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UTEP To Open C-USA Play At UAB Wednesday

Kayla Thornton


Kayla Thornton

Jan. 7, 2014

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THE OPENING ACT

-   UTEP will play at UAB in the Conference USA opener for both squads at 6 p.m. MST Wednesday.

-   Tune in to 1150 AM or follow @UTEPWBB on twitter to stay up with the action.

-   The Miners (11-2) were bested at Texas A&M, 74-58, on Jan. 2 while the Blazers (8-5) fell to fellow SEC foe Vanderbilt, 87-76, on Dec. 30.

-   UTEP has won four straight league openers & is 7-5 in the situation under Keitha Adams.

-   6-2 in league lidlifters since joining C-USA.

-   11-21 in conference openers, with the 4-16 record in such games being a big factor.

-   UTEP will play host to Tulsa in its C-USA home opener at 1:30 p.m. MST Saturday.

-   Fans who show a ticket from the men’s home game on Thursday or Saturday will get in free.

 

QUITE A RUN

-   UTEP is 62-17 since the start of the 2011-12 season, including 11-2 this year.

-   Have registered 44 double-digit wins in stretch.

-   Only four double-digit losses in time frame.

-   Aiding record were eight winning streaks of at least three games. The breakdown is as follows:

    15 game (12/31/11 through 2/23/12)

    10 game (11/12/11 through 12/17/11)

    9 game (12/1/12 through 1/13/13)

    9 game (11/8/13 through 12/15/13)

    5 game (11/0/12 through 11/23/12)

    4 game (3/1/12 through 3/10/12)

    3 game (1/24/13 through 1/27/13)

    3 game (3/8/13 through 3/14/13)

-   Contrast that with one three-game losing skid.

 

THIRD-BEST IN TEXAS SINCE 06-07

-   The Miners have the third-most wins among all DI programs in the state of Texas since the start of the 2006-07 season.

-   Recent national champions Baylor (225-37) & Texas A&M (198-57) top the list while UTEP (162-70, including 11-2 this year) has a firm grip on third.

-   Lamar (146-89-4th), TCU (142-92-5th), Texas (141-99-6th), SMU (140-90-7th), Texas Tech (136-103-8th), Prairie View A&M (134-104-9th) and UTSA (125-103-10th) round on the top 10.

 

INSIDE THE SERIES

-   UTEP leads the series, 6-5.

-   UAB claimed last year’s regular-season meeting, 61-57, on Jan. 20, 2013, but the Miners avenged that setback by toppling the Blazers, 61-59, in the 2013 C-USA Quarterfinals on March 14.

-   UTEP also beat the Blazers in the 2012 C-USA tournament (semifinals).

-   UAB holds 3-1 advantage in Birmingham, but the Miners’ win was in the most-recent meeting (47-45, on March 1, 2012).              

 

TOUGH SLATE AHEAD IN C-USA

-   UTEP’s opponents at the conclusion of non-conference play were 59-73 (.447), for a strength of schedule of 256.

-   The Miners’ foes in C-USA play (UTSA twice, every other team once) are a combined 169-148 (.553).

-   Seven teams, including UTEP, have a winning percentage better than 69.0 percent.

 

WINNING BIG

-   Ten of 11 wins by double figures.

-   Marks the eighth season under Keitha Adams with at least 10 double-digit victories.

-   Achieved four times in 27 years before Adams.

-   Single-season school record is 20 (2011-12)followed by 2007-08 squad (18), 2006-07 (15), 1992-93 & 2012-13 (14), 2005-06 & 2009-10 (11). The 1988-89, ‘96-97 & ‘97-98 each had 10.

-   This year’s team has a +19.4 scoring margin.

-   While maintaining that figure will be near-to-impossible, the single-season school standard (+13.2, 2011-12) could be in reach.

-   Set a school record with seven straight wins by double figures (11/8 through 12/3). Prior standard was  six (2006-07 & 2011-12).

-   Included in stretch were back-to-back wins by 45+ points for first time in school history.

-   School-record 49-point differential vs. DI 1 foe in 92-43 win vs. Northern Arizona (11/22/13)

-   Beat Kansas State by 45 points (84-39) on Nov. 16, its third-best margin of win vs. Dl opposition.

