Cierra Johnson suffered an ACL injury at the beginning of the basketball season. She talks about how she is grateful for this second chance at her senior season and being able to play her favorite sport for one more year. Her teammates also played a crucial part of her recovery and acted as her family as she healed on the bench.
On February 1st, the Lady Mavs Basketball Team faced off against Appalachian State University in a thrilling match, which kept fans on their toes. In the first half, the Lady Mavs put their game faces on and led by one point. In the second half, the Lady Mavs were able to score the game winning goal, with only seconds on the clock. In the second half, The Lady Mavs scored 26 points to 24 over Appalachian State, with Rebekah Van Dijk scoring the game winning goal with eight seconds of the clock remaining, leading the Lady Mavs to a 49-48 point victory. Overall, Shelby Richards and Crystal Allen each scored the most points for the team, with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Lauren Billie also had a high of 9 points for the season. This was the lowest winning score for the Lady Mavs this season. Coach Krista Gerlich said the match was tough for both sides, but said that the team conquered the challenges.
Maverick Basketball is in its last two home games before the Sunbelt Conference Tournament in New Orleans. The Mavericks hosted Georgia Southern and Georgia State who gave them some difficulties on the road. Mavericks found redemption on their home court and home to keep the momentum going forward to the Conference Tournament. The Mavericks played Georgia Southern on Thursday and defeated them 83-63. Kaelon Wilson made his home debut after being injured two games prior, he also led the team with a career-high twenty three points.
UTA Athletics hosted the seventh annual First Pitch Fundraiser in the Justin D. Wilson Hitting Facility at Clay Gould Ballpark for the baseball team Saturday after their win to Texas A&M- Corpus Christi. There were silent and live auctions to help raise money for the baseball team for the upcoming season. Over two hundred students, parents, and alumni showed up to support and recognition for the Maverick program. Food was catered by Fuzzy’s and the event was sponsored by Baylor Orthopedic and Spine Hospital at Arlington.
The Mavericks hosted the Texas A&M- Corpus Christi Islanders in their home opening weekend. The Islanders held on to a 2-1 series win over the Mavericks. David Moffat made his college debut for the Mavericks, and is the first freshman to start on opening weekend since 2015. In the game the Mavericks won, they had seven hits and only drew nine walks. They only struck out four times on Saturday and had six players with RBIs.
Softball had their home opener Tuesday against Texas Tech in which they suffered a 12-5 loss at home on Allen Saxe Field. This put the Lady Mavericks record at 3-2. Sandra Mendoza and Whitney Walton each had two hits contributing to the Mavs total of eight hits. Pitcher JoJo Valencia had her third start of the season, but it was also her first loss. The Lady Mavs will be back in action on a road trip to Florida on Friday.
WITH THE LATEST SCHOOL SHOOTING BEING JUST LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AGO, I DECIDED TO TALK WITH THE UTA POLICE ABOUT THEIR PROTOCOL AND PROCEDURE IF UTA WERE TO EVER HAVE AN ACTIVE SHOOTER ON CAMPUS.
In this 3rd edition of UTA News we got a chance to hear about UTA’s Acapella chior, Rise. We also saw how the Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams did against in state conference rivals, Texas State. We also got insight on how UTA students are spending Valentines Day, all this and more on this edition of UTA news.
Producer: Andrea Ayers
Maverick Volleyball started their spring practice to prepare for scrimmages and the Fall season. Head coach J.T. Wenger said that the coaching staff are looking forward to working with the girls for their second season, and all the coaches are coming into their own. Coach Wenger is looking forward to his second season and is pleased with the coaching staff and growing the program in the coming year.