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UTEP To Play Host To UAB In Nationally-Televised Contest Sunday

Irene Gari


Irene Gari

Jan. 18, 2013

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THE OPENING ACT

-  UTEP will take aim at its 10th straight win when it plays UAB at 1:05 p.m. MST Sunday.

-  There have been four win streaks of 10+ games in school history, including two last year (10 & 15).

-  Fox Sports Net will carry the game nation wide.

-  The Miners (14-1, 2-0 C-USA) & Blazers (11-4, 2-0 C-USA) are both unbeaten in league action.

-  Tickets are $5 for kids & $3 for adults.

-  No UTEP team has ever started the year 15-1.

-  2006-07, 2007-08 & 2011-12 squads were all 14-2

-  2007-08 improved to 27-2 & finished 28-4.

-  2011-12 moved to 25-2 & finished 29-4

-  2006-07 climbed to 16-2 & finished 22-8.

-  10-0 at home for second time in school history.

-  2007-08 (14-0) lone team to be perfect at home.

-  UTEP is  off to a 2-0 start in league play for second straight year & fifth time overall at the school.

-  The Miners have two separate winning streaks of at least five games this year (9 & 5).

-  Only two other teams at school (1992-93, 7 & 5, & 2011-12, 15 & 10) have done so.

 

   ACCOMPLISHMENTS, HONORS & MORE

-  Four straight weeks receiving votes in the polls.

-  28th in Coaches' Poll & tied for 31st in the AP.

-  Rated fourth in ESPN.com Midmajor poll.

-  Stand 41st in the RPI (RPIRatings.com)

-  Record of 2-0 on year vs. top-100 RPI foes.

-  Four C-USA weekly award recipients.

- Kristine Vitola (11/12), Kayla Thornton (12/17) & Anete Steinberga (1/14) were the player of the week while Irene Gari (12/10) was the freshman of the week.

 

QUITE A RUN

-  UTEP is 43-5 since the start of the 2011-12 season, including 14-1 this year.

-  29 wins, including 7 this year, by 10+ points.

-  5 losses by combined 16 points.

-  59-19 since start of 2010-11 campaign.

-  Only  2 of losses 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).

 

UTEP & C-USA

-  UTEP is within the top three of nine of the 14 major statistical categories. (see chart, page 1).

-  Forged mark of 17-1 in C-USA games since the start of last season, including 2-0 this year.

-  UTEP has posted four seasons with at least 10 league victories since joining C-USA in 2005-06.

-  Miners are 72-41 overall in C-USA contests.

-  UTEP has the best overall winning percentage since the restructure of C-USA in 2005-06.

-  The Miners are 157-74 (.680) in that timeframe.

 

INSIDE THE SERIES

-  UTEP leads the series 5-4, including 5-3 since being a part of C-USA.

-  The Miners beat the Blazers twice last year.

-  UTEP secured its first road win (47-45, 3/1/12) & it toppled UAB in the C-USA semis (60-49, 3/9/12).

-  UAB won first meeting (at home) in 1991-92.

 

GOING BACK IN TIME

at UTEP 81, East Carolina 66 (1/9/13)

-  Five different Miners reached double figures in scoring, & UTEP used a huge second half to beat East Carolina, 81-66, at home on Jan. 13.

-  Outscored ECU, 54-31, in the second half.

-  UTEP's 54 points are the seventh in the second half of a game in program annals.

-  The Pirates led by five (48-43) before a 10-0 UTEP run provided the first & only lead change.

Kelli Willingham scored eight points in sequence & finished with 15.

Kayla Thornton (21 points), Anete Steinberga (19 points), Willingham, & Irene Gari & Chrishauna Parker (12) also hit double digits.

-  Gari and Parker flirted with a double-double by grabbing nine rebounds apiece.

-  Fourth straight win in league home opener.

-  Won six of the past seven contests in situation.

-  Moved to 9-3 in them under Keitha Adams & 16-16 overall in program history.

 

GETTING TO KNOW UAB

-  UAB is 11-4, including 2-0 in C-USA play.

-  Stand 3-2 on the road & 2-0 in neutral site.

-  Won two straight & four of the past five.

-  Dropped consecutive contests before surge.

-  Three players in double figures for scoring.

-  No one else with more than 7.5 ppg.

-  Four Blazers with +4.0 rebounds per game.

-  No one better than 6.5 rpg.

-  3-4 on year when falling shy of 60 points.

-  7-0 when tallying 70 or more.

-  Held consecutive foes & 11 total to less than 60.

-  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).

 

RUNDOWN ON THE 2012-13 MINERS

-  Returned three starters (senior F Anete Steinberga junior F Kayla Thornton &  junior G  Kelli Willingham) from 2011-12 (29-4). 

-  Sophomore guards Syerra Davis & Chrishauna Parker also earned letters last year. Also back is sophomore walk-on G Marissa Rodriguez.

-  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 (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 largest senior class in program history a year ago at seven, with just one healthy senior in Steinberga.

 

-  Six newcomers are in 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).

