ARLINGTON, Texas - UTA women's basketball announced the additions of Daiane Machado and Laurynn McGowen on Tuesday.
Both Machado and McGowen join UTA from New Mexico Junior College and will begin their Lady Mav careers in the fall as juniors.
"We are excited to add Daiane and Laurryn to our roster for next season," UTA coach Krista Gerlich said. "Both of these girls come from a winning program at New Mexico Junior College, are excellent students and will impact our team immediately on the court."
Daiane Machado | Curitiba, Brazil
Machado averaged 12.9 points per game in 27 starts for NMJC, playing 18.9 minutes per game and shooting 50.3 percent from the field. Machado's game stretched the defense out as she shot 32.0 percent from 3-point land.
Gerlich on Machado:
"Daiane is a strong post with a great sense for the game. She can score with her back to the basket, from the high post and 3-point land. I love her passing ability, which will add an element to our post game that will make it difficult for defenses to defend. What I think I love the most about Daiane is how much she loves UTA, our team and the coaching staff. She found a home here at UTA and we are so excited to welcome her to the Lady Mav family"
Laurynn McGowen | Arlington, Texas
McGowen averaged 10.9 points per game for NMJC, shooting 40.8 from the field and 34.4 from long range. Combined with her offensive scoring, she averaged 2.8 rebounds per game and dished out 2.4 assists per game. McGowen opened her collegiate career at Sam Houston State, scoring 7.7 points in 32 games played for the Bearkats. The transfer is a product of Seguin High School in Arlington and had All-Distrist honors to go with Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Most Valuable Player. She was a TABC All-Region and TGCA All-State selection as she scored 15.3 points as a junior.
Gerlich on McGowen:
"Laurryn is a great sign for us at the point-guard position. She is a combo guard with great quickness, good handles, can score it well from the three and gets to the basket to score or dish to shooters. I love how hard she plays and the passion with which she plays. Defensively she will add more depth to our press and allow us to continue to turn the opponents over at a high rate. She has a great basketball IQ and loves the play the game, not to mention she is from Arlington, so i know she will have a great following from local friends and family."
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