MINERS
UTEP To Play At Undefeated Kansas State Sunday

Chrishauna Parker


Chrishauna Parker

Dec. 14, 2012

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THE OPENING ACT

-  UTEP will return to action after a layoff for final exams by playing at undefeated Kansas State at 12 p.m. MST Sunday. 

-  The game will air on 1150 AM in El Paso while being broadcast on TV on Cox 22 throughout the state of Kansas & on Metro Sports in the Kansas City area. 

-  The Miners (8-1) have won three straight games but it will mark just their second road contest of the year.

-  The Wildcats (7-0) remained perfect on the year with a 68-54 dispatching of South Dakota on Dec. 9.

-  KSU is 4-0 at home & has won 17 straight at Bramlage Coliseum vs. non-conference foes.

-  Following the contest against KSU, UTEP will play host to New Mexico at 7:05 p.m. MST Dec. 20. The game will be the final one before a holiday break.

-  UTEP will then wrap up the month with home match-ups against Sam Houston State (5:30 p.m., 12/28 & UTPA (2:05 p.m., 12/30).

-  December has been the best month for the Miners during the Keitha Adams era. UTEP is 49-25 in the month, including a mark of 25-2 at home since the start of the 2006-07 campaign.

-  The Miners are 96-57 in non-league play under Adams, including 8-1 this year.

-  UTEP is assured of pushing its school-record steak of .500 or better in non-conference play to eight seasons.

-  The prior record was four, 1994-95 through 1997-98.

-  The Miners have sustained just one loss through nine games for the second straight year & fourth occasion in program history.

-  UTEP was 9-0 at this point last year while standing 8-1 in both 1996-97 & 2006-07.

-  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

-  Kansas State leads the series, 2-1.

-  The most-recent match-up came in the 2008-09 season opener for both squads, a 65-44 Kansas State victory on Nov. 14, 2008.

-  The Wildcats also toppled the Miners, 66-58, on Dec. 1, 2007.

-  UTEP’s win in the series came in a neutral-site contest (67-61, in Moscow, Idaho, 12/6/96).

GOING BACK IN TIME

@UTEP 71, Eastern New Mexico 44

-  UTEP pushed its winning streak to three by dismantling Eastern New Mexico, 71-34, on Dec. 8.

-  The Miners, who never trailed in the contest, led the Division II Zias by 25 at the break (43-18) and were up by at least 30 for the final six minutes of action.

-  All 10 players who saw action scored, with freshman Irene Gari keying the charge by reaching double figures (14 points) for the second straight game.

Kayla Thornton had nine and Anete Steinberga, Kelli Willingham and Saidah Zuberi Allen all chipped in eight.

 

GETTING TO KNOW KANSAS STATE

-  Kansas State is one of 11 teams nationally without a loss.

-  It is vying for its first 8-0 start since 2008-09 & fourth overall in program history.

-  The Wildcats have won 17 straight at home against non-conference foes & are 100-9 during Deb Patterson era.

-  KSU stands 91-20 in December under Patterson.

-  Two starters are in double figures for scoring (Brittany Chambers, 20.7 & Haley Texada, 12.2) but no one else is better than 6.5.

-  KSU has not allowed more than 63 points this year & five foes have fallen shy of 55.

-  It is thee oldest public university in the state of Kansas.

-  KSU had a record-high enrollment (24,378) during the fall 2012 semester.

-  Notable alumni include Herbert Dimond, who invented the snooze alarm,  Eric Stonestreet, who stars on Modern Family, & Jordy Nelson, who won the 2011 Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers.

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 455-587 since the start of the program for 1974-75 season, including 8-1 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.

-  Secured Conference USA’s automatic bid last year but was derailed by national power (11/12) Penn State, 85-77, in the first round.

-  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 192-148 in that time frame, including 8-1 this year.

-  At 319-185 (17th year), 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.

-  Directed team into a pair of NCAA Tournaments.

-  Her efforts have put the program on the regional & national landscape, with the Miners playing in 16 nationally-televised games.

-  UTEP has earned 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

-  Record of 88-18 in El Paso since the start of the 2006-07 season, including 6-0 this year.

-  The double-digit loss in the sequence was to Kansas State (44-65, 11/14/08).

-  Claimed 21 of past 23 home games. The two losses were by combined three points.

