MINERS
UTEP To Challenge Preseason Favorite Tulane On Road Thursday

Irene Gari


Irene Gari

Feb. 6, 2013

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THE OPENING ACT

-   UTEP will play at C-USA preseason favorite Tulane at 6 p.m. MST Thursday. The game will air on KHRO 1150 AM in El Paso.

-   The Miners, Green Wave & East Carolina are in a three-way tie for second place in C-USA at 5-2.  SMU leads the way at 7-0.

-   The Green Wave (16-4, 5-2 C-USA) went 2-0 on the road last week.

-   The Miners (17-3, 5-2 C-USA) were 1-1 at home last week.

-   Beat Tulsa (50-35, 1/31) & fell to SMU (82-73, Feb. 3).

-   Last lost consecutive league contests in 2010-11 season.

-   Won school-record 12 straight C-USA road contests.

-   Off to start of at least 17-3 for fourth time in program history.

-   2006-07 was also 17-3. 2007-08 & 2011-12 were both 18-2.

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

-   2011-12 moved to 25-2 before concluding campaign at 29-4.

-   17 wins is 5th-highest single-season total in program history.

-   Off to start of at least 5-2 in league play for 7th time at school.

-   1997-98, 2006-07 & 2008-09 were 5-2. 1992-93 was 6-1 & 2007-08 & 2011-12 were both 7-0 at juncture. 

-   2007-08 finished at 16-0, the first C-USA women’s team to do so.

-   2011-12 improved to 14-0 before wrapping league play at 15-1.

-   2006-07 moved to 6-2 & ended year at 10-6.

-   2008-09 slipped to 5-4  but rallied to finish at 11-5.

-   1997-98 fell to 5-3 but recovered to end up at 10-6.

-   1992-93 dropped to 6-4 & closed conference play at 8-6.

 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS, HONORS & MORE

-   Seven straight weeks receiving votes in the polls.

-   Rated fourth in ESPN.com Midmajor poll.

-   71st in the RPI (RPIRatings.com).

-   3-0 on year vs. teams from power-league conferences.

-   Best overall win% (67.8) of C-USA teams since joining in 2005-06.

-   160-76 overall record, including 17-3 this year, in timeframe.

-   Most league wins & best league win% of each team since 2005-06.

-   76-43 (.639) including 5-2 on year, in C-USA play.

-   Tied for most years (4) with 10+ C-USA wins since 2005-06.               

-   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

-   46-7 since start of the 2011-12 season, including 17-3 this year.

-   31 wins, including 8 this year, by 10+ points.

-   6 losses by combined 29 points, with 3 losses this year by 14 total.

-   20-3 in C-USA games since 2011-12, including 5-2 this season.

-   62-21 overall since the start of 2010-11 campaign.

-   19 of 21 losses in that timeframe by single digits.

-   Last double-digit loss was at Houston (61-77, 2/20/11).

-   Other in sequence was at UCSB (50-68, 12/11/10).

 

UTEP & THE STAT RANKINGS

-   Top-3 ranking in 7 of 14 major stat categories (chart, pg. 1).

-   Pace C-USA in 3 categories.

-   Kayla Thornton has a top-10 ranking for scoring (15.4-7th) & rebounds (8.2-7th)

-   Anete Steinberga is 9th in FG% (43.8) & 10th in scoring (14.0).

-   Chrishauna Parker is 3rd in FG percentage (52.3), rebounding (9.0) & 5th in assists (4.1). 

-   Kelli Willingham is 4th in three-point percentage (37.0) & 13th in assists per game (3.1).

 

INSIDE THE SERIES

-   The series is tied, 8-8, with UTEP going 3-0 vs. Tulane last year.

-   Claimed both regular-season contests & the C-USA title tilt.

-   UTEP also had a season sweep in 2006-07.

-   Tulane registered a season sweep in 2009-10

-   Series was split in 2005-06, 2006-07, 2008-09 & 2010-11.

-   First meeting came in 1979-80 campaign, which TU won.

 

GOING BACK IN TIME

SMU 83, at UTEP 72 (2/3/13)

-   Kayla Thornton scored 20 points to lead a quartet of players in double figures, and UTEP battled hard only to have SMU prevail, 82-73, at the Don Haskins Center Feb. 3.

