Dec. 9, 2017
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ARLINGTON, Texas - Looking to snap a four-game skid, UT Arlington women's basketball heads to the road for the final time in nonconference when it takes on Arkansas on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Fayetteville, Ark.
The Lady Mavericks (5-4) close arguably the toughest stretch of Sun Belt teams against the Razorbacks (7-3). UTA has played three of its last four games against Power 5 teams, while Sunday's contest will mark the first time in program history to play against three consecutive, all on the road.
The non-league portion of the schedule closes at College Park Center on Thursday when San Francisco comes to down. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., while the doubleheader concludes with a men's tipoff vs. Cal Poly at 7 p.m.
HOW TO WATCH / LISTEN
Wednesday's game will be streamed live via SEC Network + on ESPN3 (WatchESPN.com, WatchESPN App) with Bret Dolan and Kikko Haydar on the call.
UTA and Arkansas are meeting for the seventh time in series history and fourth time in Fayetteville. The Razorbacks have taken all six previous meetings, including a 57-33 final in 2011 in the last time together on the court. UTA is 5-23 against SEC opponents and are looking for its first win over a Power 5 opponent since 2004 (Kansas).
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Hoping to snap its skid, UTA's four-game losing streak matches the longest for the program since the 2015-16 season. Another setback would mark the longest since dropping seven consecutive in coach Gerlich's first year, 2014-15. Following the last four-game skid, UTA snapped out of it by taking five of six games, including knocking off then league leader Troy.
Also on the line on Sunday, UTA has posted a winning record in six consecutive months (a program record) and will need to take the remaining four games in December to keep the streak alive.
Crystal Allen and Rebekah VanDijk has been an offensive spark for UTA in the last two games. Allen leads the team with 18.0 points per game, including 22 against Georgia Tech, while VanDijk features 14.0 points per game to go with 11.5 rebounds. VanDijk enters with 39 career double-doubles, second in the nation amongst NCAA active career leaders.
HEAD COACH Krista Gerlich
Krista Gerlich enters the Houston game with a 231-118 career record, while posting a 63-76 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
Georgia Tech knocked down 12 consecutive field goals in the first quarter to build up a 27-6 lead after the first 10 minutes. Allen caught fire in the third quarter to pull what was a 26-point lead down to 16, but that would be as close as UTA could get for the remainder.
PURCHASE UTA HOME GAME TICKETS
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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