UTEP To Challenge NM State In Round One Of Battle Of I-10
Nov. 11, 2013
THE OPENING ACT
- UTEP and NM State will square in the first round of the battle of I-10 at the Don Haskins Center at 7:05 p.m. MST Tuesday.
- All UTEP faculty & staff will receive free admission to the game by showing their ID while all other tickets will be $5 for adults & $3 for kids. The contest will also serve as the first of three “Grand Prize Giveaway” nights.
- Audio & video of the game will be available through subscription-based Miner TV on UTEPAthletics.com
- The Miners (1-0) bested UTPB, 75-58, on Nov. 8 in their season opener while the Aggies (0-0) cruised past WNMU, 75-60, in an exhibition contest on Nov. 2.
- UTEP is in the midst of a season-opening six-game homestand, the second longest in program history. Only the 2008-09 campaign (seven contests) featured a longer stretch in the Sun City to start the year.
- UTEP is 12-1 in November since starting the 2011-12 season. It is 39-22 all time in month under head coach Keitha Adams.
INSIDE THE SERIES
- NM State leads the series, 47-33, but the Miners are 23-17 at home.
- UTEP has played NM State at least twice every year since the Miner program was founded (1974-75).
- UTEP is 14-10 against the Aggies during the Keitha Adams era, making her the lone coach in program history to sport a winning record in the “Battle of I 10.”
- The average score in those games is UTEP 65, NM State 61
- Half of the games in the series in the Adams era have been decided by seven points or less.
- Miners are 9-3 at home & 5-7 in Las Cruces under Adams.
- Five of UTEP’s nine sweeps in the series have come under Adams’ direction.
GOING BACK IN TIME
- Chrishauna Parker registered a double-double (12 points and 12 rebounds) and UTEP’s bench provided 49 points in a 75-58 season-opening romp against UTPB on Nov. 8.
- Junior-college transfer and El Paso native Stacie Telles matched Parker with 12 points, including nine on triples, in a successful debut in front of her hometown crowd.
- The Miners led the Falcons picked second in the Heartland Conference, 43-23, at the half. UTEP eased off the gas pedal in the second half, as head coach Keitha Adams trotted out several different combinations in an attempt to get a feel for her deep squad.
- Eleven different Miners scored in the game, with senior Kayla Thornton (nine points & nine rebounds) falling just short of a double-double. Freshman Sparkle Taylor pitched in eight off the bench, aided by six makes on 12 tries at the charity stripe.
- Senior Kristine Vitola chipped in six points and grabbed seven boards in an efficient 18 minutes of action in her return to the court after missing most of last year with a torn ACL. Sophomore Jenzel Nash, who redshirted last year as well due to a torn ACL, pitched in four points and four boards while battling foul trouble.
- UTEP, which crushed UTPB on the boards (52-37), connected on 30-of-45 free throws at the charity stripe. The 30 makes rank sixth all time in the single-game standings while the 45 makes check in fifth in its single-game record books.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
- NM State returns two starters from last year’s team that finished 15-16, 7-11 WAC.
- The Aggies beat WNMU, 75-60, to tune up for the year. Freshman Moriah Mack & sophomore Abby Scott led the way with 16 points.
- Eight newcomers are in the fold for the Aggies.
- NM State is led by third-year head coach Mark Trakh, who is 21-40 with the program. Overall he stands at 309-228 in his 19th year as a collegiate head coach.
- NM State was voted third in the WAC preseason poll. Sasha Weber was picked as a second-team selection in both polls.
- New Mexico State University is a major land-grand university in Las Cruces, N.M., which was founded in 1888 under the name of Las Cruces College.
- It took on its current name in 1960.
- Notable alumni include actor Scott Bailey, who is best known for his playing the role of Sandy Foster on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light, and former Olympic basketball player Chito Reyes. Additionally, Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered the planet Pluto (since reclassified to a dwarf planet), taught astronomy at the school from 1955 until his retirement in 1973.
RUNDOWN ON THE 2013-14 MINERS
- The Miners are in search of a third straight 20+ victory campaign, which would be a program first (22-10, ‘12-13 & 29-4, ‘11-12).