-  In search of 11th straight home winning record. Stand 122-39 since starting streak in 2002-03.

-  Overall are 123-51 at home under Keitha Adams.

-  Vying for seventh straight 10+ home win season. Prior six featured at least 12 wins.

-  UTEP had four 10+ wins seasons in 27 years before Adams, and only once (12-1, 1988-89) did it hit 12.

 

TRAVEL TIME

-  Gone 35-33 away from home since the 2006-07 campaign, including 0-1 this year (lost, 69-68, at NM State, 11/28/12).

-  Two winning road records & a pair of .500 efforts have aided in stretch.

-  Next road test comes at Big-12 member Kansas State (12/16/12).

-  Stand 45-63 on the road since 2003-04 & are 49-85 overall under Keitha 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.

-  UTEP never had  a winning season on the road in the 27 years prior to Adams. Only twice (2-2, 1974-75 & 7-7, 1992-93) did it finish at .500 

GETTING OFFENSIVE

-  Scored 60+ points in every game, including two with 75 or more.

-  Surpassed 70 points in two of past three games to double effort of such contests to start year.

-  The 88 points against Texas State (12/1/12) were most in a regular-season game since tallying 89 vs. East Carolina (W, 89-80, 1/6/11).

-  Better than 40 percent from floor in two of past three and six times overall on the year.

-  Nailed 14-of-33 (.424) on threes the past two games.

-  Was 19-of-82 (.232) prior six contests.

-  Twice (Arizona State, 11/18/12 & Texas State, 12/1/12), made one trey in a game. That happened a combined two times the prior three campaigns.

-  Registered double figures in offensive rebounds in every contest.

-  Made 16 turnovers or fewer six times, including three contests with 12 or less.

-  Registered 17.2 assists per games the past six games, helped by four games with 19+ helpers.

-  Had a combined 30 assists (10.0 apg) to start year.

-  Drilled 14-of-24 (42.4 percent) from three-point range the past two games to snap out of 19-of-82 (23.2 percent) skid spanning prior six contests.

-  Four starters are in double figures for scoring while freshman Irene Gari has used consecutive double-digit performances to lift her average to 6.4 ppg.

-  No one else on squad better than 3.9.

GETTING DEFENSIVE

-  Given up fewer than 60 points seven times, including the first five foes.

 

-  Texas State, with 81, was the lone opponent to surpass 70 points.

-  Kept back-to-back opponents to lower than 23.0 from the field for the first time in program history.

-  Previously had never held multiple foes to below that figure in a single season.

-  Held the opposition to below 36 percent seven times, including three at less than 28 percent.

-  Conceded seven three pointers combined the past two games.

-  Opponents had nailed at least eight in the four previous contests.

-  Forced at least 18 turnovers seven times, including four games with 20+.

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

-  Blocked six shots against ENMU (12/8/12) compared to a total (five) from previous three games.

-  Posted 10 steals vs. the Zias nearly surpassing the figure (11) from prior three contests.

-  Allowed 81 points in the win vs. Texas State to improve to 3-24 under Keitha Adams when conceding 80+ points.

 

QUITE A RUN

-  UTEP is 37-5 since the start of the 2011-12 season, including 8-1 this year.

-  Twenty-five of those wins, including four 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).

TAKING OUT POWER SCHOOLS

-  Of the Miners’ eight 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)

-  Did not play in the win against ENMU (12/8/12).

-  Had logged 10 minutes in consecutive contests while combining for five rebounds, four points and three assists in timeframe.

-  Made Miner debut at the Junkanoo Jam, playing a combined eight minutes in the two games.

-  Four of six points on year courtesy of free throws.

 

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

Most mpg (13.9) of reserve guards on team.

-  Registered seven assists the past four games. Had total of two in the first five.

-  Scored in seven of nine games, including five with at least three points.

-  Started 2-of-8 at free-throw line but has gone 5-of-6 since.

-  Grabbed 10 rebounds the past three games to surpass sum (seven) to start the year.

-  Earned double figures in playing time in four consecutive contests to double tally (two) of such games to christen campaign.

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

One of four Miners with at least 9.0 ppg (9.0).

Only Miner with more than 29.0 mpg (29.9).

-  Hit half (20-of-40) of team’s three pointers on year.

-  Twenty of 26 field goals have been triples.

