Adams Named C-USA Coach Of The Year; Brown Repeats As Sixth Player of Year
March 5, 2012
IRVINIG, TEXAS – UTEP women’s basketball head coach Keitha Adams has been named the 2012 Conference USA Coach of the Year, while senior forward Gloria Brown has repeated as the league’s Sixth Player of the Year it was revealed by the league office Monday.
It marks the second time of Adams’ career that she has been so recognized (2007-08), and it was certainly well deserved. The Miners rolled to a record of 26-3, including a sparkling 15-1 in Conference USA action to win their second league title in the past five years (2007-08). The league winning percentage of .938 is the third best in C-USA history.
UTEP started the season 10-0, lost the next two by a combined three points before claiming 15 straight. The surge came to a close with a four-point setback at home but the Miners capped their outstanding 2011-12 regular season by posting their first victory at UAB in four tries.
A single-season school record 19 wins have been by double figures, including a program-best 10 by at least 20 points. The Miners were picked fourth in the preseason C-USA poll but through Adams’ leadership in instilling a team-first attitude were able to exceed expectations and take home the title.
Adams is the winningest coach in program history, who is 181-146 in her 11th year on the sideline. All three campaigns with at least 20 wins, four of the five seasons of better than 18 victories and seven of the 10 with 16 or more triumphs have been during her tenure.
Including the record of 26-3 in 2011-12, the Miners are now 178-123 over the past 10 years (2002-03 season-present). The effort obliterates the prior standard at the school for a decade-long stretch (115-155 from 1990-91 through 1999-2000). Moreover, every player who has exhausted her eligibility at UTEP during her tenure has graduated.
Brown, who was tabbed as a first-team All Conference USA performer while also landing on the five-member all-defensive squad on March 4, was an obvious selection to win the league’s Sixth Player of the Year award for the second time in as many seasons.
She came off the bench all 29 games on the year but still put up big-time numbers. She was among the league’s leaders for blocked shots (2.9-first), field-goal percentage (52.1-third), free-throw percentage (79.2- third), offensive rebounds per game (3.2-fourth), rebounding (8.8-fifth), defensive rebounds (5.6-seventh) & scoring (11.5-15th).
Brown also paces the Miners in double-doubles (10), free-throws made (80 and attempted 101. She has done all of this thins in 19.7 minutes per game off the pine while regularly facing double or even triples teams.
The Miners are preparing for the 2012 C-USA Championships (March 7-10), where they will be the top seed at the event. UTEP will square off against the victor of (8) UCF vs. (9) Southern Miss in a quarterfinals contest at 4 p.m. MST on Thursday, March. 8
For the complete list of the specialty awards winners, please check out the release by the league office.