Miners Trounce UT-Permian Basin, 107-43

All 13 players scored for the Miners, as the UTEP women’s basketball team throttled UT-Permian Basin, 107-43, inside the Don Haskins Center Saturday afternoon. The winning margin of 64 is the highest ever by the Orange and Blue at the Don.


The triumph is the fifth straight for UTEP, and it improves the Miners to 9-1 on the year. That establishes the best start in school history, topping the 8-2 christening to the 1996-97 campaign.


Five players finished in double digits, to help the Orange and Blue match the second-highest scoring output in program annals. Moreover, the Miners shattered the school standard for assists (27) by dishing out 31. Even more impressive is the fact that they only committed seven turnovers.


UTEP dominated in all facets of the game, connecting on 58.1 percent of its shots and out-rebounding the Lady Falcons by 16 (55-39). The Miners scored 28 points on fast-break opportunities- compared to two for UTPB- while they controlled the paint to the tune of 60-8. UTEP’s bench also played a big factor, pouring in a season-high 68 points.


Defensively, UTEP held the Lady Falcons to a minute percentage of 22.6 from the floor, while it forced UTP into committing 26 turnovers.


Whitney Thornton led all scorers with 16, with Claudia Porras (15), Kasia Krezel (12), Tasha Marisett (10) and Christina Ray (10) also cracking double digits. Senior walk-on Monica Carrasco, also joined in on the fun with a career-high four point, three-rebound effort


“Today was a good game for us in the sense that we were able to play some of our younger players,” head coach Keitha Adams said. “It was a good team win. We set some goals, and we met those. I am pleased about that.”


From the tip, the Miners were the aggressors. UTEP scored the initial 13 points on the contest before UTPB knocked down a triple. The Orange and Blue answered the threat with a 12-0 run to push the lead out to 22 (25-3) with 12 minutes to play in the first half.


The margin grew to 30 with six minutes left in the period after Whitney Thornton connected on a free throw. Despite the lopsided score, UTEP continued to play with plenty of passion and the result was a 44-point lead (56-12) heading into the half.


The Miners christened the second half exactly as the first period, opening on a 13-0 spurt during the initial three-and-a half minutes. The advantage hit 60 for the first time of the one minute later following a free-throw by Krezel.


Marisett drained a long two with 11:20 to play in the game to afford UTEP with a lead of 69, its largest of the game. UTPB continued to play hard, and it paid in off in the form of an 11-0 stretch to get within 58 (93-34) with 8:33 remaining.


The Miners responded with an 11-2 run of their own to send the lead to 67 (107-40), before the Lady Falcons drained a jumper and filled up a free-throw to cap the scoring.


UTEP wraps up its five-game homestand against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday.



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