Women's Basketball

UT Arlington women commit 24 turnovers in loss to Western Kentucky

LaShanda Green scored 10 points in UT Arlington’s loss to Western Kentucky.
LaShanda Green scored 10 points in UT Arlington’s loss to Western Kentucky. Star-Telegram

Western Kentucky spoiled a career day from UT Arlington guard Amara Wainwright to take a 73-64 win at College Park Center on Sunday.

The senior made 5-of-8 3-point attempts, scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed six rebounds, but 24 Mavericks turnovers were too much to overcome. Two of Wainwright’s 3-pointers came during an 11-2 Mavericks run that stretched across the end of the third quarter and into the first possession of the fourth when the Mavs took a 54-50 lead with just under nine minutes left in the game.

But UTA (3-5) turned the ball over on its next three possessions, and Western Kentucky (5-2) outscored the Mavericks 23-10 down the stretch.

“If you give teams 24 extra opportunities, they’re going to take advantage,” UTA coach Krista Gerlich said. “They may have turned the intensity up defensively, but we really shot ourselves in the foot against their zone press, staring passes down, and it seemed like we waited for the trap to come.”

The Mavs shot out of the gates with a 7-3 start to the game and took a 19-15 lead into the second quarter. But in the second and fourth quarters, UTA shot just 9-of-29 from the floor. Western Kentucky took a 33-30 lead at the half after Wainwright’s pull-up jumper in the first’s half’s final minute.

LaShanda Green was the only other Maverick to reach double-figure scoring and finished with 10 points and four rebounds. Western Kentucky was led by guards Tashia Brown, who had 21 points, and Kendall Noble, who scored eight of her 19 points from the free-throw line and doled out eight assists.

“We have to value every single possession, not only on offense, but defensively, too,” Wainwright said. “It’s getting stops, knowing the other team’s key players and understanding the game plan, then just playing as hard as we can.”

The effort was there Sunday as UTA outrebounded Western Kentucky 41-24, but the bottom line was turnovers. The Hilltoppers scored 23 points off the Mavs’ 24 turnovers. UTA got 10 extra points from just 12 WKU giveaways. UTA did not score a single point in transition.

The Mavericks finish the nonconference portion of their schedule with two games away from College Park Center, and will face Houston Baptist on Saturday.

Western Kentucky

15

18

17

23

73

UTA

19

11

22

12

64

WESTERN KENTUCKY (5-2) — Tashia Brown 7-15 4-4 21, Noble 5-14 8-10 19, I. Brown 5-10 1-2 12, Smith 4-4 0-0 11, McClain 0-4 0-0 0, Taylor Brown 0-0 2-2 2, Bopp 0-1 0-0 0, Givens 2-4 2-2 6, Akpan 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 24-54 17-20 73.

UTA (3-5) — Johnson 0-6 2-2 2, Cole 2-6 2-2 6, Green 3-10 2-2 10, Wainwright 9-14 1-2 24, VanDijk 3-10 2-2 8, Billie 2-2 0-0 6, LeJune 0-0 0-0 0, Zaleckaite 0-2 0-0 0, Hunt 3-6 0-0 6, Te’o 0-0 0-0 0, Holly 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 23-57 9-10 64.

3-Point Goals_Western Kentucky 8-16 (Tashia Brown 3-3, Noble 1-4, I. Brown 1-4, Smith 3-3, Bopp 0-1, Givens 0-1), UTA 9-17 (Cole 0-2, Green 2-5, Wainwright 5-8, Billie 2-2). Fouled Out_Western Kentucky (I. Brown). Rebounds_Western Kentucky 24 (I. Brown 6), UTA 41 (VanDijk 14). Assists_Western Kentucky 14 (Noble 8), UTA 15 (Johnson 5). Total Fouls_Western Kentucky 14, UTA 20. A_1,024.

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