-   Connected on 42.4% (28-of-66) from floor, including 8-20 on 3s.

-   Won boards (41-38) but SMU had too much firepower.

-   3 SMU players combined for 63 points.

-   SMU led 38-34 at half & eventually at 68-50 with 8:26 to play.

-   UTEP used 13-2 run to trim deficit to 7 but couldn’t finish rally.

-   Anete Steinberga (13 points), Kelli Willingham (11 points) and Irene Gari (10 points) joined Thornton in double figures.

-   Chrishauna Parker had game-high 11 boards & five assists.

 

GETTING TO KNOW TULANE

-   Tulane is 16-4 overall, 7-4 at home, 7-0 on road & 2-0 neutral.

-   Started season 5-0 & entered C-USA play at 11-2.

-   Dropped C-USA opener vs. SMU (56-62, 1/10) but won next 3.

-   Fell at home to ECU (52-55, 1/27) but was 2-0 on road last week.

-   5 players with +7.0 ppg, including 2 in double figures.

-   4 players with +4.0 rpg, but no one more than 6.4 rpg.

-   Only C-USA team above both 41% (41.2) overall & 34% on 3s (34.9)

-   4 losses on season by combined 15 points.

-   Held 3 straight foes & 9 total on year to below 60 points.

-   70+ points scored 2 of last 4 & 8 times overall on the years.

 -  Tulane was founded as medical college in 1834.

-   Grew into comprehensive university in 1847.

-   University has closed for prolonged period just twice since then.

-   1st was for Civil War & the other was due to Hurricane Katrina.

-   Notable alumni include David Filo (co-founder Yahoo!), Newt Gingrich (former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives), and the late Luther Terry (former U.S. Surgeon General, who issued first official health hazard warning for tobacco).

 

RUNDOWN ON THE 2012-13 MINERS

-   Returned 3 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, as is walk-on 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 had 5.1 ppg in 11.9 mpg in promising freshman year.

-   1 healthy senior after Vitola’s injury.

-   Miners had largest senior class (7) a year ago.

-   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 2nd in the 2012-13 Conference USA Preseason Poll. 

    -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) came off bench.

 

THE BASIC FACTS ON UTEP

-   464-589 since program started (1974-75) including 17-3 this year.

-   Won 3 league 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.

-   Advanced to second round in 2008. 

-   Secured Conference USA’s automatic bid last year but 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 201-150 in 12th year at UTEP.

-   Is program’s all-time win leader.

-   328-187 overall mark as 17 years  as collegiate head coach.

-   1 of 5 active C-USA women’s basketball coaches with 300+ wins.

-   All 3 20+ win seasons & 4 of 5 with 18+ wins at UTEP under Adams.

-   Produced 7 straight & 8 total seasons with 16+ wins.

-   Feat achieved three times in 27 years prior.

-   All 3 league championships at school during her tenure.

-   Same goes for both NCAA Tournament bids.

-   186-108 record past 10 years, including 17-3 in 2012-13.

-   115-155 was best record for 10-year stretch before her arrival.

-   Led UTEP to 11-7 mark on national TV games.

-   Earned votes in top-25 poll in 5 years, including 2012-13.

-   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 15 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.

 

HOME SWEET HOME

-   Home record of 128-53 in Keitha Adams era.

-   93-21 since 2006-07, including 11-2 this year.

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

-   26-4 over past 30 home games.

-   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.

-   127-41 since starting streak in 2002-03.

 

TRAVEL TIME

-   Overall road mark of 53-85 under Keitha Adams.

-   39-33 since 2006-07, including 4-1 this year.

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

-   16-2 over past 18 road contests. 

-   Won school-record 12 consecutive C-USA road tilts.

-   Previous mark was 9 (2006-07 through 2007-08)

    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

-   4 starters at +8.5 ppg, with 2 at +14.0 ppg, & the 5th at 6.2 ppg.

-   No reserve contributing more than 4.0 points per game.

-   73 points against SMU (2/3).

-   Fewer than 60 points (2 of 50 or less) in  3 of previous 4 games.

-   1 such game (52 at Kansas State, 12/16) in first 15 contests.

