ARLINGTON, Texas - There are just 35 days until UTA women's basketball embarks for Central America and its trip to Costa Rica. For junior transfer Daiane Machado, the experience ahead is just a continuation of what the team has been trying to build since getting together for the summer, a family.
Machado is a product of Curitiba, Barzil, the capital of the Brazilian state of Parana, and joined the Lady Mavericks from New Mexico Junior College. At NMJC, Machado earned an All-Conference first-team selection and was named the WJCAC Newcomer of the Year.
As she transitioned to Texas and set up residence in Arlington, she said that her favorite experience thus far has been how she has been embraced by her teammates.
"I love the way that the girls treat me, I just got here and everyone came to talk to me and it made me feel really good," she said. "I have only been here one month and I feel like I have known (my teammates) for a whole year already."
Family is an important piece of Machado's upbringing, and an key component of why the Brazilian chose to come to UTA.
"The way the coaches talked to me, they were with me from the first day and the way they talked to me just made me feel like I was going to be a part of the family," Machado said. "And that is the most important thing to me."
Machado, who makes sure to create time to talk with her mom in Brazil on a daily basis, is looking forward to the Costa Rica trip mostly because of getting to experience time on the court with her teammates, and then having just as much fun off the court learning about the country.
WBB: Life lessons learned in Costa Rica
WBB: Chemistry shines in finale vs. Costa Rica
WBB: UTA builds confidence vs. Costa Rica
WBB: Lady Mavs visit La Paz Waterfall Park
WBB: Lady Mavs top Ottawa on Day 2
WBB: UTA completes first full day in Costa Rica