Nov. 27, 2009
Lubbock, Texas - The UT Arlington women's basketball team dropped a 65-58 decision to Prairie View A&M in the first game of the Texas Tech Basketball Traveler's Classic in Lubbock, Texas. UTA will play host Texas Tech tomorrow at 8 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena.
The Panthers controlled the opening minutes of the game with a 12-2 run with 17:17 on the clock. Junior Shalyn Martin kept the Mavericks within striking distance hitting three consecutive baskets, cutting the deficit 15-9 with 14:56 remaining in the first half.
The Mavericks bothered the Panthers offense with a full court press that resulted in two steals and a three-point play for Donna Dike which gave UTA their first lead of the game, 21-19.
The Panthers would tie the game three more times before UT Arlington managed to tie the game for the final time at 30-30 at halftime. A missed layup by the Panthers resulted in a fast break by the Mavs and a put back by Meghan Nelson with two seconds remaining.
Martin led the Mavericks offense with 12 first half points and seven rebounds. UTA shot just 31.6 percent from the field in the first stanza.
The game went back and forth for the first three minutes until the Panthers pulled away to lead by seven at the 14:52 mark. UTA was able to cut into Prairie View A&M's lead and after the game going scoreless for two minutes Tamara Simmons gave UT Arlington a 57-55 advantage after hitting from three-point range with 4:20 remaining.
The lead wouldn't last long as Martin was the Mavericks only offensive threat the rest of the way. Martin finished with her second double-double of the season with a 20-point, 14 rebounds performance.
UT Arlington had its best team rebounding performance but committed 25 turnovers. UTA shot just 30.4 percent from the floor compared to the Panther's 36.9 percent.
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