-  Dished 3+ assists seven times, including three with five.

-  Lone Miner with 5+ points in every game.

-  Tallied 8+ points in seven contests.

-  Hit three pointer in every game, with two or more seven times & three in four contests.

-  Attempted at least four triples eight times.

-  Played fewer than 30 minutes in three straight.

-  Earned 30+ minutes previous five.

-  Posted four games with at least four rebounds, which is one shy of 2011-12 seasonal sum.

-  Grabbed just three rebounds past three games.

-  Twenty-four of 25 boards have been defensive.

#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).

-  Named C-USA Freshman of Week on Dec. 10.

-  Scored 33 points while making 13-of-22 from floor the past two games.

-  Had made combined 8-of-41 for 25 points to start season.

-  Drilled 5-of-10 on three pointers past two tilts.

-  Was 2-of-14 to start her career.

-  Reached double figures in scoring in back-to-back games (19 vs. NM State, 14 vs. ENMU).

-  Prior career high was seven points.

-  Posted three straight games with 5+ boards.

-  Grabbed 16 total in stretch to surpass effort (13) to start the season.

-  Earned double figures in playing time in every game, including seven straight of 20 or more.

 

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

Leads team in scoring (13.1), rebounding (8.1) & total steals (17).

-  Reached double digits in scoring five times while tallying 7+ in three other tilts.

-  Grabbed 52 rebounds past five games, with four contests of at least 10.

-  Sunk 2-of-4 from distance against LMU (11/10/12) but is 4-of-25 since.

-  After three straight games of at least 30 minutes played, has played total of 39 (21/18) past two.

-  The Miners are 43-11, including 8-1 in 2012-12, with her in the starting line-up.

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

-  One of nine Miners with at least 10.0 mpg (12.4).

-  Earned double figures in playing time in three straight games for first time of career.

-  Previously hadn’t logged 10+ minutes in consecutive contests.

-  Grabbed eight rebounds the past two games to top total (five) to start the year.

-  Tallied half of her 18 points on the year in the past three contests, including a season-best seven vs. Texas

-  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.

 

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

Ranks second on team in scoring (12.7) and third in rebounding (5.1).

-  Leads the Miners in free-throws made (24) and attempted (34).

-  Tagged with team-high 22 fouls on the season but has just five total the past three games.

-  Scored two points in opener but has produced 8+ points in each game since.

-  Included in stretch was career-best six straight games with 10+ points.

-  Grabbed 4+ boards in seven games, including six or more four times.

-  Played 30+ minutes three times this year to top total such contests (two) in 2011-12 campaign.

-  Is 24-33 at free-throw line past six games. Was 0-1 in first two.

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

 

#14 Marissa Rodriguez (5-7, Sophomore, G)

-  Drilled a three pointer and knocked down a 12-foot jump shot to set a career high for points (five) against Eastern New Mexico (12/8/12).

-  Nailed a three pointer to post first points of her career against NM State (12/5/12).

-  Played in consecutive contests for first time of career.

-  Previously earned three minutes vs. LMU (11/10/12).

#20 Diamond Posey (5-7, Freshman, G)

Appeared in five games while earning 28 total minutes of playing time.

-  All five points on year came against NM State (12/5/12).

-  Had been held scoreless while going 0-of-5 from floor in combined 20 minutes of action her first four appearances.

-  Five of eight field-goal attempts have been treys.

 

#21 Saidah Zuberi Allen (5-11, Freshman, F/G)

-  One of nine Miners with at least 10.0 mpg (10.8).

-  Played 10+ minutes in three straight games.

-  Did so once in first six contests.

-  Scored 19 points while grabbing 16 rebounds combined over past four games.

-  Managed four points & 12 boards in first five.

-  Has more offensive rebounds (16) than defensive (12).

-  Grabbed 4+ boards in four games.

-  Is 9-of-14 at the free-throw line the past four 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 three since.

#32 Chrishauna Parker (5-10, Sophomore, G)

-  Leads team in assists per game (4.0) while ranking second in rebounding (6.9) and third in scoring (9.7).

-  Lone Miner with 5+ boards in every contest.

-  Posted three straight & five games overall with at least five assists.

-  Never had more than three helpers last year.

-  Scored at least six points in eight straight games. Reached double figures in five of those contests.

-  Attempted 21 free throws the first three games but has only nine tries since.

