2017 All C-USA Second Team

2016-17 Preseason All C-USA Team

2016 C-USA Sixth Player of the Year

2016-17 (SENIOR): Garnered All C-USA second-team honors after turning in one of the most prolific seasons offensively in program history ... amassed the third-most points (571-fifth C-USA/58th nation) in a single season at UTEP while finishing fifth on the list for scoring average (18.4-fifth C-USA/49th nation) ... effort allowed her to finish third all time on the UTEP career scoring ranks ... the 225 field goals made (fourth C-USA/35th nation) ranked second in UTEP's single-campaign records while she placed sixth for both her 481 field goal attempts ((third C-USA/49th nation) and 118 (seventh C-USA/94th nation) free throws made ... overall drilled 46.8 percent (eighth C-USA/118th nation) from the floor and 78.1 percent (sixth C-USA/144th nation) at the charity stripe ... became the third Miner to average at least 20.0 points/game (20.2) in conference play, joining Holly Russ (23.4-1991 WAC) and Kayla Thornton (20.5, 2014 C-USA) previously did so ... reached double figures in scoring in 26 games, including 14 with 20+ points ... scored 34 points (tied sixth in UTEP single-game history) against both North Texas (2/16) and Rice (2/18) to become the first player in program history to post back-to-back 30+ point games ... named C-USA Player of the Week (2/20/17) for her efforts ... prior to the outburst no Miner had tallied that many points in a league game in 26 years (Holly Russ, 35 vs. San Diego State-1/19/91) ... set career highs for both free throws made (12) and attempted (16) against the Mean Green ... scored the second-most points (32) by a Miner in a league tournament contest in the opening-round match-up with Old Dominion (3/8/17) ... ranked second on the team with 6.4 rebounds/game; her first three seasons she accounted for 3.3 rpg ... also was second on the team in minutes/game (30.4) ... was one of two players (Lulu McKinney) to start all 31 games on the year ... recorded three double-doubles ... became the 13th member of UTEP's 1,000-point club after a 25-point effort against LA Tech (1/5/17) ... -poured in a game-high 23 points to go along with seven rebounds and career-best tying five assists in a romp against FIU (2/25/17) on "Senior Night" ... piled up a then career-high 28 points against Northern Arizona (11/11/16), including 18 alone in the third quarter ... the 18 points set a UTEP quarter scoring record ... matched her then career high with 28 points, aided by nailing the most field goals (13) by a Miner since 1996 in the C-USA opener against UTSA (1/1/17) ... nailed a turnaround jumper with about three seconds remaining in triple-overtime to put UTEP up, 87-85, but FIU’s Kristian Hudson’s desperation heave from about 35 feet went as time expired to sink the Miners, 88-87, in longest game in program history at FIU (1/12/17) ... logged a career-high 53 minutes in the tilt ... recorded a career high four steals against LA Tech (1/5/17) and then matched it the very next contest against Southern Miss (1/7/17) ... drilled at least 50.0 percent from the floor in 16 games.

2015-16 (JUNIOR): Named the 2016 Conference USA Sixth Player of the Year ... put up 9.8 points/game in only 17.3 minutes/game ... was top scorer off the bench for the Orange and Blue 17 times overall, including 10 of her total 15 games played during C-USA action ... hit double figures in scoring in 17 contests, aided by eight straight early in C-USA action ... averaged 14.0 points on 50.5 percent (50-99) shooting during hot streak ... overall nailed 47.2 percent (126-267) of her shots from the floor to place second on the squad and 13th in C-USA in field-goal percentage ... grabbed 2.9 rebounds/game, with the majority (86 of 100) of her boards coming at defensive end ... surpassed 700 career points during the year ... provided big spark in WNIT second-round win vs. Arkansas State (3/21) by tallying 18 points to go along with six rebounds ... registered team-high seven boards while also scoring 15 points in win vs. UTSA (1/17) ... poured in a season-high 21 points to help UTEP post a comeback win vs. UAB (1/10) ... dropped 19 points in the Miners' triumph against UNLV (12/19) ... set a career high with three steals at FIU (1/23) and equaled it in C-USA semifinal game vs. Old Dominion (3/11) ... hit a personal-best eight free throws vs. FAU (2/13) ... scored seven points-all in final 2:42 of game at Long Beach State (12/18).
2014-15 (SOPHOMORE): Started in 20 of the 28 games she played in for the squad ... led the Miners to a 10-10 record as a starter, joining Agata Dobrowolska as the only players to reach the .500 mark in that statistic ... averaged 20.4 minutes per game ... ranked second on the team in scoring average (10.3 points per game) ... tied for third on the team averaging 4.4 rebound per game ... dropped a career-high 25 points and four assists in a victory over Eastern New Mexico (12/2/14) ... scored in double digits 11 times during sophomore campaign ... connected on 43.6% (112-257) of her shots from the field ... tallied a career-high tying three steals against UAB (1/29/15) ... swatted a career-best three balls versus Kansas State (11/25/14).
2013-14 (FRESHMAN): Came off the bench in all 35 appearances ... played a season-high 21 minutes against East Carolina (2/22) ... snatched career-best seven rebounds at UTSA (1/25) ... rarely shot the long ball, but she connected 60% of the time (6-10) ... shot 47.6% from the field (67-140) ... only true freshman to earn significant playing time ... scored double-digits in consecutive games for the first time in her career against Louisiana Tech (2/5) and FIU (2/8), scoring 15 and 16 points respectively ... not scared of contact, attempted 77 free throws on the year, making 50 of them ... recorded two steals against Rice (3/1) , which was a career-high ... averaged 7.3 points per game during Miners 16 conference games ... scored 5.0 points per game in WNIT with a shooting percentage of 41.7 ... in the opening game of WNIT, scored 12 points against Arkansas State (3/21).
PRIOR TO UTEP: Earned Associated Press Class B All-State Team honors as both a junior and a senior while starring for Northwestern High School ... also named to the first team of the Flint Journal area Dream Team her final two years at NHS ... averaged a double-double, with 28 points and 10.6 rebounds per game as a senior ... showed versatility by shooting 41 percent from the three-point line ... registered multiple triple-doubles, piling up steals and assists to go along with her standard efforts as a scorer and rebounder ... averaged 15.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest during her junior season ... was the team's second-leading scorer ... helped lead the school to its first district title since 1999 while accounting for game averages of 13.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.4 steals as a sophomore ... did not start to play organized basketball until the ninth grade ... previously competed only in cross country .
PERSONAL: Daughter of Tracy Mull & Timothy Taylor ... cites her uncle, Maurice Howell, as a big influence in her life ... has one brother & three sisters ... started playing basketball in seventh grade ... a criminal justice major.

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Sparkle Taylor

Sparkle  Taylor

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Flint, Mich.

High School:
Northwestern HS

Height:
5-10

Position:
Guard

Experience:
3L

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