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ARLINGTON, Texas – UTA women's basketball is counting down the days until tipping off the season on Nov. 11 versus Incarnate Word on UTA Homecoming Week. With just 24 days until the Lady Mavericks hit the floor, meet No. 24, sophomore Aysia Evans.
What made you choose UTA as the choice for you?
I felt like right off the bat it was a family environment and the coaches genuinely cared about us, not just in basketball, but outside of basketball as well. They wanted us to be on the right track.
What are the differences in your first season of practice, to your second?
The biggest difference for me is stepping up. We had two big leaders leave the program and I feel like this year it is going to be a lot about me communicating more and stepping up to be a bigger voice.
It has helped a lot actually. Being a freshman when I came in I didn’t know what to expect. My nerves were getting to me every day and I didn’t know what we were going to do. It has helped a lot knowing what we are going to do.
Who on the team would you say is your go-to person to look up to?
Crystal. She is just easy to come to if I have questions and she is always encouraging and she is just a big voice for our team.
How has the four-game trip to Costa Rica in August help the team?
I feel that it has helped a lot. Our chemistry on the court and off the court, our bond is a lot stronger. I feel like it is going to help us going into our games.
What have you been working on in these last few weeks of practice?
Personally, I am working on my defense and working on developing my jumper.
When you get free time outside of basketball, what do you like to do?
We have just been hanging out, and we go to MAC and just hang out. We have study hall and such. I don't really watch TV.
What is your favorite class or classes that you are currently in?
Kinesiology and physical education because it is a lot of teaching. I am supposed to be teaching fifth graders and I just love kids.
What are you looking to grow in this season with the Lady Mavericks?
I would like to grow in attacking the rim more and making my teammates better and create more plays.
What is the competition like within the team?
It is really important and I don’t care if I'm starting or coming off the bench. I care about getting in there and getting something done for our team. We have a lot of talent on the team this year so it is going to be a lot of fun competing every day.
HOW TO BUY TICKETS
Full season and 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 throughUTATickets.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.
ENJOY AN EVENING WITH THE MAVERICKS
Basketball and Barbeque will the theme of the night at the UTA basketball program's annual tipoff dinner hosted by the Maverick Club on Oct. 23 from 6-8 p.m. in College Park Center. Visit with players, coaches, and staff from the men's and women's basketball teams, participate in a Q & A session with the players and coaches, pick-up or purchase season tickets and get autographs from your favorite Mavericks. Spring Creek Barbeque (a loyal Maverick Club member) will provide dinner. General public tickets are $20 and may be purchased by clicking here. Maverick Club members should contact Danielle Sanders at email@example.com or call 817-272-0694 to claim complementary tickets and to RSVP.
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