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UTEP’s Zec Receives Air Force Reserve C-USA Spirit Of Service Award

DALLAS – UTEP women’s basketball junior guard Katarina Zec was one of 14 student-athletes across the league to receive the Air Force Reserve Conference USA Winter Spirit of Service Award, as announced by the league office Wednesday.

The award is given to student-athletes who donate their time in the community, have a high academic standing and excel in their respective sports. It is presented three times throughout the year to one student-athlete at each conference institution. Wednesday’s honorees represent winter sports: men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track & field and women’s swimming & diving.

Zec boasts a 3.80 cumulative GPA while pursuing a degree in biochemistry. The native of Belgrade, Serbia, is a two-time (2017 and 2018) recipient of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal. She has also been a member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll twice (2017 and 2018).

She has been active in the community at numerous events. She has volunteered at the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation Run Together 5K Run/Walk, setting up the obstacle course for the event. She also helped at the Make-A-Wish walk for wishes, cheering on the children and families that participated in the walk. At the beginning of the year, Zec volunteered at the Alumni Picnic and played with kids in the community. She also helped hand out water to participants at the UTEP Wellness Run.

Zec started 30 of 31 games in 2018-19, ranking second on the squad in scoring (10.1 ppg), minutes per game (30.0), field goals made (108) and attempted (252) and 3-pointers made (34) and attempted (95). She paced the team in 3-point percentage (35.8, 10th C-USA) and free-throw percentage (81.8, sixth C-USA). She reached double figures in scoring in 17 contests, including the final 12 games of the year. She also pulled down 4.4 rebounds per game to tie for fourth on the team.

UTEP Upended at Home By LA Tech 74-64

Katarina Zec tallied a season-high tying 19 points to pace a quartet of Miners in double figures but high-flying LA Tech toppled UTEP, 74-64, at the Don Haskins Center Thursday.

“I thought we did a lot of the things we wanted to do, but we just went through a run there (in the third quarter) where we didn’t hit the easy shots when we had them,” UTEP head coach Kevin Baker said. “It just really affected the whole complexion of the rest of the game. I’m disappointed that we lost, but in terms of what we were trying to do out there we did it.”

Kierra Anthony overcame foul problems to pour in 30 points in 28 minutes to lead the way for the Lady Techsters (14-11, 6-6 C-USA). The injury-riddled Miners (6-19, 3-9 C-USA) dressed only seven players for the sixth straight contest, and finished with five after two fouled out in the final minute.

UTEP easily controlled the boards (39-25) and shot a solid 44.4 percent (25-54), but LA Tech was even better on offense by nailing 48.1 percent (26-54) while also converting 21 UTEP giveaways into 18 points.

Ariana Taylor (13 points), Jordan Alexander (13 points) and Zuzanna Puc (10 points) joined Zec in double figures for scoring. Puc flirted with a double-double with nine boards while Alexander also got after it on glass by pulling down seven caroms. Alexander also dished out a team best and career-high tying five assists.

Grayson Bright (14 points), Brianna Harris (10 points) and Raizel Guinto (10 points) buoyed the efforts of Anthony, but she did the heavy lifting. It was especially apparent late, when Anthony scored 14 of her team’s 16 points in the fourth quarter to nearly match UTEP’s team output (15 points) in the frame.

UTEP came out firing, jumping out to a 11-5 advantage just three minutes into the game. Taylor was instrumental in the stretch, nailing a couple of triples. LA Tech countered with a 5-0 run to cut the Miner lead to one (11-10) midway through the frame. It was back-and-forth the rest of the quarter, with a late lay-up from Zec off a feed by Alexander giving the Miners a 23-22 advantage through 10 minutes of action.

Turnovers and some misfires hurt the Orange and Blue in the opening parts of the second quarter, which allowed the Lady Techsters to peel off eight straight points to start the frame.

