It has been a rough year for the Lady Eagles, but they looked to come home one more time and defeat the entering University of Texas at Arlington Mavericks to snap a 14-game losing streak. After an ugly match and low offensive production, the Lady Eagles left with a loss, 66-41.
It was a slow start for both teams when after four minutes the Mavericks only found themselves ahead 4-2. UT-Arlington quickly found their groove and scores seven unanswered point over the next two minutes. Things started to get away from the home team halfway through the first half trailing 16-3. Senior guard and leader Anna Claire Knight was having a rough start as she had a ball stolen from her and shot 0-5.
Junior forward Patrice Butler was able to cut into the lead with a quick bucket along with her sister, freshman Patrice Butler grabbing two of her own. They still could not find a way to slow down the Maverick offensive strategy and could not maintain a run. The half ended with the Eagles behind by a wide margin, 32-12.
The second half didn’t change much for either team as UTA took a 45-15 lead five minutes into the half. It seemed as if the team could not get on target as they shot 20 percent from the floor. Eight minutes into the half, the Mavericks broke into the fifties and gave themselves a 32 point lead. Patrice Butler was one of the few players who was able to stay aggressive and slow down the attack, hitting a three pointer midway through the second half.
The Lady Eagles committed their seventh team foul and sent the Mavericks into the bonus territory with nine minutes remaining in the game. The situation didn’t improve as Patrice Butler had to come off the court due to an injury. Head coach Chris Vozab called a timeout with 7:41 remaining to try and rally her troops to keep things from getting too ugly.
A three pointer from the Mavericks pulled them ahead 62-24 with six minutes remaining. Patrice Butler checked back into the game and hit two free throws to mark her return. The Lady Eagles hit a stride and went on a 7-1 run late in the half. With the substitutes in and the result in the books, the Mavericks ended the game with a score of 66-41.
As the losing streak extends to fifteen the Lady Eagles have one last chance at redemption this Saturday as they travel to Atlanta to take on in-state rival Georgia State.