-   Set school record for biggest halftime lead vs. DI opponent against KSU (46-13).

-   Also won four straight games (11/12/13 to 11/27/13) by 20+ points in the stretch for first time since ‘06-07 & third occasion in the program’s history.

 

GETTING OFFENSIVE

-   Scored 70+ points in 11 of 13 games this year, including two in the 90’s & four in the 80’s.

-   Has led to scoring average of 79.5, which would be the highest single-season average at UTEP.

-   Only two previous teams (1980-81, 71.5 & 2007-08, 71.4) finished at better than 70.0 ppg.

-   Kayla Thornton (18.9  ppg) leading attack.

-   Her average would be fourth-best at school.

-   Reserve guard Jenzel Nash (11.9) also in double figures while five others at +6.0 ppg.

-   Nine players earn at least 10.0 mpg.

-   No Miner above 30.0 mpg, which also occurred during record-setting 2011-12 season.

-   Better than 40% from the floor in eight tilts, including a season-high 55.0% vs. NM State (11/12/13)

-   Committed 15 or fewer turnovers nine times.

-   Projected sum of 443 giveaways would rank as the fifth-lowest total in school history.

-   3-of-27 (11.1%) on threes past two tilts.

-   14-of-33 (42.4%) from distance in Puerto Rico.

  - 20+ free throws made in eight games.

-   Projected to make 625, which would shatter current school standard of 468 (2000-01).

-   30+ free throws attempted in seven games.

 

-   On pace to take 943, which would crush current program record of 712 (1988-89).

 

GETTING DEFENSIVE

-   Held foes to 52.8 ppg over first seven games.

-   Allowing 74.5 ppg in the past six games.

-   Conceded 70+ points in four of those six tilts, marking first such occasion since 2009-10.

-   UTEP has not conceded 70+ points in three consecutive contests since Jan. 2003, a span of 331 games. 

-   Six-plus steals in every game & 10+ nine tilts.

-   Projected total of

-   On pace for 376 steals, which would top the single-season school standard (343, 2006-07 & 2007-08).

-   Already equaled last year’s total (68) for blocks.

-   Forced 17+ turnovers in 11 games, including six of 25 or more.

-   Projected to harass foes into 664, which would rank second all time. The school record is 673 (1989-90).

-   Opponents committed 20 or more turnovers in five straight games  (11/16/13 through 12/3/13), for the first time since the 1996-97 season (six).

-   Enjoyed school-record-tying stretch of three consecutive games (11/16/13 to 11/27/13) of holding opposition to fewer than 45 points.

 

RUNDOWN ON THE 2013-14 MINERS

 -  The Miners are more than halfway to securing a third straight 20+ victory campaign, which would be a program first (22-10, ‘12-13 & 29-4, ‘11-12).

-   UTEP returned four starters and seven letterwinners. Sophomore Irene Gari, junior Chrishauna Parker and seniors Kayla Thornton & Kelli Willingham started last year while sophomore Cameasha Turner earned a letter. Redshirt-sophomore Jenzel Nash & redshirt senior Kristine Vitola are also back after missing  last year due to torn ALCs.

-   Six newcomers are earning playing time for the Miners, including starting PG Stacie Telles.

-   UTEP will play host to the C-USA Championships (March 11-15, 2015) for the second time since joining the league.

GOING BACK IN TIME

-    Jenzel Nash scored a season-high 20 points and UTEP forced 25 turnovers but it wasn’t enough to offset a challenging shooting night in a 74-58 loss at SEC power Texas A&M on Jan. 2.

-   UTEP  trailed by 25 with 8:23 to play before a 16-4 run in four minutes cut the deficit to 13.

-   Texas A&M had only four free throws & six points total in the final 6:24 but held on due to its defense.

-   UTEP was held to a season-low 32.8 percent (21-of-64) &  was 0-of-12 on three pointers. It marked the first time since 2005-06 that the Miners didn’t connect from distance in a game.

-   Another factor was rebounding, which was in favor of Texas A&M (45-32). UTEP had more offensive rebounds (12) than the Aggies (11), with the margin being more of an indication of the shooting percentage than anything else.

 

GETTING TO KNOW UAB

-   UAB is 8-5, including 5-1 at home.

-   0-2 start but won eight of next 10 games.

