The UT Arlington women’s basketball team will try to come back quickly Tuesday night after a loss to McNeese State on Saturday sent the Mavericks to a 1-2 finish in the preseason WNIT.
Just like last season, the Mavericks’ Achilles’ heel has been on the offensive end of the court.
“We’ve worked on playing at a faster tempo, and that doesn’t necessarily mean shooting the ball quicker,” UTA coach Krista Gerlich said. “We’ve got to move quicker within the offense and we’ve got to attack more off of ball screens. We’re not forcing the opposition to defend us right now.”
The Mavs have averaged 44.3 points a game on offense, but that included a 20-point output against No. 5 Baylor in the opening round of the preseason WNIT, so UTA should be able to bring that number up. A year ago, on the way to a 17-13 record, the Mavericks scored just 59 points per game, and their in-conference average was 57.1 per game.
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If the Mavs can’t shake that trend against Seton Hall (4-0), it could lead to another loss.
The Pirates, one of three conference champions UTA will face in its nonconference schedule, won the Big East last year before losing to Rutgers in the first round of the NCAA tournament. They come into the matchup at College Park Center averaging just shy of 77 points per game.
“We’re excited to have them in our building,” Gerlich said. “They’re the closest thing to an Arkansas State or a Little Rock that we have on our nonconference schedule. We’ll have to compete for 40 minutes with full effort and focus, which is not something we’ve done at a passing rate yet this season.”
UTA women vs. Seton Hall
7 p.m. Tuesday