MINERS

Irene Gari
4  Irene Gari

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Oliva, Spain

High School:
Blume

Height:
6-1

Position:
G/F

Experience:
1L

UTEP ITEMS
C-USA Freshman of Week (12/10/12) ... named to the 2013 Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll (minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average) ... also a recipient of the 2013 C-USA Academic Medal (minimum 3.75 cumulative GPA) ... first player from Spain in program history.

2012-13 (FRESHMAN)
Started 23 of 32 games on the year, earning 23.8 mpg ... broke into starting line-up the third game of the year, which marked the first of 21 straight starting nods ... battled injuries down the stretch, which forced her into more of a reserve role ... recorded seven double-digit scoring games, including a career-best 19 points & grabbed five boards in the Miners' rout of I-10 rival NM State, 66-44, (12/5/12) ... that effort, combined with a 14-point, five rebound showing in triumph vs. ENMU (12/8/12) helped her earn Conference USA Freshman of the Week accolades (12/10) ...third on the team in three pointers made (20), including a clutch trey with 34 seconds left to put UTEP ahead (54-52) for good in an eventual conquest of UAB in the 2013 C-USA quarterfinals (3/14/13) ... had been 1-of-9 from the floor to that point ... the 20 treys are the 10th most in a single season by a UTEP freshman ... showed off a good passing touch with 50 assists, including a career-high-tying four in the opening contest vs. Marshall of C-USA tourney (3/13) ... made great lob pass to Anete Steinberga for the game-winning lay-up with 10 seconds to play at Rice (1/24/13) ... fourth on the squad in boards (3.0 rpg) while rating fifth in scoring (5.5 ppg) ... secured five or more rebounds in nine tilts.

PRIOR TO UTEP
Ample international experience for Spain in various tournaments in Europe, most recently the U18 Eurobasket in summer 2012 ... aided Spain to a fifth-place finish in their section of the event in Romania, which automatically qualified them for the 2013 World U19 Championships ... tallied 13 points and played 23 minutes in a 71-60 victory against Turkey to clinch fifth place (8/5/12) ... posted a team-high 14 points in 22 minutes in a 76-36 rout against Greece (8/1/12) ... also was key member of Spain's team that played at the 2010 FIBA U16 European Championships ... poured in Eurobasket career-high 22 points against Netherlands (8/12/10), aided by drilling four triples ... set personal best for rebounds at seven against Poland (8/13/10) ... had two games with at least three assists and four contests with a trio of steals.

PERSONAL
Daughter of Ana Juila and Vincente Gari ... has two brothers ... started playing basketball at the age of 12 ... enjoys going to the movies and hanging out with her family in her spare time ... is a business major ... born 9/10/94 (Oliva, Spain).

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