UTEP Christens C-USA Play At Tulsa Wednesday
Jan. 8, 2013
THE OPENING ACT
- UTEP will play for the first time of 2013 when it tips off Conference USA action at Tulsa at 6 p.m. MST Wednesday.
- The game will air on 1150 AM in El Paso.
- The Miners (12-1) have won seven straight, including an 83-56 trouncing of UTPA (12/30).
- The Golden Hurricane (5-8) have won two of the past three and five of eight.
- TU had started the year 0-5.
- UTEP is 10-21 overall in league openers, including 5-14 when doing so on the road.
- Won three straight & are 6-5 in conference lid lifters under the direction of Keitha Adams.
- Record of 5-2 in them since joining C-USA.
- Stood 4-16 in the situation before her tenure.
- Following the game at Tulsa, the Miners will lock up with East Carolina in their 2013 C-USA home opener at 2:05 p.m. MST on Sunday.
STARTING IT OFF RIGHT
- For the second time in program history, UTEP is off to an 12-1 start.
- The 2006-07 squad surged to a mark of 14-1 & finished at 22-8 to record the first 20+ win season at the school.
- The 2011-12 team set the school record for longest winning streak (10) to start the season.
- The Miners boasted a winning record through 10 games for the fourth straight year and the sixth occasion under Keitha Adams.
- Only five teams in 27 years before did so.
- The longest streak was two.
- UTEP opened up at 5-0 for a second straight year & third time overall in program history.
- Never been better than 3-0 in back-to-back years.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS, HONORS & MORE
- Picked up votes in both of the top-25 polls for a third consecutive week.
- 32nd in Coaches’ Poll & 33rd in the AP edition.
- Garnered placement of 6th in the most-recent ESPN.com Midmajor Poll.
- Stand 37th in the RPI (RPIRatings.com)
- Record of 3-0 on year vs. top-100 RPI foes.
- Had three players recognized by Conference USA through weekly awards.
TALKING C-USA HOOPS
- Eight different C-USA schools won at least eight games during non-conference action.
- Three teams, including the Miners, reached double digits in non-league victories.
- UTEP has posted four seasons with at least 10 victories since joining C-USA in 2005-06.
- Miners are 71-41 overall in C-USA contests.
- UTEP has the best winning percentage since the restructure of C-USA in 2005-06. The Miners are 155-74 (.677) in that timeframe.
SUCCESS GALORE IN NON CONFERENCE
- Set the school record for most wins (12) before the start of conference play.
- Prior standard was 11. UTEP was 11-2 heading into C-USA action last year while standing 11-1 at that juncture in 2006-07.
- Overall are 99-57 in non-league play during the Keitha Adams era.
- Posted a school-record eight straight seasons of .500 or better in non-league play.
- It is 75-33 in timeframe, including 23-4 in the past two years.
- The prior record was four (1994-95 to 1997-98).
QUITE A RUN
- UTEP is 41-5 since the start of the 2011-12 season, including 12-1 this year.
- Twenty-eight of those wins, including seven this year, have been by double figures.
- The five losses in the sequence have been by a combined 16 points.
- UTEP is 57-19 since the start of the 2010-11 campaign, with only two of the losses coming by double digits (@ Houston, 61-77, 2/20/11 & @ UCSB, 50-68, 12/11/10).
- The last double-digit home loss came against Kansas State (65-44, 11/14/08).
INSIDE THE SERIES
- UTEP leads the series, 18-10.
- The Miners have won 12 in a row vs. TU & 14 of the past 17.
- Tulsa claimed seven of the first nine meetings.
GOING BACK IN TIME
at UTEP 83, UTPA 56 (12/30/12)
- Kayla Thornton (15 points & 14 rebounds) and Chrishauna Parker (17 points & 12 rebounds) both registered double-doubles, and UTEP ran its unbeaten streak to seven with an 83-56 victory against UTPA on Dec. 30.
- Never trailed in contest & used an 18-4 run early in second half to put it out of reach.
- UTEP connected on 40.3 percent (29-of-72) from the floor while finishing with 18 assists.
- Parker set the scoring tone with a game-high and career-best 17 points while also adding four helpers. She did ample damage at the free-throw line, going 9-of-10.
- Saidah Zuberi Allen came off the bench to tally a career-best 12 points while also grabbing eight rebounds.
- Anete Steinberga finished with the identical stat line.
GETTING TO KNOW TULSA
- Tulsa is 5-8 overall, including 3-2 at home.
