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UTEP Women's Basketball Notes / Game 28 / At Tulsa




Feb. 25, 2009

THE OPENING ACT

Miners To Take On Tulsa Thursday On The Road

The UTEP women’s basketball team will open up its final week of Conference USA action by challenging Tulsa inside the Donald W. Reynolds Center at 6 p.m. MST on Thursday. The Miners will also square off against SMU, doing so at 1 p.m. MST on Saturday in Dallas.

 

How To Follow It

The game at Tulsa will be broadcast live locally in El Paso on KHRO 1150 AM. It may also be found via gametracker on www.utepathletics.com, or via the all-access link on the site as well.


 

 

 

Miners In Control Of Destiny

UTEP is the only team in the league which is completely in control of its own destiny in terms of vying for the Conference USA crown and No. 1 seed. The Miners can lock up both of those with wins at Tulsa and SMU, but it certainly won’t be easy. The Golden Hurricane are coming off an impressive victory at Houston to spoil the Cougars’ senior day while the Mustangs have already defeated UTEP this season.

 

Countless Possibilities For Tight C-USA Race

USM and UTEP/SMU are the only teams which can reach 12 victories, but either the Miners or Mustangs will fall shy of that since they square off on Saturday. Houston/UCF are also in the thick of things standing at 9-5 in the league.

 

Here’s Where It Gets Fun

It is mathematically possible that Houston, Southern Miss, UCF and SMU will finish in a five-way tie for first place at 11-5. If that were to happen, the Miners would secure the top seed following a complicated tiebreaker sequence.  There are four different scenarios in which a quartet of squads share the league title at 11-5 and eight ways in which a trio of teams could wrap up action in a deadlock for first place at 11-5.

 

Adams On Cusp Of Tying UTEP Win Record

Keitha Adams, in her eighth year at the helm of the program, enters the Tulsa tilt with a record of 122-111 at UTEP. She is one win shy of equaling Sandra Rushing’s school standard (123) and two of besting it. It should be noted, though, that Rushing compiled those 123 wins over 11 years.

 

Not To Mention 250 Career Triumphs

Head coach Keitha Adams enters the Tulsa tilt with a career record of 249-148 in her 13th year as a collegiate head coach (122-111 in eight years with the Miners).

 

UTEP Rising To The Challenge

The Miners, who face the daunting task of playing seven of their final 10 C-USA games on the road, have been up to the task thus far. They have gone 6-2 in the stretch (3-0 at home, 3-2 on the road). UTEP can’t relax yet, though, with a tilt at Tulsa on Thursday followed by a contest at SMU on Saturday.

 

The 411 On The Golden Hurricane

Tulsa University is located in Tulsa, Okla., and joined Conference USA alongside UTEP in 2005 from the Western Athletic Conference. The Golden Hurricane, who picked up that monicker in 1922 in regards to the football team “roaring through opponents”, enter the match-up against UTEP at 7-19 and 3-11 in league play. Don’t take them lightly, though, as they are coming off an impressive win at Houston to spoil the Cougars’ senior night.

 

Looking To Keep Up Winning Ways

The Miners enter the game at Tulsa flying high, having rattled won a season-high five straight contests. The effort has pushed UTEP to a campaign-best seven tilts above the .500 barrier.

 

Looking To Keep Up Winning Ways Vs. Tulsa

The Miners have enjoyed some success of late against Tulsa. UTEP has won five straight games against TU and nine of the past 12 against the Golden Hurricane dating to the second meeting of the 2002-03 campaign. The effort has been a nice reversal of fortunes for the Orange and Blue. TU claimed seven of the first nine meetings between the programs.

 

 

Who To Watch For

Tulsa is led by junior forward Larissa Williams, who paces it in scoring (15.7 ppg), rebounding (9.6 rpg) and blocks (2.23). Williams enters the game one-point shy of 1,000 for her carer. Other standouts for the Golden Hurricane include Kara Vaughan (7.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg), Chanel Johnson (6.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg) and Tatum Beer (4.2 ppg/team-high 60 assists).

 

Tulsa Likes To Get After It On D

Tulsa is always a good defensive team, and this year is no different. The Golden Hurricane have kept 20 of 26 foes below 70 points on the year, including 11 of their 14 C-USA opponents. Tulane’s 78 points are the most the Golden Hurricane have permitted in league action this year. 

 

Especially The Case At Home

While the Golden Hurricane stand at 2-4 at home in league action, they haven’t let the opposition have its way offensively.  No conference team has cracked the 70’s, with TU limiting them to an average of 62.2 ppg.

 

Looking Back On The First Meeting

Led by Sviatlana Trukshanina’s career-high 25 points, UTEP took down Tulsa, 68-60, at the Don Haskins Center on Jan. 22. The Miners trailed 56-54 with 3:16 to play in the game but roared back with a decisive 10-0 run over the next two-and-a half minutes to pick up their fourth consecutive victory. Not to be overshadowed in the win against Tulsa on Jan. 22 was the play of posts Ilda Chambe and Fannie Goodwin. Chambe contributed eight points and eight boards in 21 minutes of action while the freshman notched 10 rebounds, four points, three steals and two blocks.

 

This And That Aboout Tulsa

Tulsa is one of the better rebounding teams in C-USA (+3.3 margin), but it has been hindered by its inability to take care of the ball. The Golden Hurricane have committed 20.9 turnovers per contest. In TU’s defense, though, it has forced its foes into 17.3 turnovers of their own on average.

 

GOING BACK IN TIME 

UTEP Crushes Southern Miss, 105-87

Five different players finished in double figures for scoring to help lead the Miners to a 105-87 thrashing of Southern Miss at the Don Haskins Center on Feb. 21.

 

Miners Smash Two-Decade Old FG Percentage Mark

UTEP finished a sizzling 66.0 percent from the floor in the win vs. Southern Miss on Feb. 22, including a scintillating 73.3 percent in the first half, to shatter the 20-year old school standard of 61.5% vs. UTPA on Feb. 7, 1989.

 

Break C-USA Record Too

The Miners’ effort of 66.0 from the floor against Southern Miss on Feb. 21 toppled the Conference USA game standard for league only games. The prior mark was at 65.4 by Tulane, against of all teams, UTEP on Jan. 20, 2007.

 

Historic Halftime Lead Certainly Helped

UTEP could do no wrong in the opening 20 minutes vs. Southern Miss on Feb. 21, which allowed the Miners to take a 55-31 advantage into the locker room. The 24-point lead marked the largest in a conference game in the school’s 35-year history.

 

Reach Century Mark Again

UTEP surpassed 100 points for the second time this season and the seventh time in the program’s history when it poured in 105 points vs. Southern Miss on Feb. 21. The figure ties as the third most at the institution while equaling the seventh-highest total in Conference USA history for league-only tilts. 

 

 

It Was Raining Threes

The Miners drained a school-record (conference games only) 64.7 percent from beyond the arc against Southern Miss on Feb. 21. That figure rates as the second best at UTEP for overall games. Furthermore, the 11 triples tied as the second most for a contest in program annals.

 

Been Storming Lately Then

The Miners have registered three straight games with a field-goal percentage on three-point shots surpassing 50.0. It is the longest streak in school history (min 5 made). In fact, UTEP had never posted consecutive contests before this recent stretch. The Miners have tallied a program-best six such contests this year. Overall, UTEP boasts 24 tilts of that type in the Keitha Adams era. The Miners managed a total of eight contests the 12 years prior to her arrival (which covers the entire period of the three-point era).

 

Defense? Wasn’t Needed Vs. The Lady Eagles

The Miners won against Southern Miss despite permitting 87 points, marking the first triumph at the school in that situation in more than 10 years. UTEP had lost 42 straight games when allowing more than 80 points. Overall, the Miners are now 8-140 in program history when doing so. 

 

Hughes Hits 20 Again

Jareica Hughes eclipsed 20 points for the fourth straight game in the victory vs. Southern Miss (25 points) on Feb. 21, equaling the third-longest streak for 20+ points in league games in school history. Amy Pack registered four successive 20+ point games in the 2000-01 campaign.  Holly Russ holds the school standard for consecutive conference tilts with 20 or more points (seven), set in the 1990-91 campaign. Russ also boasts the second-longest streak (five that same season) in program annals.

 

Did More Than Just Score

Jareica Hughes racked up 25 points and a career-high 11 assists in the win vs. Southern Miss on Feb. 22. She is the fourth player in school history to boast at least 11 helpers in a game, and the feat has now been achieved six times by a Miner (Shalana Taylor registered two such tilts as a freshman). Unlike the prior individuals, though, Hughes’ scoring numbers weren’t affected by the unselfish attitude. Those individuals combined for 29 points, with none of them managing to crack double figures.

 

Hughes Has Been Locked In Lately

Jareica Hughes has been on a tear of late, contributing 19.3 ppg the past nine games on the way to lifting her season average to 13.9 ppg. Within C-USA play, Hughes’ average sets at 16.6 ppg. That figure would rate as the most by a Miner for conference contests only since Kimya Murray’s 17.8 ppg in 2001-02 (member of WAC).

 

Hughes’ Aggressive Play Paying Off

Jareica Hughes has been much more assertive in going to the hoop the past seven tilts, and she has been rewarded for her efforts to the tune of 48-of-62 at the free-throw line. The first 20 games, Hughes was a combined 39-of-55.

 

That’s A Lot Of Free Throws

UTEP drilled 24 free throws in the win vs. Southern Miss on Feb. 21, which is the most in a conference contest since Feb. 19, 2006, when it made 19 against Marshall.

 

Slowly But Surely Playing Her Way Out Of The Funk

Brittnay Jones has registered 50 points the past five games (an average of 10.0 ppg), on the way to regaining her form from earlier this year. Prior to this recent stretch, Jones has mustered 37 points the prior 12 tilts (3.1 ppg).

 

 

 

TRAVEL TIME

All Business On The Road Recently For Miners

UTEP has posted a consecutive campaigns with a winning percentage of .500 or better for the first time in program history, and it has a shot of extending that streak to three. Heading into the game at Tulsa, the Miners are 4-4 overall on the road-including 4-2 in C-USA action.

UTEP went 10-3 in road contests last year and 5-5 the year prior. Overall, the Miners are 33-64 during the Keitha Adams era for road games.

 

Appreciating The Progress On The Road

UTEP has rattled off a school record six straight seasons with at least three road triumphs. Before Keitha Adams’ arrival in the Sun City, the standard stood at four such years. UTEP was a combined 68-241 in the 27 years before Adams’ tenure, and was held to two or fewer triumphs in 14 of those tilts.

 

 And They’ve Had Some Comfy Win Margins

The 69-57 defeat of Rice on Feb. 12 was the ninth double-digit road conference win under head coach Keitha Adams. Eight of those have come in the past two years alone. UTEP mustered a combined 11 such victories from the inception of the program in the 1974-75 campaign until the 2000-01 season.

 

One More Note Of That Nature

The 69-57triumph at Rice on Feb. 12 marked the 14th double-digit road triumph under the direction of Keitha Adams. The Miners compiled 32 such victories the prior 27 years to her arrival in the Sun City, but it should be noted that almost half of them (13 of the 27) were at the hands of non-division I opposition.

 

Hey, Can’t Blame Us For Wanting It To Last

The 73-53 road thrashing of Memphis on Jan. 29 was the third straight double-digit triumph in a league road contest (if you including the 89-74 of UCF on Feb. 24, 2008, to close out the 2008 C-USA road slate.. The effort matched the program standard in that department, which was set by the 2007-08 version of the Miners in their first three league tilts.

 

What If You Don’t Count That UCF Game?

If you exclude the UCF romp from a year ago, the Miners had posted consecutive double-digit road wins (at Tulane and at Memphis). That modest stretch was just one shy of matching the school standard for the department, which is shared by the 2007-08 and 1980-81 teams.

 

Tough To Win On Road When Shots Don’t Fall

UTEP finished at 31.7 percent from the floor at East Carolina on Feb. 6, marking the 40th consecutive road loss when falling shy of 33.0 percent from the field. The last time UTEP picked up a win under those circumstances was on a 74-51 defeat of New Mexico State on Nov. 26, 1996. The Miners made 29 free throws in that game-the most ever in a road tilt in program history- to overcome the overall poor shooting.

 

Racking Up The Frequent Flyer Miles

The Miners’ games at Tulsa and SMU this week will cap the brutal stretch of seven of 10 road tilts to close out Conference USA play. Upon its conclusion, the sequence will mark the most road games in the final 10 conference contests in the program’s history. The standard was six, which happened in the 1999-2000, 1996-97, 1992-93 & 1990-91 campaigns.

 

MID-TERM REPORTS

History Is On Their Side

The 2008-09 edition of the Miners became the sixth UTEP team with a winning league record at the halfway point of league action( 5-3). They have kept it up, as regardless of the outcomes this  week are assured of a winning ledger in league play (10-4 currently with two to play).