The deficit remained seven (37-30) with 3:31 to play in the half before UTEP, taking advantage of both Anthony and Amber Dixon being stuck on the bench with foul trouble, did well go narrow the gap. The Miners pitched a shutout the rest of the period while getting a jumper from Alexander and a triple by Zec to whittle the margin down to two (37-35) heading into halftime.

The Orange and Blue continued to hang around, trailing by just three (46-43) halfway through the third quarter. LA Tech found another level, though, ripping off 10 straight points over the next two minutes to suddenly vault ahead by 13. UTEP misfired on a shot and committed two turnovers in the stretch, which included a rare four-point play for the visitors.

The Miners tried to regroup, whittling the deficit down to nine (58-49) heading to the fourth quarter but the damage had been done. UTEP continued to battle as the half wore on, but could get no closer than eight the rest of the way.

UTEP will continue its three-game homestand when it locks up against Southern Miss in the pink “Play4Kay” game for breast cancer awareness at 1 p.m. MT Saturday. Ticket prices are $3 for youth and $5 for adults, and are available by calling 747-5234.

The Miners will then wrap up the stay in El Paso by challenging UTSA (1 p.m., Feb. 23). Admission is free for the celebration with “National Girls and Women in Sports Day” against the Roadrunners.

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Sluggish Start Dooms Miners In Loss At Tulsa 66-45

TULSA, Ok. – Katarina Zec (season-high 16 points) and Zuzanna Puc (13 points) each reached double figures in scoring but a slow start proved fatal in UTEP’s 66-45 setback at Tulsa Saturday afternoon.

The Miners (3-10) dug themselves a 20-point hole (25-5) through 10 minutes of action and could never recovery against the Golden Hurricane (6-7). UTEP won the second (11-10) and third quarters (18-14) before being outpaced slightly (17-11) in the final frame.

The Orange and Blue were without their second-leading scorer (Ariona Gill), who missed the contest with an injury. Freshman Sabine Lipe started in her place, contributing a career-best six assists and three boards. UTEP finished at 32.7 percent (18-55) from the floor, recording 13 assists on its 18 made field goals. It also took decent care of the ball with 15 turnovers, but the first quarter was too much to overcome.

“We lost the game in the first quarter,” UTEP head coach Kevin Baker said. “I’m disappointed and certainly we’ve got to start off games better than that.”

Rebounding favored Tulsa slightly (36-33), but the Miners enjoyed a 26-20 cushion for points in the paint. Jade Rochelle set the tone for the Orange and Blue on the boards by grabbing a team-best seven caroms. In terms of scoring, Jordan Alexander (seven points), Ariana Taylor (five points) and Rochelle (four points) followed after Zec and Puc.

TU connected on 42.3 percent (22-52) from the field, including 7-17 from distance. Alexis Gaulden (21 points, six assists) led the way for her squad. She was buoyed by Kendrian Elliott (12 points) and Desiree Lewis (10 points).

Tulsa opened up the game on a 17-3 push, including scoring the first seven points in the contest. The Miners endured a stretch of more than five minutes without a field goal, before a lay-up from Jade Rochelle halted the stretch. The damage had been done, though, with the home side up by 20 (25-5) through 10 minutes of action.

It was a much more competitive second quarter, with the Miners actually outscoring TU by one (11-10) in the frame. Katarina Zec and Zuzanna Puc did almost all of the work, combining to account for nine of UTEP’s 11 points in the quarter.

The Orange and Blue continued to play well in the second half, particularly in the middle of the third quarter. UTEP peeled off 11 consecutive points over a four-minute span in the frame, reducing a 22-point deficit (40-18) all the way down to 11 (41-30). TU finally stopped the sequence with a pair of free throws. UTEP was able to get within 11 on two more occasions in the period before the home side reinstated order by wrapping a 6-0 surge over the quarter change. The Miners battled in the final frame, but couldn’t get closer than 14 down the stretch.

UTEP christens Conference USA action by competing at UTSA at 1 p.m. MT/2 p.m. CT on Jan. 5. The game will be the first of three straight on the road to begin league play, with match-ups at North Texas (1/10/19) and Rice (1/12/19) to follow.

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