UTEP Opens Homestand Vs. Texas State Saturday
Nov. 30, 2012
THE OPENING ACT
- UTEP will tip off a three-contest homestand when it plays host to Texas State at 7:05 p.m. MST Saturday. It will have six of its next seven games as the Don Haskins Center.
- The Miners (5-1) were dealt their first loss of the season when they were edged at New Mexico State, 69-68, on Nov. 28.
- The Bobcats slipped to 3-2 on the year after falling at Oklahoma State (L, 55-90, 11/28/12).
- December has been the best month for the Miners during the Keitha Adams era. UTEP is 46-25 in the month, including a mark of 22-2 at home since the start of the 2006-07 campaign.
- The Miners’ last five losses, including the setback at NM State, have been by a combined 16 points.
- Only twice in its past 19 setbacks (dating to late in 2009-10 campaign) has UTEP sustained a double-digit loss.
- Thirty two of the Miners’ 50 wins in that same timeframe have been by 10+ points, including a pair this season.
- The Miners are 93-57 in non-league play under Adams, including 5-1 this year.
- UTEP is aiming to extend its school-record streak of .500 or better in non-conference action to eight seasons. (prior standard four, 1994-95 through 1997-98).
- Video and audio for every home game for the Miners on the year will be available through UTEPAthletics.com (subscription-based).
- Each of the remaining road contests on the season will be broadcast on Talk Radio 1150 AM.
- To keep up with the very latest on the program, LIKE the team’s page on Facebook (UTEPWomensBasketball) and follow it on Twitter (@UTEPWBB). Additionally, connect with Coach Adams by following her on Twitter (@UTEPKeithaAdams).
INSIDE THE SERIES
- The series is tied, 6-6, but the Miners have won the past five.
- It marks the fifth straight year that the programs are meeting.
- TSU last notched a victory against UTEP in 2001.
GOING BACK IN TIME
- UTEP sustained its first loss of the season after being edged at NM State, 69-68, Nov. 28. The Aggies never led by more than one point in the game.
- There were five lead changes in the final 1:21, with the last one being after two made free throws by NM State’s Daneshia Williamson with 12 seconds left. UTEP pushed the ball up the court but couldn’t get a shot off in time.
- After connecting on a combined 55.2 percent (69-125) from the free-throw line the first five games, UTEP nailed 17-of-19 (89.5).
- Thornton set a career high for rebounds (15) while Gari established one for points (seven).
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
- Texas State opened up at 2-0 but has gone 1-2 since. It is led by second-year head coach Zenarae Antoine, who is 19-14 in that timeframe.
- The Bobcats accounted for 83.5 points per game through four games before being held to 55 in the loss at Oklahoma State (11/28/12).
- Four different players contribute at least 10.0 ppg, including two at better than 14.0.
- It has used the same starting line-up for every game this year.
- The Bobcats have hit at least seven three pointers in every game this year.
- TSU is 16-2 under Antoine when scoring 70+ points & 10-0 when tallying 80+.
- It has yielded 70+ points in every game this year & has been crushed on the boards (-14.8 rebounding margin).
- Texas State University is a doctoral-granting university located in San Marcos, Texas.
- Notable alumni include the late former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, actor Bill Paxton & Grammy-award winning American country singer George Strait.
RUNDOWN ON THE 2012-13 MINERS
- UTEP has been hit hard by injuries, losing two starters for the remainder of the seasons. Both sophomore guard Jenzel Nash (vs. St. Mary’s 11/3) & senior center Kristine Vitola (vs. ASU, 11/18/12) sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in their left knee.
- Vitola was off to a tremendous start, leading the Miners in field-goal percentage (.600), rebounding (8.3) and scoring (16.0).
- Vitola’s injury left UTEP, which had the largest senior class in program history a year ago at seven, with just one healthy senior in Steinberga.
- Six newcomers are in the mix, with four true freshmen (Irene Gari, G, Jamie Madden, G, Diamond Posey, G, & Cameasha Turner), a freshman transfer Saidah Zuberi Allen (G/F) & a junior-college transfer (Destinee LaFountain F).
- Another newcomer, freshman F Tommitrise Collins will sit out the year as a redshirt.
- The Miners were picked second in the 2012-13 Conference USA Preseason Poll, as voted upon by the league’s 12 head coaches. Thornton was tabbed to the all-conference preseason team.
- Tulane was picked as the favorite to win the league while Rice’s Jessica Kuster was named the preseason player of the year.
TOUGH TO REPLACE
- UTEP lost seven seniors to graduation, which was the largest class in program history.
