Nov. 29, 2017
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ARLINGTON, Texas - UTA dives right into the heart of its nonconference schedule when it begins a three-game road trip at Kansas State on Wednesday night. The matchup marks the beginning of a road stretch against Power 5 opponents, two against teams receiving votes in the Top 25 polls.
The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. (CST) tipoff. Tickets are available online at KStateSports.com.
HOW TO WATCH / LISTEN
Wednesday's game will be streamed live via ESPN3 (WatchESPN.com, WatchESPN App) with Brian Smoller and Missy Heidrick on the call.
Entering Wednesday, UTA's features the nation's top-ranked 3-point percentage defense, holding opponents to just 19.7 percent. UTA is also 35th in NCAA Division I with a 35.1 percent field-goal defense overall. UTA's scoring defense is 49th in the nation and second in the Sun Belt at just 57.7 points given up per game.
UTA and K-State are meeting for the fourth consecutive season and fifth time overall, all in Manhattan, Kan. UTA is 0-4 against the Big 12 opponent, holding a 22-87 record all-time against teams currently in the Big 12. Aysia Evans had a team-high 13 points in the meeting last season, while Rebekah VanDijk averages 10.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in three games played. The matchup is the second of four scheduled against Power 5 opponents.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
The Lady Mavericks are in the midst of a two-game losing streak after the third quarter let it down in the last time out versus Houston. A three-game streak would mark the longest since January of 2016.
There are several achievements on tap on Wednesday night. A win for UTA would mark its first over a Power 5 opponent since 2004 (Kansas). Rebekah VanDijk also continues a milestone watch. The senior needs just three points to move into seventh in UTA scoring history and two field goals to move into fifth in program history.
VanDijk was the lone scorer in double figures in UTA's last time out as she achieved her first double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Jennifer Parker grabbed a team season-high 14 rebounds. UTA is 24-14 when VanDijk reaches a double-double, incluing a 10-3 record over the last two seasons.
HEAD COACH Krista Gerlich
Krista Gerlich enters the Houston game with a 231-117 career record, while posting a 63-75 record in her fifth season at UTA. A 1993 graduate of Texas Tech, Gerlich has led a resurgance of the Lady Mavs, bringing the team from just a four-win season in her first year, to reaching the WNIT in 2017. As a player, Gerlich won the 1993 NCAA National Championship with Texas Tech. Prior to UTA, she was a standout coach at West Texas A&M, claiming three conference titles.
LAST TIME OUT
Houston's press took UTA out of rythm as the Cougars used a 30-13 edge in the third quarter to overturn what was a double-digit Lady Mav lead at the break. Houston outscored UTA 17-0 in points off turnovers, turning UTA over 11 times in the third and 26 times overall.
PURCHASE UTA HOME GAME 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 through UTATickets.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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