Dec. 28, 2017
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CONWAY, S.C. - The pages on the UT Arlington 2017-18 story flip on Friday as the Lady Mavericks open up Sun Belt play at Coastal Carolina at 2:30 p.m. CT.
The Lady Mavs head into league action with a 6-5 record after a thrilling win over San Francsico in the final nonconference contest last week. UTA, picked as the leagues favorites in the SBC Preseason Poll, take on a Chanticleer team that it swept last year, the only meetings between the program's all-time.
HOW TO WATCH / LISTEN
Friday's game will be streamed live on GoCCUSports.com.
UTA is 2-0 all-time against the Chanticleers, sweeping both meetings last year in league play. In the last time out in Conway, S.C., UTA used a 21-8 advantage in the first quarter to top the hosts 70-41. Four Lady Mavs scored in double figures, including VanDijk and Crystal Allen.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
UTA is looking to push above .500 in league openers, entering with a 2-2 all-time record to begin SBC play. The Lady Mavs have opening wins over Appalachian State and Georgia Southern, while falling to Arkansas State and Georgia State.
Along with moving into sixth in scoring history, VanDijk enters second in NCAA active career leaders with 39 double-doubles and 940 career rebounds. VanDijk needs just two blocks to move past Joevone Markey for 16th in Sun Belt career-block history - she enters with 159.
Shelby Richards and Laurynn McGowen have been hot from the field lately. Richards knocked down a career-high 16 points against San Francisco in her last time out, incluing the game winner with six seconds to go. McGowen has averaged 12.0 points per game in the last two games, scoring 14 against USF and 10 at Arkansas.
HEAD COACH Krista Gerlich
Krista Gerlich enters the Houston game with a 232-120 career record, while posting a 64-78 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
It was a tale of two halves for UTA. The Lady Mavs outscored the Dons 39-22 in the first half, shooting 75.0 percent in the opening quarter.
As hot as UTA was in the first, they were as cold in the second. San Francisco took advantage and clawed back from a 19-point deficit to take the lead in the final two minutes. UTA did not hit a field goal in the fourth until Richards hit a 3-pointer in the corner with six seconds left. The knock down was the team's eighth, a season high.
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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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