Miners Of The Week: Dec. 10, 2012

Julian Washburn & Irene Gari are the Miners of the Week.

Dec. 10, 2012

John Bohannon, Men's Basketball
John Bohannon registered his eighth career double-double to help UTEP hold off Idaho, 64-60, at the Don Haskins Center Dec. 8.

Bohannon tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds while helping the Miners' defensive efforts against an upset-minded Idaho squad.

He hit on 5-of-8 shots from the floor while also drilling 5-of-7 at the charity stripe. Eight of his 10 rebounds were of the defensive variety. He handled the double team well with a pair of assists while also blocking two shots and coming up with a steal in a well-rounded 27 minutes of action.

Irene Gari, Women's Basketball
Irene Gari delivered back-to-back impressive performances to lead UTEP to a pair of wins this past week. The native of Spain reached double figures in scoring against both NM State (19 points) & Eastern New Mexico (14) while also grabbing five rebounds in each of the games. Gari drilled a combined 13-of-22 from the floor, including 5-of-10 from three-point range, while also hitting on 2-of-3 free throws.

Her size also helped the Miners' defensive efforts, with both NM State and ENMU being held to below 23 percent from the floor. UTEP had never multiple teams to lower than 23.0 percent in a single season, let alone in back-to-back contests.

She was aggressive against the Aggies with 15 of her points in the first half to help UTEP stake a 36-14 advantage at the break. Gari followed suit vs. ENMU, with 11 points over the first 20 minutes aiding the Miners to a 43-18 cushion entering the locker room. She also showed off her versatility vs. the Zias with three assists. Gari made a combined 8-of-41, including 2-of-14 on three pointers, while scoring a total of 25 points in the Miners' first six games. Her previous career high was seven points.

Her emergence as a scoring threat while her efforts on defense take on even greater importance considering UTEP has already lost two starters for the year as result of injuries.

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