Dec. 4, 2013
McKenzie Moore, Men's Basketball
McKenzie Moore put together three solid efforts to lead the UTEP basketball team at the Battle of Atlantis during the week of Thanksgiving. The Miners opened the event by shocking SEC member Tennessee, 78-70, on Nov. 28. Moore poured in 19 points, including 12 in the second half, while also grabbing four rebounds and making a block and a steal. He pitched in five points and five boards in just 22 minutes due to foul trouble in the setback against #23 Iowa on Nov. 29. Moore capped the event by reaching double figures (15 points) and securing four boards and two assists in 32 minutes against second-ranked Kanas on Nov. 30.
Kayla Thornton, Women's Basketball
Kayla Thornton averaged 19 points & seven rebounds in guiding UTEP to home victories against Northern Colorado & Texas State. She registered 21 points on 10-of-19 shooting while grabbing five rebounds & making six of UTEP's 16 steals in the contest against the Bears. The senior then followed that up with a 17-point, nine-rebound effort in the triumph against the Bobcats. The senior was particularly impactful on the offensive glass, with six offensive rebounds.