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 13 days until the opener, meet the Lady Mav's No. 13, junior transfer Daiane Machado.
What made you choose UTA as your destination of choice after transferring from New Mexico Junior College?
Machado- "The way that coach Gerlich and coach Justus were talking to me. He went and saw me and since the day that he saw me he never stopped talking to me, he was always in contact. It made me feel important and I wanted to be at a place that I could be important and at a place that needed me. I met the team and it felt like family, they needed me and I needed them."
What is the difference like between UTA and NMJC?
Machado- "It is really different for me. I came from a small junior colleges so it is huge. Everything is so nice. The way we are treated is amazing. I love my teammates and I love my coach.
"It is really hard studying here, but I get a lot of support and people that can help me. That makes it easier, I couldn’t make it without them. My favorite class is statistics. It is something that I really enjoy."
How did the team's summer trip to Costa Rica help getting prepared for the season?
Machado- "It helped a lot. We are way ahead of other teams because we had the extra play. We got to know each other, the way we play and how we like to do stuff. It made our chemistry come together, of course we had a lot to work on, but we had everything to bring into practice."
What was your favorite part of the trip outside of basketball?
Machado- "I really liked the day we went to the orphanage, the kids were so happy with us. It made me realize that they didn’t have everything but the little things made them smile. We were just playing with them and it made them so happy."
How often do you stay in contact with your family in Brazil?
Machado- "I try to call my mom everyday. But sometimes there isn't time. If I have just 10 minutes, I give her a call. If I don’t feel good, I just need to hear her voice. I try to call her every day, she is the most important thing in my life."
What is it like having a baby sister?
Machado- "I am in love with her. I was an only child and thought I would hate having a sister or brother. She amazes me and she knows that I am hers. She has even prayed for me, and puts her hands over the phone when we talk."
What is the family like between the Lady Mavericks?
Machado- "Coach Gerlich is like our mom. I feel like I am home, of course I say I want my mom, but I know that I can talk to the coaches and they will always be there for me. They know I am away from home, they call me sometimes and always how I am doing and make this like a second family."
Outside of basketball, what do you like to do in your free time?
Machado- "I have some Brazilian friends at UTA, so I like to hang out with them. We just get together and play cards and talk. Its not much, but we just like to get together and talk about things going on with us."
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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.
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