-   31.3 points on avg. &  36.9% (234-635) in 1st half of games.

-   36.2 points on avg. & 41.2% (255-619) in 2nd half of games.

-   16 points from bench players vs. SMU (2/3).

-   5 points from back-ups vs. Tulsa (1/31).

-   +40% from floor in 2 of past 3 games.

-   Fell shy of figure in 3 previous contests.

-   8-of-20 on three pointers against SMU (2/3).

-   1-of-12 from distance against Tulsa (1/31).

-   22-of-43 (51.2) on free throws past 3 games.

-   45-of-59 (76.3) at the charity stripe the prior 3 contests.

-   122-of-156 (78.2) in free throws  in 7 games +70%.

-   155-of-273 (56.8) at the line in other 13 contests.

-   10+ offensive boards in 19 of 20 tilts, with 7 of 20+.

-   8 offensive rebounds at Rice (1/24)

-   17 turnovers vs. SMU (2/3)

-   41 giveaways prior 2 games, with season-high 22 at UH (1/27).

-   34 turnovers the three previous contests.

-   More turnovers than foes in 5 games (3-2).

-   17 assists against SMU (2/3).

-   44 total helpers (11 apg) in the previous 4 games.

-   Enjoyed 17+ assists in 4 straight games earlier in year. -

-   4th time in school history of such a streak.

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

-   Scored 80+ points vs. both SHSU & UTPA.

-   First time with 80+ points in consecutive games vs. D1 foes since 2005-06 (85, at N. Colo., 12/13 & 83 vs. Ill. St. 12/18).

-   Had 20+ offensive boards vs. SHSU & UTPA.

-   Feat hadn’t been achieved since 2006-07.

 

GETTING DEFENSIVE

-   Prevented 13 foes from cracking 60 points.

-   SMU (82, 2/3) & Texas State (81, 12/1) are only with 70+ points.

-   Allowed season-high 82 points against SMU (2/3).

-   3 previous foes had been held to 55 points or less.

-   15 foes shot less than 36% from floor.

-   SMU hit 45.0 % from the floor, including 9-of-17 (52.9)  on 3s.

-   2 previous opponents connected on less than 28.5% overall.

-   3 prior foes were 25.5% (13-of-51) on three-point shots.

-   5 of past 6 teams finished with 15 or fewer turnovers.

-   Allowed 17 offensive boards to both Tulsa (1/31) & SMU (2/3).

-   Conceded 17 total in 2 games before surge.

-   7+ steals in 5 of the past 8 games.

-   Had 4 games with 7+ steals in first 12 tilts.

-   Equaled a school record by holding four straight opponents to 50 points or less (12/5-12/20) before SHSU had 66 (12/28).

-   The 1992-93 squad was the first to do so.

-   Also streaks of 3 in a row of conceding 50 points or less in 1974-75, 1980-81, 2003-04 & 2011-12.

-   Kept NM State (12/5) & ENMU (12/8) to less than 23%.

-   1st time in school history consecutive foes fell shy of figure.

-   TSU (11/22) tied for 7th most turnovers by opponent with 33.

 

QUICK HITTERS ACROSS THE ROSTER

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

-   9.5 minutes per game & has appeared in 12 contests as reserve.

-   7-of-17 from floor for 18 points in 67 minutes past 4 games.

-   3-of-13 shooting & tallied 12 points in first 8 appearances.

-   2-of-5 on three pointers vs. SMU (2/3).

-   1-of-10 in area in her first 11 appearances.

-   7-of-8 at the charity stripe.

-   2+ boards in 3 contests.

-   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 (10.9)

-   11 minutes total in 3 appearances since the start of C-USA play.

-   7+ minutes in each non-conference game.

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

-   15 points while hitting 5-of-31 in her 13 appearances 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 (1.6), three pointers made (37) & minutes per game (31.4).

-   2nd on squad in assists per game (3.1) & total steals (23).

-   One of four Miners with at least 8.5 ppg (8.7).

-   Lone Miner with 5+ points in every game.

-   8 or more points in 12 contests.

-   4-of-8 (50.0%) from floor against SMU (2/3).

-   11-of-39 (28.2) overall shooting in 4 previous games.

-   Made at least 1 three pointer in every game but at Tulsa (1/9).

