UT Arlington got another tough nonconference test Tuesday in a 61-54 loss to Seton Hall.
Despite being down their head coach and one starter, the Mavericks put together a 14-4 run after falling behind 57-40 with under 7 minutes to play.
But in the game’s final two minutes, just like in the second and third quarters, the Mavs (1-3) couldn’t find the bottom of the net to complete the comeback, despite the extra possessions point guard LaShanda Green netted the team by taking three charges during the run.
A lot of it is being strong with the basketball and being confident in what you’re doing. They got back on track in the second half.
UTA associate head coach Kristin Cole
UTA coach Krista Gerlich was suspended for Tuesday’s loss and for Saturday’s game against Missouri Valley for violating an unspecified university policy.
No additional details on the suspension were offered by UTA.
Senior post Toma Zaleckaite was also unavailable after suffering a knee injury in the second game of the season, a 56-54 win over Jacksonville.
In their absence, associate head coach Kristin Cole took over Gerlich’s seat, and two guards took over the scoring load. Junior transfer Kamy Cole led UTA with 13 points off the bench, and senior Amara Wainwright had 10.
“I think Kamy got great minutes, did a really good job,” Kristin Cole said. “I love that she’s starting to come into her own and starting to feel the game.”
Kamy Cole sat out the 2014-15 season due to NCAA rules after transferring from SMU.
But Seton Hall (5-0) put four players in double digits and outlasted UTA’s fourth-quarter run despite being outscored 16-7 in the final frame. Even after limiting their second-half turnovers to eight, the Mavericks’ 25 total turnovers were too much to overcome.
Seton Hall guard Shakena Richardson led all scorers with 14 points.
“A lot of it is being strong with the basketball and being confident in what you’re doing,” Kristin Cole said. “They got back on track in the second half.”