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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 three days until the opener, meet the Lady Mav's No. 3, senior Crystal Allen.
How much fun is this group of Lady Mavericks to play with?
Allen- "This group is very fun to play with. I remember as a child, when I first started playing I had teammates that were joyful, when we had conflicts on the court, it would never carry over to off of it, as soon as we got on the court we were all having fun again and that is what we have here. Anything that we have happen off the court we don't worry about, we solve it by playing basketball. We are fighting together for the same goal and it is fun and exciting."
Who is a player that you go to most when needing help?
Allen- "I would say Aysia Evans. I don't necessarily go to her, but they are always there for me. We hang out a lot, really all the time off the court. When you hang out with someone they notice little stuff and she will notice those kind of things. I am not the kind of person to tell you when I'm down or not feeling well. As a younger player it is good to have that, she's a younger player than me and most people would think that it's odd to have that, but she is able to look up to me as well.
What made you want to transfer to UTA?
Allen- "I wanted to get closer to home and my family to see me play. I wanted my family to see me play. When I was in Seattle I didn't have anyone there to see me play. It is always a thing where you have someone to play for, you don't only play for yourself but you represent your family. Being closer to home, the things I'm playing for outside of myself are able to see me play and support me. I love that feeling to come to them after the game and celebrate and smile and laugh. It is a great family. Also, there are great coaches and staff, everybody was nice and nothing was shady. You can go some places, and you get a gut feeling to not knowing about something and I never got that feeling so I took the opportunity."
What have you been working on to top a record-breaking 2016-17?
Allen- "I have been getting into the gym way more this year. Coming in as a freshman I was shooting like 42 percent, I felt it was great, but with me I am not satisfied. If my shooting percentage was 50, I am trying to get 52 percent. So I am staying in the gym and working on more than just my shot. If the other team takes away my shot, I have to be able to do something else to help my team."
How excited are you to get the season started?
Allen- "I have been excited since the offseason started. A lot of people have asked me if I'm excited for Homecoming and I tell them I am excited for the whole season. I was excited for the whole process. A lot of people think you are excited for game time, but I am excited for practice and to go to practice and get better. Then when game time comes, whatever we have been working on and what I work on in practice is going to show in the game. That is why I am so excited for practice, and the my excitement carries over into the game."
What is it going to take for the team to reach their goals this season?
Allen- "As far as goals, we all try to accomplish things in and out of practice whether they are team or individualized. With me, when I try to accomplish things, I try to focus on the small things. I focus on the little things like what my footwork looks like. If I am trying to shoot 50 percent what am I doing to get to 50 percent three-point shooting. What is my footwork like trying to be a lock down defender. So I try to focus on the little stuff, the smallest things that nobody would ever think of, then the little things add up eventually and then you can accomplish your goals with working on the little things. That is team wise too, we work on the small things and then those things add up and we can accomplish our goals as a team."
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.
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