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Izabela Piekarska
14  Izabela Piekarska

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Warszawa, Poland

High School:
SMS Sport HS

Height:
6-5

Position:
Center

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2006-07 (Junior)
Dominating presence in the paint who played in all 30 games, garnering 22 starts ... ranked second on the squad in scoring (10.0 ppg), while checking in third in rebounding (4.9 rpg) ... offensive output was aided by cracking double digits on 12 times ... UTEP was 9-3 when she did so ... accounted for team-high in points in seven games ... paced Conference USA and was 27th in the country with 2.3 blocks per game ... finished the year with 69 rejections, the fourth-highest sum in school history ... poured in career-high 26 points while adding six rebounds, three steals and two blocks in come-from-behind victory at Tulsa (1/18) ... turned in dominating effort against Louisiana-Lafayette, scoring 22 points while registering a school-record-tying 10 blocks ...earned conference player of the week accolades for performance ... swatted at least three shots in 11 tilts ... Miners were 10-1 in those contests ... posted lone double-double on the year with 17-point, 11-rebound outing in win at NMSU (11/29) ... followed that up with 16 points versus North Texas (12/2) ... chipped in nine points and seven rebounds against Arizona (11/26) ... start versus Wildcats was first of 21 straight ... had 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting in triumph versus Memphis in opening-round of C-USA tournament ... scored eight points while grabbing nine rebounds in just 17 minutes of foul-plagued action at Northern Arizona (12/29) ... most important play, though, was full-court pass to set up Jareica Hughes' gamewinning three-pointer with 0.3 seconds left ... named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.

2005-06 (Sophomore)
Had a breakthrough campaign, appearing in all 29 games and earning 19 starts ... paced the team in rebounds per game (6.4) and blocks per contest (2.4), while ranking second in scoring at 11.4 points per game ... checked in 17th nationally in rejections with that average ... reached double-digits in scoring 20 times ... came off the bench at Tulane (2/4) and was perfect from the floor (4-for-4 field goals and 2-for-2 free throws) for 10 points and six rebounds ... drilled the game-winning shot with 11.4 seconds remaining to cap a 17-point comeback ... pulled down a career-high 13 boards against Louisiana-Lafayette (11/27) ... added 12 points against the Cajuns for her first-career double-double ... led the Miners to victories against NAU (11/20) and NMSU (11/22) with 20 and 19 points, respectively ... in the triumph over the Aggies, accounted for 14 of the Orange and Blue's 28 first-half points ... twenty points against Tulsa (2/26) ... also added seven caroms and five rejections in the contest ... a force to be reckoned with against Tulane (11/25), swatting seven shots ... that sum tied for the third-most in program history ... turned in another outstanding effort against UTPA (1/02), collecting 11 points and 11 caroms for her second double-double on the year ... third double-double of the season came via a 10-point, 10-rebound effort to lead UTEP to victory versus Houston (2/12) ... showed her ability to score from anywhere on the court, connecting on 5-of-9 (55.5 percent) from long range in wins against UTPA, Tulsa and SMU ... registered then career-high 25 points versus Texas Southern ... rang up 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds against the Mustangs .. chipped in 15 points and six rebounds in 28 bench minutes at Houston (1/29).

Summer 2005
Spent the summer playing for the Polish National Team ... helped the team to a silver medal finish at the U20 European Championship For Women in Brno, Czech Republic ... averaged 4.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in seven contests.

2004-05 (Freshman)
Appeared in 28 games, while making four starts ... ranked fourth on the team and first among freshmen in scoring (8.0 ppg) and rebounding (4.1 rpg) ... her 38 blocked shots set a UTEP rookie record and ranked seventh in single-season history ... fifth on the team with a .417 field goal percentage ... also connected on 15-of-36 3-pointers for a .417 average ... her .756 (34-45) free throw percentage was second on the squad ... averaged 11.0 points and 5.8 rebounds in her four starts - at Rice (1/6), at Nevada (2-12), at Boise State (3/3) and vs. Boise State (3-8) ... recorded 10 double-figure scoring games ... pulled down six or more rebounds 13 times, including the last four contests ... blocked three or more shots five times with a then career-high five at home against Nevada (1/14) ... netted 17 points in 29 minutes at Illinois State (12/19) ... poured in a then career-high 18 points on 8-of-10 from the floor and a pair of free throws versus Arkansas State (12/29) ... ten points and six rebounds in the WAC opener against Boise State (1/1) ... followed that with a 10-point, four-rebound, three-block outing at Rice (1/6) in her first career start ... averaged 8.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in the final four contests.

Polish National Team
Played for the U-20 National Team at the European Championship for U-20 Women in France in Summer 2004 ... averaged 10.9 points and 5.5 rebounds in Poland's eight games over the course of the tournament ... shot .419 from the floor and .895 from the free throw line ... Poland went 3-2 in Group B and earned eight points in advancing out of the qualifying round ... Poland fell to eventual-champion Russia in the quarterfinals and then posted a 1-1 record for a sixth-place finish ... scored 19 points as she shared game-high scoring honors with current UTEP teammate Kasia Krezel in the quarterfinals ... opened pool play with a dominating 20-point, seven-rebound performance in 27 minutes against Hungary (7/23) ... poured in 12 points, five rebounds against Belgium (7/24) ... had 14 points in 17 minutes against Spain (7/25) in Poland's third game of the tournament ... finished with seven points and eight rebounds in pool play versus the Czech Republic (7/28) ... played three exhibition games against former UTEP teammate Jonna Launiainen's Finland squad the week prior to the European Championships ... previous national team experience includes the 2000 European Championship for Junior Women (U-18), the 2001 European Championship for Cadettes (U-16) and the 2002 European Championship for Junior Women (U-18) ... has been a member of the national team in her age group since 1999 ... competed in the 2001 World Championships for juniors in the Czech Republic ... attended camp with the senior national team.

High School
Played four years at the SMS Sport School for coach Remigiusz Koc ... averaged 15 points and eight rebounds while shooting 61 percent from the floor as a senior ... named to the academic honor roll in high school ... attended the same high school as teammate Kasia Krezel and former Miner Marta Dydek.

Personal
Full name is Izabela Marta Piekarska ... international business major ... has played basketball for only nine years ... self-professed animal lover ... born June 8, 1985, in Warsaw, Poland ... daughter of Ireneusz and Zofia Piekarska.

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