- Headlining that group was 2012 C-USA Tournament MVP & second-team all C-USA honoree Gloria Brown, who paced the Miners in blocked shots (97), free throws made (102), attempted (125), percentage (.816), field-goal percentage (.527), points per game (12.1) and rebounds per contest (8.8). A reserve, she repeated as the C-USA 6th Player of the Year.
- Kim Smith (2.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.8 apg) & Erika Warren (5.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.2 apg) both started for the Miners last year while Baiba Eglite (1.6 ppg, 0.3 rpg, 0.4 apg), Briana Green (2.9 ppg, 1.1 rpg & 1.1 apg), Whitney Houston (1.4 ppg, 0.1 rpg, 0.5 apg) & Melisa Mendes (4.1 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 0.7 apg) joined Brown in coming off the bench.
THE BASIC FACTS ON UTEP
- UTEP is 452-587 since launching the program for the 1974-75 season, including 5-1 this year.
- 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 (11/12) Penn State, 85-77.
- The school will celebrate its 100th year of operation in 2014.
- Notable alumni include former ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Sam Donaldson, well-respected NFL referee Ed Hochuli, former NASA astronaut Danny Olivas engineer & Dennis Poon, who designed Taipei 101 & some of the tallest buildings in the world.
THE ADAMS FILE
- UTEP is led by 12th-year head coach and the all-time win leader in program history, Keitha Adams, who is 189-148 in that time frame.
- At 316-185 in 16 years, Adams is one of five active coaches in C-USA women’s basketball to have more than 300 career victories.
- All three 20-plus victory campaigns and four of the five seasons of at least 18 wins in program history have been during her tenure.
- Seven of the 10 seasons all time at UTEP with at least 16 wins are courtesy of her.
- Both regular-season conference championships and the lone league tournament title in program history have been during her tenure.
- Her efforts have put the program on the regional & national landscape, with the Miners playing in 16 nationally-televised games.
- UTEP has received votes in the top-25 poll in four of her seasons, including being ranked in the top-25 for the final six weeks of the 2007-08 season.
- From 2002-03 through the end of last year, UTEP forged a mark of 181-122. The best record for a 10-year stretch before Adams’ arrival was 115-155.
- Twelve of the 18 major individual career records at the school are held by players who were mentored by her.
- She has impacted the international game at the highest level, with Noni Wharemate representing New Zealand at the 2008 Olympic Summer Games.
- Every player who has exhausted her eligibility at UTEP during her tenure has graduated.
HOME SWEET HOME
- The Miners are 85-18 in El Paso since the start of the 2006-07 season, including 3-0 this year.
- UTEP is vying for its school-record sixth straight season with 12+ home wins.
- It had only four campaigns where it even reached double figures during the first 27 years of the program.
- Overall the Miners are 120-51 at home under Keitha Adams, helped by a program-best nine straight years with at least nine home victories.
- UTEP had six such seasons in the 27 years prior to her tenure, and were a combined 163-142.
- UTEP is 37-34 away from home since the 2006-07 campaign, including 0-1 this year. The Miners’ next road test comes at Big-12 member Kansas State (12/16/12).
- Keitha Adams has led UTEP to a pair of winning road records & two other years at .500.
- Prior to her arrival, the Miners never had a winning road mark & were at .500 just twice in 27 years.
- Overall the Miners are 49-85 on the road under
- UTEP boasts 21 double-digit victories on the road during Adams’ era.
- The Miners had 27 such victories before her tenure, but 13 were against non-DI schools.
- UTEP has connected on better than 40 percent from the floor in four of the six games.
- The Miners have registered double figures in offensive rebounds in every contest.
- UTEP has done a good job of taking care of the ball with just 15.7 turnovers per game, including a season-low nine at NM State (11/28/12).
- Four different Miners are contributing at least 9.5 points per game but no one else is better than 4.0.
- UTEP has kept five of the six opponents on the season to below 36 percent from the floor.
- Only NM State (69 points, 11/28/12) has eclipsed 60 points.
- The Aggies had 10 turnovers. Every other opponent had at least 18 & three had 20+. Texas Southern made 33, tying for the seventh most by an opponent in program history.
- Foes hit a combined 11 treys (11-55, .200) the first three games. They have hit 26 (26-of-60, .433) in a trio of contests since.
- The Miners registered 7+ steals in each of the first five games, including a trio of double-digit efforts, before tallying two at NM State.
TAKING OUT POWER SCHOOLS
- Of the Miners’ five wins this year, two have been against members of power schools. UTEP has downed both Arizona State (60-54, 11/18/12) & Arizona (64-53, 11/23/12).
