UTEP Set For Showdown Against New Mexico Thursday

Cameasha Turner

Dec. 19, 2012

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- UTEP will try to extend its winning streak to five while also staying unbeaten at home when it battles I-25 rival New Mexico at 7:05 p.m. MST at the Don Haskins Center Thursday.

- The Miners (9-1) are coming off a 52-50 win at Kansas State on Dec. 16 while the Lobos (8-3) routed New Mexico State, 68-44, on the road to complete that series sweep on Dec. 18.

- UTEP will break for the holidays after the game against UNM.

- It will close out the calendar year & non-conference play with two games after the layoff.

- The Miners will challenge 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 50-25 in the month, including a mark of 25-2 at home since the start of the 2006-07 campaign.

- The Miners are 97-57 in non-league play under Adams, including 9-1 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.

- 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). 


The Last Meeting
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December 10, 2011
Albuquerque, N.M.
UTEP Women's Basketball Downs New Mexico, 53-43, To Secure Best Start In School History
Stifling defense, a quality effort at the free-throw line and baskets at key times carried the UTEP women's basketball team past New Mexico, 53-43, on the road Saturday afternoon. The Miners move to 8-0 on the year to secure the best start in program history while the Lobos slip to 3-6 on the campaign.

- UTEP has tied for the second-best start in program history with a record of 9-1 entering the game against the Lobos.

- Last year's team was 10-0 while it was 9-1 (eventually 14-1) in 2006-07.

- The Miners boast a winning record through 10 games for the fourth straight year and the sixth occasion under Keitha Adam

- Five teams did so before Adams, but the longest streak was consecutive campaigns (once).

- Ranked 13th in the RPI report while it received a vote in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' top-25 poll released Dec. 18.

- Record of 4-1 on year vs. top-100 RPI foes.

- Sports a strength of schedule of 65th.

- Had three players recognized by Conference USA through weekly awards.

- Both Kristine Vitola (11/12) & Kayla Thornton (12/17) were the player of the week while Irene Gari (12/10) was the freshman of the week.


- New Mexico leads the series, 30-15, but the Miners have claimed two straight & three of the past four.

- The Miners are 3-2 against UNM under Keitha Adams, with victories in 2007-08 (57-53, 12/30), 2010-11 (64-62, ,12/20) & 2011-12 (53-43, 12/10).

- UTEP is 11-10 against the Lobos in El Paso.

- The two programs faced off at least once per year from 1974-75 through 1986-87.

- The rivalry resumed in 1991 & continued through 1998-99 when both schools were members of the WAC.


UTEP 52, at Kansas State 50 (12/16/12)

- Trailing by 10 (48-38) with 5:27 to play, UTEP dug deep and finished the game on a 14-2 run to topple previously unbeaten Kansas State, 52-50, at Bramlage Coliseum on Dec. 16.

- Kayla Thornton (15 points, 14 rebounds) and Chrishauna Parker (13 points, 11 boards) posted double-doubles.

- Anete Steinberga (13 points, 8 rebounds) and Kelli Willingham (7 points, three steals) also made several big plays.

- Improved to 3-0 this year against power conference schools.

- The Wildcats fell to 100-10 in non-conference home games the past 17 years.

- Held KSU to 29.2 percent (19-of-65) from the floor.


- New Mexico has won two of three & is 8-3 overall on the year.

- The Lobos are 1-1 away from home, including a 24-point rout (68-44) at New Mexico on Dec. 18.

- Five different players contribute at least 8.0 points per game, but Carolina Durbin at 12.6 is the lone in double figures.

- Five Lobos account for at least 5.0 rebounds per game, with Jourdan Erskine setting tone at 6.5

- Eclipsed 70 points just once (81-59 vs. North Texas, 11/23/23).

- Has registered 60 or more in eight of 11 games.

- Kept three straight & eight of 11 foes on the year out of the 60s.

- The program has earned eight bids into the NCAA Tournament while competing in the WNIT five times.

