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UTEP & NM State Set For Round Two Of "Battle Of I-10" Wednesday

Syerra Davis


Syerra Davis

Dec. 4, 2012

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THE OPENING ACT

- UTEP will continue its homeswing when it squares off against New Mexico State in the second round of the "Battle of I-10" at the Don Haskins Center at 7:05 p.m. MST Wednesday.

- All UTEP students will get free pizza, courtesy of Keitha Adams while it will also be the Grand Prize giveaway game. One lucky fan will win an iPad2 & there will be several other premium prizes.

- Both the Miners (6-1) and the Aggies (5-2) have enjoyed a successful season to date.

- UTEP’s lone setback came at NM State (69-68, 11/28/12) but it bounced back to topple Texas State, 88-81, at home on Dec. 1.

- The Aggies are riding a four-game win streak, most recently having overcome a 14-point halftime deficit to down Southern Utah, 70-68, on the road Dec. 1.

- The Miners were dealt their first loss of the season when they were edged at New Mexico State, 69-68, on Nov. 28.

- It marks the second of three straight & six of seven at home for UTEP (1-0 thus far in stretch) in the month.

- December has been the best month for the Miners during the Keitha Adams era. UTEP is 47-25 in the month, including a mark of 23-2 at home since the start of the 2006-07 campaign.

- The Miners are 94-57 in non-league play under Adams, including 6-1 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

- NM State leads the series, 47-32, & it claimed the first match-up this year by a score of 69-68 in Las Cruces, N.M, on Nov. 28.

- The Miners do hold an advantage of 22-17 in games played in El Paso.

- The Miners are 13-10 all time against the Aggies during Keitha Adams’ era, making her the lone coach in program history to sport a winning record in the "Battle of I 10."

- The Miners and Aggies have squared off multiple times annually since the start of UTEP’s program (1974-75 campaign).

- Five of UTEP’s nine sweeps in the series have come under Adams’ direction.

GOING BACK IN TIME

@UTEP 88, Texas State 81

- Kayla Thornton poured in a career-high 29 points while Anete Steinberga added a season-best 22, and UTEP raced past Texas State, 88-81, at home Dec. 1.

- Thornton also grabbed 11 boards to secure her second double-double this year & 10th of her career.

- Trailed,46-41, at the half before a big second half.

- The game featured seven lead changes and 10 ties before a 7-0 run by UTEP in the final minute.

- Chrishauna Parker started it with a lay-up off an offensive rebound before Kelli Willingham drilled the Miners’ lone three pointer of the night with 28 seconds left. Thornton capped the surge, while also essentially icing the game, by sinking two free throws with 11 seconds to play.

- Improved to 3-24 under Keitha Adams when allowing 80+ points.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

- NM State is 5-2 overall this year, including 1-2 on the road. The Aggies finished at 6-24 in 2011-12.

- Four players contribute better than 8.0 points per game. No one else produces more than 4.5 ppg.

- Aside from a 23-point loss at New Mexico (11/20/12), the Aggies’ six other games have been decided by a total of 15 points.

- Since allowing 76 points in the season opener to LMU (11/12/12), the Aggies haven’t given up more than 68 in a game. Four foes have been held to 60 or less.

- NM State has scored 69 & 70 points the past two tilts. It had been held to fewer than 55 in the previous four.

- The Aggies have hit 40 treys on the season, with three players combining for 32 of them.

- 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 2012-13 MINERS

- Returned three starters (senior F Anete Steinberga junior F Kayla Thornton & junior G Kelli Willingham) from last year’s record-setting squad.

- Sophomore guards Syerra Davis & Chrishauna Parker also earned letters last year. Also back is sophomore walk-on G Marissa Rodriguez.

- 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.

- 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

- 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

- Stands 453-587 since launching the program for the 1974-75 season, including 6-1 this year.

- Won three conference titles, including claiming both the 2012 C-USA regular season & tournament championship (29-4 final mark).

- First league crown was in 2007-08 after becoming in initial C-USA women’s team to go 16-0 in league play.

- Overall finished 28-4 in 2007-08, with school & league-standard 23-game winning streak aiding that mark.

- Appeared in two NCAA Tournaments, forging a mark of 1-2 at the "Big Dance." 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.

- Will celebrate its 100th year as a school 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 190-148 in that time frame., including 6-1 this year.

- At 317-185 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 coached 15 players who have gone on to play professionally, including 2008 WNBA draft picks Izabela Piekarska & Natasha Lacy.

- 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

- Sport a record of 86-18 in El Paso since the start of the 2006-07 season, including 4-0 this year.

- Claimed 19 of its past 21 home games, including all four thus far in 2012-13.

- 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 are 121-51 at home under Keitha Adams, helped by a program-best nine straight years with at least nine home victories.

- Had six such seasons in the 27 years prior to her tenure, and were a combined 163-142.

