WBB: Mavs head to Northern Arizona
Dec. 12, 2013
UT Arlington (0-8) vs. Northern Arizona (2-3)
THE GAME: The UT Arlington women's basketball faces Big Sky opponent Northern Arizona Saturday at 12:30 p.m. CT as the Mavericks continue their search for a victory. This matchup marks the fourth meeting between the two schools, with the last contest taking place in 2007 when the Lumberjacks defeated the Mavericks 65-50 in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
LIVE STREAM/STATS: Live stats and video stream are available at nauathletics.com.
RADIO: Live audio is available at nauathletics.com.
SCOUTING NORTHERN ARIZONA: The Lumberjacks are 2-3 on the season with Amanda Frost leading the way. The senior guard is averaging 17.6 points per game, while shooting 93 percent from the free-throw line. Junior Erikka Banks is averaging a double-double with 14 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.
LAST TIME OUT: The UT Arlington Mavericks fell Wednesday night at College Park Center, 70-55, to metroplex rival North Texas. Seniors Desherra Nwanguma and Briana Walker each finished the game with 13 points and combined for 16 rebounds. Fellow senior Laila Suleiman posted 10 points at five assists.
WHO TO WATCH: Senior Briana Walker is leading the Mavericks in scoring at 15.9 points per game, while also grabbing 8.6 boards per game. The Fort Worth native has two double-doubles this season and is the total points leader with 127.
GERLICH ERA: Krista Gerlich is in her first season at UTA after seven years at West Texas A&M. Gerlich compiled an impressive record of 168-53 in seven seasons at West Texas A&M. Her teams won four consecutive South Division Lone Star Conference titles from 2007-10 and three consecutive Lone Star Conference championships from 2008-10.
GERLICH QUOTABLE: "Really we've been trying to work on our stuff. Offensively, trying to execute better and take care of the basketball. Defensively we've put them in a zone a little bit more and put them in transition defense. It's going to be a battle."
LINEUP CHANGE: Coach Gerlich has used three lineups in eight games so far this season. Seniors Laila Suleiman and Desherra Nwanguma, as well as junior transfer Tahlia Pope, have remained starters in all eight contests. Freshman Allea Harris and Allyson Te'o have made their way into the starting five.
MAVERICKS IN 2013-14: UT Arlington returns eight letterwinners and two starters from last year. The Mavericks welcome two freshmen as well as four transfers (one sophomore and three juniors) for the 2013-14 season.