Saturday’s matchup at home against NAIA opponent Missouri Valley will be the second for the UT Arlington women’s basketball team without head coach Krista Gerlich, who is serving a two-game suspension for violating an unspecified university policy.
Gerlich has been coaching during practices and all other team activities. She declined to specify what led to the suspension but made clear that it was not anything that could result in NCAA violations, did not have to do with recruiting or any players.
The Mavericks will soon embark on a tough two-game road trip
“I’m not sure I can tell you any more that you already know about that,” Gerlich said. “It’s a personnel issue.”
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The game against Missouri Valley precedes two tough road games. UTA will play at Stephen F. Austin, last year’s Southland Conference champions, and at Kansas State, which UTA nearly beat a year ago.
To get ready for that stretch of nonconference play, Gerlich said the focus has been on limiting turnovers, which have helped cause the Mavericks’ 1-3 start.
UTA turned the ball over 25 times against Seton Hall, with 18 coming in the first half, as the Mavericks dug themselves a 17-point hole in a 61-54 defeat.
It’s all about valuing the basketball and becoming more confident earlier in the basketball game.
Coach Krista Gerlich on UTA’s need for improvement
The 25 turnovers against Seton Hall are right at the Mavs’ average through the first four games. Gerlich said the goal during nonconference play is to record fewer than 16 turnovers per game, and during Sun Belt Conference play that goal will drop to 12.
“It’s all about valuing the basketball and becoming more confident earlier in the basketball game,” Gerlich said. “That puts you in a position to be in the game from the start instead of having to come back.”
UTA women vs. Missouri Valley
5 p.m. Saturday