- As the future of Lady Maverick basketball is set to take the court for their season opener on Nov. 10, past UTA women's players returned to College Park Center this weekend for a two-day, Lady Mav Legacy Weekend, to help kick off the preparation that goes into tipping off the campaign.
With more than 14 individuals returning to UTA, it was a chance for former Lady Mavs to meet this year's team and give them some words of wisdom before they get the 2018-19 season going.
"We started this about three years ago and it is just a Legacy Weekend and a way to tie in our previous players," UTA coach Krista Gerlich
said. "It is very important for our current players to know who came before them and who laid the ground work. It is important for our previous players and ex players that they are still a part of what we are doing. Any successes that we have from this point forward are because of the things that they did. It is a chance for us to get to know one another, the future to know the past and let them know that we are all Mavericks through and through."
The group included both recent graduates as as well alumni that played prior to coach Gerlich's first season at UTA. The weekend has given the program and opportunity to reconnect with old alumni to get them involved and back to the program.
Chaun Williams, playing her junior and senior season with the current coaching staff, welcomes the opportunity to come back every year and reconnect with former teammates, as well as just being a part of what UTA is doing now.
"It is a lot of fun and really shows how big of a family that you really are," Williams said. "For them to even consider us, and email us when this is happening and wanting us to be a part of this is great. We are all a family."
Alumni returning to UTA for Lady Mav Legacy Weekend included; Andrea Carpenter, Jamaika Hughes, Amy Kowalchyk, Melanie Lane, Tahlia Pope, Amara Wainwright, Ally Te'o, Tojjinay Thompson, Tiffany Parker, Stacy Campbell, Kristina Whitfield, LaShanda Green, Rebekah VanDijk
and Miranda LeJune