The NCAA granted an additional year of eligibility for winter-athletes at the end of the 2020-2021 season due to COVID-19. Now, the players show appreciation to the extra year.
After graduating from UTA in 2020, Wyllie now handles most of UTA Athletics’ social media accounts as the sports information director for softball and women’s golf.
To win against Texas State, the Mavericks should limit the Bobcats’ scoring duo, capitalize on their 3-point success rate and grab more rebounds.
Despite UTA’s loss, several players were able to earn team and personal records during the game.
The men’s basketball team went into halftime with a 35-26 lead but left defeated with a score of 75-70. UTA will return to the court Saturday to play University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
The Mavericks considered academics made the switch between conferences hoping to focus more on basketball and other sports. UTA was a member of the Western Athletic Conference during the 2012-2013 academic year before joining the Sun Belt Conference in 2013-2014.
The Lady Mavericks made an 8-1 run in the end to come back with a 69-67 win over Texas State University. UTA also retires all-time leading rebounder forward Rebekah VanDijk during the halftime break.
The Lady Mavericks should limit the production of Texas State’s key players, attack near the rim and create scoring opportunities for their players to make their push in the Sun Belt.
After deciding to exit the Sun Belt Conference, UTA Athletics sets its sights on finding a conference that better aligns with its goals.
For the Mavericks to find success in their upcoming games, they should expect the return of a star player, improve their 3-point shooting and continue to lead in offensive rebounds.
Both teams are set to play again Thursday at 7 p.m., with the men’s team playing at Arkansas State University and the women’s team playing at home against Texas State University.
Senior thrower Calyha Brown achieved an indoor personal best of 14.22m in shot put, and junior jumper Marvin Walford recorded a personal best 14.75m jump in the triple jump.
UTA officials said not having a football team gives the university no reason to remain with the conference. Finding one that focuses on basketball and other sports programs will benefit the university, according to Athletics director Jim Baker.
Senior guard Katie Ferrell made history Saturday at College Park Center when she reached 409 career assists, the second highest in school history.
The Mavericks broke UC Santa Barbara's 20-game home winning streak, forcing turnovers and holding the Gauchos to their lowest scoring total of the season.
After fan attendance was prohibited at volleyball games and limited for basketball last year, the spirit group is back to share support and bring energy to the returning crowds.
The Lady Mavericks will play the University of Nevada, Las Vegas at 2 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the University of Missouri-Kansas City at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The Mavericks gave up the ball 14 times in the first 20 minutes of the match, closing out the game with 28 turnovers, the most since 2012.
The men’s team will compete again on Jan. 28-29 for the University of Missouri Tournament, and the women’s team will play a home tournament Feb. 4-5.
The Mavericks will return to the court Tuesday against Abilene Christian University and the Lady Mavericks are slated to go against the University of Houston on Wednesday.
Initially hired as an assistant coach in 2009, Young has built relationships with players and staff that have served as a foundation for his run as head coach 12 years later.