Miners Turn Up The Heat In 73-56 Win Against UAPB
Nov. 30, 2007
Jareica Hughes, Timika Williams and Izabela Piekarska each scored 13 points, and the Miners forced a season-high 30 turnovers as the UTEP women's basketball team steamed past Arkansas Pine Bluff, 73-56, in the opening round of the 13th-annual Commerce Bank Classic on Friday afternoon.
By virtue of their fourth straight victory, the Miners (4-1) advance to the championship of the tournament where they will take on the winner of the Lipscomb/Kansas State contest.
"It's a good win because it puts us in the position we want to be in," head coach Keitha Adams said. "We will face a higher level of competition tomorrow, and we will we need to raise our level of play."
UTEP was dominant at both ends of the court, connecting on 47.4 percent of their chances while limiting UAPB to 39.3. The Miners converted the aforementioned 30 turnovers into 31 points and had an edge of 17-6 in second-chance opportunities.
The Orange and Blue's bench came alive for 16 points, with Claudia Porras turning in a six-point, four rebound effort to highlight the action for the reserves.
The Miners jumped all over the Lady Lions early, vaulting out to a 17-6 lead just seven minutes into the contest. UAPB battled back, though, closing within one (26-25) with 4:27 left in the half. UTEP had an answer for the spurt, though, capping out the half on a 10-2 run to take an 11-point-lead into the locker room.
It marked the fifth time in as many games this year that the Orange and Blue enjoyed the advantage at the break.
In the second stanza, UTEP was determined to put the Lady Lions away, and it did just that. The Orange and Blue came out with plenty of energy, out-scoring UAPB by a count of 13-2 the first five minutes of the second period. The effort afforded the Miners their largest advantage of the game, a 22-point edge, and allowed them to cruise down the stretch.
The Lady Lions climbed to with 15 with 1:15 remaining in regulation, but that is as close as they would get.