grabbed her first double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Aysia Evans posted 10 points on 4-5 shooting.
UTA outscored GSU 38-12 in points in the paint, 20-1 in 2nd chance points and 36-19 in bench points. UTA led 21-13 after the first quarter. UTA shot 46.6 percent and were 5-of-13 from deep
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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