- Tumbled out of gates at 0-5 before winning three straight. Is 5-3 since.
- Taleya Mayberry leads TU & is 2nd in C-USA in scoring (19.6 ppg).
- Mayberry tops team in assists (52), steals (37) & free throws made (70) & attempted (87)
- Two other players produce at least 9.0 ppg.
- Two players have at least 7.5 rpg but no one else is better than 5.0
- Is 3-1 when scoring 75+ points.
- Mark of 5-0 when allowing 63 points or less.
- Private university located in Tulsa, Okla.
- Founded in 1882 as the Presbyterian School for Indian Girls.
- Notable alumni include Peter Frey (2008 Silver Medalist in target shooting), Hank Haney (highly-regarded golf coach) & the late Gordon Matthews (pioneer of voice mail technology).
- The late Paul Harvey (American broadcaster) and Phillip McGraw-AKA Dr. Phil (TV personality) both attended the school but neither earned degrees.
RUNDOWN ON THE 2012-13 MINERS
- Hit hard by injuries losing starters sophomore guard Jenzel Nash (vs. St. Mary’s, 11/3) & senior center Kristine Vitola (vs. ASU, 11/18/12) to torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in their left knee.
- Vitola was off to a tremendous start, leading the Miners in field-goal percentage (.600), rebounding (8.3) and scoring (16.0).
- Nash contributed 5.1 ppg on 11.9 mpg in a promising freshman campaign last year.
- Vitola’s injury left UTEP, which had the largest senior class in program history a year ago at seven, with just one healthy senior in Steinberga.
- Six newcomers are in the mix, with four true freshmen (Irene Gari, G, Jamie Madden, G, Diamond Posey, G, & Cameasha Turner), a freshman transfer Saidah Zuberi Allen (G/F) & a junior-college transfer (Destinee LaFountain F).
- Another newcomer, freshman F Tommitrise Collins will sit out the year as a redshirt.
- Picked second in the 2012-13 Conference USA Preseason Poll, as voted upon by the league’s 12 head coaches. Tulane was tabbed as the favorite to win the league.
TOUGH TO REPLACE
- Lost seven seniors to graduation, which was the largest class in program history.
- Headlining that group was 2012 C-USA Tournament MVP & second-team all C-USA honoree Gloria Brown, who paced the Miners in blocked shots (97), free throws made (102), attempted (125), percentage (.816), field-goal percentage (.527), points per game (12.1) and rebounds per contest (8.8). A reserve, she repeated as the C-USA 6th Player of the Year.
- Kim Smith (2.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.8 apg) & Erika Warren (5.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.2 apg) both started for the Miners last year while Baiba Eglite (1.6 ppg, 0.3 rpg, 0.4 apg), Briana Green (2.9 ppg, 1.1 rpg & 1.1 apg), Whitney Houston (1.4 ppg, 0.1 rpg, 0.5 apg) & Melisa Mendes (4.1 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 0.7 apg) joined Brown in coming off the bench.
THE BASIC FACTS ON UTEP
- Stands 459-587 since the start of the program for 1974-75 season, including 12-1 this year.
- Won three conference titles, including claiming both the 2012 C-USA regular season & tournament championship (29-4 final mark).
- First league crown was in 2007-08 after becoming in initial C-USA women’s team to go 16-0 in league play.
- Overall finished 28-4 in 2007-08, with school & league-standard 23-game winning streak aiding that mark.
- Appeared in two NCAA Tournaments, forging a mark of 1-2 at the "Big Dance."
- Earned an at-large bid in 2008, advancing to the second round.
- Secured Conference USA’s automatic bid last year but was derailed by national power (11/12) Penn State, 85-77, in the first round.
- Will celebrate its 100th year as a school in 2014.
- 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
- Keitha Adams is 196-148 in 12th year at UTEP.
- Is program’s all-time win leader.
- Overall is 323-185, including 12-1 this year,in 17th season as collegiate head coach.
- One of five active coaches in C-USA women’s basketball with 300+ victories.
- All three 20+ win seasons & 4 of 5 years of 18+win seasons at UTEP during Adams’ tenure.
- Produced seven seasons with 16+ victories.
- Feat achieved three times in 27 years prior.
- All three league crowns & both NCAA Tourney bids in program history during her tenure.
- The Miners are 181-106 in the past 10 years, including the 12-1 record in 2012-13.
- The best record for a 10-year stretch before Adams’ arrival was 115-155.
- Led UTEP to 11-5 mark on national TV games.
- UTEP has earned votes in the top-25 poll in five seasons, including this year.