 

That’s Been The Norm Under Adams

The Miners have now been above .500 at the halfway point of league action for a program-record three straight years. Overall, Keitha Adams’ squads have registered four of the six such starts in school history (2003-04, 2006-07 to present). The two other teams on the list were during Sandra Rushing’s era, in the form of the 1992-93 and 1997-08 versions.

 

Talk About Being On The Right Side Of .500

All 22 UTEP teams which did not have winning records in league play midway through finished the year with losing marks in league action. None of them even got back to .500.

 

For What It’s Worth

No UTEP team has ever been at exactly .500 in terms of winning percentage in league action at the midway point of its respective conference campaign.

 

 

                THREE-POINT LAND

We Love The Three Ball

UTEP leads Conference USA and ranks sixth in the country in three-point field-goal percentage (38.3) heading into Thursday’s tilt at Tulsa. The Miners also pace the league while checking in 40th nationally with 6.5 triples per contest. Playing a large role in those ratings have been Sviatlana Trukshanina and Dietra Caldwell. The sophomore tops C-USA and is second in the country at 49.1 percent from long range while Caldwell stands 17th in the nation at 42.4 percent.

 

104 Straight Games With A Triple

UTEP enters the tilt at Tulsa having made at least one triple in a program-record 104 straight contests. The last time UTEP failed to fill up a triple in a game was on Dec. 30, 2005. Overall, UTEP has nailed a three in all but four contests during the Keitha Adams era.

 

You Know The Phrase About Three-Point Shots

The Miners are 1-5 on the year when making three or fewer three-pointers in a game, which was the case in their setbacks prior to the current three-game winning streak. UTEP went a combined 4-of-33 at UAB (3-of-16) and at ECU (1-of-17).

 

Caldwell, Trukshanina Love The Triple

Freshman Dietra Caldwell (59 threes, 33 twos) and sophomore Sviatlana Trukshanina (53 threes, 24 twos) will become the ninth and 10th Miners to finish the year with more three-pointers made than twos (min. 25 threes made). Ana Valtierra was the last individual to do so, when she knocked down 33 triples compared to 25 twos during the 2006-07 season.  Three-point school-record holder Amy Billhymer achieved the feat all four years of her career.

 

Quite The Duo

Dietra Caldwell and Sviatlana Trukshanina and enter the Tulsa tilt with 59 and 53 three pointers, respectively, making this year’s team the first to boast multiple players surpassing 50 triples in the same season. Before this year, only one team had mustered two players with at least 40 triples (2002-03). That year Kia Dowell and Romie DeAndra both nailed 40 triples.

 

Doing So At Blistering Rates

Heading into the Tulsa game, Sviatlana Trukshanina (53-of-108, 49.1) and Dietra Caldwell (59-of-139, 42.4) look to have a very good chance at becoming just the third and fourth players in program history to finish the year with at least 35 three pointers while eclipsing 40 percent. Former Miner great Ana Valtierra achieved the feat three times in her career  (2006-07, 33-of-70, 47.1%; 2005-06, 29-of-62, 46.8%; and 2003-04, 28-of-62, 45.2%).  Terri Powell (1987-88, 56-of-135, 41.5%) is the only other player.

 

When You’re Good, You’re Good

Dietra Caldwell and Sviatlana Trukshanina have both been more accurate this season on three-point shots than on two-point field-goal attempts. Caldwell stands at 42.4 on threes and at 34.4 on twos while the sophomore checks in at 49.1 and 47.0, respectively.

 

Step Inside The Line

While Jareica Hughes and Timika Williams have key contributors for the Miners once again this year, each could improve their efforts by cutting down on three-point attempts. Williams is 15-of-51 from beyond the arc (27.5 percent) and 93-of-199 (46.7percent) on two-point attempts. Hughes, meanwhile, has gone 22-of-77 on triples (28.6) and 78-of-185 on twos (42.2 percent).

 

Wasn’t That Case For ‘Mik At Tulane

Timika Williams had entered the game against Tulane on Jan. 18 having made just 5-of-30 from beyond the arc, but she certainly didn’t look a 16.7 percent shooter in the win vs. the Green Wave. The junior was a sizzling 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, almost matching her season total at that point (16 games).

 

To Be Fair

Jareica Hughes and Timika Williams have been capable three-point threats in the past. Williams knocked down 27-of-79 (34.1 percent ) her first two years with the Miners. Hughes was close to that rate, going 73-of-217 (33.6 percent) in that time frame.

 

Jones Feeling It From Three Recently

Brittnay Jones has nailed three of four from beyond the arc the past six games. Prior to this stretch, Jones had gone a combined 3-of-12 from beyond the arc.

 

Trukshanina Matches Miner Triple Record

Sviatlana Trukshanina tied the single-game program standard with seven three pointers in the win vs. Tulsa on Jan. 22. She filled up 7-of-9 from beyond the arc and now stands along side former UTEP great Holly Russ for the most triples in a contest. Russ went 7-of-13, in an 86-61 loss to UTSA on Feb. 19, 1991.

Team Almost Ties Standard

Thanks to Sviatlana Trukshanina and Dietra Caldwell (5-of-11 from three-point land), UTEP nearly matched the single-game program record for triples in the win against Tulsa on Jan. 22 The Miners connected on 13-of-28 from downtown, which ranked one shy of the school-record 14 triples that was set earlier this season against Savannah State on Nov. 22, 2008.

 

And They Needed Every One Of Them

The performance from three-point land was crucial in the Miners’ 68-60 defeat of Tulsa on Jan. 22. The Miners were 11-of-40 on two-point tries and 7-of-13 from the free-throw line. In fact, UTEP went a span of 17 minutes and 29 seconds (it started midway through the first half) in which all of its field-goal makes were via the three-point shot.

 

Forget About The Two.. Go For The Triple

That philosophy proved to be a winning formula for the Miners against Tulsa on Jan. 22, with UTEP filling up 13 three pointers compared to 11 two-point shots. It marked the first time since the 2001-02 campaign and just the second time in program history the Miners made more threes than twos in a tilt. The other occasion was in a 73-59 loss at La. Tech on Jan. 31, 2002 (11 threes, 10 twos). The Miners attempted 33 triples in that game though.

 

It’s Raining Threes

The Miners posted back-to-back games with double-digit three-pointers (11 at Tulane on Jan. 18 and 13 vs. Tulsa on Jan. 22) for the first time since the 2001-02 season and just the second occasion in school history.

 

We Love The Number 3

The Miners drilled a combined 33 three pointers in the three-game stretch (vs. Houston 1/11, at Tulane 1/18 and vs. Tulsa 1/22) with three different individuals (Dietra Caldwell, Briana Green & Sviatlana Trukshanina) accounting for all but four of those triples in that time frame. The 33 threes were the most in a three-game stretch in program history, eclipsing the previous standard of 30, appropriately enough by three. That record was set in 2001-02 during Keitha Adams’ initial year at the helm of the program in which the Miners finished with three victories.

 

Taking And Making Threes At Tulane

The effort from beyond-the-arc at Tulane marked the second-best percentage (11-of-19 for 57.1 percent) in games with double figure makes in threes.

 

LEAGUE MATTERS

How The Miners Stack Up

As A Team Vs. C-USA

Below is a breakdown where UTEP rates in the major stat categories in the 12-team league for cumulative season stats and C-USA only games heading into the game at Tulsa.

                                          All Games                C-USA Games

Category                            UTEP Rank              UTEP Rank    

Assists                               5th (15.7)                  4th (15.1)

Assist/Turnover ratio         1st (+1.20)                 1st (+1.1)

Blocked Shots                     5th (3.6)                    6th (3.6)

FG%                                  7th (41.0)                  7th (41.5)

FG% Defense                     7th (40.7)                  7th (41.2)

FT%                                  12th (61.7)                9th (65.3)

Rebounding Margin           10th (-0.6)                 9th (-2.4)

Scoring Offense                  8th (66.6)                  6th (68.4)

Scoring Defense                 2nd (61.3)                 4th (63.6)

Scoring Margin                  5th (+5.3)                  7th (+ 4.8)

Steals                                 8th (8.2)                    5th (8.9)

3PTs Made                         1st (6.7)                    1st (7.1)

3PT FG%                           1st (38.3)                   2nd (39.5)

3PT FG% Defense               8th (33.8)                  4th (31.1)

Turnover Margin               1st (+4.4)                  1st (+4.0)

 

How The Miners Stack Up Individually

Below is a breakdown of UTEP players in the ratings and the league’s leader.

 

Category                Player             All Games                C-USA Only Games

Assists                   Hughes            4th (5.2)                   2nd (6.0)

AST/TO ratio         Hughes            3rd (+1.64)               7th (+1.50)           

Blocks                    Goodwin         10th (1.32)                8th (1.69)

Field-Goal%          Trukshanina    9th (49.0)                  t5th (50.0)

Free Throw%         Hughes            12th (74.3)                12th (74.1)

Points                    Hughes            10th (13.4)                6th (16.0)

                             Williams         24th (9.9)                  20th (11.2)

                             Caldwell          25th (9.7)                  18th (11.5)

Rebounds              Williams         8th (7.0)                   7th (7.9)

                             Goodwin         NA (5.0)                   18th (5.9)             

Steals                     Hughes            4th (2.41)                  6th (2.31)

Three-Point%        Trukshanina    1st (48.6)                  1st (51.0)

                             Caldwell          7th (38.9)                  11th (39.3)

 

Three-Headed Scoring Monster For League Play

Heading into the Tulsa, Jareica Hughes (16.6 ppg), Timika Williams (11.9) and Dietra Caldwell (11.8 ppg) have proven to be the most potent threats during Conference USA play. As has been the case for the entire campaign, though, there are other Miners capable of stepping up. Sviatlana Trukshanina (7.8 ppg), Brittnay Jones (5.9 ppg) and Fannie Goodwin (4.6 ppg) are testaments of that. Briana Green contributed 8.1 ppg in eight games of league action prior to the injury at UAB.

 

Hughes Helping Hand Plenty

Junior Jareica Hughes has picked up her passing since the start of Conference USA play, contributing 6.4 apg in helping the Miners forge the 10-4 mark in league action heading into the Tulsa.  Out of league action, Hughes contributed 4.1 apg. Additionally, Hughes’ scoring numbers (16.6 ppg to 9.6 ppg) and rebounding (3.9 to 3.3) have been much improved.

 

Caldwell & Williams Have Stepped Up Too

Dietra Caldwell and Timika Williams have picked up their effort since the start of Conference USA play. Caldwell has contributed 11.8 ppg (8.3 ppg during non-league action). Williams has registered 11.9 ppg and 8.0 rpg, compared to respective figures of 8.6 & 6.2.

 

Ten Wins And Counting

Heading into the Tulsa tilt, the Miners’ victory in Conference USA play stands at 10. That figure currently rates tied as the third-highest total in school history for league only tilts. The top mark is 16-0 by the 2007-08 team, followed by the 10-6 team in 2006-07 and the 10-8 team under Sandra Rushing in 1992-93.

 

ALL ABOUT THE FINAL SCORE

Jekyll & Hyde

There have been two different Miner clubs this year, with the Dr. Jekyll version showing up 17 times and the Mr. Hyde unit appearing on 10 occasions. The stark statistical contrast in wins compared to losses is as follows:

In 17 Wins (Average Stats)

                 UTEP                               Opp

Pts   FG%   3fg%   RB    To    Pts   FG%   3fg%   RB   To

75.8  46.3    45.4     38.8  12.2  58.8  37.6     29.5     36.2  17.4

 

In 10 Losses (Average Stats)

                 UTEP                               Opp

Pts   FG%   3fg%   RB    To    Pts   FG%   3fg%   RB   To

51.0    31.9    25.3     34.1  14.1  66.0  46.7     42.0     40.0  17.1

 

Something Magical About That 70-Point Barrier

UTEP poured in 105 points vs. Southern Miss on Feb. 21, moving its record to 12-0 on the campaign when eclipsing 70 points. The Miners have now claimed 28 successive games and 49 of  their past 51 in that situation. The last loss when topping 70 points came at Nebraska (81-74 on Nov. 9, 2007).

 

Doesn’t Take A Basketball Wiz To Figure This Out

UTEP connected on a school-record 66.0 from the floor vs. Southern Miss on Feb. 21 on the way to remaining unbeaten this year (14-0) when making at least 40 percent of its tries. In fact, the Miners have won 33 straight games and 51 of their past 53 times out in that scenario. The two setbacks in that time frame were both at the hands of BCS schools. UTEP fell at Nebraska, 81-74, on Nov. 9, 2007 (47.1 percent) The other loss was vs. Arizona (72-68 on Nov. 26, 2006, 42.6 percent).

