UTEP Shoots Past Sam Houston State, 85-66
Dec. 28, 2012
Anete Steinberga scored a season-high 23 points, Kayla Thornton added 17 and Chrishauna Parker posted a double-double to help UTEP soar past Sam Houston State, 85-66, at the Don Haskins Center Friday evening.
The Bearkats (3-8) actually led 5-0 early but the Miners (11-1) made that a distant memory with a 23-8 run to rip control of the contest. UTEP cruised into halftime up by 19 (44-25) and put it on cruise control down the stretch on the way to notching its 40th victory in the past 45 games.
The effort improves the home side to 11-1 on the season, equaling the 2006-07 squad for best record through 12 games in program history. That team surged out at 14-1 before finishing at 22-8 to secure the first 20-win season at the school.
The Miners also move to 8-0 at home on the year, and are 90-18 in El Paso since 06-07. Additionally, the Orange and Blue have claimed 23 of their past 25 contests in El Paso.
"It was a very good win for us," UTEP head coach Keitha Adams said. "Sam Houston State plays hard, and they made us earn it.
Parker tallied 15 points while grabbing a career-best 14 rebounds to post her third double-double since joining the Orange and Blue last year. She also dished out a personal-best-tying seven assists to lead an unselfish yet effective Miners' attack.
UTEP registered 19 helpers on 31 field-goals made while connecting on 42.5 percent (31-of-73) from the floor. It took great care of the basketball with six turnovers, which tie as the fourth fewest in a single game in program history.
The visitors were held to 33.0 percent (21-of-63), including 30.0 percent (6-of-20) from three-point range. Britni Martin tallied a game-best 25 points but no one else had more than 11.
The Miners pounded the Bearkats on the boards, 51-38, while outscoring them by a count of 38-24 in the paint. Saidah Zuberi Allen got after it in that area with a career-best 11 boards (prior high six) while also chipping in six points in 22 minutes of action.
SHSU used a three pointer and a couple of free throws early to snag the aforementioned 5-0 lead but UTEP regrouped.
The Miners scored nine of the next 14 points in the game to forge the first tie (9-9). After the two sides traded buckets, UTEP ripped off 10 straight points to take a lead (23-13) it would never relinquish.
The Bearkats halted the surge with a free throw but UTEP continued to pour it on. The Miners held the 19-point cushion on the break, and SHSU was unable to get any closer than 13 down the stretch.
UTEP will wrap up non-conference play when it challenges UTPA at 2:05 p.m. MST Sunday. Admission will be free to all fans.