MINERS

Kayla Thornton
5  Kayla Thornton

Class:
Graduated

Hometown:
El Paso, Texas

High School:
Irvin HS

Height:
6-1

Position:
F

Experience:
3L

UTEP ITEMS:
Two-time All Conference USA second-team honoree (2012 & 2013) ... voted onto the 2013 C-USA All-Defensive squad ... - C-USA Co-Player of the Week on 12/17/12 ... 2012 C-USA All-Tournament team member ... second overall at UTEP for career double-doubles (21), third for career rebounds (688) & ninth for scoring (1,016) ... one of three Miners in program history with at least 800 points, 100 steals & 600 boards.

2012-13 (JUNIOR)
Tabbed to the All C-USA second team for a second straight season ... was first Miner since Jareica Hughes (four straight years, 2007-10) & fifth overall to garner multiple all-league accolades ... paced the team in double-doubles (13) and steals (61) ... ranked second on the squad in double-digit rebounding contests (15), double-figure scoring games (25), minutes per game (31.2) , rebounds per game (8.7-5th C-USA), points per game (15.3 ppg- 8th C-USA) and three-pointers made (47) & attempted (165) ... was one of two players in C-USA to have a top-10 ranking for both boards & scoring ... was one of three Miners with at least 80 free throws made (86-122) ... all-around effort on year placed her on UTEP's single-season top-10 list for total re-bounds (third), three-pointers attempted (fourth), field-goals tried (eighth) and rebounding average (eighth) ... named the 2012 Junkanoo Jam MVP after guiding UTEP to the team title on the strength of victories over Texas Southern (11/22/12) & Arizona (11/23/12) ... averaged 16 points and eight rebounds during the two games in the beautiful Bahamas ... registered a double-double in four straight games down the stretch, including a 17-point & career-high tying 15 rebound effort against Tulane on UTEP's "Senior Night" (3/8/13) ... poured in a career-best 32 points, including 22 in the second half, during a valiant comeback bid that fell six points shy at Memphis (2/24/13) ... set career highs for three-pointers made (six) and attempted (13) in the game ... both of those figures tie as fourth on the Miners' single-game list ... her double-doubles came against Arizona (11/23/12), Texas State (12/1/12), at Kansas State (12/16/12), UTPA (12/30/12), at Tulsa (1/9/13), UAB (1/20/13), Southern Miss (2/10/13), at UCF (2/17), Houston (2/21/13), at SMU (3/3/13), Tulane (3/8/13), vs. Marshall (3/13/13) and vs. UAB (3/14/13) ... eclipsed 20 points in eight different contests .. hit all seven free throws against Texas State (12/1/12) ... it was the 22nd time in school history that a Miner was perfect from the charity stripe with at least seven tries.

2011-12 (SOPHOMORE)
Garnered placement on the All Conference USA second team and was a C-USA All-Tournament team member as well ... was second on the squad in double-doubles (five), field-goal percentage (.480), minutes (24.9), rebounding (7.3), scoring (9.8) and total steals (34) while placing third in total blocked shots (14) ... among C-USA leaders for FG% (fifth), offensive rebounds (seventh), rebounding (10th) and scoring (22nd) ... started every game she played in (32), only missing the regular-season finale at UAB (3/1/12) due to an illness ... returned to average nine points and eight boards in 28.3 minutes in helping UTEP win its first conference tournament ... hit a then career-high three triples in title tilt vs. Tulane (3/10/12) ... registered a double-double (15 pts/12 rb), with the efforts on the boards being a season best vs. No. 11/12 Penn State in NCAA Tournament (3/18/12) ... scored a career-high 20 points in a win against Texas State (12/31/11) ... posted career-high-tying four assists against both Lamar (12/1/11) and at SMU (1/5/12) ... grabbed two or more offensive boards 25 times, including six contests with at least five ... notched career-best five steals at Loyola Marymount (12/17/11).

2010-11 (FRESHMAN)
Turned in solid initial season for her hometown team ... ranked second on the squad in double-doubles (three), free-throws made (61) and attempted (90), offensive rebounds (68) and rebounds per game (5.8) ... was one of four Miners with 30+ steals (33) and one of seven with at least 7.0 ppg (7.0) ... reached double figures in scoring in 10 games ... appeared in all 30 contests, including 12 starts, while earning 19.9 minutes per game to check in fourth on the squad ... pitched in career-high 18 points while also grabbing 11 boards at UCF (2/10/11) ... posted back-to-back double doubles in victories against Alcorn State (11/22/10) and Idaho State (11/26).

PRIOR TO UTEP
Four-year standout at Irvin High School ... graduated as the school's career record holder for points (1,953) while also amassing 884 rebounds ... poured in 28 points per game and 10.3 rebounds per contest for the 1-4A champions ... tabbed as the 1-4A female athlete of the year by the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame ... also voted as the 2009-10 El Paso Times MVP ... registered almost as many offensive boards (185) as defensive (195) ... showed off her explosive scoring ability with a 54-point effort against Riverside (11/24/09) ... number two scorer in the state among Texas 4A players ... Texas Girls Coaches Association all-state and all-star game honoree ... chosen as an all-state performer by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches in 2009-10 ... poured in 795 points while leading Irvin to the area round playoffs as a junior ... was considered the best player ever to compete at Irvin ... was a standout in track & field, and claimed the district title in the 100-meter hurdles, long jump and triple jump while securing second place in the 100-meter dash.

PERSONAL
Daughter of Lewis and Merteen Thornton ... has two brothers ... pursuing a degree in criminal justice ... enjoys studying and being in the gym playing basketball in her spare time ... pre-game ritual includes praying ... lists Candace Parker as her favorite basketball player ... born 10/20/92 (Germany), due to her parents serving overseas in the military.

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