-   Surge came to close after its first home loss on the year, 87-76, against Vanderbilt on Dec. 30.

-   Karisma Chapman (18.1 ppg), Ashley Grimes (16.7 ppg) & Chelsee Black (14.2) key attack.

-   No other Blazer tallying more than 5.5 ppg.

-   Grimes (28), Chapman (25) & Black (17) have accounted for 70 of team’s 97 steals.

-   Team effort on rebounding, with Chapman (7.5), Dy’man Webb (5.8), Brittany Winborne (5.2) and Kayla Anderson (5.0) all better than 5.0 boards per contest.

-   Black is only player with more assists (51) than turnovers (33).

-   Each starter logging at least 24.0 mpg, with Black (36.5), Chapman (33.8)  &  Grimes (31.0) all better than 30.0. No one else logs +17.0 mpg.

-   Doctoral, public research university covering 83 blocks in Alabama’s largest city (Birmingham).

-   Founded in 1969.

-   Notable alumni include Regina Benjamin (U.S. Surgeon General), Steve Chiotakis (co-host of the NPR morning report), Deidre Downs (2005 Miss America)  & Vonetta Flowers (2002 Olympic gold medalist in bobsled).

 

THE BASIC FACTS ON UTEP

-   This is the 40th season of UTEP women’s hoops.

-   Stand 480-598 all time, including 11-2 in ‘13-14.

-   Four 20+ win seasons in the past seven years.

-   Two regular-season league championships (2008 & 2012) & one league tourney title (2012).

-   Became first C-USA women’s team to go 16-0 while claiming initial league title in 2008.

-   Finished 15-1 in 2012 & won C-USA tournament.

-   Own C-USA single-season record for winning streak at 23, which was set in 2007-08.

-   Appeared in 2008 & 2012 NCAA Tournaments.

-   At-large bid in 2008 & automatic bid in 2012.

-   Advanced to second round in 2008 before falling at eventual runner-up Stanford.

-   Bested by national power, Penn State, 85-77, in first round of 2012 NCAA Tournament.

-   Never played in WNIT.

 

-   The University of Texas at El Paso is in the midsts of its centennial celebration, which will continue through ‘14-15.

-   Notable alumni include former ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Sam Donaldson,  well-respected NFL referee Ed Hochuli, former NASA astronaut Danny Olivas engineer & Dennis Poon, who designed Taipei 101 & some of the tallest buildings in the world.

 

THE ADAMS FILE

-   UTEP is led by 13th-year head coach and the all-time win leader in program history, Keitha Adams, who is 217-159 in that time frame.

-   Adams is 344-196 in her 18th year as a collegiate head coach, making her one of five active coaches in C-USA women’s basketball to have 300+ career victories.

-   All four 20+ win seasons & five of the six with 18+ wins at UTEP have been under Adams.

-   Closing in on eighth straight & ninth overall season with at least 16 victories.

-   Three such seasons in first 27 years of program.

-   Both NCAA tournament bids & all three league championships at the school under Adams.

-   186-104, including 11-2 in ‘13-14, past 10 years.

-   115-156 was best record for 10-year stretch before her arrival.

-   Earned votes in top-25 poll in three straight years & six times overall.

-   Never achieved feat before Adams’ era.

-   Nationally ranked for final six weeks of 07-08.

-   12 of 18 individual career record holders at UTEP played for Adams.

-   Coached 18 players who have gone on to play professionally. List includes ‘08 WNBA draft picks Izabela Piekarska & Natasha Lacy.

-   Impacted the international game at the highest level, with Noni Wharemate representing New Zealand at ‘08 Olympic Games.

-   Every  player who has  exhausted  her  eligibility  at UTEP during her tenure has graduated.

 

CHECK THE STATS

-   1-0 on year & 60-3 with +20 assists during the Keitha Adams era.

-   6-0 on season & 77-12 under Adams when opposition has more turnovers than field goals.

-   10-0 on year & 143-50 under Adams when winning the rebounding battle.

 

TAKING ON POWER CONFERENCE SCHOOLS

-   UTEP is 8-37 all time vs. teams in power conferences (at point of the game).

-   Miners are 5-2 in the situation since 2012-13.