- Nationally ranked for final six weeks of 07-08.
- Twelve of the 18 major individual career records at the school are held by players who were mentored by her.
- Impacted the international game at the highest level, with Noni Wharemate representing New Zealand at the 2008 Olympic Summer Games.
- Every player who has exhausted her eligibility at UTEP during her tenure has graduated.
ALL ABOUT THE FANS
- All four non-conference home games with at least 3,000 fans in program history have come during the Keitha Adams era.
- 19 of the 25 home games in school history with 3,000+ fans occurred during Adams’ tenure.
- UTEP is 19-6 all time at home when playing in front of at least 3,000 fans, including 16-3 under Adams.
UTEP Home Games With 3,000+ Fans
No. Crowd Foe Score Date
1. 7,255 SMU* W, 76-63 2/28/08
2. 7,212 Memphis* W, 80-58 2/10/07
3. 7,103 BYU* L, 57-61 2/22/93
4. 7,003 ECU* W, 81-53 2/10/08
5. 6,532 SMU* W, 68-50 2/23/12
6. 6,421 Rice* L, 48-52 2/26/12
7. 5,513 Houston* W, 80-55 2/14/08
8. 5,093 Tulsa* W, 65-50 3/1/08
9. 4,682 UNLV* W, 73-58 2/10/98
10. 4,536 Tulane* W, 80-65 2/12/12
11. 4,167 Marshall* W, 64-58 2/9/12
12. 4,069 TCU* W, 79-76 2/22/01
13. 4,029 UCF* W, 67-38 1/29/12
14. 3,726 Hawaii* L, 36-65 2/3/00
15. 3,646 Houston* W, 74-67 1/11/09
16. 3,497 Rice* W, 65-52 1/5/07
17. 3,450 UNM W, 64-62 12/20/10
18. 3,273 NM State L, 60-61 12/7/02
19. 3,215 Fresno St.* L, 62-78 2/14/02
20. 3,173 San Diego St.* W, 70-59 1/22/93
21. 3,107 Fresno State* W, 45-38 2/12/04
22. 3,104 Wyoming* L, 64-66 3/6/93
23. 3,102 SHSU W, 85-66 12/28/12
24. 3,091 New Mexico W, 60-45 12/20/12
25. 3,052 Memphis* W, 66-60 1/8/12
denotes Adams era
* denotes league contest
HOME SWEET HOME
- Record of 91-18 in El Paso since the start of the 2006-07 season, including 9-0 this year.
- Claimed 24 of past 26 home games. The two losses were by combined three points.
- On cusp of locking up seventh straight 10+ home win season. Prior six featured at least 12 wins.
- Ensured of 12th straight home winning record.
- UTEP had four 10+ wins seasons in 27 years before Adams, and only once (12-1, 1988-89) did it hit 12.
- Stand 125-39 since starting streak in 2002-03.
- Overall are 126-51 at home under Keitha Adams.
- Gone 36-33 away from home since the 2006-07 campaign, including 1-1 this year
- Two winning road records & a pair of .500 efforts have aided in stretch.
- UTEP’s next road match-up will be when it tips off its 16-game 2013 Conference USA slate by playing at Tulsa on Jan. 9.
- Stand 46-63 on the road since 2003-04 & are 50-85 overall under Keitha Adams.
- Posted 21 double-digit victories on the road during Adams’ era.
- Had 27 such victories before her tenure, but 13 were against non-DI schools.
- UTEP never had a winning season on the road in the 27 years prior to Adams. Only twice (2-2, 1974-75 & 7-7, 1992-93) did it finish at .500
- All five starters are at better than 6.0 points per game, including three in double figures.
- No one else on squad is above 4.0 ppg.
- Tallied 80+ points in back-to-back games vs. D1 foes for first time since the 2005-06 season (85, at N. Colo., 12/13 & 83 vs. Ill. St. 12/18).
- Held to 60 & 52, respectively prior two tilts.
- Averaged 69.3 points in first nine games.
- Hit a combined 32-of-75 (.427) from three-point range in five games of better than 40 percent.
- Gone 29-of-124 (.234) in eight other contests.
- Sunk combined 77-of-97 in the four games it made at least 70 percent at the free-throw line.
- Hit 120-of-207 (.580) at the charity stripe in the other nine tilts.
- Registered 10+ offensive boards every game.
- Had at least 20 in consecutive contests for first time since the 2006-07 season (25 vs. Rice, 1/5 & 23 vs. Houston, 1/7).