-   8-of-11 on free throws combined at Tulsa (1/9) & vs. ECU (1/13).

-   2-of-3 at charity stripe in 5 contests since.

-   3 or more assists in 14 games.

-   1 assist in each of other 5 games.

-   3 fouls vs. SMU (2/3), which limited her to 23 minutes.

-   30+ minutes in 10 games before & a team-high 15 times.

-   7 games with 4+ rebounds. Had 5 such games in 2011-12. 

-   2012 C-USA All-Academic Team member.

-   2011 & 2012 C-USA Academic Medal recipient.

-   58-20 as starter, including 17-2 in 2012-13.

 

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

-   Started 17 straight & played in every game with 25.1 mpg.

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

-   19 points, 7-of-16 overall from the floor the past 3 tilts.

-   4 points on 2-of-12 shooting previous 2 contests.

-   3-of-4 on free throws in the past 2 games

-   0-of-1 at charity stripe the prior 5 contests.

-   14 rebounds the past 3 tilts, including 5 vs. SMU.

-   3 boards total the 2 games before the surge on the glass.

-   10 turnovers past 3 contests surpasses sum (8) from prior 7.

-   28, 27,22 & 22 minutes played past 3 games.

-   30+ minutes in the previous 3 tilts.

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

-   First player in program history from Spain.

 

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

-   Started every game, earning second-most mpg (28.7).

-   Leads team in double-doubles (6), scoring (15.4), & steals (35).

-   2nd in rebounding (8.3) & offensive boards (61).

-   1 of 3 Miners with 50+ free throws (53-of-76).

-   11 straight & 16 games with 10+ points (2nd most on team).

-   7+ points in three other games.

-   16-of-36 (44.4) from floor the past 2 games.

-   6-of-21 (28.5%) overall from floor past 2 tilts.

-   3-of-6 on three-pointers against SMU (2/3).

-   2-of-17 on three pointers previous  3 contests. 

-   48.0% (82-of-171) on year in 2-point shots.

-   30.9% (30-of-97) on season in 3-point tries.

-   35-of-47 on free throws in past 10 contests.

-   17-of-28 in the first 9 games of the year.

-   16 steals past 7 games.

-   8 thefts total in the 9 games before surge.

-   30+ minutes in 5 of past 7 games.

-   30+ minutes 4 times over first 13 tilts.

-   52-13 as starter, including 17-3 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 as reserve, earning 10.5 mpg.

-   1 of 3 Miners with +assist/turnover ratio (1.4).

-   8 minutes of playing time against SMU (2/3).

-   4 minutes combined of action in previous 2 games.

-   5+ minutes in the first 17 games, with 9 of 10+.

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

-   0-of-8 from distance in other games.

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

-   10 points (4-24) in other 18 games.

-   6 assists combined at Tulsa (1/9) & vs. East Carolina (1/13).

-   7 total helpers in other 18 contests.

-   2012 C-USA Academic Honor Roll.

 

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

-   Lone healthy senior & has started every game.

-   11 straight & team-high 17 games of 10+ points.

-   Previously long stretch in career was 6 in a row (twice).

-   2nd on team in free-throws made (56) & attempted (74).

-   2nd in scoring (14.0) & 3rd in rebounding (6.5).

-   1 of 3 Miners with 50+ offensive boards (55).

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

-   8+ points in each game since.

-   5+ boards in 6 straight games, with 3 10+ & another of 9.

-   All 3 double-doubles on year have come in past 5 contests.

-   8 assists, including season-high 5 vs. SMU (2/3), past 2 games.

-   1 helper total 2 tilts before the push.

-   26-of-56 (46.4) from floor in past 4 contests.

-   4-of-14 (28.6) shooting effort against UAB (1/20).

-   4-of-9 (44.4) on free throws past 4 games.

-   18-of-19 (94.7) at charity stripe prior 3 tilts. 

-   3+ fouls in 7 straight tilts, with 4 or more in three of them.

-   Committed 2 fouls vs. SHSU (12/28) & 1 against UTPA (12/30).

-   30+ minutes in 3 straight & 8 times total on year.

-   2 such contests in 2011-12.

-   C-USA Player of the Week on 1/14/12.