 

Three-Point Success Add Up To Wins

UTEP filled up 64.7 percent of its three-point tries vs. Southern Miss on Feb. 21 to stay  perfect (13-0) on the campaign when surpassing 40 percent from downtown. The Miners have racked up 24 consecutive triumphs and 33-of-35 when doing so. Kansas State derailed UTEP 66-58 in Manhattan, Kan., on Dec. 1, 2007, (47.4 percent) Arizona held off UTEP, 72-68, on Nov. 26, 2006, (50.0 percent).

 

If Only It Were That Simple

Jareica Hughes dished out a career-high 11 assists vs. Southern Miss on Feb. 21 to keep the Miners undefeated (9-0) this season in games when she records seven or more assists. UTEP is 29-1 in Hughes’ career when she eclipses seven helpers, with the lone setback coming last year at Nebraska.

 

Jones’ Point Total Telling

The 11-point effort in the win vs. Southern Miss on Feb. 21 marked the seventh double-digit scoring effort on the season by Brittnay Jones, with the Miners now standing 6-1 in that situation. UTEP’s lone loss in situation came in first game of year vs. Kansas State.

 

Trukshanina’s Is Too

Sviatlana Trukshanina also reached double figures in the win vs. Southern Miss on Feb. 21, with the Miners now standing 8-0 on the year when she contributes at least 10 points.

 

DON’T GIVE UP, DON’T EVER GIVE UP

No Quit In This Bunch

The Miners were in unfamiliar territory heading into the game vs. Marshall on Feb. 8, as they hadn’t lost consecutive conference contests since the 2005-06. UTEP dug deep and earned a hard-fought 71-62 triumph, staving off what would have been the initial three-game league skid since the 2004-05 season. The Miners didn’t stop there, though, as they are now 5-0 since the two-game setback.

 

UTEP Has Come A Long Way

Before Keitha Adams’ arrival on campus, there had never been a season during which the Miners did not experience at least one losing streak of two or more games within conference play. UTEP achieved that feat both in 2006-07 and in 2007-08. Moreover, the Orange and Blue only managed to avoid losing at least three straight league tilts once during the 20 seasons of conference action before Adams’ appointment as head coach. That occurred during the 1997-98 season. 

 

Further Proof Of That

After dropping consecutive games to UAB and ECU, the Miners have now been saddled with 17 losing streaks of two or more conference tilts during the Keitha Adams era. Only five of them, though, have occurred since the start of the 2005-06 season. Furthermore, UTEP has managed to limit the length of them. Fifty-nine percent of were exactly two games while another 17 percent were three games.

 

Inside The Numbers

Here is the breakdown for the UTEP’s 17 multiple-game conference losing streaks during the Keitha Adams era.

 

Two-game skid: 10 times, most recently 2008-09

Three-game skid: Three times, most recently 2004-05

Four-game skid: Two times, most recently 2003-04

Five-nine game skid: Once. 2002-03 (six straight)

10-or more game skid: Once 2001-02 (17 straight)

 

In comparison, the Miners were hindered with 44 streaks of at least two league losses in the 20 seasons of conference action before the Keitha Adams era, with 63 percent of them spanning at least three games.

 

The breakdown for each of them is as follows:

Two-game skid: 16 times

Three-game skid: 10 times

Four-game skid: 10 times

Five-nine game skid: Seven times

10-or more game skid: Once.

 

Get Knocked Down, But Get Up Again

The Miners bounced back from the 0-1 start in Conference USA play to win four straight contests. After it was saddled with a 1-3 stretch, UTEP has dug deep again to rattle off four successive games. Overall, the Miners are now 9-4 in league action entering Saturday’s showdown vs. Southern Miss.

 

Going Against The Grain

The 0-1 start to league play marked the 20th time that it has happened in program history, and historically that hasn’t been a good sign. Of the prior 19 squads to lose their first league game, only five squads managed to get back above .500 in conference action at some point that season. This year’s edition became the seventh to do so.

 

Just Shy Of The 1997-98 Team’s Effort

By winning four straight games after starting 0-1 in league play, the 2008-09 edition of the Miners ranked as the second-best in program history in terms of consecutive victories following an 0-1 christening to league play. Only the 1997-98 unit was better. That team rattled off five straight wins after falling in the league lid lifter.

 

 

Talk About Making Offensive Adjustments

The Miners have been limited to fewer than 50 points this year on six times, but they have shown the ability to have a short memory. Thanks to bouncing Marshall 71-62 on Feb. 8, UTEP moved to 5-1 this year the ensuing game after that occurrence. The Miners have registered 69.3 points on average in those tilts, which is almost five points better than their season mark (64.7 ppg). 

 

Making The Early Season Struggles A Thing Of The Past

UTEP had a sluggish start to the year, as it started 0-2 for the first time since the 2003-04 season. The Miners have bounced back, though, to go 17-8 since then. The effort should come as no surprise, though, as UTEP recovered from an 0-2 mark during the 03-04 season to finish at 16-13.  At the time, the 16 victories were the second most ever in program history. Also, it marked the first winning campaign since 1997-98 squad went 16-11.

 

RECORDS ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN

Checking Out Where Hughes Rates All time At UTEP

Jareica Hughes is the only player in program history with more than 1,130 points, 430 assists, 313 rebounds, 220 steals and 90 three-pointers made, and she is rapidly racking up the school’s career standards. Heading into the Tulsa tilt, she holds the program record for assists (434) and steals (221), while ranking fourth in triples (93) and fifth in points (1,135). The prior record holder at UTEP for assists and steals was Terri Pedregon’s.

 

Wait, There’s More

Jareica Hughes has her name dotted throughout the UTEP career record book in other areas as well. She ranks first in assists per game (5.3),  second in steals per game (2.8), third in starts (80), fourth in three-pointers attempted (287), fourth in free-throws mad (268), fifth in minutes played (2,724), seventh in free-throw percentage (74.4) and eighth in three-point percentage (32.2).

 

Williams Is Wonderful As Well

Junior forward Timika Williams has her name mentioned plenty throughout the UTEP career record book, and will go down as one of the very best Miners in program history. Entering the game vs. Tulsa, Williams is third in starts (80, fourth in rebounds (615) and starts (80), sixth in field-goal percentage (46.5), and blocked shots (46), ninth in rebounding average (6.8) and 14th in scoring (838).

 

Most Important Stat

UTEP has posted a record of 67-22 since Jareica Hughes & Timika Williams arrived on campus. The effort already makes the duo part of the second-winningest four-year class in program history. Only last year’s senior class (76 triumphs) can boast more victories than Hughes and Williams’ class, even though the Miners still have four regular-season contests left in their junior campaign.

 

Caldwell Putting Up Big-Time Numbers

Dietra Caldwell enters the Tulsa at 10.2 ppg, which currently rates as the fifth-best average by a UTEP freshman. She has made 59 three pointers to shatter Amy Billhymer’s prior freshman mark of 51. Caldwell is also on track to post the best three-point percentage by a UTEP freshman (42.4 on 59-of-139,), which would crush Jareica Hughes’ rookie school standard (37.8 on 34-of-90).

 

Green Was Too

Briana Green posted strong numbers prior to her injury at UAB on Jan. 31. She contributed 9.7 ppg- seventh-best by a UTEP freshman- and nailed 22 triples to rate tied for seventh. Her percentage of 38.6 on triples rates second, with only  Dietra Caldwell (39.1) topping her effort.

 

Caldwell & Green In Exclusive Company

Dietra Caldwell enters the game at Tulsa with 15 double-digit scoring contest to her credit, which are the third most of any UTEP freshmen in program history. Briana Green compiled 12 such games before her injury, which ranks as the fourth most. They became the 11th Miner freshmen to boast at least 10 or more double-digit scoring efforts. All six of UTEP’s 1,000-point club did so, while the other three were great in their own right.

 

No. Name (Fr. Year)                        # DD Games       Career Pts.

1.    Amy Pack (1999-00)                  23                      968

2.    Jareica Hughes (2006-07)           22                      1,035

3.    Dietra Caldwell (2008-09)          15                      264

4.    Amy Billhymer (1993-94)           13                      931

5.    Heidi Walker (1999-00)             12                      327 (one yr)

       Briana Green (2008-09)              12                      204

7.    Kiana Taylor (1993-94)              11                      1,134

       Kasia Krezel (2004-05)               11                      1,172

       Timika Williams (2006-07)        11                      838

10.   Laura Walker (1992-93)             10                      434 (two yr)

       Izabela Piekarska (2004-05)        10                      1,251                        Further Proof Of That.

Freshmen Briana Green and Dietra Caldwell stormed onto the scene, becoming the sixth and seventh freshmen at UTEP history to eclipse the 10-point barrier at least five times through the season’s first 10 contests. Amy Pack (nine, 1999-00), Heidi Walker (eight, 1999-00) hold down the top two spots, followed by Green, Jareica Hughes (six, 2006-07), Laura Walker (five, 1992-93) and Caldwell.

 

IT’S A SEASONAL THING

Miners Climbing Win Charts

UTEP enters the game at Tulsa with 17 triumphs to its credit, which ranks as the fourth-highest total in school history. Only the 2007-08 Miners (28-4), 2006-07 team (22-4) and 1992-93 squad (18-10) finished with more triumphs.

 

Not The Norm With This Young Of A Team

The 2008-09 edition of the Miners are the sixth team in program history to feature at least six freshmen on the roster, but unlike past squads it isn’t letting that youth be a hindrance. At 17-10 heading into the game at Tulsa, the 08-09 Miners already boast more triumphs than any of the prior freshmen-laden units. The prior best was 12.

 

This Year’s Team To Be 10th With Winning Record

The Miners stand at 17-10 on the season with only two regular-season contests left. The effort ensures that the Orange and Blue will finish with the 10th winning record in the program’s history, but none of the prior teams were dealing with the type of youth as the 2008-09 Miners are. The closest any can come is five freshman, which was the case both for the 2003-04 team (16-14) and the 2007-08 squad (22-8).

 

Unprecedented Third Straight Winning Season Locked Up

The recent surge has put UTEP at 17-10 on the season, officially securing the school-record-setting third straight campaign with a winning record.  The prior standard was two (1996-97 & 1997-98; 2006-07 & 2007-08).

 

On Cusp Of Three-Point School Standard

The Miners have connected on 181 three pointers this year heading into the game at Tulsa. That figure ranks as the second-highest in school history, trailing only the 187 triples drilled by last year’s record-setting team. The Miners are connecting on 38.3 percent from beyond the arc, which would eclipse the school standard (37.7) by the 1987-88 unit. Making this year’s feat even more impressive is the fact that the 472 3FGA rate only as the fifth-highest sum in school history.

 

All About The Extra Pass

The Miners have registered 424 helpers this year to date, which rates as the third-best sum in school history. Furthermore, UTEP has now posted a school-record four straight seasons with at least 400 assists.

 

Hughes’ Helping Hand

Jareica Hughes is registering 5.4 assists per game entering the game at Tulsa. That figure would rate as the best ever by a UTEP junior and the second-highest number overall in program history (trailing her own school standard of 5.5 last year). Furthermore, if Hughes maintains that average she would become the first Miner in program history to boast two or more seasons with an apg sum eclipsing 5.0

 

Plenty Of That Credit Goes To These Two

Dietra Caldwell and Sviatlana Trukshanina are rapidly ascending the single-season school standards for most triples in a year. Caldwell has nailed a UTEP rookie record and the third-highest total ever at the school 59 three pointers. The sophomore has connected on a class standard-setting 53, which is tied for fifth overall.

 

MILESTONE LANE

Hughes Reaches 1,000-Career Points

By contributing 15 points in the 73-53 triumph at Memphis on Jan. 29, junior Jareica Hughes became the sixth member of UTEP’s 1,000-career point club. The other members in the exclusive group are comprised of Izabela Piekarska (1,251), Be Stoney (1,249), Kasia Krezel (1,172), Kiana Taylor (1,134) and Holly Russ (1,068). Half of those individuals played during the Keitha Adams era, with Krezel and Piekarska joining last season. Hughes stands at 1,135 heading into the Tulsa tilt

 

She Did So At Unprecedented Clip

Of the prior five members in UTEP’s 1,000-career point club, none managed to surpass 900-career points by the end of their junior year let alone 1,000. The total for each of the players at the conclusion of their junior season is as follows. Izabela Piekarska (857 career points), Kasia Krezel (829 points), Kiana Taylor (754 points), Be Stoney (741 points) and Holly Russ (600 points).