TRAVEL TIME

- Gone 37-34 away from home since the 2006-07 campaign, including 0-1 this year. The 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 Adams.

- Posted 21 double-digit victories on the road during Adams’ era.

- Had 27 such victories before her tenure, but 13 were against non-DI schools.

GETTING OFFENSIVE

- Connected on better than 40 percent from the floor in five of the seven games.

- Went 7-of-16 (43.8) from three-point range in the opener vs. LMU (11/10/12) but gone 19-of-32 (23.2) since.

- Twice (Arizona State, 11/18/12 & Texas State, 12/1/12), made one trey in a game. That matches the effort of such contests the past three years.

- Registered double figures in offensive rebounds in every contest.

- Good job of taking care of the ball with just 15.1 turnovers per game.

- Committed 12 or fewer turnovers in three of the past four tilts.

- Recorded 19+ assists in three of the past four, including season-high 21 vs. Texas State (12/1/12.

- Drilled 87.0 (46.0) from free-throw line past two games. Had been at 55.2 (69-125) first five contests.

- Four starters are contributing at least 9.0 ppg, including three in double figures.

- No one else on the squad is better than 4.0

GETTING DEFENSIVE

- Kept five of the seven opponents on the season to below 36 percent from the floor.

- After holding the first five opponents to below 60 points, both New Mexico State (69, 11/28/12) & Texas State (81, 12/1/12) have surpassed that figure.

- Each of the first five opponents made at least 18 turnovers & three had 20+, but both the Aggies (10) & Bobcats (13) have limited their giveaways.

- Texas Southern (11/22/12) committed 33 turnovers which tied for the seventh most by an opponent in program history.

- Opponents have drilled at least eight three pointers in four consecutive contests.

- Foes had been held to a total of 11 (11-55) the first three tilts.

QUITE A RUN

- UTEP is 35-5 since the start of the 2011-12 season, including 6-1 this year.

- Twenty-three of those wins, including a pair this year, have been by double figures.

- The five losses in the sequence have been by a combined 16 points.

- The last time UTEP sustained a loss by double figures was at Houston (77-61, 2/20/11).

- UTEP hasn’t fallen by 10+ points in non-league play since dropping a 68-50 decision at UC Santa Barbara (12/11/10).

- The last home loss by 10+ points was to Kansas State 11/14/08.

TAKING OUT POWER SCHOOLS

- Of the Miners’ six 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.

- Logged season-high 10 minutes against Texas State (12/1/12).

- Tallied two points & an assist against both Arizona (11/23/12) & Texas State (12/1/12).

#2 Cameasha Turner (5-9, Freshman, G)

- Most mpg (12.3) of reserve guards on team.

- Three straight games with 3+ points after tallying five points total in prior three.

- Gone 5-of-6 at free-throw line in timeframe. Was 2-of-8 to start her career.

- Nine of 10 boards have been defensive.

- Logged double figures in minutes in consecutive contests.

- Grabbed three rebounds against Texas State (12/1/12), to surpass sum (two) from prior four.

#3 Kelli Willingham (5-6, Junior, PG)

- Only Miner with more than 30.0 mgp (32.4).

- Hit 15 of team’s 26 three pointers on the year.

- Was lone player with 3+ assists in each game before finishing with one vs. Texas State (12/1/12).

- Scored 5+ points in every game, including five with nine or more.

- Sunk a trey in every game, with 2+ five times.

- Attempted at least four triples in six of seven games.

- Played 29 minutes vs. Bobcats to snap streak of 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).

- Snagged career-best six boards against Texas State (12/1/12).

- Registered 2+ assists in four games on year.

- Was 1-of-2 on treys in opener vs. LMU (11/10/12) but has gone 1-12 since.

- Career-best seven points at NM State (11/28/12), which was helped by going 4-of-4 at the free-throw line.

#5 Kayla Thornton (6-1, Freshman, F)

- Tallied 10+ points in five of seven games, including career-high 29 vs. Texas State (12/1/12).

- Posted three straight games with 10+ boards for the first time of her career, including personal-best 15 at NM State (11/28/12).

- Tallied 36 rebounds in timeframe to easily surpass sum (21) from first four contests.

- Grabbed nine offensive boards past two games , which bests effort (seven) from first five.

- Hit six triples her first 60 games of her career. Has nailed nine since, including six this season.

- Her 25 three-pointers attempted this year surpass her sum (21) from 2011-12.

- Came up with 11 steals the first four games but has just two since.

- The Miners are 41-11, including 6-1 in 2012-12, with her in the starting line-up.

#10 Syerra Davis (5-7, Sophomore, G)

- Registered career-high-tying seven points against Texas State (12/1/12).

- Hit three field goals against both TSU & LMU (11/10/12).

- Had two steals vs. Bobcats after posting one in the first six games.