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

 

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

-   19 minutes in 5 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) for first career points.

-   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 the start of C-USA action.

-   All 11 points scored in her most-recent 3 appearances.

-   3-of-7 from floor in those games.

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

-   8 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, earning reserve-high 14.1 mpg.

-   1 of 4 Miners with 40+ offensive boards (40).

-   12 points total & 6-of-11 shooting the past 3 games.

-   7 points & 3-of-19 from the floor the prior 3 contests.

-   2 boards against Tulsa (1/31) & 4 vs. SMU (2/3).

-   5+ rebounds 10 prior tilts, with 71 total (7.1 rpg) in stretch.

-   1-of-5 on free throws the past 7 games.

-   18-of-31 at the line the 8 tilts before dryspell.

-   0-2 from charity stripe in the first 5 contests of the campaign.

-   1 foul vs. SMU (2/3).

-   6 personal fouls combined the 2 games before.

-   10+ minutes in 13 of past 14 games.

-   1 game of 10+ minutes in the first 6.

-   Sat out 2011-12 season with injury at Fresno St.

-   Transferred & ruled eligible to play immediately.

 

#32 Chrishauna Parker (5-10, Sophomore, G)

-   Started every game & paces team in assists per game (4.1), FG% (52.3), free-throws made (62) & attempts (100), offensive boards (72) & rebounding (9.0).

-   Amy Pack (9.4, 2000-01) was last Miner with at least 9.0 rpg.

-   No Miner has ever finished with +4.0 apg & 9.0 apg.

-   2nd in double-doubles (4) & 3rd in scoring (9.0).

-   Lone Miner with 5+ boards in every game.

-   3+ offensive boards in 12 of past 13 & 16 contests total on year.

-   10+ points in 6 of past 9 & 11 games total.

-   3 double-digit scoring games as a freshman.

-   9 games with 5+ assists.

-   Never had more than 3 assists last year.

-   5+ free throw attempts in 8 games.

-   3 games with 10+ free throw attempts.

-   0-of-2 shooting against SMU (2/3).

-   10-of-16 from floor & above 50% in 3 previous contests.

-   4 steals past two games to surpass effort (3) from prior 11.

-   24-4 as starter, including 17-3 in 2012-13.

 

#34 Destinee LaFountain (6-1, Junior, F)

-   Off bench as forward in all 20 games, logging 13.7 mpg.

-   Team-high 16 blocked shots.

-   7 points (3-of-5) from floor at Rice (1/24) & vs. SMU (2/3).

-   4 points total (1-of-16) from floor in other 5 C-USA contests.

-   3+ boards in 3 straight games.

-   3rd such streak this year, but it has yet to hit 4 contests.

-   Hit 3 of her past 6 free throws attempted.

-   5-of-19 at charity stripe before recent stretch.

-   3-of-6 at the line in the season opener vs. LMU (11/10).

-   Joined UTEP from Ventura College.

-   Earned Honorable-Mention All-America Honors.

 

IT’S A MONTH THING

-   Winning record in 3 of 5 months under Keitha Adams.

-   December (53-25) is the top month, followed by November (38-22) & January (55-38).

-   20-3 combined in January & February of 2012 & 2013.

 

STAT LOVERS’ LANE

-   Hit at least 1 three pointer in program-best 220 straight games.

-   Last game without a trey was Dec. 30, 2005.

-   Hit 1 in all but 4 games under Keitha Adams.

-   7-1 on year & 118-14 with 70+ pts under Adams.

-   9-1 on year & 107-17 past 124 games when making 40.5 percent or better from floor.

-   5-1 on year & 76-18 under Adams +40.0% on 3s.

-   14-3 on year & 129-46 under Adams winning boards.

-   62-15 in past 77 games when doing so.

-   3-0 on year & 59-2 under Adams with 20+ assists.

-   6-0 this year & 71-12 under Adams when more turnovers forced than field-goals made by the opposition.

-   52-3 in that area since the start of the 2006-07 campaign.

-   4-2 this year & 57-13 past 70 games making  70% on free throws (min. 10 free throws made).

-   Oddly enough, 6-1 on year & 31-13 since 2006-07 when falling shy of 61 percent at the line (min. 10 free-throw attempts).

