Women's Basketball

UTA women edge SMU in final seconds to remain undefeated

UT Arlington guard Erick Neal, in action last season, scored 21 points Saturday night to help the Mavericks defeat BYU 89-75 in Provo, Utah.
UT Arlington guard Erick Neal, in action last season, scored 21 points Saturday night to help the Mavericks defeat BYU 89-75 in Provo, Utah. rmallison@star-telegram.com

UT Arlington senior guard Crystal Allen made a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 7 seconds remaining Sunday to lift the Mavericks past SMU 58-55 in a women’s basketball game at College Park Center in Arlington.

Allen, a former standout at Fort Worth Trimble Tech, led the Mavericks (4-0) with 18 points including four 3-pointers. Shelby Richards, a senior guard, came off the bench to score 11 points, and center Rebekah VanDijk grabbed nine rebounds.

UTA outscored SMU (1-3) 14-7 in the fourth quarter to rally for the victory despite being outrebounded 50-27.

The Mavericks return to action Friday when they host Fresno State at 2 p.m. at College Park Center. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3.

UTA men win

The UT Arlington men’s basketball team pulled off another big road victory late Saturday, upending BYU for the second consecutive season in an 89-75 rout in front of a crowd of 13,636 in Provo, Utah.

Five Mavericks scored in double figures, led by seniors Kevin Hervey and Erick Neal with 23 and 21 points, respectively. Nathan Hawkins scored 11 points, and Kaelon Wilson and Johnny Hamilton added 10 each.

UTA (2-0) shot 54.1 percent from the field and 60 percent from 3-point range against BYU (2-1), which was allowing an average of 58.5 points entering Saturday’s game.

The Mavericks next travel to Alabama on Tuesday to take the Crimson Tide (3-0) and coach Avery Johnson. The game will be televised at 8 p.m. on SEC Network.

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