- Three of the program’s five wins against power-conference schools (at time of the meeting) have come during the Keitha Adams era. UTEP previously downed Nebraska (Big 12, 63-53, 12/20/08).
- Prior to Adams’ tenure, UTEP had triumphs against Kansas State (Big 8, 67-61, 12/6/96) and Arizona (66-46, Pac 10, 11/20/80).
- Overall UTEP is now 5-35 all-time against power league schools (at time of meeting).
- The Miners will have one more crack at a power conference school when they play at Big 12 member Kansas State at 12 p.m. MST Dec. 16.
QUICK HITTERS ACROSS THE ROSTER
#1 Jamie Madden (5-8, Freshman, PG)
- Made her Miner debut at the Junkanoo Jam, playing in both contests.
- Contributed two points, an assist, steal & rebound in win vs. Arizona (11/23/12).
#2 Cameasha Turner (5-9, Freshman, G)
- Most mpg (12.3) of reserve guards on team.
- Scored seven points past two games after tallying five the prior three.
- All seven boards have been defensive.
#3 Kelli Willingham (5-6, Junior, PG)
- Only Miner with more than 30.0 mgp (33.0).
- Hit 14 of team’s 25 three pointers on the year.
- Lone player with 3+ assists in each game.
- Scored 6+ points every game, including 5 with 9 or more.
- Sunk a trey in every game, with 2+ in five of six.
- Attempted at least four triples in each tilt.
- Logged at least 30 minutes in five straight games. Career long is six consecutive (twice in 2009-10).
- Grabbed 4+ boards in four games, which is one shy of her 2011-12 seasonal tally.
#4 Irene Gari (6-1, Freshman, G)
- Moved into starting line-up after Kristine Vitola sustained a season-ending injury against Arizona State (11/18/12).
- Five of 13 rebounds have been offensive.
- After recording two assists in first two games, has dished out eight in the four ensuing.
- Career-best seven points at NM State (11/28/12), which was helped by going 4-of-4 at the free-throw line.
- UTEP is 45-19, including 5-1 this year, when she starts.
#5 Kayla Thornton (6-1, Freshman, F)
- Drilled nine three-pointers, including six this year, the past eight games. Had six triples her first 60 contests of her career.
- Her 22 3PAs surpass sum (21) from 2011-12.
- Registered back-to-back 10+ rebounding games for first time this year & third occasion of career.
- Tallied 25 boards in timeframe to surpass sum (21) from first four contests.
- Recorded four double-digit scoring games.
- The Miners are 40-11, including 5-1 in 2012-12, with her in the starting line-up.
#10 Syerra Davis (5-7, Sophomore, G)
- Played at least six minutes in every game.
- Only attempted shots against Loyola Marymount (3-of-4, 11/10/12) & at NM State (, 1-of-3, 11/28/12).
- Two of five rebounds have been offensive.
#12 Anete Steinberga (6-2, Senior, C)
- Reached double figures in scoring past five games, which matches longest streak of her career (1/30/10-2/13/10).
- Had two points in opener vs. LMU (11/10/12).
- Her 34 double-digit scoring games are most of any active Miner.
- Is 15-20 at free-throw line past four games. Was 0-1 in first two.
- Played 30+ minutes three times this year to top total such contests (two) in 2011-12 campaign.
- Tagged with team-high 17 fouls on the season.
#14 Marissa Rodriguez (5-7, Sophomore, G)
- Played three minutes in season opener vs. Loyola Marymount (11/10/12).
#20 Diamond Posey (5-7, Freshman, G)
- Appeared in four games for a total of 20 minutes.
- Three of five field-goal attempts have been treys.
#21 Saidah Zuberi Allen (5-11, Freshman, F/G)
- Appeared in all six games with 7.3 mpg.
- Hit one field goal in three different contests.
- Scored two points in first five games before contributing five at NM State (11/28/12).
- Half of rebounds (8 of 16) have been offensive.
- Had four turnovers in opener vs. LMU (11/10/10) but only made one since.
- Grabbed 4+ rebounds in three different games.
#32 Chrishauna Parker (5-10, Sophomore, G)
- Posted three games with at least four assists. Her top sum as a freshman was three.
- Lone Miner with 5+ boards in every contest, including career-best 10 vs. Arizona (11/23/12).
- Posted four straight games with 10+ points to surpass her sum (three) of such contests in 2011-12.
- Had tallied 11 points combined in first two tilts.
- Registered 3+ offensive rebounds in four consecutive contests.
- Miners are 12-2, including 5-1 this year, with her in the starting line.