 

CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS

Anete Steinberga (Senior)

-   18th on UTEP scoring list (803).

-   Norma Sierra (1988-92) is 17th at 804.

-   46 10+ point games most of any active Miners.

-   7th at UTEP for career field-goal% (.455).

-   UTEP has won 78 games since Steinberga & the now injured Kristine Vitola arrived on campus in 2009.

-   Tied for 4th with Sviatlana Trukshanina (2007-11).

-   Briana Green (2008-12) is 3rd (79) while Jareica Hughes & Timika Williams share the school record with 84 from 2006-10.

-   Started 75 games to place 10th at UTEP.

-   Closing in on 500+ rebounds (477).

 

 

 

Kayla Thornton (Junior)

-   1 of 4 Miners in school history with at least 800 points (832), 100 steals (102) & 500 rebounds (572).

-   5th for rebounds (572) & ninth for average (3.0)

-   Izabela Piekarska (2004-08) ranks fourth on the list (651).

-   16th for total points (832).

-   Lenore Dembs (1983-85) is 15th (849).

-   18th at school for steals (102).

-   Chris Hall (1985-89) holds 17th place (106).

-   14 double doubles ranks 5th at school.

-   Dragana Zoric (2001-03) is 4th with 18.

-   10th at UTEP for career field-goal% (.443).

 

Kelli Willingham (Junior)

-   Recently became 27th Miner all time with 700+ points (705).

-   On track to reaching 300+ assists (280).

-   Would be 3rd Miner Jareica Hughes (2006-09) & Ana Valtierra (2002-07) to achieve both feats.

-   Fifth at UTEP for three pointers made (130).

-   Kasia Krezel (2004-08) is 4th (138).

-   Also fifth for triples attempted (362).

-   Fourth place held by Hughes. (430).

-   t6th at UTEP for career starts (78).

-   11th all time for minutes played (2,503).

-   Christina Mata (1999-01) is 10th (2,569).

-   80.1 free-throw % (min. 100 made) is 2nd.

 

TAKING OUT POWER SCHOOLS

-   3 wins against members of power conferences.

-   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).

-   6-35 all time in such games, including 3-0 this year.

-   4 of the wins during the Keitha Adams era.

-   UTEP beat Nebraska (Big 12, 63-53, 12/20/08).

-   Before Adams, UTEP beat Kansas State (Big 8, 67-61, 12/6/96) & Arizona (66-46, Pac 10, 11/20/80).

 

THIS & THAT

-   Winning mark at 10 (9-1), 15 (14-1) & 20 (17-3) games.

-   School-record 9th straight season of winning mark at 15 tilts.

-   Prior school standards was four.

-   Program-record 8th straight winning mark at 20 games.

-   Previous record was six consecutive campaigns.

-   4 in row & 6 total under Keitha Adams of +.500 at 10 games.

-   2nd straight & 3rd overall start of at least 5-0 on the year.

-   Longest win streak to start year is 10 (2011-12).

-   Previously never had back-to-back 3-0 starts.

 

SUCCESS GALORE IN NON CONFERENCE

-   Most wins (12) before league play by UTEP team.

-   Prior school standard was 11.

-   11-2 entering C-USA play last year & 11-1 at juncture in 2006-07.

-   99-57 in non-league play under Keitha Adams.

-   School-record 8 straight seasons of .500 or better out of league.

-   75-33 in timeframe, including 23-4 past 2 years.

-   The prior record was four (1994-95 to 1997-98).

 

2011-12 REWIND

-   29-4 to set both the school (men’s) & Conference USA single-season record for wins.  4 losses were by a combined 15 points.

-   Won both the 2012 Conference USA regular-season & tournament title championship.

-   1st tourney title at school & 2nd regular-season crown.

-   Fell to #11/12 Penn State (85-77) in first round of NCAA Tourney.

-   Finished 15-1 in C-USA play, with .938 winning percentage rating third all time in the league.

-   Program-best 10-0 start to the year. Also had 15-game win streak.

-   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 20+ points & 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 2nd-team All C-USA member & voted to all-tournament team.

-   Keitha Adams was tabbed C-USA Coach of the Year.

-   Kelli Willingham was voted to the C-USA Academic  All Conference Team.