- Made 16 turnovers or fewer eight times, including four contests with 12 or less.
- Posted at least 19 assists five times, with three games of 20 or more.
- The Miners’ bench provided a season-best 24 points vs. UTPA (12/30) & has reached double digits in eight contests.
- Prevented 10 foes from cracking the 60’s.
- Texas State (81 points) is the lone opponent to get above 70.
- Ten teams have shot worse than 36 percent overall from the floor.
- Equaled a school record by holding four straight opponents to 50 or fewer points (12/5-12/20) before Sam Houston State had 66 (12/28/12).
- The 1992-93 squad was the first to do so.
- UTEP also had streaks of three in a row of conceding 50 points or less in 1974-75, 1980-81, 2003-04 & 2011-12.
- In the six games with at least eight three pointers, opponents are a combined 52-of-141 (.369).
- In the other seven games, the opposition has hit only 22-of-98 (.237) from distance.
- Forced at least 18 turnovers nine times, including six games with 20+.
- Texas Southern had 33 (11/22/12) to tied for the seventh most by a foe in program history.
- Registered 42 steals the past four games.
- Had 24 thefts the prior four
- Allowed 81 points in the win vs. Texas State to improve to 3-24 under Keitha Adams when conceding 80+ points.
- Kept (New Mexico (20.5) & Eastern New Mexico (22.9) to below 23.0 percent from floor.
- Marked first time in program history that consecutive foes have fallen shy of figure.
TAKING OUT POWER SCHOOLS
- Of the Miners’ 12 wins this year, three have been against members of power schools.
- 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).
- The Miners are 6-35 all time in such contests, including 3-0 this year.
- Four of the wins have been during the Keitha Adams era. UTEP previously downed Nebraska (Big 12, 63-53, 12/20/08).
- Prior to Adams’ tenure, UTEP had triumphs against Kansas State (Big 8, 67-61, 12/6/96) and Arizona (66-46, Pac 10, 11/20/80).
QUICK HITTERS ACROSS THE ROSTER
#1 Jamie Madden (5-8, Freshman, PG)
- Played 38 minutes total in five games on year.
- Six of eight points on year courtesy of free throws.
- Perfect (6-of-6) at the charity stripe.
- Made Miner debut at the Junkanoo Jam, playing a combined eight minutes in the two games.
- Rated No. 103 point guard in nation by All Star Girls Report coming out of high school.
#2 Cameasha Turner (5-9, Freshman, G)
- Played in every contest & is one of nine Miners to play at least 10.0 mpg (12.6)
- Tallied 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting in first three games.
- Posted 15 points while hitting 5-of-28 since.
- Grabbed at least two rebounds six times.
- Has one offensive rebound & 19 defensive.
- Earned double figures in playing time eight times overall, including six of the past eight.
- Rated as No. 74 point guard in country & assessed a grade of 86 by ESPN HoopGurlz coming out of high school.
#3 Kelli Willingham (5-6, Junior, PG)
- Started every game & tops team in assist/turnover ratio (1.8) & minutes per game (30.8).
- One of four Miners with at least 8.5 ppg (8.7).
- Lone Miner with 5+ points in every game.
- Tallied 8+ points in nine contests.
- Hit 27 triples. Rest of squad has nailed 34.
- Posted three or more assists in 11 games.
- Made five steals in past two contests to equal sum from the previous six.
- Registered back-to-back tilts with five helpers.
- Has five games with at least four rebounds to equal total of such contests in 2011-12.
- Has two offensive rebounds & 37 defensive.
- Played 30+ minutes in four straight contests & a team-high nine games.
- 2012 C-USA All-Academic Team
- Two-Time Recipient of C-USA Academic Medal (2011 & 2012);
#4 Irene Gari (6-1, Freshman, G)
- Started 10 straight & played in every game.
- Moved into starting line-up after Kristine Vitola sustained a season-ending injury against Arizona State (11/18/12).
- Had 25 points (8-of-41), including 2-of-14 on three pointers in her first seven games.
- Scored 59 points (21-of-55), including 10-of-25 from distance, in the six games since.
- Effort has lifted seasonal average to 6.5 ppg.
- Had career-best four assists vs. UTPA (12/30).
- Played 18+ minutes in every contest, earning 22 or more 10 times.
- Named C-USA Freshman of Week on Dec. 10.
- First player in program history from Spain.
#5 Kayla Thornton (6-1, Junior, F)
- Tops team in scoring (14.4) & rebounding (8.5).
- Tied for first on squad in double-doubles (three) & total steals (19).