- The University of New Mexico, located in Albuquerque, is the largest state school in New Mexico. It was founded in 1899.

- Notable alumni include renowned architect who designed Petco Park, Antoine Predock, & linebacker for the Chicago Bears, Brian Urlacher.



- 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.



- 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.


- Stands 456-587 since the start of the program for 1974-75 season, including 9-1 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.


- UTEP is led by 12th-year head coach and the all-time win leader in program history, Keitha Adams, who is 193-148 in that time frame, including 9-1 this year.

- At 320-185 (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 five seasons, including picking up a vote this week.

- The Miners were among the top-25 for both major polls 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. 


- 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.



- Gone 36-33 away from home since the 2006-07 campaign, including 1-1 this year

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

- UTEP's next road match-up will be when it tips off its 16-game 2013 Conference USA slate by playing at Tulsa on Jan. 9.

- Stand 46-63 on the road since 2003-04 & are 50-85 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


- Posted 60+ points the first nine games, including three of at least 70.

- Held to a season-low 52 points in the win at Kansas State Dec. 16.

- All five starters are at better than 5.7 points per game, including three in double figures.

- No one else on squad is above 3.5 ppg.

- Eclipsed 40 percent from floor in four of first five games. Done so twice since.

- 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).

- After hitting 14-of-33 (.424) over two-game stretch from three-point range, slipped to 2-of-11 (.182) at KSU.

- Hit a combined 35-of-108 (.324) from three-point range in six games with at least four three-pointers made.

- Is 7-of-34 (.205) in the other four games this year.

- Registered double figures in offensive rebounds in every contest.

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

- Posted 19+ assists four times, with three games of at least 20.


- Held three straight foes to 50 or fewer points & kept eight of 10 to 60 or less.

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

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

- Conceded eight three pointers or more five times & with foes making a combined 43-of-118 from distance (.364) in those contests.

- In the other five games opponents have gone just 18-of-83 (.217) on three-pointers.

- 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.

- Kept (New Mexico (20.5) & Eastern New Mexico (22.9) to below 23.0 percent from floor.

- Marked first time in program history that consecutive foes have fallen shy of figure.


- UTEP is 38-5 since the start of the 2011-12 season, including 9-1 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).



- Of the Miners' nine wins this year, three have been against members of power schools.

- UTEP has downed Pacific 12 members Arizona State (60-54, 11/18/12) & Arizona (64-53, 11/23/12) while also toppling Kansas State on the road (52-50, 12/16/12).

- The Miners are 6-35 all time in such contests, including 3-0 this year.

- Four of the wins have been 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).


#1 Jamie Madden (5-8, Freshman, PG)

- Has not played the past two games.

- 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 (13.3) of reserve guards on team.

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

- Scored in seven of 10 games, including five with at least three points.

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

- Grabbed 12 rebounds the past four games to surpass sum (seven) to start the year.

- Played second-fewest minutes of her season (eight) in win at Kansas State (12/16/12)

- Earned double figures in playing time six times overall, including four of the past five.

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

- One of four Miners with at least 8.5 ppg (8.8).

- Only Miner with more than 30.0 mpg (30.3).

- Has hit 22 three pointers. Rest of the team has made 20.

- Lived from beyond the arc with 22 of her 28 field goals being three pointers.

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

- Lone Miner with 5+ points in every game.

- Tallied 8+ points in seven contests.

- Made multiple three pointers in eight of 10 games this year.

- Attempted at least four three pointers nine times.

- Logged 30+ minutes six times, including five straight at one point.

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

- Grabbed three rebounds at Kansas State (12/16/12) to equal sum from prior three games.

- Has one offensive rebound & 27 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.

- Was held scoreless while going 0-of-5 from floor in win at Kansas State (12/16/12).

- Tallied a combined 33 points while making 13-of-22 from floor, including 5-of-10 from three-point range, in the two games she has reached double figures.