-   More than 2,000 fans in 9 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.

 

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.

-   20 of the 26 home games in school history with 3,000+ fans occurred during Adams’ tenure.

-   20-7 all time in such contests, including 17-4 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.  4,007     Tulsa*             W, 50-35    1/31/13

15.  3,781     UAB*              L, 57-61     1/20/13

16.  3,726     Hawaii*          L, 36-65        2/3/00

17.  3,646     Houston*        W, 74-67    1/11/09

18.  3,497     Rice*              W, 65-52      1/5/07

19.  3,450     UNM               W, 64-62  12/20/10

20.  3,273     NM State       L, 60-61     12/7/02

21.  3,215     Fresno St.*    L, 62-78     2/14/02

22.  3,173     San Diego St.*                W, 70-59              1/22/93

23.  3,107     Fresno State*                  W, 45-38              2/12/04

24.  3,104     Wyoming*      L, 64-66        3/6/93

25.  3,102     SHSU             W, 85-66  12/28/12

26.  3,091     New Mexico W, 60-45  12/20/12

27.  3,052     Memphis*      W, 66-60      1/8/12

 

denotes Adams era

* denotes league contest

 

CLIFFSNOTES ON 2012-13 CAMPAIGN

at UTEP 50, Tulsa 35 (1/31/13)

-   UTEP used swarming defense and an offensive outburst in the second half to storm past Tulsa, 50-35, in front of a season-best 4,006 fans at the Don Haskins Center Jan. 31.

-   Tulsa was held to the lowest field-goal percentage (20.6) and fewest points (35) by a conference opponent in UTEP history.

-   First double-digit win for UTEP when scoring 50 or fewer points.

-   TU led 22-17 with 17:31 to play before 18-2 UTEP run.

-   Kayla Thornton scored 16 points & had eight rebounds.

-   Anete Steinberga (13 points & 10 rebounds) had a double-double

-   Chrishauna Parker scored seven points, grabbed a career-best 15 rebounds while posting four assist & three steals.

 

UTEP 65, at Houston 54 (1/24/13)

-   Buoyed by Anete Steinberga’s double-double (20 points, 12 rebounds) and a sizzling second half of shooting, UTEP soared to a 65-54 road conquest of Houston on Jan. 27.

-   There were four ties & 11 lead changes, with UTEP using 11-2 run to grab 50-43 edge & it never relinquished it.

-   Shot 58.7 (17-of-29) after the break.

-   Owned the boards, with a +19 margin (50-31).

-   UH shot 28.1 % (16-of-57), including 24.0% on threes (6-of-24).

-   Kayla Thornton overcame foul issues in the first half to finish with 10 points in five rebounds while Kelli Willingham added nine points and a trio of helpers.

-   Chrishauna Parker flirted with a triple double (8 points, 10 rebounds & 7 assists).

 

UTEP 49, at Rice (1/24/13)

-   Anete Steinberga banked home a lay-up with 10 seconds to play to propel UTEP to a 49-48 win at Rice Jan. 24.

-   The Owls had a chance to pull out the victory but a quality Miners’ (15-2, 3-1 C-USA) double team forced Jessica Kuster, who finished with a game-high 21 points, to give it up and the shot by Christal Porter rimmed out as time expired.

-   Chrishauna Parker led way with 12 while Steinberga and Kayla Thornton each added 10.

-   Parker had a huge impact on the eventual game-winning bucket, coming up with a loose ball to save the possession before Irene Gari used a beautiful lob pass to find Steinberga.

-   Used 18-0 run to build a 14-point lead in the first half, finished the game at 33.3 (19-of-57) percent from the floor.

-   Made 75% (9-of-12) on free throws & had 12 turnovers.

-   Rice was held to 36.4 percent (20-of-55) from the floor.

 

UAB 61, at UTEP 57 (1/20/13)

-   Kayla Thornton (20 points, 11 boards) and Anete Steinberga (14 points & 11 rebounds) each registered double-doubles but visiting UAB upended UTEP, 61-57, on Jan. 20.

-   Blazers closed game on 13-4 push.

-   Chrishauna Parker buoyed Steinberga and Thornton with nine points and 12 boards.

