March 24, 2008
Box Score |
UTEP Miners Travel to California for NCAA Tournament |
UTEP Miners prepare for Western Kentucky |
UTEP vs Western Kentucky. Photos by Ivan Pierre Aguirre |
AP Photos |
Gallery (Brian Kanof)
• UTEP made its first-ever postseason appearance in the 34 years of program history. The Miners earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament out of Conference USA.
• Western Kentucky made its 16th NCAA Tournament appearance and its first since 2003. The Lady Toppers earned the Sun Belt Conference's automatic bid after winning their ninth tournament crown.
• The two programs met for the first time in program history on Saturday.
• The Miners held control of the game until a layup by the Lady Topper's Arnika Brown tied the score 25-25 with 4:41 left in the first half. The score was then tied twice more by WKU, but UTEP broke free and reclaimed the lead with 2:08 remaining on a layup by Brittany Jones. UTEP led 38-31 at the half.
• UTEP's Natasha Lacy led all players in the first half with 11 points and three steals. WKU's Dominique Duck finished the half with 10 points and six rebounds.
• With her free shot at the 16:51 mark, Western Kentucky's Crystal Kelly took over the No. 1 spot on the Lady Topper's season free throws made list with 258. By the end of the game, Kelly had 260 free throws made. Entering Saturday's contest, she was tied with her own junior year mark of 257.
• With 16:17 left in the second half, the Miners started with a 13-0 rally that culminated at a 21-4 run to take a 22-point lead over the Lady Toppers, 64-42, with 10:41 to play.
• The Miners earned the largest lead of the contest on a three-pointer by Tasha Marisett, 88-55, with 2:26 left in the second half.
• UTEP reached 90 points for the first time in the 2007-08 season on a jumper by Sviatlana Trukshanina.
• With the win, UTEP advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and will face Stanford on Monday.
• UTEP head coach Keitha Adams earns her first postseason win as head coach at the Division I level.
• The Miners improved to 28-3 overall.
• With the loss, Western Kentucky finishes the 2007-08 season with a 26-8 overall record.