Chyna Ellis and Marquita Ellis each scored 13 points, helping South Alabama hold off UT Arlington 59-55 in Sun Belt Conference women’s basketball on Saturday.
The Mavericks (7-8, 2-3) were unable to make the big shot as they lost their second consecutive game.
UTA had its chances late in the game as the teams went into the final minute tied 55-55. The Jaguars (6-9, 2-4) made a pair of free throws with 39 seconds left to regain the lead before the Mavericks had their chance.
Two 3-pointers bounced off the rim, each grabbed by UTA. However, the Mavericks turned it over an inbound pass and South Alabama scored to put the game away.
“I thought our effort was good, South Alabama played really hard and they fought to the end,” UTA coach Krista Gerlich said. “We have to be physically and mentally tougher.”
Rebekah VanDijk matched her career high with 20 points. She added 12 rebounds to earn her second consecutive double-double and fourth of the season.
She was the only UTA player to score in double figures.