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UTEP’s Seda Nets All-Conference USA Second-Team Accolades

IRVING, Tx- Senior Tamara Seda has been voted to the All-Conference USA second team, it was revealed by the league office Monday. It is the first such distinction for Seda while it marks the 12th straight year that the Miners have had at least one all-league representative.

“Tamara is very deserving as an all-conference selection,” UTEP head coach Kevin Baker said. “She has improved in a very big way, and she was a true force inside that each team had trouble defending. It’s always great to see a player like Tamara be rewarded for all of her hard work and improvement.”

Seda has been a force to be reckoned with in 2017-18. She paces the team and is among the C-USA and national leaders for double-doubles (13-2nd/37th), rebounding (9.3 rpg-fourth/56th), free throws made (117-3rd/83rd), free throws attempted (161-3rd/67th) and offensive rebounds per game (3.9-2nd/26th).

She also tops the team in scoring (14.8 ppg-eighth C-USA) and defensive rebounds per contest (5.4-10th C-USA) while rating second in field-goal percentage (53.4-3rd/46th).

Seda has reached double figures in scoring in a team-high 25 contests, including seven games with 20+ points (career-high 30-at Cal State Fullerton-12/29/17, 23-LA Tech-2/10/18, 21-WKU-3/3/18, 21-at UC Riverside-12/30/17, 20-Florida Atlantic-1/18/18, 20-Arkansas-11/24/17 and 20-CSU Bakersfield-11/11/17). She also has also shot at least 50.0 percent from the floor in 16 tilts.

Seda and the rest of the Miners will be back in action when they lock up with eight-seeded Southern Miss in the opening round of the 2018 Conference USA Championships presented by Baylor Scott & White Sports Performance Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, at 10 a.m. MST/11 a.m. CST Wednesday.

Steve Kaplowitz and Traci Miller will have the call of the game on 600 ESPN El Paso while it will also be streamed live on Facebook.

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Miners Knock Down CUSA Co-Leader WKU 80-75

Senior Tamara Seda poured in 21 points, including two free throws to ice the contest in the waning seconds, as UTEP knocked off co-league leader WKU, 80-75, on “Senior Day” at the Don Haskins Center Saturday afternoon.

The Miners (16-13, 7-9 C-USA) shot the third-highest field-goal percentage (57.7) in a conference game in program history while equaling the seventh-best figure overall at the school in addition to winning the boards (35-26) to take out the Lady Toppers (21-8, 12-4 C-USA).

Jordan Alexander and Zuzanna Puc buoyed Seda with 19 points each while Katarina Zec pitched in nine points and a career-high seven assists. Puc also established a personal high with five helpers. Overall UTEP dished out a season-best 23 assists on 30 field goals made.

The effort helped offset the tremendous one-two punch of WKU, with Ivy Brown (31 points) and Tashia Brown (19 points) each putting up huge numbers for the visitors. No one else on the squad, though, reached double figures in scoring.

“I’m really proud of our team,” UTEP head coach Kevin Baker said. “I think going through that tough stretch where we lost five games in a row really is the thing that propelled us to win, not just today but Thursday as well. We came out in the first half and kind of hung with them. When that happened it woke our team up and we felt like we could do this. Obviously this is one of our best performances of the year.”

It was back-and-forth early on before consecutive scores from WKU afforded it a four-point edge (10-6) with 3:19 to play in the opening frame. UTEP struck back with a 7-2 push, aided by a pair of triples from Faith Cook, to afford it a 13-12 lead late in the stanza. WKU got a jumper on its final possession to go up by one (14-13) through 10 minutes of action.

It remained a one-point contest in the initial stages of the second quarter but WKU got into a little rhythm on the way to pushing its margin to seven (30-23) with 3:16 left in the half. UTEP tightened up defensively, pitching a shutout the remainder of the period. At the other end of the court four points from Puc, including a pair of free throws, allowed the Orange and Blue to cut the deficit down to three (30-27) heading to halftime.