-  Registered 2+ offensive rebounds in seven straight and eight times total.

-  Has at least three in six of the contests.

-  Miners are 15-2, including 8-1 this year, with her in the starting line.

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

-  Registered team-high eight blocked shots.

Leads reserves in minutes per game (16.0).

-  Played 20+ minutes in consecutive contests after doing so once in first seven games.

-  Grabbed seven offensive rebounds in past two games to match sum to start the year.

-  Has notched 15 total boards the past three contests to almost equal sum (17) from first six.

-  Scored 4+ points in three straight games. Did so three times in first six games.

STAT LOVERS’ LANE

-  UTEP has made least one three-point shot in a program-record 209 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 114-13, including 3-0 this year, when scoring 70+ points under Adams.

-  UTEP holds a record of 103-16 in the past 119 contests, including 6-0 this year, that it made 40.5% or better from the floor.

-  The Miners are 74-17 under Adams, including 3-0 this year, when drilling at least 40% on threes (min. five made).

-  UTEP is 54-13 in the past 67 games & 121-44 overall under Adams when winning the rebounding battle. It is 6-1 in the situation this year.

-  The Miners are 59-2 under Adams, including 3-0 this year, when posting 20+ assists.

-  UTEP is 51-3 since the start of 2006-07 campaign & 70-12 under Adams when opponents have more turnovers than field goals.            The Miners are 4-0 in that area this year.

-  UTEP is 54-12 over the past 66 contests, including 1-1 this year, when making 70% or better at the free-throw line (min. 10 FTM).

-  Oddly enough it is 29-12 since 2006-07, including 4-0 this year, when falling shy of 61 percent at the free-throw line. (min. 10 FTA).

-  The Miners are 19-8 in their past 27 regular-season contests, including 1-0 this year, in which they have made more three pointers than free throws.

CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS

Kayla Thornton (643) Anete Steinberga (638) & Kelli Willingham (613) all surpassed 600 career points this year. Overall there are now 31 Miners to have achieved the feat.

-  UTEP has won 69 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 67 career starts, which is 10th all time at the school. Up next on the list is Christina Mata (68).

-  She has played 2,144 career minutes, making her one of 17 Miners to surpass 2000. Mata holds 10th place at 2,569

-  Both Thornton (.459, sixth) Steinberga (.454, eighth) & are in the top 10 at UTEP for career-field goal percentage. A minimum of 200 FGM is required to qualify.

-  Thornton (482) is closing in on becoming the 14th Miner to grab at least 500 career rebounds.

-  Her career average (6.8) is 10th currently.

-  Willingham has hit 18 threes this year to lift her career total to 113 & climb into sixth place.

Sviatlana Trukshanina (116) sits in fifth & Kasia Krezel is fourth (138).

-  Her 303 triples 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.

-  Willingham’s 249 career assists places her tied for fifth. Shalana Taylor is fourth (313).

-  Tenth place on the career list is held by Norma Sierra at 544.

-  Vitola swatted four shots this year before getting hurt. Her career sum of 100 ties as fourth all time at UTEP.

MILESONE MOMENTS

-  For the second straight year and the third time overall in program history, UTEP (now 8-1) 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

@UTEP 66, NM State 44

-  Buoyed by freshman Irene Gari’s career-high 19 points and stifling defense, UTEP pounded I-10 rival NM State, 66-44, at home Dec. 5.

-  The game was tied 4-4 before UTEP closed the half on a 31-6 surge, which was started by a 13-0 run.

-  NM State finished with the third-lowest field-goal percentage by an opponent (20.9) in program history.

-  It connected on just 2-of-17 in the first half (11.8 percent).

-  Aggies scored 24 of 44 points in game on free throws.

Kelli Willingham & Anete Steinberga each added nine points.

-  UTEP nailed eight three pointers to nearly match its sum (nine) from the prior three contests. 

@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.

@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
Kansas State65
UTEP44
November 14, 2008
Don Haskins Center
UTEP Falls In 08-09 Opener To Kansas State
The UTEP women's basketball team was dealt a hard-fought 65-44 loss by Kansas State in the 2008-09 season opener for both squads at the Don Haskins Center Friday evening. The Miners trailed by only six at the half (28-22) but the defending Big 12 champions managed to pull away down the stretch.


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