-  Freshman F Tommitrise Collins will 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

-  Graduated biggest class (7) 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 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

-  461-587 since the start of the program for 1974-75 season, including 14-1 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. Became first C-USA women's team to go 16-0 in league play.

-  Finished 28-4 overall 2007-08, helped by school & C-USA setting 23-game winning streak.

-  Appeared in two NCAA Tournaments, forging a mark of 1-2 at the "Big Dance."

-  Advanced to second round in 2008. 

-  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 198-148 in 12th year at UTEP.

-  Is program's all-time win leader.

-  Overall is 325-185, including 14-1 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 183-106 in the past 10 years, including the 14-1 record in 2012-13.

-  Best record for a 10-year stretch before Adams' arrival was 115-155.

-  Led UTEP to 11-6 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 held by Adams' players.

-  Coached 15 players who have gone on to play professionally, including 2008 WNBA draft picks Izabela Piekarska & Natasha Lacy.

-  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.

 

HOME SWEET HOME

-  Home record of 127-51 in Keitha Adams era.

-  92-18 since 2006-07, including 10-0 this year.

-  57-27 was the best 7-year record before Adams.

-  25-2 over past 27 home games.

-  2 losses by combined three points.

-  7th straight year with 10+ home victories.

-  Prior six featured at least 12.

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

-  Only one of four (12-1, 1988-89) reached 12.

-  126-39 since starting streak in 2002-03.

 

ALL ABOUT THE FANS

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

-  Topped 3,000 in back-to-back non conference contests (UNM, SHSU) for first time at school.

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

-  Record of 19-6 all time in such contests, 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

 

TRAVEL TIME

-  Overall road mark of 50-85 under Keitha Adams.

-  37-33 since 2006-07, including 2-1 this year.

-  25-57 was the best 7-year record before Adams.

-  Won nine straight within C-USA play.

-  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.

 

GETTING OFFENSIVE

-  70+ points in 4 straight games, with 3 of 80+.

-  Held to 60 & 52, respectively, before the surge.

-  70+ points 3 times out of first 11 games.       

-  3 starters with +10.0 ppg. 2 others at 9.0 & 6.7.

-  No reserve contributing more than 4.0 ppg.

-  Above 70% on free throws 3 of past 4 games.

-  Achieved twice first 11 contests on the year.

-  100-of-126 (79.3) in free throws  in 5 games +70%.

-  133-of-234 (79.3) at the line in other 10 contests.

-  20+ offensive boards in 3 of the last 4 tilts.

-  2 such games in first 11 to start the season.

-  10+ offensive boards in every contest.

-  9 turnovers vs. East Carolina (1/13)

-  38 total (,20 & 18) in two previous contests.

-  17+ assists in 4 straight games.

-  4th time in school history to have such streak.

-  2005-06 & 2007-08 (4 games) 2006-07 (5 games).

 

GETTING DEFENSIVE

-  Prevented 10 foes from cracking 60 points.

-  Only Texas State (81, 12/1) has scored 70+ points.

-  Allowed 64+ points in 3 of past 4 games.

-  Happened twice in first 11 contests.

-  12 foes held to less than 36% from floor.

-  ECU (1/13) grabbed 18 offensive boards.

-  14 total by opponents prior two tilts.

-  Pirates were 3-of-19 (.158) on threes.

-  Foes 14-of-38 (.368) in two games before.      

-  Forced at least 18 turnovers 10 times.

-  6 opponents have made at least 20.

-  3 straight games with 7+ steals.

-  Strung together 4 such games early in year.

 

QUICK HITTERS ACROSS THE ROSTER

#1 Jamie Madden (5-8, Freshman, PG)

-  Played 48 minutes total in eight games.

-  Scored half (6-of-12) of points on free throws.

-  6-of-6 at the charity stripe.

-  3-of-8 on twos & 0-of-7 on threes.

-  Made debut at the Junkanoo Jam.

-  Rated No. 103 point guard in nation by All Star Girls Report coming out of high school.

 

#2 Cameasha Turner (5-9, Freshman, G)

One of nine Miners to earn +10.0 mpg (11.9).

-  Did not play against ECU (1/13).

-  2 minutes of action at Tulsa (1/9).

-  7+ minutes in each non-conference game.

-  11 points (4-of-9 shooting) in first three games.

-  15 points while hitting 5-of-28 since.

-  2+ rebounds six times.

-  1 offensive & 20 defensive rebounds.

-  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), three pointers made (29) & minutes per game (31.5).

One of four Miners with at least 8.5 ppg (9.0).

-  Lone Miner with 5+ points in every game.

-  8+ points in 10 contests.

-  2-of-2 on threes vs. East Carolina (1/13).

-  0-of-5 at Tulsa (1/9), her first game without a three.

-  10-of-13 on free throws the past four games.

-  10-of-13 at charity stripe the first 11 contests.

-  3 or more assists in 13 games.

-  1 assist vs. both Texas State (12/1) & NM State (12/5).

-  Career-best 9 boards at Tulsa (1/9).

