UT Arlington couldn’t come back Monday from a 21-4 Texas State run to open the second half at College Park Center. The Mavericks suffered a 60-53 loss to dip below .500 in Sun Belt conference play.
After guard Amara Wainwright nailed a contested jumper from the wing at the halftime buzzer to put the Mavs in front 24-23, UTA (9-7, 3-4 Sun Belt) could not find the bottom of the net for the first 10 minutes of the second half.
The Mavs went just 2-of-10 from the field during the run and were in a 44-28 hole when Texas State guard and Irving MacArthur graduate Ayriel Anderson drove through traffic for a scooping score.
“We just didn’t come out with any energy, and that was pretty disheartening,” UTA coach Krista Gerlich said. “Texas State really did a good job of playing with a lot of intensity to win, and we didn’t match that at all.”
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Anderson led four Bobcats in double-figures with 13 points and hit three 3-pointers in the win.
The Mavs did spring to life on the offensive end later in the half. Point guard LaShanda Green hit one of her four 3-pointers in response to Texas State’s run to bring UTA to 44-31 with 10:30 left to play.
Green tallied a game-high 15 points in the loss and has been a bright spot for UTA in Sun Belt play. The junior leads the Mavs in scoring (12.1 points per game) in the team’s last seven outings and has made 16-of-30 from beyond the 3-point line in the last five.
“We’ve got to get the ball out in transition a little more than we did, because that’s where we thrive,” Green said. “If we can play more inside-out, the offense will open up a little more for us.”
Chaun Williams scored four consecutive points later in the half as part of an 11-3 UTA run to bring the Mavericks within four and down 49-45 with 4:27 remaining, but Texas State (10-7, 5-3) quieted the run from the free throw line down the stretch. Williams scored all of her 14 points in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to bring the Mavericks back.
The Mavs have a chance to get back to .500 in conference play and avenge a Jan. 8 loss when they travel to Louisiana-Monroe on Thursday.