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ARLINGTON, Texas - UTA women's basketball returns to College Park Center looking to protect its undefeated record against Stephen F. Austin on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Lady Mavericks are 5-0 for the first time since 1977, when it began the season with a program-best 7-0 start. All Lady Mavericks home games are broadcast on Mavs All-Access with Amanda Kent calling the action. The subscription based service starts at $9.99 per month and gives fans access to all home basketball games via web stream, as well as the Lady Mavs on the road in an audio-only format.
The Lady Mavs are No. 16 in the CollegeInsider Mid-Major Poll and picked up a vote in the USA Today Coaches' Poll for the first time in program history.
UTA is coming off a weekend in which it captured the SHU Thanksgiving Classic in thrilling fashion, downing tournament host Seton Hall 86-61 in the tournament finale. Rebekah VanDijk scored a career-high 34 points in the win, tying for fourth in UTA single-game history. The performance garnered her College Sports Madness National Mid-Major Player of the Week honors as well as the Sun Belt POTW award.
Stephen F. Austin comes to Arlington for the first time in a nonconference matchup. The team's met 62 times as Southland Conference foes before UTA left the SLC after the 2011-12 season. UTA defeated SFA 67-63 in Nacogdoches last season, ending the Ladyjacks' 17-game home winning streak.
UTA junior center Rebekah VanDijk is six blocks away from tying Rola Ogunoye (2001-05, 117) for fourth-most in UTA history. ... Cierra Johnson is four steals away from tying Gale Yanes (1993-97, 177) for ninth in UTA history. ... VanDijk surpassed the 800-point mark at the SHU Thanksgiving Classic and currently has 841.
UTA associate head coach Kristin Cole on the opponent
"We are expecting their best. I think they will come in here and give us a game. They are a good team and very talented. Last year I think they thought we stole one from them on the road so we expect their very best."
Cole on what the team is working on and focusing on in practice
"It is a process. You are adding to what you are doing all year. You are constantly adding to what you are doing. We need to keep momentum, keep climbing, grinding and getting better at the things we need to do."
Cole on the team getting some rest this week after a grind
"It was a great. New York was an incredible trip for us, we got to bond and we got two road wins. It was a long four or five days on the road, so the rest has been good and getting their legs back under them has been good."
Cole on what it will take for UTA to be successful against SFA
"One thing about this team is that they play hard all the time. If we play hard like we do every night, execute the game plan and play together, we will execute and be successful."
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