UT Arlington coach Krista Gerlich will expect a more consistent effort Thursday from her team after six losses in the last seven Sun Belt Conference games.
The Mavericks welcome Georgia State, one of the few teams UTA has been able to beat consistently over the last two years, to College Park Center. Tipoff is 5 p.m.
The Mavs (9-9, 3-6 Sun Belt) have won the first three matchups between the schools as conference foes. Last season, two of the Mavericks’ three Sun Belt wins were against Georgia State.
UTA claimed a 45-39 win from the Panthers (8-10, 3-6) in Atlanta earlier this month with a crucial 12-1 scoring run down the stretch.
In that game, Georgia State was without starting point guard Alisha Andrews, whom Gerlich called a game-changer.
“Over the past six games, we’ve really shown our inexperience overall,” Gerlich said. “We can’t afford to have any lackadaisical moments or take any possessions off, because those have a way of snowballing on you.”
That snowball effect held particularly true in the Mavs’ most recent loss, 66-38 Saturday at Arkansas-Little Rock. After battling to stay close in the first half, two of the Mavs’ 17 turnovers sparked a 15-2 Little Rock run to close the half and put UTA in a 38-20 hole against the conference leaders.
The Mavericks also have a home game Saturday against Troy before a crucial three-game Sun Belt road trip.
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5 p.m. Thursday, College Park Center, Arlington