The UT Arlington women had lost six of their last seven games before finding their shooting touch Thursday night in a 57-45 victory over Georgia State.
The Mavericks (10-9, 4-6 Sun Belt) look to continue that hot shooting at 5 p.m. Saturday against Troy at College Park Center.
The Mavericks had their best shooting performance Thursday since an 82-25 victory on Dec. 17 against Division III McMurry. The Mavericks made 19 of 43 (42.9 percent) from the field against the Panthers, after shooting 35.6 percent over their previous 10 games.
UTA coach Krista Gerlich said it will take a similar effort against Troy (12-7, 7-3) on both ends of the floor to string together back-to-back wins.
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“We will have to do a better job of keeping them in front of us and slowing them down, but I do think we can guard [Troy],” Gerlich said. “It will have to be one of our better performances for us to get the ‘W.’”
Troy defeated the Mavericks 70-63 in the first meeting in Alabama on Jan. 5 using a strong transition game to pull away in the second half.
The Trojans are tied for third in the Sun Belt standings but are coming off losses in two of their past three league games. The Mavericks are tied for seventh but only one game out of fifth.
UTA freshman center Rebekah Van Dijk is ninth in the nation in field-goal percentage, hitting 58.8 percent from the field, and she is averaging 12.7 points a game. Troy’s defense held Van Dijk to seven points on 2-of-6 shooting in the previous meeting.
Troy at UT Arlington women
5 p.m. Saturday, College Park Center