The most recent loss for the UT Arlington women might be both their most heartbreaking and their most uplifting.
After rallying from a 37-26 halftime deficit, the Mavericks came up short against South Alabama 73-72 in overtime Saturday at College Park Center. UTA guard Mailaika Green’s basket on the final possession of overtime came after the final horn sounded.
The Mavericks (1-17, 0-7 Sun Belt) started cold, connecting on only 2 of 12 on 3-point attempts in the first half, while South Alabama made 9 of 15 from long range.
But the Mavericks flipped the script in the second half. For the third consecutive game, center Desherra Nwanguma led the Mavs, scoring 13 of her 19 points after halftime. The senior also grabbed 17 rebounds.
Forward Briana Walker overcame foul trouble and also helped spark UTA during a 21-4 run in the second half that put the Mavericks up 54-48 lead with nine minutes left. Walker finished with 17 points and eight rebounds. Guard Tahlia Pope finished with 10 points and was one rebound and two assists shy of a triple-double for the Mavericks.
South Alabama was led by Brianna Hall and Meghan Dunn, who led the Jaguars (6-11, 4-3) with 21 and 20 points, respectively.
Pope and Laila Suleiman both went 1 for 2 from the line for UTA in the final 2:15. Suleiman’s free throw put UTA up 72-71 with 20 seconds left, but Dunn hit two free throws with 8.7 seconds left to put the Jaguars up for good.