Williams Cements Status As All-Time UTEP Great

Timika Williams enters the game against UCF with career tallies of 838 points, 615 rebounds and 102 steals. She is the now the third member of the UTEP 800-point, 600 rebound club (Izabela Piekarska- 1,251 points, 651 boards & Kiana Taylor- 1,134, 676 rebounds). Additionally, Williams now stands alongside Taylor as the lone Miners with more than 800 career points, 600 boards and 100 steals. Taylor tallied 120 thefts, which rates 11th all time at the institution.

 

Among Top-Five At UTEP For Rebounding

Timika Williams enters the game vs. Tulsa with 615 career boards, placing her fourth all time at UTEP in that department. She is on track to become the all-time leading rebounder at the institution. Kim Watts is the record holder at 810 boards, followed by Kiana Taylor (676) and Izabela Piekarska (651).

 

Lucky 13 For Green And Scoring

Briana Green contributed 15 points in the win at Memphis on Jan. 29 and eventually finished her injury-shortened season with 204 point. She became the 13th UTEP freshmen to top 200 points.

 

Caldwell Can Claim Membership Too

Dietra Caldwell enters the game vs. Tulsa with 264 points this year, making her the 14th Miner freshmen in program history to surpass 200 points in a single season. That figure rates as the seventh best. She has an outside shot at reaching 300, which only three UTEP freshmen have managed to do.

 

Sophomores Getting In On Act Of 200-Career Points

Brittnay Jones and Sviatlana Trukshanina have racked up the points this year after learning the ropes as freshmen, with each having eclipsed the 200-career point total as result. Jones’ tally stands at 282 entering the game vs. Southern Miss while Trukshanina has compiled 227.

 

Goodwin On Cusp Of 110

Fannie Goodwin enters the Tulsa tilt with 99 points this season. She has come on strong lately in scoring, tallying 63 of those points the past 11 tilts. The freshman 37 points the first 16 games on the year.

 

POINTS, POINTS, POINTS

Not Just A One Show Pony

Jareica Hughes (13.9) may be the most notable player on the Miners’ offense, but there are other threats too. Timika Williams (9.9) Dietra Caldwell (9.9) are also in double figures, while Sviatlana Trukshanina (8.1) and Brittnay Jones (7.4) have also been capable scorers. Briana Green (9.7 ppg) was also a contributor, prior to her injury at UAB.

 

200-Point Scorers Galore

Entering the Tulsa tilt, the Miners feature five players who have already surpassed 200 points on the campaign. Brittnay Jones (199) is one point shy of doing so, and when she does this year’s team will be the first in program history

to feature six such players in a single season. The current standard is five, which has been achieved the past two years.

 

Been A While...

While it doesn’t look like it will be the case this year, the Miners have finished the year with only one player in double figures recently. During the 2004-05 campaign, senior Marta Dydek posted an even 10.0 ppg. 

 

Looking To Join Other Balanced Teams

This year’s edition of the Miners looks to have a good chance to have four, or even five players, finish the year contributing more than 10.0 ppg. A quartet of teams (2007-08, 1996-97, 1986-87 & 1983-84) teams all boasted four players. No UTEP team has ever topped that figure.

 

The 1983-84 Team Was Really Balanced

Of the four teams in school history to boast the quartet of players in double figures for scoring, only the 1983-84 team can claim at least three others with more than 5.0 ppg (5.8, 5.7 and 5.0).

 

Not Balanced In Terms Of Guards/Forwards

While the Miners have ample individuals contributing toward their balanced play this year, there has been a noticeable different between the production from guards and forwards. UTEP’s guards have accounted for 83 percent of the assists, 69 percent of the points and 63 percent of the steals. The forwards have been the better unit for blocks (64 percent) and rebounds (49 percent).

 

 

 

 

 

It Should Be Noted

In defense of UTEP’s posts, the Miners have gone the past several games without the services of Marta Micula & Torrie Childs who have been hindered with  health issues. That has left the Miners only with Ilda Chambe, Fannie Goodwin and Timika Williams as active forwards during those contests.

 

Talking All-Around Players

UTEP has a multitude of players on their roster who are capable of contributing in three or more major stat areas (at least 2.0 apg, 1.0 bpg, 5.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.0 spg). Jareica Hughes leads the charge with four areas (13.9 ppg, 5.4 apg, 3.8 rpg and 2.3 spg). Dietra Caldwell is also in four areas (10.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.3 apg & 1.2 spg). Four other Miners are doing so in three categories. They are in the form of  Fannie Goodwin (5.0 rpg, 1.2 spg, 1.3 bpg), Briana Green (9.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.1 apg), Brittnay Jones (7.4 ppg, 4,1 rpg, 2.1 apg) and Timika Williams (10.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.0 spg).

 

Caldwell, Hughes Handle It All

Junior Jareica Hughes and freshman Dietra Caldwell probably won’t be able to do so, but they gave it a good shot at becoming the second and third players in program history to finish the year with both more assists and steals. Hughes’ numbers stand at 126 ast/ 55 stl / 73 tos while Caldwell is at 59 ast / 31 stl / 37 tos. Ana Valtierra is the only player in program history to do so (minimum 30 in each category). Valtierra achieved the feat twice in her career, doing so in 2006-07 (94 ast, 44 stl and 28 tos) and in 2003-04 (67 ast, 60 stl and 44 tos). Stay tuned...

 

20/20

Sophomore Sviatlana Trukshanina, who tallied a combined 20 points in 20 games all of last year, notched her third 20-plus point game by pouring in a career-high 25 points in the win vs. Tulsa on Jan. 22

 

In Exclusive Company

Sviatlana Trukshanina is the latest on the impressive list of players at UTEP to boast multiple contests with 20 or more points during their sophomore campaign. Amy Pack (11 times in 2000-01), Kasia Krezel (seven times in 2005-06), Jareica Hughes (seven times in 2007-08), Heidi Walker (four times in 2000-01), Kris Hudson (four times in 1982-83), Izabela Piekarska & Trukshanina (three times in 2005-06) and Timika Williams (two times in 2006-07) are the only other players on the list.

 

YOUNG AND LOVING IT

Newcomers Not Looking So New

Seven of UTEP’s newcomers have earned playing time for head coach Keitha Adams in 2008-09, and the results have been encouraging. Dietra Caldwell, Torrie Childs, Fannie Goodwin, Channing Hillman, Briana Green, Marta Micula and Delfina Vasquez have combined to account for 65 percent of UTEP’s blocked shots, 40 percent of its points/steals and 38 percent of the assists/rebounds.

 

Points A Plenty By Caldwell

Dietra Caldwell’s poured in 27 points in the triumph against Houston on. Jan. 11. The effort equaled the second-highest total by a UTEP freshmen in a league game. She did plenty of her damage from downtown, draining five of the Miners’ nine three-pointers.

 

The Fannie Pack

Fannie Goodwin has come on strong lately, contributing 6.4 rpg, 4.4 ppg, 1.7 spg and 1.9 bpg, in 18.5 mpg the past nine games. During that time frame, the freshman leads UTEP in blocks, while rating second in rebounding and steals .The prior nine contests by the Orange and Blue, Goodwin’s numbers stood at 1.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 0.6 spg, 0.0 bpg in 9.2 mpg.

 

Freshmen In Top Five Scoring Rare

Were Briana Green and Dietra Caldwell to maintain their spots of third and fourth, respectively, it would mark just the sixth time since 1982 that two freshmen were among UTEP’s top-five scorers.

 

Because We Know You Are Curious

Were Dietra Caldwell to surpass Jareica Hughes for the UTEP scoring title, she would become the first freshman to lead the Miners in that department since, well Hughes. Hughes did so during the 2006-07 campaign at 12.9 ppg.

 

Caldwell Is Clutch

The Miners have been involved in three games decided by five or fewer points.  Based on the play in those contests of freshman Dietra Caldwell, it appears that she has ice in the veins. In the final five minutes/OT of those contests, Caldwell is 6-of-8 from the floor, including a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point land. One of the threes tied the game late against UCI while another was a dagger in the Miners’ triumph against NMSU.

Youth Served

UTEP’s 2008-09 squad is the most inexperienced in program history, with underclassmen accounting for 10 of the 14 spots on the roster. This year’s team is also the only one in school history to not feature at least one senior. Moreover, the Miners have seven true freshmen-the second-highest figure in program history.

IN JAREICA WE TRUST

Hughes In Class Of Her Own

Jareica Hughes led the way in the win against Southern Miss (25 points, 11 helpers) on Feb. 21, notching her 11th career game with at least 20 points and seven assists (26/7). From 1982 until 2006, the feat was achieved by nine different players a combined six occasions.

 

Hughes Loves Those Houston Schools

UTEP moved to a perfect 12-0 against Houston & Rice with Jareica Hughes in the lineup in regular-season tilts thanks to the wins last week. The Owls did defeat the Miners during the 2006-07 season at home but Hughes was out with an injury. Her numbers vs. the programs have been blistering, with the breakdown as follows.

 

Hughes’ Career Stat Avg. Vs. Houston/Rice

Mpg  FG%  FT%    Ppg   Apg   Topg Rpg     Spg

36.7   45.0    78.4     20.0   6.5     3.2     4.8      3.4    

 

Hughes’ Career Stat Avg. In 68 Other Games

Mpg  FG%  FT%    Ppg   Apg   Topg Rpg     Spg

32.7   39.9    73.2     12.4   5.0     3.1     3.7      2.6

 

Hughes Was Among Candidates For Wooden Award

Junior point guard Jareica Hughes was on the list of 30 preseason candidates for the Women’s Wooden Award All-America Team and Player of the Year, the most prestigious individual honor in the sport.  Hughes was the only player from a C-USA school to appear on the list. She was one of just five players from a non BCS institution to make the cut for the celebrated preseason distinction.

 

Hughes’ Banner 2007-08 Campaign

Jareica Hughes was the 2007-08 Conference USA player of the Year, becoming the first Miner and just the second sophomore in league history to garner the award. She was a significant part of UTEP’s record-setting season, in which the Miners made their first NCAA tournament appearance and tied the institution’s record for most victories (28-4). She led UTEP in assist-to-turnover ratio (+1.7), assists- a single-season school record 171-, scoring (14.6 points per game), while ranking second in steals (88).  She was 21st nationally in apg (a program-best 5.5), 28th in spg (2.8) and 51st in assist/turnover ratio.

 

Can She Repeat?

While there are plenty of good candidates, should Jareica Hughes claim the Conference USA Player of the Year award again in 2008-09, she would become the first individual to notch consecutive POY distinctions since Houston’s Chandi Jones did so from 2002-04.

 

Coaches Certainly Think So

Count the coaches around Conference USA as individuals who believe that Jareica Hughes can repeat as the league’s player of the year. Hughes was tabbed the preseason player of the year, as announced by the league on the eve of media day this year.

LIFE AT THE LINE

Check Those Rims Out

For whatever reason, free throws have far from that for UTEP this year. The Miners enter the contest vs. UCF having made only 276-of-447 for 61.7 percent. 

 

Who The Heck Knows Anymore

The Miners opened up league play by making a combined 73.3 percent of their free throws in the first three games. They then proceeded to go a combined 59.8 the ensuing six contests. Just when it seemed as if hope were lost, the Miners made a whopping 80 percent (20-of-25) in the win vs. Marshall on Feb. 8. Since then, though, the Miners have gone 61-of-98 (62.2 percent).

 

No Rhyme, No Reason

UTEP enters the game at Tulsa at 61.7 percent from the free-throw line, which puts it on track to become the sixth team in school history to finish below 62.0 percent on the year in that department. The 2008-09 Miners have achieved the dubious feat, though, in spite of eight games of better than 70 percent from the charity stripe, including a sizzling 80 percent (20-of-25) in the victory vs. Marshall on Feb. 8. The most games of 70 percent of better of the other teams in this group was six, with the 1994-95 squad holding the honors.

 

 

 

Who Needs Them Anyway

Free throws win ball games, but that hasn’t always been the case this year After draining 80.0 percent vs. Marshall on Feb. 8, the Miners are now 5-3 on the campaign when eclipsing 70 percent from the charity stripe (started 1-3 in that area). That isn’t to say life is completely back to normal, though. UTEP is 9-4 on the year when shooting below 60 percent from the free throw line, including 8-2 in that situation since dropping the first two tilts. The Miners are 3-3 the six times this year they have been between 60-69.9% from the line.

 

Trukshanina Taking Free Throws Galore Lately

Sviatlana Trukshanina has made 7-of-8 free throws the past four games, including two clutch tosses to seal the 75-72 win at Houston on Feb 14. She had gone a combined 4-of-5 the first 23 contests of the campaign.

 

Go Figure

Dating to the start of the 2006-07 campaign, the Orange and Blue boast an incredible mark of 17-5 in games in which they were below 60-percent from the free-throw line (minimum 10 attempts).

 

Go Figure Part Two

Five of the Miners’ past 13 losses (dating to early in the 2007-08 campaign) have come in games in which they drained at least 70 percent of their tries at the free-throw line.