WKU had a strong start to the second half, twice securing five-point advantages. The Miners didn’t flinch, though, striking back with their own 5-0 run to forge a 44-44 tie with 4:08 left in the quarter. WKU countered with back-to-back baskets to go back up by four (48-44) but the Miners put together a mini 7-2 run to grab a one-point edge (51-50) after three quarters of action.

In the final frame it was the Miners who had the quick start, extending the differential out to five on a pair of occasions over the first four minutes. Both times WKU immediately answered with a 3-pointer from Sidnee Bopp. Consecutive scores by the Orange and Blue made it a six-point contest (66-60) with 5:26 left but a mini 6-0 run from the visitors pulled them even.

UTEP answered with an old-fashioned 3-point play from Seda to break the eighth tie of the tilt, and as it turned out would never relinquish the lead. The visitors trimmed the margin to two on a pair of occasions, but UTEP hit big shots while taking care of business for the most part down the stretch at the charity stripe. Seda was 5-6 at the free-throw line over the final 31 seconds, including the two huge makes with four ticks left to seal WKU’s fate.

UTEP will now turn its attention to the 2018 C-USA Championships (March 7-10). The Miners head to the league’s pinnacle event with momentum, having closed out C-USA play with consecutive wins for the first time in conference action this year.

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Special to the Herald-Post – Raise the Pick: Tamara Seda

Tamara Seda has no doubts what her life would have been like if she had not started playing sports, which eventually led to a Division 1 scholarship offer to play basketball at The University of Texas at El Paso.

“In my hometown, a lot of females get pregnant at the age of 16,” said Seda, who is from Mozambique, a coastal country in southeast Africa. “I started playing sports and I kind of drifted away. If I wasn’t playing sports, I’d probably be one of those girls back home.”

Seda is the lone senior on the 2017-18 women’s basketball team. The starting forward has become a fan favorite for her propensity to block a shot and then wag her finger back and forth to the crowd like Dikembe Mutombo, a fellow African native who played center in the NBA for 18 years.

“It’s the adrenaline,” Seda said of why she loves basketball. “It’s 40 minutes, but you can go up to two or three hours depending on how good the game is and anything can change in a split second. One minute is a lot (of time) and a lot can happen in one minute.”

Her desire and ability to lead caught the attention of UTEP women’s basketball coach Kevin Baker.

“Tamara has been an absolute pleasure to coach,” Baker said before he launched into a list of her positive attributes starting with a team-first attitude. “Tamara is the perfect combination of work ethic, class, humor, and drive to be the best she can be at all times. She is any coach’s dream.”

Seda’s college-playing career has not always been smooth. She was injured twice as a junior college player at Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kansas, before she transferred to UTEP as a sophomore. She said her recovery was difficult because it was physical and mental. She initially had self-doubts, but eventually realized she had to work her way through adversity.

Off the court, Seda is a business management major. She picked that major because it offers her job flexibility and an opportunity to lead. She has been successful in the classroom earning a spot on the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll in 2016 and 2017.

In her spare time, Seda likes to cook, hang out with friends and binge watch “Game of Thrones.”

Seda said cooking is fun and relaxing. She likes to try new recipes from around the world and enjoys sharing them with her teammates. About her only criteria for a recipe is that it has be able to be prepared quickly. She said her teammates will vouch for her cooking prowess. They especially enjoy her variations of fried rice.

“They’re always in my room trying to eat something,” Seda said with a chuckle.

As Seda reflected on her senior year at UTEP, she talked about the life-changing impact of an athletic scholarship on her life. She said her parents did not have the means to send her to college, even one close to home. She said she was grateful for the opportunities her UTEP scholarship has provided.

“It’s huge. It’s huge,” Seda said of the effect. “I’m very thankful. It’s good to be in the position I’m in today. I look at the people that don’t have this opportunity and it’s a shame.”

Seda’s main goal, after she is done with basketball, is to return to her hometown and create an organized, sponsored children’s basketball program.

Raise the Pick: This is the second article in a series about UTEP student-athletes who share their unique stories and mention how athletic scholarships have made a difference in their lives. Each of these students reflects on the value of their UTEP experiences and the opportunities they create for the future.

Visit minerathleticclub.com to learn more about the Raise the Pick campaign.