-  3 of them were offensive rebounds.

-  2 total offensive boards first 13 games of year.

-  6 games with 4+ rebounds to top total (5) of such contests during 2011-12 campaign.

-  30+ minutes in 6 straight & team-high 11 games.

-  2012 C-USA All-Academic Team member.

-  2011 & 2012 C-USA Academic Medal recipient.

 

#4 Irene Gari (6-1, Freshman, G)

-  Started 12 straight & played in every game.

Moved into starting line-up after Kristine Vitola sustained a season-ending injury against Arizona State (11/18/12).

-  25 points on 8-of-41 shooting first 7 games.

-  2-of-14 on three pointers in that stretch.

-  75 points on 23-of-61 shooting 8 games since.

-  10-of-26 on triples since the surge.

-  Effort has lifted scoring average from 3.6 to 6.7.

-  Career-best 9 boards vs. ECU (1/13).

-  7 total rebounds the prior 3 games.

-  8-of-16 overall from floor past 2 contests.

-  8-of-28 prior 3 tilts.

-  9 assists the past 3 games.

-  8 helpers previous 5.

-  30+ minutes in consecutive contests.

-  Did so twice first 13 games on the year.

-  Named C-USA Freshman of Week on Dec. 10.

-  First player in program history from Spain.

 

#5 Kayla Thornton (6-1, Junior, F)

-  Leads team in double-doubles (five), scoring (15.4), rebounding (8.5) & steals (25).

-  2nd on team in offensive boards (46).

-  1 of 3 Miners with 40+ free throws (44-of-64).

-  1 of 4 Miners with +assist/turnover ratio (1.1).

-  6 straight & 11 games total with 10+ points.

-  7+ points in three other games.

-  Back-to-back 20+ point games & 5 total on year.

-  14-of-36 on three pointers past 5 games.

-  5-of-27 previous nine.

-  15 offensive rebounds past three games.

-  6 in the prior 3 contests.

-  77 minutes past 2 games.

-  54 minutes the previous 2.

-  4+ free-throw attempts in 6 straight games.

-  27-of-36 in stretch, including 7-of-8 vs. ECU (1/13).

-  17-of-28 in the first nine games of the year.

-  6 steals past 2 games to equal sum the prior 6.

-  49-11 as starter, including 14-1 in 2012-13.

-  C-USA Co-Player of the Week on 12/17/12.

-  2012 Junkanoo Jam MVP (16 ppg, 8.0 rpg).

-  2012-13 preseason All-C-USA team.

-  2012 2nd-team All C-USA (9.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg).

 

#10 Syerra Davis (5-7, Sophomore, G)

-  Played in every game, earning 11.9 mpg.

-  1 of 4 Miners with +assist/turnover ratio (1.5).

-  Career-best 4 assists vs. East Carolina (1/13).

-  9 assists past 4 games tops sum (7) to start year.

-  Hit only three-point try at Tulsa (1/9).

-  0-of-7 from distance to start the year.

-  13 points (6-of-11) vs. LMU (11/10) & TSU (12/1).

-  8 points (3-18) in other 13 games.

-  5+ minutes in every game, including 8 of 10+.

-  2012 C-USA Academic Honor Roll.

 

#12 Anete Steinberga (6-2, Senior, C)

-  Lone healthy senior & has started every game.

-  6 straight & team-high 12 games of 10+ points.

-  Never scored 10+ points in 7 straight contests.

-  Leads team  in double-digit scoring games (11) & free-throws made (48).

-  2nd in scoring (13.9) & 3rd in rebounding (5.7).

-  1 of 4 Miners with 30+ offensive boards (37).

-  2 points in opener vs. LMU (11/10).

-  8+ points in each game since.

-  5+ boards in 10 games, including 3 with 8.

-  23-of-27 on free throws over past 5 games.

-  25-of-37 at the line in the first 10 contests.

-  9 fouls past two tilts, including 5 vs. ECU (1/13).

-  Hadn't fouled out this year before that game.

-  9 fouls total over prior 4 games before stretch.

-  30+ minutes 4 times this year.

-  2 such games in 2011-12.

-  2010, 2011 & 2012 C-USA Academic Honor Roll.

 

#14 Marissa Rodriguez (5-7, Sophomore, G)

-  18 minutes in 4 games of action.

-  Career-high 5 points vs. ENMU (12/8).

-  2 of 3 shots made have been three pointers.

-  3 of 4 shots tried from beyond the arc.

-  3 pointer vs. NM State (12/5).

-  2012 C-USA Academic Medal Recipient.

-  Recipient of 2012 C-USA Academic Medal.

-  Walk-on who grew up in El Paso.

-  Attended HS in San Antonio before returning.

 

#20 Diamond Posey (5-7, Freshman, G)

-  37 minutes in 7 games in non-conference play.

-  Has not played since start of C-USA action.

-  All 11 points scored in her past 3 appearances.

-  3-of-7 from floor in those games.

-  Scoreless & 0-of-5 from floor previously.

 

 

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