UTEP Set Season Highs For Points (86), Assists (22) And Three-Pointers Made (11) and Percentage (.458).
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2013-14 (SOPHOMORE): Played in 33 games, including one start against Southern Miss (1/22) ... earned start after taking a charge in practice ... had a career night against Northern Arizona (11/22), scoring 15 points, pulling down three rebounds and dishing out three assists, all career highs ... was playing with heavy heart in the game due to a tragedy of a mall collapsing in her hometown of Riga, Latvia ... three-point specialist, out of 24 field goals on the year, 20 were from long distance ... registered double digits in playing time in six contests ... had a positive assist to turnover ratio (12a, 10t) ... solid showing against ACC opponent Georgia Tech (12/20), scoring eight points on 3-of-4 shooting ... rarely visited the free-throw line, but cashed in when she did by connecting on 7 out of 8 for a .875 clip.
PRIOR TO UTEP: Standout guard who has played the past two seasons at Seward Community College ... earned All-Jayhawk West second-team honors and WBCA All-America honorable-mention accolades after averaging 11.3 points and 4.4 rebounds as a freshman in 2011-12 ... nailed 65 three pointers, the eighth-highest single-season sum at the school ... hit 46 percent from beyond-the-arc, the second-best connection rate ever at Seward ... tallied 20 double-digit scoring contests, including a season-high 20 points against rival Garden City ... enjoyed a great start to the year as a sophomore, pacing the team in both scoring (15.6) and rebounding (7.6) through five games before sustaining a season-ending injury ... in high school in Latvia she averaged 24.9 ppg and 5.3 rpg and was twice named the Latvian Youth League MVP.
PERSONAL: Name is pronounced Ah-net Ker-steine-uh ... daughter of Sarma Kirsteine ... is an only child ... a business management major ... would sing a Latvian song if she had to compete in a talent show ... listens to music and enjoys talking with friends in her free time ... started playing basketball in the second grade ... favorite basketball player is Anete Jakabson (Zogota).