-   UTEP went 2-2 in the scenario this year, Big 12 member Kansas State, 84-39, on Nov. 16 & besting SMU of American Conference (features #1 UCONN & #7 Louisville), 76-71 on Dec. 7 while falling to ACC power Georgia Tech, 102-77, on Dec. 20 & coming up short at Texas A&M on Jan. 2.

-   The Miners were 3-0 in the scenario last year.

-   UTEP downed Pacific 12 members Arizona State (60-54, 11/18/12) & Arizona (64-53, 11/23/12) while also toppling Kansas State on the road (52-50, 12/16/12).

 

HOME SWEET HOME

-   Home record of 140-54 in Keitha Adams era.

-  104-22 since 2006-07, including 9-0 this year.

-   66-34 was most wins over 8 years before Adams.

-   38-5 over past 43 home games.

-   On track for 8th straight year of 12+ home wins.

-   Four 10+ win seasons in 27 years before Adams.

-   Only one of those teams (12-1, ‘88-89) hit mark.

-  Have not lost back-to-back games in El Paso since falling by combined 4 points in final 2 home games of 2009-10.

-  Have not dropped 2 league home tilts in span of 7 days since 2005-06, its first year as C-USA member.

 

ALL ABOUT THE FANS

-   UTEP has paced C-USA in attendance & been among top 50 nationally in back-to-back years.

-   All four non-conference home games of 3,000+ fans at school have been under Keitha Adams.

-   25 of the 31 home games in school history with 3,000+ fans occurred during Adams’ tenure.

-   23-8 all time in such contests, including 20-5 under Adams.

 

TRAVEL TIME

-   UTEP is 1-1 on the year on the road and 54-90 all time under Keitha Adams.

-   UTEP is 40-38 on the road since 2006-07.

-   17-8 over past 25 road contests.

-   25-57 was the best seven-year record before Adams.

-   Two winning road seasons under Adams.

-   Never happened in first 27 years of program.

-   Twice finished at .500 during Adams’ tenure.

-   Only occurred a pair of times before her.

 

CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS

Class of 2014 (Thornton, Vitola & Willingham)

-   Aided UTEP to record of 78-30 since 2010.

-   Program standard for most wins by a class over four years is 84 (Jareica Hughes & Timika Williams, 2006-10).

-   Has led UTEP to back-to-back 20+ win seasons.

-   Aiming for unprecedented third straight 20+ victory season at the school.

 

Kayla Thornton (Senior)

-   Owns UTEP record for double-doubles (28).

-   Needs three rebounds (708 entering game at UAB)) to become school record holder. Kim Watts’ (1978-82) career rebounding mark (810).

-   With big scoring numbers, has put herself in a position to possibly break the UTEP school standard for total points as well. .Jareica Hughes (2006-10) holds record at 1,555.

-   Currently second all time at UTEP with 1,261.

-   Also has top-10 rankings for field-goals made (465-4th), steals (159-4th), starts (89-5th), free -throws made (271-5th), field-goal attempts (1,058-t5th), free-throws attempted (383-7th), rebounding average (7.6-t7th), minutes played (2,748-9th), games played (107-9th) and field-goal percentage (44.0-t9th), blocked shots (51-10th) and scoring average (11.8-10th).

 

-   Back-to-back second-team All C-USA selection.

-   2012 C-USA All-Tournament Team.

 

Kristine Vitola (Senior)

-   Ranks fourth all time at UTEP for blocks (133).

-   Currently eighth in career games played (110) but if she stays healthy will break Timika Williams’ (2006-10) school record of 120.

-   18th Miner with 600+ points (632) & 450+ rebounds (469).

-   Closing in (1,988) on becoming 20th Miner with 2,000+ minutes played.

 

 Kelli Willingham (Senior)

-   Is third all time in three-pointers made (168) & attempted (480) while ranking fourth for starts (93).

-   Jareica Hughes’ (2006-10) school standard for assists (599) is safe but Willingham is about to take over second.

-   She has 323 and needs only  four assists to move past both Ana Valtierra (2002-07) at 324 & Terri Pedregon (1991-95) with 326 to take over the spot. 

-   Is the fifth Miner to log 3,000+ minutes (3,070).

-   Joined Hughes as only Miners with 800+ points (875) & 300+ assists (322). Hughes is the UTEP record holder for both points (1,550) & assists (599).