- Reached double figures in scoring in four straight contests & nine times total on year, including career-high 29 against Texas State (12/1/12).
- Tallied at least 7 points in three other tilts.
- Had 14 boards vs. UTPA (12/30).
- Managed nine total the prior two.
- Is 7-of-17 on triples the past three games.
- Was 4-of-27 the previous nine.
- Registered nine offensive rebounds vs. UTPA.
- Has five other games with at least three.
- Career high 37 minutes at KSU (12/16).
- One of four Miners with more assists (20) than turnovers (17).
- Posted 11 steals first four games.
- Had eight in nine tilts since.
- The Miners are 47-11, including 12-1 in 2012-13, with her in the starting line-up.
- Voted to the 2012-13 preseason All C-USA team
- 2012 Junkanoo Jam MVP after averaging 16 points & eight rebounds in the two wins.
- Named the C-USA Co-Player of the Week (12/17/12).
- 2012 Second-team All C-USA team member
- 2012 C-USA All-Tournament team honoree.
#10 Syerra Davis (5-7, Sophomore, G)
- Appeared in every game as reserve guard.
- One of nine Miners with at least 10.0 mpg (11.5).
- Scored 13 points combined on 6-of-11 shooting against LMU (11/10/12) & Texas State (12/1).
- Tallied five points total while going 2-of-16 from floor in other 11 contests.
- Grabbed nine rebounds the past five games to top total (five) to start the year.
- Four of those in stretch came vs. UNM (12/20).
- Logged double figures in seven games & played at least five minutes in each contest.
- Included was career-long stretch of four straight.
- One of four Miners with more assists (10) than turnovers (9).
- Member of 2012 C-USA Academic Honor Roll.
#12 Anete Steinberga (6-2, Senior, C)
- Lone healthy senior & has started every game.
- Leads team in double-digit scoring games (10).
- Her 39 double-digit scoring games are most of any active Miner.
- Second in free throws made (36), attempted (52) & scoring (13.2).
- Third in offensive boards (31) & rebounds (5.8).
- Held to two points in opener.
- Scored at least eight points in each game since.
- Included in stretch was career-best six straight games with 10+ points.
- Grabbed 5+ rebounds in nine games, including three with eight.
- Attempted one free throw in first two games.
- Two FTA in each game since, including 5 of 6+.
- Played 30+ minutes four times this year to double total such contests (two) in 2011-12 campaign.
- Career-high-tying 33 minutes at KSU (12/16/12).
- Tagged with team-high 31 fouls on the season.
- Has not fouled out & committed four just twice.
- Three-time member of C-USA Academic Honor Roll (2010, 2011 & 2012).
#14 Marissa Rodriguez (5-7, Sophomore, G)
- Logged 18 minutes in four games of action.
- Scored career high for points with five against Eastern New Mexico (12/8/12).
- Two of three shots made have been triples.
- Nailed a three pointer to post first points of her career against NM State (12/5/12).
- Effort allowed her to play in consecutive contests for first time of career.
- Recipient of 2012 C-USA Academic Medal.
- Walk-on who grew up in El Paso but attended high school in San Antonio.
#20 Diamond Posey (5-7, Freshman, G)
- Played 37 minutes in seven games as reserve.
- Scored all 11 of her points on 3-of-7 shooting in her past three appearances.
- Didn’t score & was 0-of-5 from floor previously.
- Eight of 12 field-goal attempts have been treys.
- Ranked as No. 106 guard in country & assessed a grade of 87 by ESPN HoopGurlz coming out of high school.
#21 Saidah Zuberi Allen (5-11, Freshman, F/G)
- Played in every game as a reserve.
- One of nine Miners to earn 10.0+ mpg (13.2).
- Tallied career-best 12 points vs. UTPA (12/30).
- Gone 17-of-26 on free throws past eight games.
- Was 0-of-2 from charity stripe the first five.
- Had 5+ rebounds in five consecutive contests.
- Total of 35 boards in the stretch, aided by career-best 11 vs. Sam Houston State (12/28).
- Posted one game with five rebounds & had a total of 22 over the initial eight games.
- One of four Miners with 25+ (27) offensive boards.
- All 11 steals have come in past five games.
- Played 10+ minutes in seven straight games.
- Did so once in first six contests.
- Joined UTEP as a transfer who was eligible to play immediately after sitting out 2011-12 with an injury at Fresno State.
#32 Chrishauna Parker (5-10, Sophomore, G)
- Started every game, leading squad in assists per game (3.9), field-goal percentage (55.7) free-throws made (41) & attempted (61) & offensive boards (42).
