WBB: Four Power 5 teams highlight nonconference slate

July 14, 2017

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ARLINGTON, Texas -
With intentions set on challenging for the Sun Belt crown in the 2017-18 season, UTA women's basketball released an exciting nonconference slate to prepare itself through the league schedule.

The Lady Mavericks will host six games at College Park Center, take on four Power 5 teams, and four Group of 5 squads leading up to the Dec. 29 matchup at Coastal Carolina to begin league play.

"We are very pleased with the nonconference schedule we have put together this season," coach Krista Gerlich said. "Our goal at UTA is to continue to raise the level of competition in order to prepare us for Sun Belt and postseason play. We want to challenge our team in a variety of ways and I believe we will be doing that with this slate of teams.

"We have a good nucleus of experienced players coming back and I'm excited to see them compete against the likes of Utah, Georgia Tech and Arkansas. This will be our fourth year to play at Kansas State and we really enjoy playing in their environment and especially since they were a NCAA tourney team last season, they give us a model to discuss with our team the level we want to obtain."

The schedule tips off on Saturday, Nov. 11 when UTA welcomes Incarnate Word at 2:30 p.m. for a Homecoming doubleheader that features the men in the night cap. The matchup is the first of four against teams from Texas during the non-league portion of the calendar.

The Lady Mavs close the opening two-game stand against Oral Roberts on Monday, Nov. 13.

UTA heads to the road for the first time when it travels down I-35 to visit in-state rival, and former conference foe, UTSA on Nov. 15. The teams have met every season since 1991, with the Lady Mavs holding a 32-28 edge in the all-time series.


 

 

With three of the next four on home court, UTA welcomes Metroplex rival SMU into CPC on Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. The contest is the first between the squads since 2008 and the first in Arlington since 1991.

"We scheduled some regional and local games that should be fun for our fans with SMU and Houston and we feel like our team will be tested night in and night out to prepare us for the rigidness of the Sun Belt Conference," Gerlich said.

UTA continues action when it takes on Fresno State from the Mountain West Conference on Nov. 24 in Arlington.

The Lady Mavs leave the confines of Texas for the first time, and first of four trips in nonconference play, when they head west to face Utah in Salt Lake City on Nov. 27. UTA returns home to open December with a matchup against Houston on Dec. 1, the 10th all-time meeting between the Lady Mavs and Cougars.

A challenging three-game road trip begins for UTA on Dec. 6 in the teams fourth consecutive year to visit Kansas State, a team that hosted a NCAA Tournament Regional in 2017. The Lady Mavs then visit Atlanta to take on ACC power Georgia Tech on Dec. 10. The Yellow Jacks fell in the WNIT final in three overtimes to close last season.

The three-game trip doesn't get any easier after a seven-day break concludes in a visit to Arkansas on Dec. 17.

UTA gets an opportunity to fine tune its arsenal one last time in nonconference play with a home date against San Francisco on Dec. 21.

The non-league schedule includes four that reached the postseason, including Kansas State's NCAA trip and Georgia Tech's run through the WNIT, SMU and Utah also played in the WNIT.

UTA went 22-9 last season and feature both returning SBC All-Conference selections in first teamer Rebekah VanDijk, and Defensive Player of the Year Cierra Johnson, who was on the second team. The 22 wins earned UTA its third all-time visit into the WNIT and were tied for third most in program history. The Lady Mavs finished second in the league standings and fell in the semifinals to eventual SBC champion, Troy.

2017-18 SEASON TICKETS
New season tickets go on sale July 18 at 10 a.m. Visit UTATickets.com, call (817) 272-9595 or come by the UTA Box Office at College Park Center for more information. Click here for new season tickets or click here for renewal information. To join Maverick Club and enjoy a variety of benefits, including preferred seating, call (817) 272-0694.

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