-   Kelli Willingham chipped in eight, but no other Miner finished with more than four points.

-   Miners were searching for 1st 15-1 start to year.

-   UTEP outrebounded UAB, 57-33, the largest margin in a loss.

 

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.

-   54 points are 7th in the 2nd 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 8 points in run & 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.

 

UTEP 71, at Tulsa 64 (1/9/13)

-   Kayla Thornton posted her fifth double-double of the season (23 points & 12 boards) and Anete Steinberga navigated through foul trouble to add 18 as UTEP toppled Tulsa, 71-64, on the road in the Conference USA opener for both squads on Jan. 9.

-   Thornton scored 16 points in the first half, including drilling 1 of her 5 three pointers in game as time expired, to give UTEP a 5-point lead (32-27) at the break).

-   Advantage swelled to 12 & UTEP withstood several charges.

-   Kelli Willingham had career-high nine boards.

-   UTEP won its fourth straight league opener.

-   It improved to 6-2 in them since joining C-USA.

 

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 & used 18-4 run early in 2nd half to blow it open.

-   Hit on 40.3 percent from floor & finished with 18 assists.

-   Parker set the scoring tone with a game-high and career-best 17 points while also adding four helpers. She was 9-of-10 at line.

-   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.

 

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 then season-best 3,102 fans Dec. 28.

-   Used 23-8 run to take control of game after falling behind 5-0.

-   Led 44-25 at the half & never was threatened down the stretch.

-   Parker had 15 points, then career-best 14 boards & 7 assists.

-   UTEP had 6 turnovers to tie as 4th fewest in single game.

-   Bearkats held to 33.3 percent from floor.

-   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 as UTEP topped New Mexico, 60-45, in front of a then season-best 3,091 fans at the Don Haskins Center Dec. 20.

-   The Miners led wire-to-wire.

-   Forced 20 turnovers-which led to 22 points, & UNM shot 35.7%.

-   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.

-   Kayla Thornton (15 points, 14 rebounds) and Chrishauna Parker (13 points, 11 boards) posted double-doubles.

-   Anete Steinberga (13 points, 8 rebounds) and Kelli Willingham (7 points, three steals) also made several big plays.

-   Improved to 3-0 this year against power conference schools.

-   KSU fell to 100-10 in non-league 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 dismantling Eastern New Mexico, 71-34, to push its winning streak to three 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.

-   Kayla Thornton had nine and Anete Steinberga, Kelli Willingham and Saidah Zuberi Allen all chipped in eight.

 

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.

-   Kelli Willingham & Anete Steinberga each added 9 points.

-   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)

-   Kayla Thornton poured in a career-high 29 points while Anete Steinberga added a season-best 22, and UTEP raced past Texas State, 88-81, at home Dec. 1.

-   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.

-   Anete Steinberga (17 points) and Chrishauna Parker (15 points) led a balanced UTEP offense, while Kelli Willingham added nine and Irene Gari and Kayla Thornton each chipped in seven.

-   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.

-   Led by 22 points from Kayla Thornton while Anete Steinberga & Chrishauna Parker tallied 12 points & Kelli Willingham scored nine points-all on threes.

 

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.

-   Marring the win was Kristine Vitola sustaining torn ACL.

 

at UTEP 67, HBU 58 (11/16/12)

-   Veteran leaders Kristine Vitola (18 points), Kayla Thornton (15 points) and Anete Steinberga (12 points) all reached double figures in scoring in a 67-58 win.

-   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. 

-   Chrishauna Parker added seven points and five boards while Kelli Willingham pitched in six points and five rebounds.

 

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.

-   Juniors Kayla Thornton and Kelli Willingham buoyed Vitola with 15 points each while six other Miners also scored in the contest.

-   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.

 

EXHIBITION GAME

at UTEP 69, St. Mary’s 60 (11/3/12)

-   Kayla Thornton (12), Anete Steinberga (11), Kristine Vitola (11) and Kelli Willingham (10) all reached double figures in scoring during the exhibition win

-   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
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March 10, 2012
Memphis, Tenn.
Conference USA Champs! Miners Drown the Green Wave, 69-65
Gloria Brown was named tournament MVP, collecting 20 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and two blocks in the championship game Saturday.



 

 

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