- Played at least six minutes in every game this year, including logging double figures in three tilts.

- Two of five rebounds have been offensive.

#12 Anete Steinberga (6-2, Senior, C)

- Reached double figures in scoring in six straight games, the longest streak of her career.

- Poured in 17+ points in past three, including season-best 22 vs. Texas State (12/1/12).

- Had two points in opener vs. LMU (11/10/12).

- Her 35 double-digit scoring games are most of any active Miner.

- Is 19-25 at free-throw line past five 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 19 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 seven games with 7.9 mpg.

- Hit one field goal in three different contests.

- Scored four points in the first five games but has contributed nine in the two tilts since.

- Almost half of her rebounds (9 of 19) have been offensive.

- Earned 11 minutes of action against Texas State (12/1/12) to top playing time (eight) from prior two.

- Is 7-of-10 at the free-throw line the past two games. Had only two tries, without a make, in the first five contests.

- 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 four games with at least four assists. She never had more than three assists last year.

- 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 2+ offensive rebounds in five consecutive contests. Had 3+ in four of those.

- Failed to attempt a free throw for the first time this season against Texas State (12/1/12).

- Miners are 13-2, including 6-1 this year, with her in the starting line.

#34 Destinee LaFountain (6-1, Junior, F)

- Leads reserves in minutes per game (13.9).

- Played 10+ minutes in four straight & six of seven contests.

- Grabbed two offensive rebounds in each of first three games but has only one in the four since.

- Has 1+ block in five of seven games.

- Posted six rebounds combined past two contests to surpass figure from prior three (four).

STAT LOVERS’ LANE

- UTEP has made least one three-point shot in a program-record 207 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 102-16 in the past 118 contests, including 5-0 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 52-13 in the past 65 games & 119-44 overall under Adams when winning the rebounding battle. It is 4-0 in the situation this year.

- The Miners are a robust 58-2, including 2-0 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 54-12, including 1-1 this year, over the past 66 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.

MILESTONE MOMENTS

- Kayla Thornton (627) Anete Steinberga (621)are the latest members of the 600+ career-point club at UTEP. Overall there are now 30 Miners to achieve the feat.

- Kelli Willingham (596) is on the cusp of joining the group.

- UTEP has won 67 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.

- Fifth place is still a while off at 76 (Izabela Piekarska & Kasia Krezel, 2004-08).

- Willingham has earned 65 career starts, which is 10th all time at the school. Up next on the list is Christina Mata (68).

- She has played 2,102 career minutes, making her one of 17 Miners to surpass 2000+.

- Both Thornton (.464, sixth) Steinberga (.457, 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 15 threes this year to lift her career total to 108 & climb into seventh all time. Terri Powell holds sixth place (109) while Sviatlana Trukshanina (116) sits in fifth & Kasia Krezel is fourth (138).

- Her 295 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 (81.2). She has hit on 9-of-11 tries this year.

- Thornton is one of 16 individuals all time at UTEP to have pulled down at least 450 rebounds (465). Her career average (6.8) is 10th currently.

- Willingham is climbing the school’s career assist charts. Her tally of 243 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 6-1) 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).

2011-12 REWIND

- 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

@NM State 69, UTEP 68

- 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.

- Anete Steinberga (17 points) and Chrishauna Parker (15 points) led a balanced UTEP offense, while Kelli Willingham added nine and Irene Gari and Kayla Thornton each chipped in seven.

- 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).

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.

- Outscored the Tigers 38-22 in the second half to make a 30-23 halftime deficit a distant memory.

- Led by 22 points from Kayla Thornton while Anete Steinberga & Chrishauna Parker tallied 12 points & Kelli Willingham scored nine points-all on threes.

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.

- 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)

- Veteran leaders Kristine Vitola (18 points), Kayla Thornton (15 points) and Anete Steinberga (12 points) all reached double figures in scoring.

- 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.

- Chrishauna Parker added seven points and five boards while Kelli Willingham pitched in six points and five rebounds.

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.

- Juniors Kayla Thornton and Kelli Willingham buoyed Vitola with 15 points each while six other Miners also scored in the contest.

- 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)

- Kayla Thornton (12), Anete Steinberga (11), Kristine Vitola (11) and Kelli Willingham (10) all reached double figures in scoring during the exhibition win

- The Miners led for most of the game, and were up by 17 (61-44) with five minutes to play.

The Last Meeting
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November 28, 2012
Las Cruces, N.M.
UTEP Edged At NM State, 69-68
The UTEP women's basketball team was dealt a tough 69-68 defeat by I-10 rival New Mexico State at the Pan-American Center Wednesday evening. The Miners (5-1) were in control for most of the contest but could not find a way to put away the pesky Aggies (4-2).


- Marring the victory was sophomore Jenzel Nash suffering a season-ending torn ACL.


 

 

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