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UTEP Steamrolls Tulane, 80-65, Behind Warren's Career-High 20 Points




Feb. 12, 2012

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EL PASO, TEXAS - Senior Erika Warren poured in a career-high 20 points to help UTEP drill Tulane, 80-65, in front of a campaign-best 4,536 fans at the Don Haskins Center Sunday afternoon. It marks the first time in program history that the Miners (22-2, 11-0 Conference USA) have played in front of 4,000-plus fans in three consecutive contests.

UTEP hit a season-high 55.8 percent from the floor and held a commanding 45-28 advantage in rebounding on the way to staying perfect in C-USA play while extending its overall win streak to 12. The Miners, who never trailed in a contest, used a breathtaking 18-4 surge spanning five minutes and 40 seconds to break the game wide open at 62-43 with 12:04 remaining in regulation.

The Green Wave (18-6, 7-4 C-USA), who had peeled off six straight double-digit wins entering the contest, could get no closer than nine down the stretch.

Vitola joined Warren in double figures with 13 points to go along with seven rebounds. She hit all five of her shots from the floor, including a three pointer. Senior Gloria Brown flirted with a double-double by grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds while also tallying eight points.

Kelli Willingham tallied nine points, while compiling four assists and three rebounds. Kim Smith dished out a team-best five helpers while committing just two turnovers.

UTEP was clicking on all cylinders offensively, with 20 assists on 29 field goals. The Miners nailed 7-of-15 three pointers and hit 15-of-19 at the free-throw line. UTEP outscored Tulane 42-31 in the second half, which was aided by knocking down 60.9 percent (14-23).

The Miners gave the visitors a lot of looks defensively throughout the tilt, and Tulane was never able to adjust. It finished at 36.8 percent from the floor (25-of-68), including just 30.8 percent (12-of-39) over the final 20 minutes of action.

Danielle Blagg came off the bench to score a team-high 18 points for Tulane while Olivia Grayson joined her in double figures with 17. Both players had to work for everything they got, though, with Blagg making 5-of-14 from the field and Grayson connecting on 8-of-25.

UTEP will return to action when it opens up a two-game roadswing at Tulsa at 6 p.m. MST on Thursday. The Miners will also play at Houston at 12 p.m. MST on Feb. 19.

 

 

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