#34 Destinee LaFountain (6-1, Junior, F)
- Leads reserves in minutes per game (14.3).
- Played 10+ minutes in three straight & five of six contests.
- Grabbed two offensive rebounds in each of first three games but has only one in three since.
- Recorded at least one block in four of six contests.
STAT LOVERS’ LANE
- UTEP has made least one three-point shot in a program-record 206 straight games. The last time UTEP failed to fill up a triple in a contest was on Dec. 30, 2005. They have hit one in all but four games during Keith Adams’ era.
- The Miners are 112-13, including 1-0 this year, when scoring 70+ points under Adams.
- UTEP holds a record of 101-16 in the past 117 contests, including 4-0 this year, that it made 40.5% or better from the floor.
- The Miners are 52-10 in their past 62 games , including 1-0 this year, when nailing at least 40% on threes (min. five made).
- UTEP is 51-13 in the past 64 games & 118-44 overall under Adams when winning the rebounding battle. It is 3-0 in the situation this year.
- The Miners are a robust 57-2, including 1- this year, under Adams when registering at least 20 assists in a contest.
- UTEP compiled 19 such games from 1984-85 through 2000-01, going 13-6.
- The Miners are 68-15 over their past 83 games, including 3-0 this year, that they’ve forced the opposition into committing at least 20 turnovers.
- UTEP is 68-12 under Adams, including 50-3 since the start of the 2006-07 campaign, when forcing the opposition into committing more turnovers than field goals made. It is 3-0 this year in that area.
- UTEP is 53-12, including 0-1 this year, over the past 65 contests when going 70% or better at the free-throw line. ( min 10 FTM).
- Oddly enough, UTEP has gone 28-12 since 06-07, including 3-0 this year, when falling shy of 61-percent at the line. (min 10 FTA).
- The Miners are 18-8 in their past 26 regular-season contests in which they have made more three pointers than free throws.
- UTEP has won 66 games since Steinberga & the now injured Kristine Vitola arrived on campus in 2009, which rates as the seventh-most by a class in Miner history.
- Willingham has earned 64 career starts, which is 10th all time at the school. Up next on the list is Christina Mata (68).
- She has played 2,073 career minutes, making her one of 17 Miners to surpass 2000+.
- Both Steinberga (.458, seventh) & Thornton (.456, eighth) are in the top 10 at UTEP for career-field goal percentage. A minimum of 200 FGM is required to qualify.
- Willingham has hit 14 threes this year to lift her career total to 107 & climb into seventh all time. Terri Powell holds sixth place (109) while Sviatlana Trukshanina (116) sits in fifth & Kasia Krezel is fourth (138).
- Her 285 treys attempted are fifth. Fourth place is held by Jareica Hughes (430).
- Willingham is currently first (min. 100 made) for career free-throw percentage at UTEP (80.9). She has hit on 7-of-9 tries this year.
- Thornton is one of 16 individuals all time at UTEP to have pulled down at least 450 rebounds (455). Her career average (6.7) is 10th currently.
- Willingham is climbing the school’s career assist charts. Her tally of 242 places her seventh all time. Sixth place is held by Norma Sierra (248) while Dietra Caldwell (249) is fifth & Shalana Taylor is fourth (313).
- Vitola swatted four shots this year before getting hurt. Her career sum of 100 ties as fourth all time at UTEP.
- For the second straight year and the third time overall in program history, UTEP (now 5-1) opened up with a mark of 5-0. The Miners, who got off to a program-best 10-0 start last year, had never even been better than 3-0 in back-to-back years.
UTEP’s 28-point margin of victory vs. LMU (79-51, 11/10/12) was the largest in a season opener vs. D1 foe in program history. The prior standard was 19 (68-49 vs. Northern Arizona, 11/20/05).
- The 15-0 run out of the gates vs. LMU (11/10/12) was the best to start a year in the Keitha Adams’ era, topping the prior standard (7-0, 2006-07).
- Went 29-4 to set both the school (men’s) & Conference USA single-season record for wins. The four losses on the year were by a combined 15 points.
- Won both the 2012 Conference USA regular-season & tournament title championship. The tournament title was the first in program history while it was the second regular-season crown.
- Competed at the 2012 NCAA Championships, falling to nationally-ranked Penn State (11/12) 85-77, in the first round. It was the program’s second appearance all time at the NCAA Tournament.
- Finished 15-1 in C-USA play, with the .938 winning percentage rating third all time in the league.
- Enjoyed separate winning streaks of at least 10 games, including a program-best 10-0 to start year.