 

Go Figure Part Three

The Miners have won 10 of their past 13 regular-season contests, including seven already this year (vs. NMSU, Savannah State, Nebraska, Sacramento State, at Tulane, vs. Tulsa & at Memphis) in which they made more three pointers than free throws.

 

Go Figure Part Four

With 17 triumphs on the year, the Miners have surpassed the win total of the prior three teams to finish with a free-throw percentage of lower than 60 percent (this year’s team is just above that at 61.7 percent). The 1982-83 squad (285-of-494 for 57.7%) went 4-20 on the season while the 1990-91 team (305-of-515 for 59.2%) finished with a record of 5-22. The prior best was the 1979-80 Miners, who went 11-16. That team had to rally, though, as it stood at 6-11 through 17 games before picking it up to go 5-5 down the stretch.

 

Hughes Was Really Locked In Vs. Marshall

Jareica Hughes buried 11-of-12 in the triumph vs. Marshall on Feb. 8, which marked the most free throws in three years. Kasia Krezel connected on 11 vs. Marshall of all teams on Feb. 19, 2006.

 

PLENTY OF TIME FOR EVERYONE

Playing Time A Plenty

Entering the tilt at Tulsa, Jareica Hughes leads UTEP in minutes per contest (31.9 mpg) with Timika Williams (29.8) and Dietra Caldwell (29.2) close behind. While a drop in minutes for Hughes/Williams/Caldwell doesn’t seem likely given the injury situation, if all three were to finish below 30.0 mpg this year’s edition of the Miners would join the 1995-96 squad as the only other team in program history with no player earning at least 30 mpg. That season, junior Jill Lewis earned 24.6 mpg.

 

Hughes Not Answer To Every Trivia Regarding UTEP Freshmen

For those who thought Jareica Hughes was the last Miner freshmen to pace the team in minutes per game, you would be wrong. It actually is a trick question, as a UTEP freshmen has never led the squad in mpg. Hughes came close during her rookie campaign of 2006-07, as she checked in second at 32.4 mpg behind senior Ana Valtierra’s mark of 33.6. It looks like that once again it will be an upperclassmen taking the honors this year, with Hughes checking in at 31.7 mpg compared to Dietra Caldwell’s (28.9).

 

Time Enough For Everyone

Ten different Miners are earning at least 10.0 minutes per game heading into the contest at Tulsa. There have been 11 different teams in program history to share the wealth for 10 or more players at 10.0+ mpg, with the 2001-02 unit owning the distinction for the top spot with 12 individuals.

 

Could Join The 1984-85 Squad

Only one team in program history  has pulled off the feat of  having 10 players secure more than 10.0 minutes per game while also finding a way to let at least five individuals see more than 25 mpg. The 1984-85 squad managed to do so, with 10 eclipsing 10.0 mpg and six topping 25.0 mpg. This year’s team has a shot of becoming the second, as it currently boasts five such players better than that barrier.

 

 

 

Hughes Has Handled Her Fair Share This Year

Junior Jareica Hughes paces UTEP in minutes per game at 31.9, which puts her on the path to become the third Miner in school history to earn at least 30.0 mpg in three straight years. Former UTEP greats Terri Pedregon and Ana Valtierra both bettered that figure from their sophomore to senior seasons. Hughes, meanwhile, still has a chance to be the only individual with four or more campaigns of at least 30.0 mpg.

 

Been The Norm Upon Arrival

Entering the game at Tulsa, Jareica Hughes has already earned 2,724 minutes of playing time. That figure ranks as the sixth highest in school history, and the most of any player before the start of their junior campaign. Ana Valtierra owned the standard until recently, with 2,584 minutes played through her first three seasons in the Sun City.

TURNOVER TOWN

Talking Turnovers... Or Lack Thereof

The Miners enter the game at Tulsa third in the nation in fewest turnovers per contest (12.9) according to the latest NCAA report (Feb. 22). UTEP ranks third in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (+1.22) and 27th in turnover margin (4.37).

 

Now That’s Impressive

The Miners have registered four games on the year with single-digit turnover totals. UTEP managed 13 such contests from the 1983-84 to the 2007-08 campaigns, a span of 908 games. For the math majors, that works out of every 70 tilts.

 

What It Means

With four games of single-digit turnovers to their credit, the 2008-09 edition of the Miners have posted the most of any team in program history. The 1990-91 squad registered three such tilts.

 

Not Sure How They Did It

UTEP posted back-to-back games with single-digit turnovers (vs. Texas State and vs. ENMU, marking the second time since 1981 that they have achieved the feat. The other occasion was also during the Keitha Adams era (eight TOs in contests against UTPA on Jan. 2, 2006, and Tulsa on Jan. 6, 2006).

 

Another Way To Appreciate The Miners

UTEP posted six straight games (Jan. 9, 2009 vs. Rice through Jan. 29, 2009, at Memphis) with more turnovers than assists, the second-longest stretch in program history. Only a seven-contest sequence during the 2005-06 team was better. Overall, the Miners have compiled 15 such tilts this year, , which makes it the second-highest single-season total for that category in the program’s history.

 

That’s Hard To Fathom

The Miners have almost committed fewer turnovers (348) than the number of assists registered by the opposition (336). which is really incredible considering the opposition is only mustering 12.4 apg. No team in program history has ever achieved that feat for a season. The closest any squad has come to doing so was in 1980-81, when the margin was 30 (421 UTEP turnovers and 391 assists by the oppositions).

 

Not The Case For The Opposition

The Miners have forced the opposition into committing double figures in turnovers in 86 straight games and in all but three of the 230 contests during the Keitha Adams era. Perhaps what is most impressive about the high-turnover total this year by the opposition is the fact that UTEP is 165th nationally in steals per game.

 

Not The Case For The Opposition Part Two

UTEP’s foes have only mustered three contests this year in which they tallied more assists than turnovers.

 

Not The Case For The Opposition Part Three

The Miners’ foes haven’t been able to force those type of figures on them. UTEP has compiled 424 assists on the campaign while registering 348 giveaways.

 

Turning Up The Pressure

The Miners’ pressure defense forced UCF into 20 turnovers- one more than the Knights’ field-goal tally (19) in the 61-49 win on Feb. 19. It marks the sixth time this season that the opposition has suffered through a game with more giveaways then field-goals made and the 55th occasion under head coach Keitha Adams. UTEP stands at 45-10 in those contests, including 26-1 since the start of the 2006-07 campaign.

 

 

 

Hughes Leading Efforts

Point guard Jareica Hughes has once again proven to be the Miners’ top on-ball defender, pacing them in steals per game (2.3) despite playing the most demanding defensive position. The effort places her 71st nationally.

 

Doing So With Clean Play At That

Junior Jareica Hughes is well on her way to compiling her third consecutive season of more steals than fouls, which would make her the first Miner in school history to do so. She enters the game at Tulsa with 55 steals and only 43 infractions. There have been eight other players in UTEP history who did so once (minimum 20 steals). Marta Contreras is the lone individual of the bunch-excluding Hughes- with two such campaigns to her credit. Contreras compiled 83 steals with 31 fouls as a senior during the 1987-88 campaign. The year prior, she registered 39 thefts while being tagged with only 22 fouls.

 

Further Proof Of That

Of the 14 Miners with at least 100-career steals, Jareica Hughes in track to be the third individual with more career thefts than fouls. Entering the Tulsa game, Hughes boasts 221 steals to 149 fouls (+1.49 ratio). Martha Contreras (1986-88) registered 122 steals to only 53 fouls (+2.3 ratio) in her two seasons with the Miners. Natasha Lacy also achieved the feat, but she only wore the Orange and Blue during the 2007-08 campaign after transferring from TCU. Lacy notched 108 thefts while committing 68 fouls.

 

GETTING DEFENSIVE

Points At Premium For Opposition

The Miners have held 20 of their 26 foes to fewer than 70 points on the year, including 10 who did not manage to enter the 60s. For the year, the opposition is mustering just 61.3 points per game. That figure would rank as the fourth best in the 35-year history of the program.

 

Now That’s Smothering Defense

The Miners limited UCF (Feb. 19) to a paltry 27.5 percent from the floor, the second-lowest field-goal percentage by a UTEP opponent this year. In fact, it rates as the 10th best effort defensively in terms of FG% for league only games since the 1992-93 campaign.

 

Had Bounced Back After Taking On No. 4 Longhorns

The Miners’ defensive efforts have been increased up following giving up a season-high 79 points in the setback to No. 4 Texas on Dec. 28 in the San Diego Surf N’ Slam Classic. Since that point, the opposition had been held to an average of 61.4 ppg before Southern Miss poured in 87.

 

Another Example Of That

On Feb. 19, UCF  became the 11th opponent on the year to be held to fewer than 60 points by the Miners. UTEP is 8-3 this season when accomplishing the feat. The Miners are 56-22 during the Keitha Adams  era when meeting that standard, including 35-5 since the start of the 2006-07 campaign.

 

Goodwin Gets Weak Stuff Out Of There

Freshman Fannie Goodwin set a UTEP rookie record and equaled the third-highest single-game total with seven blocks vs. UCF on Feb. 19.

 

She Wasn’t The Only One

As a team, the Miners rejected a season-high 12 shots in the triumph vs. UCF. That figure checks in tied for third for a single game in the program’s history.

 

Opposition Shooting It Pretty Well Though

While the ultimate determinant for measuring defensive success is points  per game allowed, the Miners certainly would like to lower the opposition’s field-goal percentage. Heading into the Tulsa contest, UTEP’s foes have combined to drill 40.7 percent of their tries from the floor. 

 

 

Strange Way Of Appreciating That

If it seems improbable that the opposition has almost been held to fewer than 60 ppg (61.3) despite that shooting percentage (40.6), that is because it is. Of the prior 16 teams in program history which permitted their foes to make more than 40 percent from the floor, none of them posted a scoring defense lower than 60 ppg. Five allowed at least 75 ppg,  four gave up between 70-74.9 ppg, five checked in at 65 to 69.9 ppg while only two were below that (63.8 and 62.0 ppg).

 

So How Are They Doing It?

The Miners have managed to overcome the opposition’s solid shooting percentage by taking care of the ball (12.9 turnovers per game), forcing the opposition into doing a poor job of handling it (17.3 tos per game) while  doing a decent job on the boards (-0.6 rebounding margin). The effort in those areas has allowed UTEP to attempt 174 more field goals than its foes (1,582-1,408).

 

Further Examination Of That FGA Margin

UTEP enters the game at Tulsa taking 60.5 shots per game compared to 54.8 by the opposition. That difference (+5.7) would rate as the fifth-largest margin for that category in program history. The top efforts in that regards are: (2005-06-8.3; 1991-92; 8.1; 2006-07; 8.0 and 1988-89; 8.0).

 

Can Make Strides On Defending Three Especially

One area which would help the field-goal percentage would be the Miners doing a better job on guarding the three ball. The opposition is connecting on 33.8 percent of its tries from beyond the arc, with places UTEP 257th in the country for three-PT FG defense.

 

There Had Been Improvement Recently

Prior to UAB filling up 7-of-14 from beyond the arc on Jan. 31, the Miners had actually defended the three-point shot quite well. The prior four games, the opposition mustered only 21.0 percent from long range (13-of-62). That is stark contrast from the prior five games until this recent stretch in which UTEP’s foes filled up 38.4 percent of its home-run shots (28-of-73).

 

Bouncing Back From That Tough Showing

The Miners have responded to UAB going 50 percent on threes by holding the ensuing five opponents to 31.0 percent in that department.

 

In Fact...

The Miners rate fourth in Conference USA in defending the three-ball in league only games, holding the opposition to 31.1 from beyond the arc through 13 of their 16 league tilts.

 

CARE TO ASSIST?

We Like To Share

The Miners enter the tilt at Tulsa averaging 15.4 apg and on pace to almost break the school standard for helpers. Furthermore, the Miners were 27th in the country in the latest NCAA rankings (Feb. 22) for apg.

 

Spreading The Wealth

Four different Miners are contributing at least 2.0 assists per game (Jareica Hughes- 5.4 apg,  Briana Green- 2.3, Dietra Caldwell- 2.2 apg & Brittnay Jones- 2.1 apg). Hughes’ effort places her 24th in the country. That should come as no surprise, though, as UTEP also achieved the feat in 2006-07 and 2005-06, thanks to the unselfish attitude head coach Keitha Adams has instilled upon her squads. Don’t take that play for granted, though, as prior to her arrival no UTEP team had ever done so.

 

And There’s Been Some Big-Time Helping Games

The Miners have registered three games this year with 25 or more assists, including a school-record sum of 33 in the 103-46 rout of Savannah State on Nov. 22. That effort almost matches the combined number of such contests in the 27 years priors to the arrival of Keitha Adams, with UTEP mustering only four 25-plus assist tilts. Overall, the Orange and Blue have compiled nine such games during Adams’ era.

