Hot Shooting Night Sends UTEP Past Tulsa, 66-56
The UTEP women’s basketball team shot a blistering 57 percent from the floor in the first half to jump out to a 12-point lead at the break en route to knocking off
In securing their second straight triumph, the Miners improve to a school-record 21-6 on the year. More importantly, the
In what was a sloppy ball game-the two teams combined for 47 turnovers- UTEP was able to overcome that by turning in its third-best shooting effort on the year. The Miners connected on 52 percent of their shots, including 53 percent (8-of-15) from three-point land.
At the other end of the court, UTEP contested every shot which forced the Golden Hurricane into a frigid 36 percent from the field. The Miners also did a decent job defending preseason C-USA player of the year Jillian Robbins. She finished with a game-high 26 points, but had to take 20 shots to do so.
“It is always better to win ugly than to lose pretty,” UTEP head coach Keitha
For the second consecutive contest, four players finished in double digits for UTEP. Freshman point guard Jareica Hughes led the way with 17 points-including 12 in the first half- but she had plenty of support.
Shalana Taylor poured in 12 points while dishing out a game-high seven assists. Timika Williams chipped in 12 points and pulled down a team-high seven boards, while Whitney Thornton came off the bench to contribute 10 points on a perfect night of shooting.
The two teams traded baskets the next several minutes, as neither squad was able to mount any sort of significant run. With 8:40 left in the half, that all changed.
The Miners eventually pushed the advantage out to 15- their largest edge of the game- with 39 seconds left in the stanza before entering the locker room with a 12-point cushion (37-25).
It marked the 19th time this year that the
In the second half,
The Golden Hurricane continued to battle, creeping back within seven with a late spurt down the stretch, but it was simply too little too late.
The Miners will be back in action against SMU for “Senior Night” at the Don at 7 p.m. on Saturday.