 

Chrishauna Parker (Junior)

-   Aided UTEP to a mark of 62-16, including back-to-back 20+ win seasons.

-   Four rebounds shy of becoming the 16th Miner to reach 500.

-   Is 10th for career rebounding average (6.8).

-   Is also a member of the 500-point club (546)

-   With 14 more field goals made, will qualify for career FG % list. Her current readout of 48.4 would tie for fourth.

-   One assist shy of becoming the 12th Miner to hit 200.

 

CLIFFSNOTES ON 2013-14 CAMPAIGN

at UTEP 87, Texas Southern 61 (12/29/13)

-   Kayla Thornton poured in 23 points and UTEP used a huge second half to topple upset-minded Texas Southern, 87-61, at the Don Haskins Center on Dec. 29.

-   The Miners led by five (34-29) at the break before unleashing a lethal full-court press that befuddled the Lady Tigers. The visitors committed 18 of their 26 turnovers in the second half, which led to 26 of UTEP’s 53 points in the stanza.

-   Kristine Vitola (12 points, eight rebounds), Chrishauna Parker (12 points, six rebounds) and Irene Gari (10 points, season-high seven rebounds) all joined Thornton in double figures.

-   Cameasha Turner (nine points, four boards) and Stacie Telles (seven points, four rebounds) also got involved in the attack.

-   UTEP shared the ball well with 16 assists on 29 field goals while making 43.9 percent (29-of-66) from the floor. It also took care of business at the free-throw line (26-of-38, 68.4 percent).

 

UTEP 88, Belmont 74 (12/21/13)

-   Kayla Thornton turned in a virtuoso performance by setting career highs in points (36), rebounds (16) and blocked shots (four) to guide UTEP past Belmont, 88-74, inside Guillermo Angulo Coliseum in its final game of the Puerto Rico Classic on Dec. 21.

-   Thornton’s 36 points are the most by a Miner since 1991 and the third-highest total in school history. Holly Russ (40 vs. UTSA, 2/19/91 and 37 vs. Baylor, 12/17/91) holds the top-two slots in program annals.

-   She had 23 pts & nine rbs at the break, to help UTEP lead 49-26 heading into halftime.

-   Belmont made things interesting by cutting that margin down to seven (74-67) with 2:50 to play but the Orange and Blue kept their composure.

-   The Miners went 9-of-10 at the free-throw line in the final 1:22 to seal the win.

 

Georgia Tech 102, UTEP 77 (12/20/13)

-   UTEP put up a good fight but ACC power Georgia Tech had simply too much firepower, as the Miners sustained their first loss of the year, 102-77, inside Guillermo Angulo Coliseum at the Puerto Rico Classic Dec. 20.

-   Jenzel Nash (18 points), Kayla Thornton (15 points) and Cameasha Turner (career-high tying 14 points) keyed the attack for the Miners.

-   Problems arose, though, in trying to slow down the Jackets’ one-two punch of Kaela Davis (26 points) and Tyaunna Marshall (23 points).

-   The duo teamed up for 33 in the first half, which helped Tech stake a 54-38 lead at the break.

-   UTEP regrouped and played even (33-33) with Tech over the first 16 minutes of the second stanza. The Jackets, who used a full-court press the entire game,  used a 15-6 push to account for the 25-point margin.

-   Points in the paint (59-28), points off turnover (25-8) and rebounding (52-42) all favored Georgia Tech

 

at UTEP 87, SE Louisiana 65 (12/15/13)

-   Kayla Thornton posted her fifth double-double this season (16 points, 10 rebounds) to lead a quartet of players in double figures, and UTEP remained undefeated with a 87-65 conquest of Southeastern Louisiana on Dec. 15.

-   Led by two (14-12) six minutes in before kicking it into high gear with a 24-3 run to blow the game wide open.

-   Cameasha Turner recorded a career-high 14 points to buoy Thornton, with Jenzel Nash (14 points) and Kristine Vitola (season-high 13 points) also hitting double digits.

-   Connected on 48.7 (37-of-76) shots from the floor, and shared the ball well with 19 assists.

-   32-7 cushion in points from the bench.

-   Also enjoyed advantages in points in the paint (56-32), points off turnovers (30-21), fast-break points (19-4) and points off turnovers (30-21).