 

Hughes Turns In Rare Feat

Jareica Hughes became just the second player in program history to register at least nine assists in a game while being held scoreless in the triumph at Tulane on Jan. 18. Former Miner standout Martha Contreras is the only other individual to record such a game, doing son on Jan. 24, 1987, in a 74-61 loss against Sul Ross State.

REBOUNDING REGION

Miners Taking Care Of The Boards For Most Part

For the most part this year, UTEP has done a good job in the rebounding department. Entering the Tulsa game, UTEP has a -0.6 rebounding margin, in spite of it playing with only three healthy posts the past several weeks.

 

See, We Told You They’ve Done That

The Miners have managed to either tie or win the battle of the boards in 15 of the 27 games on the season.

 

Especially At Offensive End

UTEP enters the game at Tulsa registering 14.5 offensive rebounds per contest. That figure currently ranks as the best at the school since the 1994-95 campaign.

 

Talk About Taking Care Of The Glass

Fannie Goodwin’s play of late has elevated her to second on the team in rebounding for league games only (5.7) and overall also (5.0).  Overall, Goodwin has registered 79 rebounds the past 11 games, after mustering only 35 in her first 11 collegiate tilts.

Double Your Pleasure

Timika Williams had her third double-double on the year with 13 points and 11 boards in the triumph vs. Marshall on Feb. 8. Overall, the Miners have posted seven double-doubles on the season, with Marta Micula and Brittnay Jones accounting for the other four.

 

Goodwin’s Good To Go On The Boards

Freshman Fannie Goodwin pulled down 10 rebounds in the setback at UAB on Jan. 31, marking her fourth straight game with double figures in rebounds. She was the first freshman in program annals to achieve the feat and just the fifth individual at UTEP to do so. Amy Pack was the last Miner to post four such tilts (2000-01 campaign), with Kiana Taylor (1997-98), Kevia Ford (1993-94) and Charsa Palamore (1990-91) the others on the list.

 

Was One Shy Of Equaling School Standard

All-time great Kiana Taylor holds the UTEP record for consecutive games with double figures for rebounds at five in the 1997-98 campaign. That stretch occurred in WAC action, so it is also the standard for league-only games.

 

Two Monsters On The O-Boards

Junior Marta Micula (5.0 rpg) and sophomore Brittnay Jones (4.2 rpg), UTEP’s third and fourth-leading rebounders, respectively, have done the lion’s share of their work at the offensive end of the court. Of Jones’ 111 boards, 59 have been of the offensive variety while Micula has picked up 38 offensive boards out of 80 total caroms. Of UTEP players with a rebounding average of at least 2.0 rpg, only 11 since 1982 have finished a season with more offensive boards than defensive. The list (largest average to smallest) follows on the next column.

 

1990-91: Charsa Palamore, 242 RB (125/117), 9.3 rpg

1991-92: Michille Roper, 199 RB (103/96), 7.4 rpg

1989-90: Charsa Palamore, 191 RB (101/90), 6.8 rpg

1992-93: Monica Ramirez, 188 RB (95/93), 6.7 rpg

1992-93: Kathy Mangram, 175 RB (88/87), 6.3 rpg

1992-93: Michille Roper, 148 RB (85/63), 5.3 rpg

1988-89: Melinda Bufford, 125 RB (63/62), 5.0 rpg

1994-95: Kiana Taylor, 124 RB (65/59), 4.6 rpg

1995-96: Shani Dinwiddle, 98 RB (61/37), 3.6 rpg.

2006-07: Charnette Phelps, 64 RB (33/31), 2.8 rpg.

1998-99: Kim Causey, 65 RB (33/32), 2.4 rpg

 

And Jones Is A Guard, Too

Sophomore Brittnay Jones enters the Tulsa game at 4.1 rebounds per contest, giving her a chance at finishing the year with more than 5.0 rpg. The effort puts her close to being in the company of some of the best rebounding guards to don a Miner uniform in recent years. Natasha Lacy (5.9 rpg) was the last UTEP backcourt player to finish the year with at least 5.0 rpg, but prior to that you have to go back to the 1996-97 campaign. Overall, the feat has been achieved seven times, with Holly Russ’ 7.0 rpg in 1991-92 setting the standard.

 

Williams Doing Her Part

At 7.1 rebounds per game, junior Timika Williams is well on her way to pacing the Miners for a third consecutive year. No player has ever led UTEP in rebounding in three straight seasons, let alone having done so since coming in as a true freshmen. Williams looks to have a great chance to be the first.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES

Same Player, Different Results

With the departure of five seniors, a big question for UTEP this year would which reserves from the 2007-08 would step up to help fill the void. Sophomores Brittnay Jones and Sviatlana Trukshanina have been the answer. Below is a look at the statistical difference for each of the players, who have both elevated their play.

 

Jones’ 07-08 Stats       Trukshanina’s 07-08 Stats

Ppg   Rpg   Apg   Mpg        Ppg  Rpg   Apg    Mpg

2.9     1.9    0.4     12.7        1.0    0.5     0.5      5.6

Jones’ 08-09 Stats       Trukshanina’s 08-09 Stats

Ppg   Rpg   Apg   Mpg        Ppg  Rpg   Apg    Mpg

7.4     4.1    2.1     25.2        8.1    1.1     1.3      18.3

 

Was Nice To Start On High Note

Thanks to the win at Tulane on Jan. 18, the Miners have now won their league openers in consecutive campaigns for just the second time in school history. UTEP claimed its first league road game in 2000-01 and again in 2001-02.

 

WALKING WOUNDED

And Then There Were Nine

As result of Briana Green’s injury at UAB on Jan. 31, the Miners enter the game vs. Southern Miss with only 10 healthy players. Torrie Childs and Marta Micula are also sidelined.

For The Fans Of Numbers

The Miners four injured players have combined to account for 290 points, 147 rebounds, 69 assists, 19 steals and 18 blocked shots.

THIS AND THAT

The Basic Facts On UTEP

The Miners returned a pair of starters and five players from last year’s record-setting squad which posted a mark of 28-4- including an unprecedented 16-0 in Conference USA play- and advanced into the second round of the “Big Dance.” Eight newcomers (seven freshmen and one junior-college transfer) were added in the offseason to give the 2008-09 edition of UTEP a fresh look. Highlighting the returnees is Jareica Hughes, the 2008 Conference USA Player of the Year. Timika Williams, who has led UTEP in rebounding on consecutive campaigns while contributing 9.0 ppg, returns as well. Also back is high-energy player Brittnay Jones, who appeared in every game last year as a freshman. Sophomore sharp shooters Sviatlana Trukshanina and Alyssa Faubion, who gained valuable experience as freshman return Tough-nosed post player Ilda Chambe picked up a ton of experience last year by taking a redshirt to learn the system, and should be a key contributor in 2008-09.

 

Challenging Slate To Say The Least

The Miners’ 2008-09 schedule features 10 contests against 20-plus win teams from a year ago and 12 versus squads with at least 18 triumphs.

 

Eight New Faces, Nine New Players

The Miners’ 2008-09 roster has plenty of new faces, with seven true freshmen and a junior-college All-American accounting for eight of the 14 spots on the squad. Furthermore, Ilda Chambe debuted after sitting out last year as a redshirt.

 

What Was Lost

The Miners graduated the winningest class in program history (76 triumphs) not to mention that four of last year’s senior class are currently playing professionally in Europe. As a group, Kasia Krezel, Natasha Lacy, Tasha Marisett, Izabela Piekarska & Claudia Porras combined for the following percentages of the 2007-08 squad’s production.

82.1 percent of the team’s blocked shots on the year

60.8 percent of the team’s points on the year

55.8 percent of the team’s rebounds on the year

54.5 percent of the team’s assists on the year

 

Individual breakdown of production

Natasha Lacy- (32 GM-34.3 mpg) 13.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 4.9 apg & 3.4 spg

Izabela Piekarksa- (32 GM- 27.0 mpg) 12.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.3 bpg

Kasia Krezel- (32 GM-29.9 ) 10.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.8 apg

Claudia Porras- (32 GM- 12.4 mpg)- 3.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg

Tasha Marisett- (31 GM- 14.1mpg) 3.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg.  

THIS IS UTEP BASKETBALL

One Of The Very Best Past Two Years

It is the golden age of women’s basketball at UTEP. Heading into the 2008-09 campaign, the Miners had racked up an astonishing 50 wins the past two seasons, including an institution-tying (men or women) 28 victories during the historic 2007-08 campaign. At 50-12 UTEP was one of only 29 squads nationally, and one of a mere 12 non-BCS teams, to have 50 or more victories since 2006.

 

The Best C-USA Has To Offer

Since joining Conference USA in 2005, UTEP boasts the most wins, fewest losses and top winning percentage of the 12 teams in the highly-competitive league.

 

More Along Those Lines

Thanks to back-to-back 20-win seasons, the UTEP women’s basketball became the first Conference USA school to achieve the feat since the 2003-04 and 2004-05 campaigns.

 

Unprecedented Success Under Adams

Behind Keitha Adams the UTEP women’s basketball team has soared to heights that even the most ardent of Miner fans could possibly imagine. Before Adams patrolled the sidelines, the Miners had never won more than 20 games in a campaign, let alone compete in a postseason tournament (no WNIT or NCAA appearances pre Adams). In 2007-08, not only did UTEP achieve both of those feats, but it also made some noise in the “Big Dance” by throttling Western Kentucky, 92-60, in the first round before bowing out to eventual national runner-up Stanford.

 

 

HOME SWEET HOME

Reached Double Figures For Home Wins Again

The Miners concluded their home portion of their slate at 12-5 on the year inside the Don Haskins Center. UTEP has now posted a program-record three straight seasons with 10 or more home triumphs. 

 

Don’t Take Things For Granted

Under head coach Keitha Adams, UTEP has posted a program-record six straight years with at least nine home victories and boast an overall record of 78-39 at the Don Haskins Center. That figure is especially impressive when taking into account the 1-12 mark during Adams’ initial year of her tenure. UTEP registered six such campaigns in the program’s 27-year history prior to her arrival.

 

Miners Answered The Call

After falling at home in their first two games of the year, the Miners rallied to win 12 of  their final 15 games at the venue.

 

CliffsNotes: Reviewing 08-09 Campaign

UTEP Knocks Off UCF, 61-49

Behind a combined 39 points from Jareica Hughes (20 points) and Dietra Caldwell (19 points) and stifling defense, UTEP defeated UCF, 61-49, at the Don Haskins Center on Feb. 19. The Knights led 27-26 at intermission, but UTEP out-scored them 35-22 in the final 20 minutes on the way to notching its fourth straight victory. 

 

UTEP’s Sizzling Shooting Sends It Past UH

On the strength of a sparking 55.8 shooting percentage-the second-highest figure in a conference road game in program history- UTEP downed Houston, 75-72, in front of a nationally-televised CBS College Sports audience at Hofheinz Pavilion on Feb. 14. The Cougars had been unbeaten at home on the year. Jareica Hughes led a quartet of Miners in double figures with 26 points, followed by Sviatlana Trukshanina’s 17 points (14 in the second half). Dietra Caldwell contributed 13 points-nine via the triple- in front of her hometown fans and Timika Williams chipped in 11 points.

 

UTEP Enjoys National Spotlight

The Miners’ win at Houston moved them to 3-1 this season and 7-3 during the Keitha Adams era in nationally-televised tilts.

 

Second-Half Surge Pushes UTEP Past Rice

In what was a tale of two halves, the UTEP women’s basketball team could do no wrong in the final 20 minutes on the way to picking up a 69-57 road triumph against Rice inside Tudor Fieldhouse on Feb. 12. The Miners shot a sizzling 55.2 in the second half while holding Rice to a paltry 37 percent, with that adding up to UTEP out-scoring the Owls to the tune of 46-31 in the period.

 

Must Have Been Some Speech

Who knows what was said or done at halftime by Keitha Adams in the Miners’ win at Rice on Feb. 12, but whatever it was it certainly worked. UTEP shot just 30 percent in the first half (9-of-30) but went 55.2 in the second stanza (16-of-29). The Miners tallied 20 points in the paint after the break-compared to four in the opening period.

 

Hughes Has Her Way Again

Jareica Hughes was a large thorn in the side of Rice, doing whatever she wanted on the way to finishing with a robust line of 23 points, eight assists, five steals and five rebounds in 37 minutes of action.

 

Jones Joins In On Fun

Brittnay Jones poured in all 17 of her points in the second half of the Miners’ win at Rice on Feb. 17, while also adding four steals and a pair of rebounds.

