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ARLINGTON, Texas - The countdown to 2017-18 tipoff has hit zero as we are just hours away from the Lady Mavericks opening up their campaign. On the final day of the countdown, we meet No. 0, Cierra Johnson.
Now that it is finally game day, what does your preparation look like leading up to tipoff?
Johnson- "This year I have been a little bit more goofy with my teammates. Usually I listen to my music and just get in the zone, but now we listen to the big speaker and just kind of dance and get our jitters out. When it's time to get focused, then we all get focused.
"I am really excited. This is my last first game of my college career. I am very excited and very anxious to get started."
What makes you so exciting for this season to get going?
Johnson- "What makes me most excited is that we have great team chemistry and it is never a dull moment with any of them and our seniors are gelling and taking leadership in the team to help everyone else out, while also doing our job. All of my other years here I have clicked with certain people, but this year we all gelling and everyone hangs out with each other and just has fun."
With you and so many other chasing records, how fun is it to achieve those things together?
Johnson- "It is really exciting because it is more than one person that is doing it. We have a bunch of different people who can do a lot different things and set a lot of records and that just shows that our program is going in the right direction."
With the steals record in sight for yourself, how fun has it been to chase?
Johnson- "It is really fun but really hard because I have some teammates that play some pretty good defense so it is tough. It makes you more hungry for it and makes you want to go after the ball even more."
When you signed to come to UTA, the team won just four games, after winning 22, what has it been like to see the turnaround?
Johnson- "It is really cool. It is great, but at the end of the year I want a ring. It is cool in how fast it was turned around, not only just us, but the whole group believing in what we are doing. That is what we came here for and to make the program go in an upward direction. That is what we have here. We have to uphold it and back it up now."
How did the team's trip to Costa Rica help kickstart preparation for the season?
Johnson- "It was really big because that is when we clicked. We were around each other so much and were able to gel and do a lot of things with each other. We got to do community service, and being at the orphanage we got to see how much they really cared and it made me realize that I have some really cool teammates and wanted to get to know them even more. My favorite part of Costa Rica was the orphanage, I really want to give back. I am really blessed to be here and am just happy to give back at any opportunity that I get.
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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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