 

 

 

 

 

at UTEP 76, SMU 71 (12/7/13)

-    Kayla Thornton (21 points, 10 rebounds) and Chrishauna Parker (12 points, 15 rebounds) recorded double-doubles while Jenzel Nash provided a spark off the bench with 19 points  to help lead UTEP past long-time rival SMU, 76-71, at home on Dec. 7.

-   The Mustangs, who were 8-1 entering the game, jumped out to a double-digit lead (14-4) six minutes into the contest.

-   UTEP used a 31-14 run to carry a 35-28 cushion into halftime & extended it out to 47-2 with 15:29 to play.

-   SMU wasn’t done, though, especially not with Keena Mays at its disposal. Mays, who finished with a game-high 34 points, refused to let her squad go down without a fight. It whittled the deficit down to two (56-54) with 7:28 to play, but UTEP would not relinquish the advantage.

-   Free throws (25-of-37) and winning the rebounding battle (47-45) proved vital, as did committing only 15 turnovers against a well-executed press by the visitors.

 

UTEP 80, at NM State 61 (12/3/13)

-    Kayla Thornton (20 points), Chrishauna Parker (career-high 19 points), Jenzel Nash (14 points) and Irene Gari (10 points) all reached double figures in scoring to help power UTEP to an 80-61 road conquest of I-10 rival New Mexico State on Dec. 3.

-   Sixth sweep of series during Keitha Adams era.

-   Miners led by four (39-35) at the break before finding another gear to leave NM State in dust.

-   Forced 24 turnovers, including 17 in second half, while holding Aggies to 38% shooting.

-   No such issues for UTEP, which had just 12 turnovers & nailed 42.6% of its shots.

-   UTEP also hit its free throws (20-of-26) & won the battle of the boards (39-34).

 

 at UTEP 73, Texas State 60 (11/30/13)

-    Kayla Thornton (17 points, 10 rebounds), Cameasha Turner (then career-high 13 points) and Jenzel Nash (10 points) helped UTEP post a 73-60 win against Texas State on Nov. 30.

-   Led 41-23 at half & the advantage swelled to as many as 22 (54-32, 11:58 to play).

-   Texas State never got closer than 12 rest of way.

-   There were 56 combined infractions in the game (30 on UTEP, 26 on Texas State), with the Miners knocking down 21-of-32 free throws and TSU finishing at 14-of-30 from the charity stripe.

-    UTEP won the rebounding battle, 44-40, aided by 12 from Chrishauna Parker & 10 from Thornton. 

 

at UTEP 63, Northern Colorado 40 (11/27/13)

-   Fueled by a huge second half (42-16), UTEP dispatched upset-minded Northern Colorado, 63-40, at the Don Haskins Center on Nov. 27.

-   The Bears led by three (24-21) at the break.

-   Senior Kayla Thornton (21 points) and sophomore Irene Gari (14 points) led the way.

-   UTEP hit 46.6 percent (27-of-58) of its shots.

 

 

-   Junior Chrishauna Parker added nine points while sophomore Jenzel Nash buoyed Gari’s spark off the bench with eight.

-   UNC shots 27.5 (14-of-51) percent & committed 30 turnovers that led to 36 UTEP points.

-   UTEP out-scored UNC in points in the paint (42-16) & on fast-break tries (15-2) to more than compensate for losing the rebounding battle 46-31.

 

at UTEP 92, Northern Arizona 43 (11/22/13)

-   UTEP jumped out to a 25-point (45-20) halftime lead and didn’t let up on the way to recording its largest margin of victory (49) ever against a Division 1 team in a 92-43 thrashing of Northern Arizona at home on Nov. 26.

-   UTEP harassed the Lumberjacks into making 29 turnovers while also holding them to 32.0 percent shooting from the floor.

-   The 29 giveaways led to 31 points for the Orange and Blue.

-   UTEP registered 20 assists & hit 50% from field.

-   Transfer Anete Kirsteine came off the bench to tally a career high 15 points- all on triples- to lead a quartet of Miners in double figures for scoring.

-   Senior Kayla Thornton and sophomore Irene Gari each netted 12 points while senior Kristine Vitola pitched in 10.

-   Overall 11 different players scored in the game, showing off the Orange and Blue’s depth in the process.

