After using a trip to Georgia State on Thursday to break a three-game losing streak, UT Arlington returns to the the friendly confines of College Park Center on Monday for another Sun Belt Conference test against Texas State.
Tipoff against the Bobcats (9-7, 4-3) is 5 p.m.
The Mavericks’ offense again sputtered through most of the 45-39 win against Georgia State, managing just 25 points in the first 33 minutes of play before springing to life on a 12-1 run. UTA went ahead for good on a layup by center Rebekah Van Dijk with under four minutes to play.
Van Dijk led the Mavs (9-6, 3-3) with 14 points and 12 rebounds in the win, but it was UTA’s defense that earned the win, allowing just 13 field goals from Georgia State on 23.6 percent shooting.
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The Mavericks are giving up just 52.7 points per game, good for 12th nationally and second in the Sun Belt behind league-leader Arkansas-Little Rock (6-0).
Texas State, meanwhile, is scoring 63.7 points per game and features a trio of guards averaging in double figures.
Junior Erin Peoples averages 14.5 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, and senior Meghan Braeuer chips in 12.1 points and is a legitimate 3-point threat (43 percent). Junior point guard and Irving MacArthur graduate Ayriel Anderson, 5-foot-3, is the Bobcats’ main distributor, averaging 10.3 points and 4.3 assists per game.
The in-state rivalry has spanned three conferences. UTA and Texas State left the Southland Conference in 2012 for the Western Athletic Conference before joining the Sun Belt in 2013-14.
Texas State swept both meetings last year and leads the all-time series 35-25.
Texas State at UT Arlington women
5 p.m. Monday
College Park Center
Records: Texas State 9-7, 4-3 Sun Belt; UTA 9-6, 3-3