Author: Leonard Martinez – UTEP Communications

UTEP’s Seda Shines but Miners Upended At New Mexico 79-66

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Junior Tamara Seda posted her second straight double-double (career-high 19 points, career-high 16 rebounds) but homestanding New Mexico rode the play of Cheirsa Beynon (24 points, seven assists, six rebounds) and Richelle van der Keijl (18 points, 12 rebounds) to a 79-66 victory at The Pit Sunday afternoon.

It was a tale of two halves, with the Lobos (4-5) clicking on all cylinders over the first 20 minutes to build a 48-29 advantage heading into the locker room. UNM nailed 51.4 percent (18-35) from the floor, including 43.4 percent (7-16) on triples, in addition to forcing eight UTEP turnovers in the period.

The Miners did an excellent job of making adjustments at the break, and played a much better second half. UTEP outscored UNM, 37-31, during the final 20 minutes but the damage had been done. The Miners made just three turnovers in the second stanza to finish with a season-low 11 giveaways. It marked the third straight game that UTEP has recorded 12 or fewer turnovers.

The Orange and Blue also slowed down UNM’s high-octane offense in the second stanza. The Lobos were held to 31 points on 35.5 percent (11-31) shooting in the frame, including 3-15 (20.0 percent) from beyond-the-arc.

Overall UNM finished at 43.9 percent (29-66) from the field, including 10-29 (34.5 percent) from distance. UTEP connected on 37.7 percent (26-69), which included drilling a season-best seven three pointers. The Miners also battled on the boards, with UNM holding a slight edge (46-43) in the category.

“They hit some big shots (10-29 from three-point line), that was tough,” UTEP head coach Keitha Adams said. “Then we had scoring droughts-some long stretches without being able to score. We struggled in our shooting. They just outplayed us. I thought we played a lot better in the second half than in the first half but we dug ourselves too big of a hole. We are going to have to find a way to put more points on the board.

“New Mexico has a good team. Their point guard she really sets the tempo for them. They had a really good balanced scoring attack (four players in double figures), and they scored both inside and out. T (Tamara Seda) had a good day (19 points, 16 boards). We didn’t shoot the ball very well. We’ve got to find a way to get three or four people in double figures. But we will have to turn the page to get ready to tip it off next week.”

Senior Sparkle Taylor (14 points, eight rebounds), freshman Zuzanna Puc (nine points, three rebounds), junior Lulu McKinney (eight points, four assists) and sophomore Najala Howell (eight points, three rebounds) supported Seda’s play. Making the play of Seda even more impressive is that it came against the rock-solid 6-5 post van der Keijl.

UNM had four players reaching double figures, with Mykiel Burleson (13 points) and Alex Lapeyrolerie (12 points) buoying van der Keijl and Beynon.

UNM raced out to an early 8-3 lead, capped by a triple from Burleson but the Miners struck back. The first of two treys from McKinney helped ignite a 7-2 surge to pull UTEP even at 10 with 4:19 to play in the first quarter. UNM tightened things up defensively while really getting into the open court to close the quarter on a 10-2 push.

The Miners started the second quarter strong with baskets on three consecutive possessions to help trim the deficit to four (22-18, 7:53 2Q). The home side regrouped with a 6-0 in the blink of the eye to grab its initial double-digit lead (28-18, 6:58 2Q) of the game.

A sweet pass by Faith Cook set up a lay-up for Puc to halt the sequence and get the Miners within eight (28-20, 6:39 2Q). Unfortunately for the Orange and Blue, UNM again found another gear. The Lobos doubled UTEP, 18-9, over the final 6:25 of the frame to secure a commanding 19-point cushion (48-29) heading to the locker room.

The Miners battled and refuse to let UNM run away with the contest in the second half, but couldn’t quite string together enough scoring sequences to truly get back into things.

UTEP continues “Rivalry Week” by playing host to NM State in the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Battle of I-10 at 7:05 p.m. MST Thursday. Fans should arrive early for the unveiling of the 2016 Conference USA Regular-Season Championship banner and WNIT participant (advanced to quarterfinals) banner.

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