 

Miners Down Marshall

Spurred on by four players in double figures for scoring, UTEP picked up a much-needed win by dispatching Marshall 71-62 at the Don Haskins Center on Feb. 5. In what was a game of runs, the Miners utilized an 11-2 spurt midway through the second half to turn a four-point Thundering Herd lead into a 47-42 advantage with 12 minutes to play. UTEP did not trail from that point on. Jareica Hughes contributed 15 points, followed by 13 from Timika Williams, 12 courtesy of Dietra Caldwell and 11 thanks to Sviatlana Trukshanina.

 

 

Miners Fall At ECU

Junior forward Timika Williams led all players with 14 points and eight rebounds but it wasn’t enough as East Carolina derailed UTEP, 73-43, at Minges Coliseum on Feb. 6. The Miners forced 24 Lady Pirates’ turnovers, but the home standing squad compensated for that by knocking down 63.3 percent of its tries.

 

Chambe Contributes Career High

Junior forward Ilda Chambe registered a career-high nine points in the setback at East Carolina on Feb. 6. Chambe had registered a combined 10 points the prior six contests, with eight of those- her prior career best- coming in the win against Tulsa on Jan. 22.

 

Miners’ Multiple Three-Point Streak Comes To Close

The Miners finished a challenging 1-of-17 from beyond the arc in the setback at East Carolina on Feb. 6, which halted the program-record streak of consecutive games with at least two three-pointers made at 94.

 

Blazers Edge Miners, 70-64

The UTEP women’s basketball team was knocked off by UAB, 64-58, in a hard-fought game inside Bartow Arena on Jan. 31. The Miners vaulted out to an 11-point lead at the half (33-22) only to have the home-standing Blazers come alive after the break to post the come-from-behind triumph.

 

All Good Things Come To A Close

The Miners 64-58 defeat at UAB on Jan. 31 marked the end of UTEP’s 10-game winning streak for Conference USA road tilts. The program’s prior high water mark for consecutive conference road triumphs was three, which was achieved both by the 1996-97 and 1992-93 editions of the Miners.

 

From The Glass Is Half Full Approach

While it won’t completely remove the sting from the loss at UAB on Jan. 31, the Miners can take solace in the fact that the outcome of the contest was in doubt until the very end. UTEP trailed by just two with a little more than a minute to play, and would have tied the tilt were it not for Jareica Hughes’ lay-up amidst plenty of traffic rattling out. The prior 38 road setbacks under the situation of below 33 percent, the average score was 70-47.

 

Miners Maul Memphis On The Road

The UTEP women’s basketball team raced out to a 16-2 lead and never looked back on the way to trouncing Memphis, 73-53, at the FedEx Forum on Jan. 29. Timika Williams led the onslaught with 20 points, while Jareica Hughes and Briana Green each contributed 15.

 

Talking About A Big Road Win

The 20-point rout at Memphis on Jan. 29 equaled the fourth-largest margin of victory in a conference road game in the 34-year history of the program. The school standard for this department also occurred in the Keitha Adams era, with the Miners drubbing Nevada 85-54 on Jan. 15, 2004, in Reno.

 

SMU Holds Off UTEP, 70-64

Jareica Hughes led all players with a season-high 26 points but  SMU held off UTEP, 70-64, at the Don Haskins Center on Jan. 24. The Miners led 15-10 early in game but the Mustangs used a 15-3 changed the fortunes of the game, SMU, which used its physical style of play to force a challenging shooting day for UTEP (34.3 field-goal percentage), led by 11 with 1:57 to play in the first period before back-to-back triples from Hughes and Dietra Caldwell brought the Miners within five heading into the locker room (33-28).The Orange and Blue whittled the Mustangs’ lead to three or fewer points 13 different times in the second half, but could never regain the lead.

 

That’s More Like It

Jareica Hughes looked a lot more like herself in the setback against SMU on Jan. 24, racking up a season-high 26 points to snap out of a two-game scoring slump. Hughes combined for four points in the wins at Tulane and vs. Tulsa on 1-of-11 shooting.

 

Trukshanina Propels UTEP Past Tulsa, 68-60

Led by Sviatlana Trukshanina’s career-high 25 points, UTEP took down Tulsa, 68-60, at the Don Haskins Center on Jan. 22. The Miners trailed 56-54 with 3:16 to play in the game but roared back with a decisive 10-0 run over the next two-and-a half minutes to pick up their fourth consecutive victory.

 

Unsung Heroes Step Up Vs. Tulsa

Not to be overshadowed in the win against Tulsa on Jan. 22 was the play of posts Ilda Chambe and Fannie Goodwin. Chambe contributed eight points and eight boards in 21 minutes of action while the freshman notched 10 rebounds, four points, three steals and two blocks.

 

UTEP Takes Down Tulane, 73-60,

Behind a barrage of three pointers, a strong rebounding effort and several players stepping up to make all the crucial plays, the UTEP women’s basketball team picked up an impressive 73-60 win at Tulane on national TV (ESPN2) in a hot and muggy Fogelman Arena on Jan. 18. Timika Williams  (22 points), Briana Green (18 points) and Fannie Goodwin (13 points) led the way for the Miners, with Williams and Green combining to knock down eight of UTEP’s 11 three pointers on the day.

 

Williams Leads Way In First Half

Of Timika Williams’ 22 points at Tulane on Jan. 18, 16 came in the opening half to prevent the Green Wave from pulling away. Williams was instrumental in a 9-2 run over the final 5:30 of the first period, scoring six of those points to help UTEP pull even (29-29) heading into the locker room.

Green Does In Second

After being held scoreless in the first period, Brian Green came alive after the break. She scored all 18 of her points in the stanza, including single-handidly out-pacing Tulane 16-12 over the first several minutes to afford UTEP a lead it would never relinquish. Twelve of her points came on three pointers, as she finished a perfect 4-of-4 from beyond the arc.

 

Both Are Honored

Timika Williams and Briana Green were each recognized for their effort in the triumph at Tulane on Jan. 18. Williams was tabbed the Conference USA co-player of the week while Green took home the conference rookie of the week honor.

 

Hughes Proves It’s Not All About Scoring

While junior point guard Jareica Hughes was held scoreless in the win at Tulane on Jan. 18 (0-of-4 from floor), she showed that a game can be impacted in a big way with strong play in other areas. Hughes racked up nine assists, including seven during the second half to help UTEP turn a 29-29 tie at break into a 73-60 win.

 

Caldwell Shoots UTEP Past Houston

Dietra Caldwell poured in a career-high 27 points while Jareica Hughes (20-points and seven assists) also factored in, as the UTEP women’s basketball team downed Houston, 74-67, in a nationally-televised (ESPN2) contest at the Don Haskins Center on Jan. 11. UTEP finished 45.6 percent from the floor, using unselfish play (17 assists) to spark the offense. The Miners compensated for Houston’s effort of 43.6 from the field by forcing 17 turnovers.

 

Caldwell Grabs C-USA Honor

Dietra Caldwell’s showing against Houston capped a weekend in which she averaged 19.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.5 bpg and 1.5 spg. For her efforts against the Cougars and Rice, she became the first Miner to take home the C-USA rookie of the week award.

 

UTEP Rides Big Second Half To Win Vs. Rice

Behind the play of Jareica Hughes and Timika Williams, the UTEP women’s basketball team out-scored Rice 40-18 over the final 14 minutes on the way to soaring past the Owls, 76-60, on Jan. 8 at the Don Haskins Center. The tandem combined for 25 points during the decisive stretch, making a 40-34 Owls’ lead with 14:34 left, a distant memory by the time the final buzzer sounded. The Miners (8-7, 1-1 C-USA) connected on 59 percent of their tries while limiting RU to a four field-goals throughout the sequence.

 

All Good Things Come To An End

The setback against Tulane on Jan. 2 marked the first loss in a regular-season Conference USA contest for the Miners since they fell 68-58 against SMU at home on Feb. 24, 2007. 

 

Always Something Positive To Take Away

On Jan. 2, Tulane became the ninth opponent on the year to be held to fewer than 60 points by the Miners. UTEP is 6-3 this season when accomplishing the feat. The Miners are 54-22 during the Keitha Adams  era when meeting that standard, including 33-5 since the start of the 2006-07 campaign.

 

Can’t Have It All

The setback vs. Tulane on Jan. 2 prevented UTEP from notching its program-best third straight league opener. The Miners had already made history with consecutive triumphs to tip off league play but had aspirations of building on the mark. UTEP is now 3-2 since 2005 in conference christeners) and 3-5 overall during the Keitha Adams era in that regard.  The Miners were 3-12 (1980-81 to 2000-01) in conference openers, which included separate losing streaks of five and seven games. UTEP was without conference affiliation from 1985-86 to 1988-89.

 

UTEP Handles Sacramento State, 67-49

Led by Sviatlana Trukshanina’s 19 points, the UTEP women’s basketball team cruised past Sacramento State, 67-49, to take home third place at the 2008 San Diego Surf N’ Slam Classic on Dec. 30. The Miners never trailed on the night and led by 14 (42-28) at the half. UTEP connected on 48.1 of their tries from the floor, including a crisp 60 percent from three-point land. Unselfish play sparked the offense, with the Miners racking up 18 assists. UTEP held the Hornets to 30.2 shooting from the floor.

 

All Tourney Accolades

Sviatlana Trukshanina’s earned placement onto the all-tournament team at the San Diego Surf N’ Slam Classic.

 

 

 

 

Taking Care Of Business In Non Conference

With the win against Sacramento State, UTEP secured its third straight year with winning record in non-conference play for the first time in more than a decade and just the second occasion in program history. The Miners also did so in from 1996-97 to 1998-99). 

 

Chambe Controls Boards

Junior Ilda Chambe pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds in the win vs. Sacramento State on Dec. 30. She had combined to register 12 boards the prior six games. Furthermore, her prior best had been four caroms (on two occasions).

UTEP Falls To No. 4 Texas

The UTEP women’s basketball team was knocked off by No. 4 Texas, 79-40, at the 2008 San Diego Surf N’ Slam Classic on Dec. 28. UT’s size simply proved to be too much for UTEP to handle, with the Miners’ offense (26.3 percent from the floor) never able to get on track. UTEP did a respectable job at the other end of the court, holding the Longhorns below their season average in both field-goal percentage (46.4 compared to 48.2) and scoring average (79 to 83.7).

 

Miners Down Nebraska, 63-53

Sviatlana Trukshanina poured in 17 points, while Jareica Hughes added 14 and Briana Green contributed 11 to help lead the UTEP women’s basketball team to an impressive 63-53 win against Big 12 powerhouse Nebraska at the Don Haskins Center on Dec. 20. The Miners were in control throughout the tilt, enjoying the lead for all but the two minutes and 49 seconds of the first half.

 

UTEP Locks Down NU From Long Range

The Miners held Nebraska without a three-point field goal (0-of-9). It marked the first time since Feb. 15, 2007 (at ECU) and just the fifth occasion in the past 15 years that UTEP has not allowed its opponent to knock down a triple.

 

Been A While For Win Vs. BCS Program

The triumph against Nebraska marked the first win for the UTEP program against a BCS institution since the 1996-97 campaign. That year the Orange and Blue knocked off Kansas State, 67-61, which is also from the Big 12.  Overall, UTEP is now 8-54 against BCS opposition.

 

Battling BCS Members

The games against Nebraska & Texas marked the first time since 1986-87 and the sixth time in program history that the Miners faced opponents from BCS conferences. UTEP knocked off Nebraska, 63-53, on Dec. 20. The 2008-09 edition of UTEP managed to pick up a win in the demanding stretch, something only the 1976-77 squad did.

 

Miners Derailed At UNM

The UTEP women’s basketball team fell behind by double figures early in the contest and could never recover, falling 66-43 to New Mexico in front of 8,451 at The Pit on Dec. 16. The Miners were led by Briana Green and Jareica Hughes, who scored 12 points a piece. Angela Hartill paced the Lobos with 20 points.

 

UTEP Rolls Past Mississippi Valley State

Timika Williams poured in a career-high 25 points while Briana Green (15 points), Dietra Caldwell (13 points) and Brittnay Jones (10 points) also joined in on the action to help lead UTEP to a 85-52 trouncing of Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 14. The Miners raced out to a 19-2 lead and never looked back. They put things on cruise control in the second half after leading by 24 at the break (44-20).

 

Hughes Sets UTEP Career Assist Mark

Junior guard Jareica Hughes dished out nine assists in the win vs. MVSU, becoming UTEP’s career leader in the process. She surpassed former Miner greats Terri Pedregon (326) and Ana Valtierra (324).