- Shares team lead for double-doubles (four) & is second in rebounding (8.3).
- One of three Miners with at least 10.0 ppg (10.8).
- Reached double figures in scoring eight times to more than double total such efforts (three) from 2011-12.
- Never had more than three helpers last year.
- Hit 24-of-31 from the free-throw line past four games.
- Was 5-of-9 in the six games prior to surge.
- Lone Miner with 5+ boards in every contest.
- Had 4+ offensive boards in four straight games.
- Did so one in first nine contests on the year.
- The Miners are 19-2, including 12-1 this year, with her in the starting line.
#34 Destinee LaFountain (6-1, Junior, F)
- Played in every game as reserve forward.
- Paces reserves in minutes per game (15.4).
- Leads team in blocked shots (11).
- Made three blocks past two games to equal sum from prior five contests.
- Scored six points (3-of-7) & secured seven rebounds in final two non-conference contests.
- Scoreless (0-of-2) with three rebounds in the two previous contests.
- Had two steals vs. UTPA (12/30) to match total from prior six.
- Joined UTEP from Ventura College after earning Honorable-Mention All-America honors.
IT’S A MONTH THING
- Winning record in three of five months in basketball season under Keitha Adams.
- December (53-25) is the top month, followed by November (38-22) & January (50-37).
- Rolled to 8-0 mark in January last year.
STAT LOVERS’ LANE
- Made least one three-point shot in a program-record 213 straight games.
- The last time UTEP failed to fill up a triple in a contest was on Dec. 30, 2005.
- Hit one in all but four games during Keith Adams’ era.
- 116-13, including 5-0 this year, when scoring 70+ points under Adams.
- 104-16 in the past 120 contests, including 7-0 this year, when making 40.5% or better from the floor.
- 75-17 under Adams, including 4-0 this year, when drilling at least 40% on threes (min. five made).
- 125-44 under Adams, including 10-1 this year, when winning the boards. 58-13 in past 71 games when doing so.
- 59-2 under Adams, including 3-0 this year, when posting 20+ assists.
- 51-3 since the start of 2006-07 campaign & 70-12 under Adams foes have more turnovers than field goals. Stand 5-0 in area this year.
- 56-12 in past 68 games, including 3-1 this year, with 70% or better at the line. (min. 10 FTM).
- Oddly enough, record of 29-12 since 2006-07, including 4-0 this year, when falling shy of 61 percent at the free-throw line. (min. 10 FTA).
Anete Steinberga (Senior)
- On cusp (696) of moving past 700-point barrier.
- Ranks seventh at UTEP for career field-goal percentage (.456).
- UTEP has won 73 games since Steinberga & the now injured Kristine Vitola arrived on campus in 2009, which rates as the seventh-most by a class in Miner history.
- Started 68 games to tie for 10th at UTEP.
- On pace (420) to reach 500 career rebounds.
Kayla Thornton (Junior)
- Is 25th Miner in program history to reach 700 career points (712).
- Became 13th Miner to surpass 500 career rebounds (519).
- One of 10 Miners in school history to register at least 700 points & grab 500 rebounds.
- Career rebounding average (6.9) ranks ninth.
- Tied for eighth in career field-goal percentage (.454)
- Her 12 career double-doubles tie for seventh.
Kelli Willingham (Junior)
- On track (645) to crack 700+ points.
- Earned 71 career starts to rank ninth all time at the school. Eighth place is held by former Miner Izabela Piekarska (76).
- Played 2,275 career minutes, making her one of 17 Miners to surpass 2000. Christina Mata holds 10th place at 2,569.
- Nailed 120 career three pointers to place fifth. Former Miner Kasia Krezel is fourth (138).
- Attempted 325 triples to check in fifth. Fourth place is held by Jareica Hughes (430).
- Is sixth in triples in terms of percentage (.369).
- Ranks first (min. 100 made) for career free-throw percentage at UTEP (81.0). She has hit on 12-of-15 tries this year.
- On the path (265) to becoming fifth Miner with at least 300 career assists.
- Went 29-4 to set both the school (men’s) & Conference USA single-season record for wins. The four losses on the year were by a combined 15 points.
- Won both the 2012 Conference USA regular-season & tournament title championship. The tournament title was the first in program history while it was the second regular-season crown.
- Competed at the 2012 NCAA Championships, falling to nationally-ranked Penn State (11/12) 85-77, in the first round. It was the program’s second appearance all time at the NCAA Tournament.