- UTEP returns four starters and seven letterwinners. Sophomore Irene Gari, junior Chrishauna Parker and seniors Kayla Thornton & Kelli Willingham started last year while sophomore Cameasha Turner earned a letter. Redshirt-sophomore Jenzel Nash & redshirt senior Kristine Vitola are also back after missing last year due to torn ALCs.
- UTEP has seven newcomers in the fold. They are sophomore Agata Dobrowolska (member of the junior national team in Poland), sophomore Anete Kirsteine (2012 All-Jayhawk West second team & WBCA All-America honorable-mention), freshman Anzhelika Moiseychenko (20.6 ppg, 12.6 rpg as a senior), junior Marta Oledzka (61 blocked shots as a sophomore), freshman Sparkle Taylor (2012 & 2013 Associated Press Class B All-State team), junior & El Paso native Stacie Telles (2013 Western Junior College Athletic Conference Second Team, 2013 All-Region 5 team & 2012 WJCAC honorable-mention) & junior Johni Welles (2013 All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Second Team, 2013 All-Region Second Team).
- UTEP will play host to the C-USA Championships (March 11-15, 2015) for the second time since joining the league.
THE BASIC FACTS ON UTEP
- This is the 40th season of UTEP women’s hoops.
- Overall record of 470-596, including 1-0 in ‘13-14.
- UTEP has posted four 20+ win seasons in the past seven years.
- UTEP has won three conference titles, including claiming both the 2012 C-USA regular season & tournament championship.
- The Miners’ first league crown was in 2007-08 when they became the first C-USA women’s team to go 16-0 in league play. Aiding that was a school & league-standard 23-game winning streak
- UTEP has appeared in two NCAA Tournaments, forging a mark of 1-2 at the “Big Dance.” The Miners earned an at-large bid in 2008, advancing to the second round. UTEP secured the automatic bid last year but was derailed by national power Penn State, 85-77.
- The school is in the midst of its centennial celebration, which will continue through ‘14-15.
- Notable alumni include former ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Sam Donaldson, well-respected NFL referee Ed Hochuli, former NASA astronaut Danny Olivas engineer & Dennis Poon, who designed Taipei 101 & some of the tallest buildings in the world.
THE ADAMS FILE
- UTEP is led by 13th-year head coach and the all-time win leader in program history, Keitha Adams, who is 207-157 in that time frame.
- Adams is 334-194 in her 18th year as a collegiate head coach, making her one of five active coaches in C-USA women’s basketball to have 300+ career victories.
- All four 20+ win seasons & five of the with 18+ wins at UTEP have been under Adams.
- She has produced seven straight & eight total seasons with 16+ wins.
- Feat achieved three times in 27 years prior.
- Both NCAA tournament bids & all three league championships at the school under Adams.
- 176-102, including 1-0 in ‘13-14, past 10 years.
- 115-156 was best record for 10-year stretch before her arrival.
- Earned votes in top-25 poll in 5 years, including 2012-13.
- Never achieved feat before Adams’ era.
- Nationally ranked for final six weeks of 07-08.
- 12 of 18 individual career record holders at UTEP played for Adams.
- Coached 18 players who have gone on to play professionally. List includes ‘08 WNBA draft picks Izabela Piekarska & Natasha Lacy.
- Impacted the international game at the highest level, with Noni Wharemate representing New Zealand at ‘08 Olympic Games.
- Every player who has exhausted her eligibility at UTEP during her tenure has graduated.
HOME SWEET HOME
- Home record of 132-54 in Keitha Adams era.
- 97-22 since 2006-07, including 1-0 this year.
- 30-5 over past 35 home games.
- 66-34 was most wins over 8 years before Adams.
- In search of 8th straight year of 12+ home wins.
- Four 10+ win seasons in 27 years before Adams.
- Only one of those teams (12-1, ‘88-89) hit mark.
- Have not lost back-to-back games in El Paso since falling by combined 4 points in final 2 home games of 2009-10.
- Have not dropped 2 league home tilts in span of 7 days since 2005-06, its first year as C-USA member.
ALL ABOUT THE FANS
- UTEP has led C-USA in attendance in back-to-back years.
- All four non-conference home games of 3,000+ fans at school have been under Keitha Adams.
- 25 of the 31 home games in school history with 3,000+ fans occurred during Adams’ tenure.
- 23-8 all time in such contests, including 20-5 under Adams.
