Women's Basketball

UT Arlington women find offensive stride before Kansas State game

UT Arlington sophomore center Rebekah VanDijk had 18 points and 13 rebounds in a victory over Stephen F. Austin. VanDijk nearly helped UTA pull an upset last season at Kansas State.
UT Arlington sophomore center Rebekah VanDijk had 18 points and 13 rebounds in a victory over Stephen F. Austin. VanDijk nearly helped UTA pull an upset last season at Kansas State. Star-Telegram

For the first time this season, the UT Arlington women’s basketball team has strung together back-to-back wins.

The Mavericks completed the second win Tuesday at Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches with a vintage performance from sophomore center Rebekah VanDijk at UTA ended the Lady Jacks’ 17-game home winning streak.

VanDijk led the Mavs (3-3) with 18 points and 13 rebounds in the 67-63 win that saw UTA shoot at or above 50 percent from the floor for the second consecutive game. The Mavs will look to stay hot Thursday when they travel to Manhattan, Kan., to visit Kansas State, the teams’ second meeting in the last two years.

“Rebekah put together a solid game and put our team on her back,” coach Krista Gerlich said after the win at Stephen F. Austin. “She hasn’t gotten discouraged by her numbers not being where they were last year.”

Kansas State beat UTA last season 45-41 when the Wildcats hit four free throws in the last minute after VanDijk tied the game on two late baskets in the lane.

Guards Kamy Cole and Amara Wainwright combined to hit five 3-pointers against Stephen F. Austin and represent a real threat from outside that the Mavericks did not bring to Manhattan last year. Cole is shooting 45.5 percent (10 of 22) from 3-point range and Wainwright is shooting a torrid 57.9 percent (11 of 19).

If the Mavs’ offense, inside and outside combined, is coming around, UTA couldn’t have picked a better point in the season. Four games remain in the nonconference schedule before Sun Belt play starts for the Mavericks against Georgia State on Dec. 30.

UTA women at Kansas St.

7 p.m. Thursday

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