- Finished 15-1 in C-USA play, with the .938 winning percentage rating third all time in the league.
- Enjoyed separate winning streaks of at least 10 games, including a program-best 10-0 to start year.
- Other single-season records set include blocked shots (197), games played (33), rebounding margin (+9.5), scoring defense (54.2), scoring margin (13.4), double-digit wins (21), road wins (11), wins by at least 20 points (10) and overall wins (29).
- Led C-USA in attendance average (2,639), blocked shots (6.0), field-goal percentage (40.8), field-goal percentage defense (33.6), free-throw percentage (69.7), RPI (49), rebounding margin (6.0), scoring margin (+13.4), three-point percentage defense (24.5)
- Received votes for the top-25 the final nine weeks of the season.
- Gloria Brown was voted first-team All C-USA, a member of the all-defensive team, named the Sixth Player of the Year and voted as the 2012 C-USA Tournament Champion MVP.
- Kayla Thornton was a second-team All C-USA member and was voted to the all-tournament team.
- Keitha Adams was voted as the C-USA Coach of the Year.
- Kelli Willingham was voted to the C-USA Academic All Conference Team.
- More than 2,000 fans in nine of the final 10 games and a single-season best 11 times overall.
- Final five games all had more than 4,000 fans, also a program best.
- Averaged 4,243 fans during the eight C-USA home games.
CLIFFSNOTES ON 2012-13 CAMPAIGN
at UTEP 85, Sam Houston 66 (12/28/12)
- Anete Steinberga scored a season-high 23 points, Kayla Thornton added 17 and Chrishauna Parker posted her third career double-double to help UTEP soar past Sam Houston State, 85-66, in front of a season-best 3,102 fans Dec. 28.
- After falling behind 5-0 in the first minute, UTEP used a 23-8 run to rip control of the contest. It was up 44-25 at half & cruised down the stretch.
- Parker tallied 15 points while grabbing a career-best 14 rebounds. She also dished out a personal-best-tying seven assists. .
- UTEP had just six turnovers, which ties as the fourth fewest in a single game at the school.
- The Bearkats were held to 33.3 percent from the floor, earning every point they got.
- The school-record-tying four-game streak of foes being held to 50 points or less was halted.
at UTEP 60, New Mexico 45 (12/20/12)
- Kayla Thornton poured in 22 points while Irene Gari (11 points) and Anete Steinberga (10 points) also reached double figures to help propel UTEP to a 60-45 conquest of I-25 rival New Mexico in front of a season-best 3,091 fans at the Don Haskins Center Dec. 20.
- The Miners led wire-to-wire.
- UTEP forced 20 turnovers-which led to 22 points- and kept UNM to 35.7 percent.
- UTEP made 20-of-29 free throws.
- UNM was 1-of-3 at the line, which ties as the fewest makes & attempts by foe in school history.
UTEP 52, at Kansas State 50 (12/16/12)
- Trailing by 10 (48-38) with 5:27 to play, UTEP dug deep and finished the game on a 14-2 run to topple previously unbeaten Kansas State, 52-50, at Bramlage Coliseum on Dec. 16.
- Improved to 3-0 this year against power conference schools.
- The Wildcats fell to 100-10 in non-conference home games the past 17 years.
- Held KSU to 29.2 percent (19-of-65) from the floor.
at UTEP 71, Eastern New Mexico 34 (12/8/12)
- UTEP pushed its winning streak to three by dismantling Eastern New Mexico, 71-34, on Dec. 8.
- The Miners, who never trailed in the contest, led the Division II Zias by 25 at the break (43-18) and were up by at least 30 for the final six minutes of action.
- All 10 players who saw action scored, with freshman Irene Gari keying the charge by reaching double figures (14 points) for the second straight game.
at UTEP 66, NM State 44 (12/5/12)
- Buoyed by freshman Irene Gari’s career-high 19 points and stifling defense, UTEP pounded I-10 rival NM State, 66-44, at home Dec. 5.
- The game was tied 4-4 before UTEP closed the half on a 31-6 surge, which was started by a 13-0 run.
- NM State finished with the third-lowest field-goal percentage by an opponent (20.9) in program history.
- It connected on just 2-of-17 in the first half (11.8 percent).
- Aggies scored 24 of 44 points in game on free throws.
- UTEP nailed eight three pointers to nearly match its sum (nine) from the prior three contests.
at UTEP 88, Texas State 81 (12/1/12)
- Thornton also grabbed 11 boards to secure her second double-double this year & 10th of her career.
