WBB: Lady Mavs picking up national attention

Oct. 31, 2017

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Coming off a 22-win season and a postseason trip, UTA women's basketball is already garnering attention on the national stage. The Lady Mavs picked up votes in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, a first in program history in the preseason poll.

"It definitely means that we are getting people's attention," UTA coach Krista Gerlich said. "It is kind of crazy to see this early without setting a foot on the floor, but that shows a lot of respect for the people that we have coming back and the returners in what they have done since they have been here and what they are hopefully planning on doing this year. I am excited for them and our girls to get that recognition."

The recognition comes on the heels of the team's tremendous start to last year, after going undefeated through a tough five-game stretch to open, UTA also received votes in the national polls, as well as climbed into the top-10 of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll.

The Lady Mavericks feature a lineup that has five seniors, including 2016-17 Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year Rebekah VanDijk and the league's Defensive Player of the Year Cierra Johnson, to go with a deep roster that is expected to be one of the favorites to challenge for the SBC title.

VanDijk is approaching becoming the program's first-ever player to record 1,000 points and rebounds in a career. The Nazareth, Texas native became the 18th member of the 1,000-point club last year. Johnson is approaching the all-time steals record, while is also on the horizon of joining VanDijk with 1,000 points.



The building excitement for the season includes a slate that is one of the toughest in the league. The Lady Mavs will travel to four Power 5 squads, two of which are in the Coaches' Poll, including NCAA Tournament host Kansas State. UTA also has exciting action against Incarnate Word, Oral Roberts, SMU, Houston, Fresno State and San Francisco at College Park Center.

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.

For up-to-date news, photos, videos and updates you can follow UTA sports program online at UTAMavs.com or via any of several social media accounts on twitter @UTAMavs, Instagram @UTAMavs, Snapchat @UTAMavs and Facebook at UTArlingtonAthletics. Follow the UTA basketball programs on Twitter at @UTA_MBB and @LadyMavHoops.


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