- Other single-season records set include blocked shots (197), games played (33), rebounding margin (+9.5), scoring defense (54.2), scoring margin (13.4), double-digit wins (21), road wins (11), wins by at least 20 points (10) and overall wins (29).
- Led C-USA in attendance average (2,639), blocked shots (6.0), field-goal percentage (40.8), field-goal percentage defense (33.6), free-throw percentage (69.7), RPI (49), rebounding margin (6.0), scoring margin (+13.4), three-point percentage defense (24.5)
- Received votes for the top-25 the final nine weeks of the season.
- Gloria Brown was voted first-team All C-USA, a member of the all-defensive team, named the Sixth Player of the Year and voted as the 2012 C-USA Tournament Champion MVP.
- Kayla Thornton was a second-team All C-USA member and was voted to the all-tournament team.
- Keitha Adams was voted as the C-USA Coach of the Year.
- Kelli Willingham was voted to the C-USA Academic All Conference Team.
- More than 2,000 fans in nine of the final 10 games and a single-season best 11 times overall.
- Final five games all had more than 4,000 fans, also a program best.
- Averaged 4,243 fans during the eight C-USA home games.
CLIFFSNOTES ON 2012-13 CAMPAIGN
UTEP 64, vs. Arizona 53
- UTEP wrapped a 17-point run around the intermission and pulled away to a 64-53 victory against Arizona to win the 2012 Junkanoo Jam on Nov. 23.
- Anete Steinberga led four players in double figures with 18 points. Kayla Thornton (10 points, 10 rebounds) and Chrishauna Parker (10 points, 11 rebounds) each had double-doubles and Kelli Willingham added 11 points to help the Miners to their second victory against a Pacific-12 team in a week.
- It marked the first career double-double for Parker.
UTEP 61, vs. Texas Southern 52
- UTEP rode a big second half to post a 61-52 win vs. Texas Southern at its first game of the 2012 Junkanoo Jam on Nov. 22.
- The Miners outscored the Tigers 38-22 in the second half to make a 30-23 halftime deficit a distant memory.
at UTEP 60, Arizona State 54
- Sophomore Chrishauna Parker scored 15 points, senior Anete Steinberga added 14, and UTEP defended with tenacity in an emotional 60-54 victory against traditional Pacific-12 power Arizona State at the Don Haskins Center Nov. 18.
- The back-and-forth game featured 10 ties and 15 lead changes. UTEP outscored ASU, 33-26, in the second half, including a key 5-0 run to break a 45-45 deadlock with 4:35 left.
- The Miners connected on 25-of-39 at the free-throw line, including going 10-of-12 in the final four minutes of the tilt.
- Parker led the charge in that department by making 9-of-12, both career highs. Kelli Willingham was perfect (4-4) at the line while Steinberga drilled four as well.
- Willingham dished out four assists, but more importantly had just one turnover despite facing a full-court press from ASU for the majority of the contest.
- UTEP held ASU to 33.9 percent (19-of-56) while also forcing 18 turnovers that led to 22 points.
at UTEP 67, HBU 58 (11/16/12)
- The Huskies hung around for a bit before the Miners blew the visitors out of the water with a game-changing 19-6 run spanning about seven minutes in the second half. The surge afforded UTEP a 56-41 lead with 8:10 to play, and HBU never got closer than seven down the stretch.
at UTEP 79, LMU 51 (11/10/12)
- Kristine Vitola notched her first career-double double (21 points, 12 rebounds) to help UTEP pound Loyola Marymount.
- In addition to it being the initial double-double since joining the Orange and Blue, Vitola also set career standards for points (21) and boards (12). She hit on 10-of-11 free throws, also personal bests. She made 5-of-7 shots from the floor, including 1-of-2 from beyond-the-arc.
- UTEP took control early thanks to Thornton. She scored the first 10 points of an eventual game-opening 15-0 run. The Miners, who led 45-21 at the break, pushed their advantage out to as many as 35 (64-29, 11:12 second half), before putting it on cruise control down the stretch.
- The Miners improved to 7-5 in campaign lidlifters under head coach Keitha Adams, including 6-2 when starting the year at home.
- UTEP moved to 26-13 in home openers, helped by an effort of 9-3 under Adams.
- UTEP is now 20-19 all time in season openers, including 17-6 in El Paso.
at UTEP 69, St. Mary’s 60 (11/3/12)
- The Miners led for most of the game, and were up by 17 (61-44) with five minutes to play.
- Marring the victory was sophomore Jenzel Nash suffering a season-ending torn ACL.
The Last Meeting
December 31, 2011
Don Haskins Center