Miners Post Convincing 70-49 Win Against Louisiana-Lafayette

The UTEP women’s basketball team picked up its most impressive win of the season by defeating Louisiana-Lafayette (7-3), 70-49, at the Don Haskins Center Sunday afternoon.


The Miners now stand at 7-1 on the campaign, including 6-1 inside the Don. It was a dominating performance by the Orange and Blue, especially in the second half. UTEP connected on 51.6 percent of its shots in the second period on the way to knocking off the Rajin’ Cajuns.


“That was a fantastic win,” head coach Keitha Adams said. “It was a good team win versus a quality opponent.”


For the game, UTEP filled up 42.2 percent of its shots while limiting the Ragin’ Cajuns to a paltry effort of 25.9 percent from the floor. The Miners’ unselfish play also factored in, with UTEP ringing up a season-high 23 assists on 27 baskets. Conversely, ULL tallied just 12 assists while committing 24 turnovers.


Izabela Piekarska poured in a career-high 22 points, while posting a school-record-tying 10 blocks to lead the charge for the Miners. Tasha Marisett also posted a double-double with a 13-point, 10-rebound effort, while Shalana Taylor registered a career-high-matching 14 points.


Louisiana-Lafayette scored five quick points to jump out to a 5-0 lead at the onset of the game. UTEP responded with a 5-0 run of its own. After the two squads traded buckets, the Ragin’ Cajuns pushed their advantage back to five (13-8) with 11 minutes to play in the half. The Miners did not rattle, though, scoring five straight.


In what was becoming a back and forth battle, ULL found its rhythm at both ends of the court en route to taking a 23-15 lead with 5:13 remaining in the period. Following some encouraging words by Adams during the media time out, the Miners closed the period on a high note by outscoring the Ragin’ Cajuns 13-5 down the stretch. The effort allowed UTEP to enter the half with a clean slate, with the match-up tied at 28.


With the balance of the game hanging in the air, the Miners came out the aggressors in the second half. UTEP took its first lead (33-30) of the contest following a triple by Kasia Krezel with 17:47 to play. ULL tied it up with a three-ball of its own, only to have UTEP move back up by two courtesy of Marisett’s jumper from the free-throw line.


The Ragin’ Cajuns knotted the contest again, but from that point on it would be all Miners. During the final 15 minutes of the game, the Orange and Blue out-scored ULL by 25 (35-14). Keying the charge was Piekarska, who decided to take over the game at both ends of the floor.


The imposing 6-5 center swatted seven shots in an eight-minute stretch, including three blocks on three consecutive Ragin’ Cajuns’ possessions. Piekarska was also locked in at the other end of the court, scoring 18 points on 7-11 shooting.


Piekarska had plenty of help, though, as Krezel converted a lay-up off a nifty pass from Marisett to afford the Miners their first double-digit lead of the day (48-38) with 11:25 to play in the game. ULL fought to stay close, keeping the deficit at 10 (54-44) with 8:51 remaining, but UTEP had other ideas.


The Miners caught fire from the outside, while clamping down defensively to the tune of a 9-1 run the next four minutes to seal the victory. Piekarska drained back-to-back triples in the stretch, while Ana Valtierra capped it by making a runner in the lane.


UTEP will be back in action against Prairie View A&M inside the Don Haskins Center at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday evening.

UTEP 70, Louisiana Lafayette 49 UTEP 70, Louisiana Lafayette 49



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