- Has scored 25 points on 8-of-46 shooting, including 2-of-16 on threes, in the other eight contests.

- Earned double figures in playing time in every game.

- Had string of seven striaght of 20 or more snapped at KSU.

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

- Leads team in scoring (13.3), rebounding (8.7) & total steals (18).

- Scored 7+ points in nine of 10 games.

- Tallied six double-digit efforts, including career-high 29 vs. Texas State (12/1).

- Pulled down 10+ rebounds in consecutive contests & in five of the past six games.

- Has three double-doubles in the sequence.

- Sunk 2-of-4 in the season opener from distance against LMU (11/10/12) but is 4-of-27 since.

- Set career high for minutes played (37) at Kansas State (12/16/12). Played a combine 39 minutes the previous two tilts.

- The Miners are 44-11, including 9-1 in 2012-13, with her in the starting line-up. 

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

- One of nine Miners with at least 10.0 mpg (12.2).

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

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

- Grabbed nine rebounds the past three games to top total (five) to start the year.

- Tallied half of her 18 points on the year in the past four 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 (5.4).

- Leads the Miners in free-throws made (25) while ranking second in attempts (37).

- Tagged with team-high 25 fouls on the season but has only posted four in a game twice.

- 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 5+ rebounds in six games, including two with eight.

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

- Equaled career high in minutes by playing 33 at Kansas State (12/16/12).

- Her 36 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)

- Has been a healthy scratch the past two games.

- 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 (11.5).

- Played 10+ minutes in four straight games.

- Did so once in first six contests.

- Scored 23 points while grabbing 21 rebounds combined over past five games.

- Managed four points & 12 boards in first five.

- Has more offensive rebounds (17) than defensive (16).

- Grabbed 4+ boards in five games.

- Is 11-of-18 at the free-throw line the past five games. Was 0-2 to start the year.

- 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 (3.8) while ranking second in rebounding (7.3) and third in scoring (10).

- Lone Miner with 5+ boards in every contest.

- Posted five games with at least five assists.

- Never had more than three helpers last year.

- Reached double figures in scoring six times to double total of such efforts (three) as a freshman.

- Was 7-of-10 at the free-throw line at Kansas State (12/16/12).

- Had been 5-of-9 previous six contests.

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

- Grabbed 3 or more offensive rebounds in three straight & seven times total this year.

- Miners are 16-2, including 9-1 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 (15.1).

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

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

- Put up points in eight of 10 games this year, including three with five or more.


- UTEP has made least one three-point shot in a program-record 210 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 55-13 in the past 68 games & 122-44 overall under Adams when winning the rebounding battle. It is 7-1 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.


- Kayla Thornton (658) Anete Steinberga (651) & Kelli Willingham (620) all surpassed 600 career points this year. Overall there are now 31 Miners to have achieved the feat.

- Only 24 Miners have scored 700+ points.

- UTEP has won 70 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 76 wins, shared by Izabela Piekarska & Kasia Krezel, 2004-08.

- Willingham has earned 68 career starts, which ties for 10th all time at the school.

- 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 (.457, seventh) Steinberga (.456, eighth) & are in the top 10 at UTEP for career-field goal percentage. A minimum of 200 FGM is required to qualify.

- Thornton (496) is on the cusp of becoming the 14th Miner to grab at least 500 career rebounds.

- Her career average (6.9) is ninth all time currently at UTEP.

- Willingham has hit 20 threes this year to lift her career total to 115 & 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 (252) is marching toward becoming the fifth Miner with at least 300 career assists.

- 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 9-1) 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 scoring 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.


at UTEP 71, Eastern New Mexico 34 (12/8/12)

- 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.

 at UTEP 66, NM State 44 (12/5/12)

- 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.

at UTEP 88, Texas State 81 (12/1/12)

- 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.

at NM State 69, UTEP 68 (11/28/12)

- 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 (11/23/12)

- 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 (11/22/12)

- 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 (11/18/12)

- 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.

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



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