- Trailed,46-41, at the half before a big second half.
- The game featured seven lead changes and 10 ties before a 7-0 run by UTEP in the final minute.
- Chrishauna Parker started it with a lay-up off an offensive rebound before Kelli Willingham drilled the Miners’ lone three pointer of the night with 28 seconds left. Thornton capped the surge, while also essentially icing the game, by sinking two free throws with 11 seconds to play.
at NM State 69, UTEP 68 (11/28/12)
- UTEP sustained its first loss of the season after being edged at NM State, 69-68, Nov. 28. The Aggies never led by more than one point in the game.
- There were five lead changes in the final 1:21, with the last one being after two made free throws by NM State’s Daneshia Williamson with 12 seconds left. UTEP pushed the ball up the court but couldn’t get a shot off in time.
- After connecting on a combined 55.2 percent (69-125) from the free-throw line the first five games, UTEP nailed 17-of-19 (89.5).
- Thornton set a career high for rebounds (15) while Gari established one for points (seven).
UTEP 64, vs. Arizona 53 (11/23/12)
- UTEP wrapped a 17-point run around the intermission and pulled away to a 64-53 victory against Arizona to win the 2012 Junkanoo Jam on Nov. 23.
- Anete Steinberga led four players in double figures with 18 points. Kayla Thornton (10 points, 10 rebounds) and Chrishauna Parker (10 points, 11 rebounds) each had double-doubles and Kelli Willingham added 11 points to help the Miners to their second victory against a Pacific-12 team in a week.
- It marked the first career double-double for Parker.
UTEP 61, vs. Texas Southern 52 (11/22/12)
- UTEP rode a big second half to post a 61-52 win vs. Texas Southern at its first game of the 2012 Junkanoo Jam on Nov. 22.
- Outscored the Tigers 38-22 in the second half to make a 30-23 halftime deficit a distant memory.
at UTEP 60, Arizona State 54 (11/18/12)
- Sophomore Chrishauna Parker scored 15 points, senior Anete Steinberga added 14, and UTEP defended with tenacity in an emotional 60-54 victory against traditional Pacific-12 power Arizona State at the Don Haskins Center Nov. 18.
- The back-and-forth game featured 10 ties and 15 lead changes. UTEP outscored ASU, 33-26, in the second half, including a key 5-0 run to break a 45-45 deadlock with 4:35 left.
- Connected on 25-of-39 at the free-throw line, including going 10-of-12 in the final four minutes of the tilt.
- Parker led the charge in that department by making 9-of-12, both career highs. Kelli Willingham was perfect (4-4) at the line while Steinberga drilled four as well.
- Willingham dished out four assists, but more importantly had just one turnover despite facing a full-court press from ASU for the majority of the contest.
- UTEP held ASU to 33.9 percent (19-of-56) while also forcing 18 turnovers that led to 22 points.
at UTEP 67, HBU 58 (11/16/12)
- The Huskies hung around for a bit before the Miners blew the visitors out of the water with a game-changing 19-6 run spanning about seven minutes in the second half.
- The surge afforded UTEP a 56-41 lead with 8:10 to play, and HBU never got closer than seven down the stretch.
at UTEP 79, LMU 51 (11/10/12)
- Kristine Vitola notched her first career-double double (21 points, 12 rebounds) to help UTEP pound Loyola Marymount.
- In addition to it being the initial double-double since joining the Orange and Blue, Vitola also set career standards for points (21) and boards (12). She hit on 10-of-11 free throws, also personal bests. She made 5-of-7 shots from the floor, including 1-of-2 from beyond-the-arc.
- UTEP opened up on a 15-0 run, with 10 points by Thornton.
- The prior best run to start a season under Keitha Adams was 7-0 in 2006-07.
- The 28-point margin of victory was the largest in a season opener vs. D1 foe in program history. The prior standard was 19 (68-49 vs. Northern Arizona, 11/20/05).
- The Miners improved to 7-5 in campaign lidlifters under head coach Keitha Adams, including 6-2 when starting the year at home.
- UTEP moved to 26-13 in home openers, helped by an effort of 9-3 under Adams.
- UTEP is now 20-19 all time in season openers, including 17-6 in El Paso.
at UTEP 69, St. Mary’s 60 (11/3/12)
- The Miners led for most of the game, and were up by 17 (61-44) with five minutes to play.
- Marring the victory was sophomore Jenzel Nash suffering a season-ending torn ACL.
The Last Meeting
February 16, 2012