Mavericks travel to Lubbock, TX for first tournament of season
Nov. 26, 2009
Arlington, Texas -
The UT Arlington women's basketball team opens their 11-game road trip in Lubbock, Texas at the Basketball Traveler's Classic. UTA takes on Prairie View A&M on Friday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m.
Probable UTA Starters (based on the last game):
G -- 1 Kiarra Shofner (5-6, Sr., Cedar Hill, Texas)
G -- 20 Tamara Simmons (5-7, Jr., Arlington, Texas)
F -- 14 Meghan Nelson (5-8, Sr., Cedar Hill, Texas)
F -- 32 Shalyn Martin (5-11, Jr., Arlington, Texas)
F-- 24 Donna Dike (6-0, Fr., Houston, Texas)
Game 1: UT Arlington vs. Prairie View A&M @ 6 p.m.
The Series --
UTA vs. Texas Tech -
UTA vs. USF -
MAVERICKS VERSUS PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
Gaati Werema leads the Panthers with 24 points and 11 rebounds per game.
Werema is coming off a 25 and 23 point performance at Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge.
Last Time Out -- UTA 72, UMKC 61
Shalyn Martin led the Mavs offensively with a career-high 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field, grabbed seven rebounds, four assists in 40 minutes of action.
UTA finished the game shooting 41.5 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from three-point range and 95.7 percent from the charity stripe.
The Mavericks lost the battle in the boards, 34-28 and in assists, 17-11.
On Tuesday, November 17, Dike brought down a career-high 18 rebounds against University of Houston. Seven of Dike's rebounds were offensive.
Dike leads the Mavericks and the conference with 13.5 rebounds per game.
LEADING THE WAY
Simmons finished with 16 points on 8-of-15 shooting against Rice (11/13) and poured in 19 points against Houston (11/17), both at Texas Hall.
Simmons is fourth in scoring and third in assists per game in the conference.
NOTHING BLOCKING HER WAY
Martin posted her first double-double of the season against Rice (11/13) with a 13-point, 13-rebound performance.
Against Houston, Martin finished with 13 points, five rebounds, four blocks and four steals.
Martin is second in both block shots (4) and steals (8) in the Southland Conference.
Martin recorded a career-high 23 points against UMKC (11/24) on 8-of-15 shooting from the field.
MAVERICKS PICKED TO FINISH 2ND IN LEAGUE
Overall UT Arlington was picked second behind Lamar, who finished third in the West Division last season. The Cardinals received 59 points and six first-place votes for the top spot.
Last year's defending champion UTSA earned 50 points and two first-place votes while A&M-Corpus Christi collected 34 points and one first-place vote.
Simmons finished second on the team with 11.5 points per game and led the squad in assists for the second consecutive season with 124.
Martin, the Mavs top defensive player and leading blocker finished last season with 40 blocks and 44 steals. Martin, a native of Arlington, Texas, was named third-team all-conference and was selected to the SLC Tournament and Bahamas Sunsplash All-Tournament team.
Joining Martin on the second team were UTSA guard Amber Gregg, A&M-Corpus Christi center Elisa Beagle, Lamar transfer Jenna Plumley, and Texas State guard Victoria Davis.
MAVERICKS ADD FIVE TO ROSTER
A native of Houston, Texas, Donna Dike is one of five forwards that look's to fill the void of former seniors Champion and Dixon. Dike was a first team all-district honoree and finished her final season averaging 15 points and 15 rebounds per game at Westside High School.
Grapevine High School product, Erica Paskell joins Dike at the forward position. Paskell earned first team all-district honors and was named the mustang's most valuable player as a junior.
Following the meeting with Texas Tech on Saturday, UTA will play their final day game of the tournament against San Francisco at noon.