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Defense sparks UTA women to rout of Appalachian State

UTA’s Rebekah VanDijk hit 8-of-12 from the field and match her season high of 18 points in Thursday’s victory at Appalachian State.
UTA’s Rebekah VanDijk hit 8-of-12 from the field and match her season high of 18 points in Thursday’s victory at Appalachian State. Star-Telegram

Rebekah VanDijk matched a season-high with 18 points and UT Arlington picked up its second consecutive Sun Belt Conference victory, routing Appalachian State 76-45 on Thursday.

The victory was also the third straight on the road for the Mavericks (7-6, 2-1 Sun Belt), as they begin a three-game road trip. UTA gave up fewer than 50 points for the fourth time in five games.

UTA held Appalachian State to a season-low 18 points in the first half.

UTA also got 14 points each from Cierra Johnson and Morgan Hunt, and Breck Clark added 12 points. Hunt’s total was a career high as UTA shot 53.7 percent from the field.

UTA held Appalachian State to 3-of-11 shooting in the second quarter, and led by 12 at halftime, 30-18. The 18 points for Appalachian State (4-8, 1-2) tied the season low for points in the first half.

“Our defense did a nice job,” UTA coach Krista Gerlich said. “We could have held them a little bit better in the fourth quarter, but we got a little bit foul happy. I really like the intensity of our kids right now, the focus to game-plan and really taking pride in their defense.”

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