-   UTEP drained the seventh-most three pointers (11) in a contest in program annals.

 

at UTEP 84, Kansas State 39 (11/16/13)

-   UTEP forced 34 turnovers and held Big 12 member Kansas State to 26.3 percent shooting from the floor in a 84-39 shellacking at the Don Haskins Center  on Nov. 16.

-   The 45-point differential is the third-biggest (second at the time) margin of victory against a Division 1 opponent in school history, which was aided by the program’s biggest halftime lead (46-13) vs. a DI foe.

-   Five different Miners reached double figures in scoring, with senior Kayla Thornton leading the way with her school-record 23rd career double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds). The prior standard was 22, held by Amy Pack (1999-01).

-   Sophomores Irene Gari and Cameasha Turner and senior Kristine Vitola each buoyed Thornton with 12 points while junior Stacie Telles added 10 points. 

-   UTEP drilled 35-of-47 from the free-throw line and also won the rebounding battle, 54-43.

-   It is the third most free throws made & ties as the fourth-highest for free throw attempts.

-   But the day belonged to the defense, with UTEP  forcing 34 turnovers. That ties as the sixth-highest sum by an opponent in school history.

-   The Orange and Blue finished with 20 steals, equaling their eighth-highest single-game sum.

 

 

-   Sophomore Chrishauna Parker, who posted a game-high 12 boards, recorded the sixth-best sum for steals (seven) by a Miner in school history.

-   Thornton was named the C-USA player of the week as result of efforts vs. Kansas State & NM State.

 

at UTEP 94, NM State 69 (11/16/13)

-   Four different Miners reached double figures in scoring to help UTEP pound NM State, 94-69, in the first round of the “Battle of I-10” this year at the Haskins Center on Nov. 12

-   UTEP led wire-to-wire.

-   It was the Miners’ 2nd-biggest margin of victory in the series against the Aggies.

-   UTEP equaled fifth-highest second-half scoring sum in program history by pouring in 55.

-   Kayla Thornton led the way with a double-double (22 points, 12 rebounds).

-   Stacie Telles came off the bench to provide 16 points, while Jenzel Nash (14 points) & Kelli Willingham (12 points) also reached double figures in scoring.

-   UTEP hit 55.0% (33-of-60), aided by going 20-of-29 (69.0%) in the second half.

 

 

at UTEP 75, UTPB 58 (11/8/13)

-   Chrishauna Parker registered a double-double (12 points and 12 rebounds) and UTEP’s bench provided 49 points to lift it past UTPB.

-   Junior-college transfer and El Paso native Stacie Telles matched Parker with 12 points, including nine on triples.

-   The Miners led the Falcons picked second in the Heartland Conference, 43-23, at the half.

-   Eleven different Miners scored in the game. Senior Kayla Thornton  had nine points & nine rebounds & freshman Sparkle Taylor pitched in eight off the bench, aided by six makes on 12 tries at the charity stripe.

-   Senior Kristine Vitola chipped in six points and grabbed seven boards in an efficient 18 minutes of action in her return to the court after missing most of last year with a torn ACL. Sophomore Jenzel Nash, who redshirted last year as well due to a torn ACL, pitched in four points and four boards while battling foul trouble.

at UTEP 81, St. Mary’s (TX) 51 (11/2/13)- EXH

-   Kayla Thornton poured in 22 points to lead a quartet of Miners in double figures, and UTEP throttled St. Mary’s, 81-51, in the exhibition game.

-   The Miners led 40-17 at half & were up by 30+ points for the final 13 minutes of the contest.

-   Sophomore Cameasha Turner (11 points), senior Kelli Willingham (10 points) and Jenzel Nash (10 points) joined Thornton in double figures.

The Last Meeting
UTEP61
UAB (Conference USA Quarterfinal)59
March 14, 2013
Tulsa, Okla.
UTEP Rallies Late To Defeat No. 4 Seed UAB In C-USA Women's Basketball Quarterfinals, 61-59
The cliché in sports is that it's not over until the fat lady sings. While the song never escaped the proverbial vocalist's lips, she definitely took a few deep breaths in anticipation before fifth-seeded UTEP rallied late for a 61-59 win over No. 4 seed UAB in the 2013 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon at the Tulsa Convention Center.