UTEP Home Games With 3,000+ Fans
No. Crowd Foe Score Date
1. 7,255 SMU* W, 76-63 2/28/08
2. 7,212 Memphis* W, 80-58 2/10/07
3. 7,103 BYU* L, 57-61 2/22/93
4. 7,003 ECU* W, 81-53 2/10/08
5. 6,532 SMU* W, 68-50 2/23/12
6. 6,421 Rice* L, 48-52 2/26/12
7. 5,513 Houston* W, 80-55 2/14/08
8. 5,093 Tulsa* W, 65-50 3/1/08
9. 4,682 UNLV* W, 73-58 2/10/98
10. 4,536 Tulane* W, 80-65 2/12/12
11. 4,501 Southern Miss* W, 60-55 2/10/13
12. 4,167 Marshall* W, 64-58 2/9/12
13. 4,069 TCU* W, 79-76 2/22/01
14. 4,029 UCF* W, 67-38 1/29/12
15. 4,007 Tulsa* W, 50-35 1/31/13
16. 3,962 Rice* L, 59-62 2/28/13
17. 3,781 UAB* L, 57-61 1/20/13
18. 3,612 Tulane* W, 71-52 3/8/13
19. 3,497 Houston* W, 73-55 2/21/13
20. 3,726 Hawaii* L, 36-65 2/3/00
21. 3,646 Houston* W, 74-67 1/11/09
22. 3,497 Rice* W, 65-52 1/5/07
23. 3,450 UNM W, 64-62 12/20/10
24. 3,273 NM State L, 60-61 12/7/02
25. 3,215 Fresno St.* L, 62-78 2/14/02
26. 3,173 San Diego St.* W, 70-59 1/22/93
27. 3,107 Fresno State* W, 45-38 2/12/04
28. 3,104 Wyoming* L, 64-66 3/6/93
29. 3,102 SHSU W, 85-66 12/28/12
30. 3,091 New Mexico W, 60-45 12/20/12
31. 3,052 Memphis* W, 66-60 1/8/12
denotes Adams era
* denotes league contest
- Overall road mark of 53-90 under Keitha Adams.
- 39-37 since 2006-07, including 4-6 last year.
- 25-57 was the best seven-year record before Adams.
- 16-7 over past 23 road contests.
- Two winning road seasons under Adams.
- Never happened in first 27 years of program.
- Twice finished at .500 during Adams’ tenure.
- Only occurred a pair of times before her.
Kayla Thornton (Senior)
- Second overall for career double-doubles (21)
third in career boards (697) & 8th for points (1,025).
- Amy Pack (1999-01) holds school standard for double-doubles at 22.
- School record for rebounds is held by Kim Watts (1978-82) at 810, followed by Timika Williams (2006-10) with 794.
- Tied for 10th in steals (129). Christina Mata (1997-01) holds onto ninth with 133.
- One of three Miners with at least 800 points, 100 steals & 600 rebounds.
- UTEP has won 68 games since she & classmate Kelli Willingham arrived on campus in 2010. That ties for 8th by a UTEP class.
- 6th place held by Izabela Piekarska & Kasia Krezel with 76 (2004-08).
Kelli Willingham (Senior)
- 3rd Miner with 700+ points & 300+ assists (300).
- Second at UTEP for career free-throw percentage (.795), third in three-pointers made (161), attempted & career starts.
- Fifth in assists & seventh in minutes played.
- UTEP has won 68 games since she & classmate Kayla Thornton arrived on campus in 2010. That ties for 8th by a UTEP class.
CLIFFSNOTES ON 2013-14 CAMPAIGN
- Kayla Thornton poured in 22 points to lead a quartet of Miners in double figures, and UTEP throttled St. Mary’s 81-51, in its lone exhibition contest of the 2013-14 season at the Don Haskins Center on Nov. 2
- The Miners led 40-17 at half & were up by 30+ points for the final 13 minutes of the contest.
- Sophomore Cameasha Turner (11 points), senior Kelli Willingham (10 points) and Jenzel Nash (10 points) joined Thornton in double figures. Senior Kristine Vitola flirted with a double-double (nine points, nine rebounds) while Thornton was second on the squad in boards (five).
- It marked the return to the court for both Nash and Vitola, after each missed last year due to torn ACLs.
The Last Meeting
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