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.
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.
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.
The Mavericks won a tough battle against North Texas Saturday that went back and forth until the last minute when the Mavericks were able to pull ahead. UT Arlington in 7-1 with their only loss to No. 25 Alabama. Kevin Hervey had a season high 23 points while Eric Neal had a season high 5 steals to end the close game 65-60. Julian Harris also had his first game back after suffering a hand injury in the preseason. The Mavericks next game is December 7th at Northern Iowa at 7 p.m. The game can be watched on ESPN 3.
Lady Maverick Basketball hosted the University of Houston Friday in a game that turned out to be a defensive battle. After their 5-0 start to the season, Houston delivered their second loss in the season. The Lady Mavericks face a tough schedule ahead, the next three away games are against power five conference schools like Kansas State, Georgia Tech, and Arkansas. The Lady Mavs lost 62-58. Senior Rebekah VanDijk did record her 38th career double-double while freshman Jennifer Parker had a career high 14 rebounds. The Lady Mavericks next game is December 6th at Kansas State at 7 p.m. You can watch the game on ESPN 3.