 

UTEP Falls at NMSU

Jareica Hughes scored 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds while Marta Micula notched her second straight double-double (10 points, 14 rebounds) but it wasn’t enough as New Mexico State held off UTEP, 77-67, at the Pan-American Center on Dec. 7. The Miners had claimed a program-best seven straight against their I-10 rivals, but  challenging effort from the floor (21-of-65, 32.3 field-goal percentage) and a turnover-heavy first half (10 giveaways) put them in a big hole.

 

Miners Blast ENMU, 87-44

UTEP raced out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back on the way to trouncing Eastern New Mexico, 87-44, at the Don Haskins Center Dec. 1. Brittnay Jones (16 points and 11 rebounds) and Marta Micula (15 points, 10 rebounds) both registered double-doubles to lead the way for the Miners, who put things on cruise control after pasting the Zias  to the tune of 49-15 in the opening half.

 

 

 

Double Your Pleasure

Sophomore Brittnay Jones notched consecutive double-doubles, (19 points, 12 rebounds in the win against Texas State on Nov. 30 (18 points, 10 boards in the triumph vs. ENMU on Dec. 1). She became the first player since Timika Williams (vs. Tulane and Rice) during the 2006-07 season to do so. The last guard to achieve the feat was Dragana Zoric (2001-02).

 

Don’t Forget Marta

Marta Micula also posted a double-double in the triumph vs. the Zias, giving the Orange and Blue multiple players with double-doubles for the first time since Natasha Lacy and Izabela Piekarska did so in a win at SMU on Jan. 31, 2008.

Welcome Back Jareica

Reigning Conference USA Player of the Year Jareica Hughes returned to the lineup in the win against ENMU on Dec. 1 and looked to be in good form despite missing four straight games. The junior tallied 11 points to go along with four assists, three rebounds and two steals in limited action.

 

Miners Held Their Own Without Her

While UTEP certainly prefers to have a healthy Jareica Hughes, her absence did not mean that wins would be at a premium. The Miners went 3-1 in the four contests without Hughes. UTEP is  4-1 in its past five games in which she did not play dating to the start of the 2007-08 campaign. The veteran-laden 2006-07 squad was not as fortunate, as it posted a mark of 0-2 when Hughes was out. 

 

Balanced Attack Without Hughes

In the four contests the Miners played without Jareica Hughes, the offensive came from a multitude of players. Freshman Dietra Caldwell (14.7 ppg), sophomore Brittnay Jones (13.0 ppg), freshman Briana Green (13.0), sophomore Sviatlana Trukshanina (11.3) and junior Timika Williams (9.3 ppg) have all contributed at least 9.0 ppg.

 

Going Green At The Point

Briana Green certainly did a good job in running the point in place of Jareica Hughes when the C-USA Player of the Year was sidelined for four straight contests. Green registered 4.5 assists per game in addition to 13.0 ppg.

 

Miners Cruise Past Texas State

Behind Brittnay Jones’ first-career double-double, the UTEP women’s basketball team cruised past Texas State, 85-74, to take home third place at the second-annual Miner Thanksgiving Classic at the Don Haskins Center on Nov. 30.  Jones poured in 19 points to go along with a career-high 12 rebounds, in addition to a game-high six assists. Freshman Briana Green and sophomore Sviatlana Trukshanina joined forces with Jones to form a three-headed scoring monster for the Orange and Blue. Green finished with a career-best 21 points while Trukshanina matched her personal best by pouring in 20 points.

 

Rebounding Machine

Sophomore Brittnay Jones posted a career-high 12 boards in the win against Texas State on Nov. 29.The effort on the glass were the most rebounds by a UTEP guard since Kasia Krezel-also a sophomore at the time- pulled down 12 at Tulsa on Feb. 26, 2006.

 

In Case You Were Curious

The 21 points tallied by Briana Green in the triumph against Texas State were the most by a Miner freshman since Jareica Hughes poured in 24 points in a road triumph at Houston on Jan. 7, 2007. In terms of strictly non-conference games, it marked the highest point total by a freshman since Timika Williams contributed 24 vs. Arizona on Nov. 26, 2006.

 

That’s One Way To Win The Boards

UTEP out-rebounded Texas State 34-30, but did so in an unconventional manner. The Miners tallied more offensive rebounds (18) than defensive (16), yet still found a way to secure more boards than the Bobcats. It marked the first time since Dec. 16, 2007, that UTEP won the rebounding battle against a foe in a game in which it had more of the offensive variety. In that contest against Prairie View A&M, the Miners grabbed 24 offensive caroms and 22 defensive.

 

Another Way To Win A Game Period

Texas State knocked down 51.7 percent of their shots against UTEP, but the Miners still found a way to win. The triumph moved the Orange and Blue to 3-20 under Keitha Adams when opposition tops 50 percent.

 

Monmouth Edges UTEP

Briana Green and Dietra Caldwell scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, but the UTEP women’s basketball team was dispatched by Monmouth, 54-49, in the opening game for both teams at the Miner Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 28. UTEP fought back from a 52-42 deficit with 2:36 left in the game with a 7-0 run to make it 52-49 with 25 seconds left.

 

Banner Performance: Miners Rout Savannah State

On a night which the UTEP women’s basketball program raised its first two banners into the rafters of the venerable Don Haskins Center, the 2008-09 edition of the Miners showed that the future is bright by demolishing Savannah State 103-46 in a record-setting game on Nov. 22.  The Miners established single-game-program records for assists (33), three-pointers made (14) on the way to posting the largest margin of victory against a Division one opponent (57) while scoring the second-most points ever vs. a DI foe.

 

Not Too Shabby Of Shooting

The Miners connected on a mind-boggling 57.1 percent from the floor, including a sizzling 53.8 on three pointers. Those figures ranked as the sixth and ninth best efforts, respectively, in program annals.

 

Triple Threat

Sophomores Brittnay Jones and Sviatlana Trukshanina and freshman Dietra Caldwell led the offensive onslaught by combining to score 64 of UTEP’s 103 points.  Jones finished with a career-high 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting while Trukshanina contributed a personal-best 20 points on an amazing 8-of-10, including 4-of-6 on three pointers. Caldwell knocked down six three pointers-the second most ever in a game by a UTEP player- en route to a 20-point outing. She also dished out seven assists and notched five rebounds.

 

Triple Threat Part Deux

Brittnay Jones (24 points), Sviatlana Trukshanina (20 points) and Dietra Caldwell (20 points) all contributed at least 20 points in the win vs. SSU, marking the first time since 1982 and just the second time in program history UTEP has had three players top 20 points in the same game. Kris Hudson (28 points), Kathy Rodolph (25 points) and Tonie Greene (22 points) joined forces to pour in 75 points in a romp against Texas Lutheran on Dec. 4, 1982.

 

Flying High In The Rafters

Prior to the start of the game against Savannah State, the UTEP women’s basketball program held a ceremony in which two banners were unveiled from high above the court. The Miners hung a banner for their 2007-08 Conference USA championship in addition to participating in the NCAA tournament.

 

Wait, There Were More Stars

Briana Green registered 10 assists- equaling the sixth most by a Miner. Fellow classmate Fannie Goodwin pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds (including six of the offensive variety), to help UTEP own the boards to the tune of 50-18.

 

Winning All The Fun Stat Categories

UTEP dominated all of the special statistical categories against SSU. The Miners had 42 points in the paint (14 by the Lady Tigers), 29 points off turnovers (seven from SSU), 21 second-chance points (two for SSU), 25 fast-break points (four from SSU) and 41 points courtesy of the bench (24 by the Lady Tigers).

 

Miners Pick Up Thrilling Win Vs. NMSU

Behind a monstrous double-double from Timika Williams (17 points and 15 points) and clutch play from Dietra Caldwell and Briana Green, the UTEP women’s basketball team picked up an emotional 54-50 victory against I-10 rival New Mexico State at the Don Haskins Center on Nov. 20.

 

Green & Caldwell Show

Freshmen Dietra Caldwell and Briana Green paved the way down the stretch in the Miners’ triumph against NMSU. The duo combined to score 17 of the final 18 points on the night for the Miners . Included among the stretch was a pressure-packed triple by Caldwell, off a great pass from junior forward Marta Micula, to afford the Miners a 51-47 lead with 30 seconds left. Green then iced the contest by sinking two free throws to put away the Aggies, who had climbed within two (52-50) with three seconds on the clock.

 

Micula Makes Lone Assist A Big One

While junior Marta Micula registered only one assist in the triumph against NMSU, it could not have been more important. Micula passed out of a double team and set up Dietra Caldwell’s clutch triple which gave the Miners a four-point lead with only 30 seconds left.

 

Williams Overwhelms Aggies

Timika Williams accounted for almost 40 percent of UTEP’s rebounds against NMSU(15 of 38). She also helped the Miners to tally 20 points in the paint compared to 14 by the much taller Aggies.

 

Winning In The 50’s Rare

Making the win against the Aggies even more impressive is the fact they UTEP was limited to 54 points. The triumph improved the Miners to 5-40 during the Keitha Adams era when scoring in the 50’s. At the time of the game,  the Orange and Blue stood at 7-66 under Adams when falling shy of 60 points.

UTEP Dealt Gut-Wrenching Loss To UCI

The UTEP women’s basketball team was dealt a heartbreaking 55-54 overtime loss by UC Irving at the Don Haskins Center on Nov. 16. Freshman Dietra Caldwell, who forced OT with a clutch three pointer with 31 seconds left, almost lifted the Orange and Blue to victory in the final seconds but her shot at the buzzer rattled out.

 

Progress On Boards

After a challenging effort in the rebounding department against Kansas State (43-27), the Miners were much better in that regard against UC Irvine. UTEP out-rebounded the Anteaters 46-43, with 18 of those coming on the offensive end of the court. The 18 offensive boards were the most since UTEP notched 24 in the 80-68 triumph against Prairie View A&M on Dec. 18, 2007.

 

Micula Matters

Junior Marta Micula played a big role in the Miners’ success with rebounding against UC Irvine. She pulled down a game-high 11 boards, including three of the offensive variety.

 

For The Stat Lovers

UTEP lost to UC Irvine despite committing only eight turnovers, out-rebounding UCI 46-43 and holding it to a shooting percentage of 33.3. If you are thinking that it seems hard to believe that a team could achieve each of those feats and still come up short, you would be correct. Prior to the setback against the Anteaters, the Miners had never lost a game when registering fewer than eight turnovers, winning the battle of the boards and limiting the opposition to a field-goal percentage of below 35 percent.

 

So What Happened?

One of the biggest determinants in the loss vs. UC Irvine was the fact that UTEP went 13-of-27 at the free-throw line, including 2-of-6 in the extra period. .

 

UTEP Falls In Season Opener To K-State

The UTEP women’s basketball team fell 65-44 loss to Kansas State in the 2008-09 season opener for both squads at the Don Haskins Center on Nov. 14. The Miners trailed by only six at the half (28-22) but the defending Big 12 champions managed to pull away down the stretch.  Junior Jareica Hughes (12 points, six assists, four rebounds and four steals) led the way for UTEP with sophomore Brittnay Jones (11 points, two boards) and freshman Fannie Goodwin (10 points) joining her in double figures.

 

Goodwin In Good Company

Fannie Goodwin contributed 10 points in 22 minutes of action against Kansas State, becoming just the fourth freshman to reach double figures in the season opener during the Keitha Adams era. The other three names on the list should be very familiar to UTEP fans. Timika Williams and Jareica Hughes pitched in 14 and 11 points, respectively, in the campaign lidlifter vs. St. Mary’s on Nov. 10, 2006. Izabela Piekarska, UTEP’s school record holder for scoring (1,251 points) and games played (119) notched 10 points against UT-Dallas on Nov. 20, 2004.

 

All Good Things Come To An End

UTEP’s setback at the hands of Kansas State halted the Miners’ school-record 14-game home winning streak. UTEP’s last defeat at home prior to being tripped up by the Wildcats came on Feb. 24, 2007, against SMU.

 

Big 12 Team Was Up First Again

The Miners’ 65-44 setback against Kansas State on Nov. 14 marked the second straight year that they christened the campaign against a Big 12 foe. UTEP tipped off what would be the record-setting 2007-08 season by traveling to Lincoln, Neb., to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Nov. 9. While UTEP was dispatched 81-74, the Orange and Blue played well throughout and gained experience that would prove to be vital down the road.

 

Miners Sharp In Preseason

UTEP went 2-0 during the exhibition season, picking up victories against St. Mary’s (TX) and the traveling all- star team of the Houston Jaguars. Returning junior starters Jareica Hughes and Timika Williams led the way in the exhibition romps, contributing 16.5 ppg and 12.0 ppg, respectively. Hughes also contributed 4.0 assists per game and 2.0 steals per game. Williams looked to be in top form with rebounding by averaging 10.0 boards per tilt. As a team, the Miners shot 43.1 percent from the floor compared to a paltry effort of 33.0 by the opposition.

 

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