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Story in Six Pics: Miners move to 8-0 with 86-32 win over UTPB

The University of Texas at Permian Basin was no match for the Miners, as their smothering defense and lightning-quick offense lifted them to a 86-32 win. Check out Andres Acosta’s view of the game with today’s Story in Six Pics
















Miners move to 7-0, take down NMSU 71-65

Senior Agata Dobrowolska posted her first career double-double (15 points, 14 rebounds) to lead the UTEP women’s basketball team to an emotional 71-65 win at I-10 rival NM State Saturday afternoon. The Miners (7-0) won the boards (43-38), forced 20 Aggie (6-2) turnovers and made clutch shots late to hand the home side its first loss in Las Cruces this year.

The victory affords the Miners a start of at least 7-0 start for the second time in three years and fourth occasion overall in program history.

Dobrowolska was joined in double digits for scoring by Jenzel Nash (16 points), Cameasha Turner (13 points) and Starr Breedlove (12 points). Lulu McKinney pitched in seven points, including a clutch three pointer with 47 seconds remaining to break the fourth and final tie of the tilt.

NM State, which trailed by as many as 14 points (18-4, 5:50 1Q) did well to battle back behind 11 three pointers. The Aggies managed to pull ahead, 62-61, with 1:59 to play but Breedlove used a teardrop shot to make the Miners’ first second-half deficit of the season short lived.

The biggest shot of the day, however, belonged to McKinney. With the game tied at 63 and the shot clock starting to wind down, McKinney launched the long triple that was nothing but nets to silence the crowd. Breedlove was credited with an assist on the play, one of her game and career-high eight on the day.

After the two sides traded free throws, Nash broke loose for an uncontested lay-up to give the Miners a 69-65 advantage with 17 seconds left. NM State missed a three pointer on its next possession and Turner iced the contest with two charity stripe tosses.

“We just kept playing hard and battled through,” UTEP head coach Keitha Adams said. “NM State has a good club. I’m very proud of the team for the great road win.”

UTEP shot 42.6 percent (29-of-68) from the floor and committed only 15 turnovers against a relentless full-court NM State press. The Miners played with the lead for 35:50 while the contest was tied for 3:46.

NM State was paced by 15 points from Abby Scott while Sasha Weber and Brooke Salas each chipped in 10 points apiece.

UTEP pounced on the Aggies early, scoring the first nine points of the contest to help it stake an 18-4 advantage with 5:50 to play in the first quarter. The cushion was 12 (21-9) with 3:51 remaining in the quarter before the Aggies roared back behind four straight three pointers (three by Scott).

A lay-up by Dobrowolska, whose previous career high was five points on three occasions, halted the sequence. Weber drilled a jumper to tie the tilt at 23 after 10 minutes of action. Adams challenged her squad to tighten up defensively in the second stanza, and the Miners responded.

UTEP peeled off 13 straight points to start the frame. The Miners wound up outscoring NM State, 18-9, in the period to grab a 41-32 lead at the half. UTEP’s defense helped offset sluggish shooting in the third quarter, allowing it to be up by six (50-44) to start the final quarter.

The home side made several runs at the Miners in the fourth quarter, but UTEP had an answer each time en route to picking up its seventh win in as many tries this year.

UTEP will take a break for finals week before welcoming UTPB to the Don Haskins Center for a game at 7:05 p.m. MST on Dec. 14.

Author: UTEP Athletics

Miners move to 6-0 with 70-62 home win over New Mexico

Sophomore Lulu McKinney poured in a career-high 22 points on her birthday to help keep the UTEP women’s basketball team undefeated on the year following a 70-62 win against I-25 rival New Mexico at the Don Haskins Center Wednesday afternoon.

The Miners (6-0) led wire-to-wire, with a game-opening 14-2 run putting the Lobos (4-3) in too big of a hole to fully recover. UNM, which returned four starters and 11 letter winners from last year’s squad that forged a 21-13 record, battled back but it simply had no answer for UTEP’s torrid outside shooting.

The Orange and Blue drained 12-of-24 from three-point range (tied for sixth most 3PM all time at UTEP), with McKinney connecting on a ridiculous 6-of-8 (tied fourth all time at UTEP) from beyond-the-arc. Seniors Cameasha Turner (16 points) and Starr Breedlove (11 points) joined McKinney in double figures.

Junior Tamara Seda came off the bench to score seven points and grab four rebounds, with her biggest contribution coming late in the third quarter. The Lobos had whittled UTEP’s once 14-point advantage down to three (39-36, 2:49 3Q) before Seda’s old-fashioned three-point play helped reinstate order. UNM never got closer within one possession the rest of the way, with the Miners’ effort at the free-throw line (12-of-16, 75.0 percent) helping ice the contest.

“We played hard, they made a run at us but we kept grinding it out,” UTEP head coach Keitha Adams said. “We made some plays and played hard. This was a good win for us.”

UNM’s Khadijah Shumpert overcame foul issues to post a double-double (20 points, 10 rebounds) while Cherise Beynon pitched in 13 points and Bryce Owens added eight.

Both teams connected on 41.8 percent (23-of-55) from the floor, but the Miner limited the Lobos to 5-0f-19 from three-point land. The Orange and Blue bench outscored UNM, 31-18. UTEP also took great care of the ball against a stingy Lobo defense, committing only seven turnovers (tied sixth fewest all time at UTEP).

Unselfish play was also a factor, with the Miners ringing up 17 assists on 23 made fields. Breedlove was credited with six helpers while Jenzel Nash dished out four. SophomoreDaeshianna McCants quietly filled up the stat sheet, recorded five points, six boards, three blocks (tied career high) and three assists (career high) in 33 minutes (career high).

UTEP led 3-2 with 8:58 to play in the first quarter before peeling off 11 straight points to make it 14-2 at 4:28 of the opening frame. UNM regrouped, trimming the deficit down to six (16-10) after 10 minutes of action. McKinney took over in the second quarter, though, bombing away with four triples alone in the period to help the Miners grab a commanding 12-point lead (34-22) heading into halftime.

The Lobos came out with a purpose in the third quarter, using a 14-5 run over the first seven minutes to claw back within three. Seda made sure it got no closer with the aforementioned and-one. Almost as important on the play was the fact that Shumpert picked up her fourth foul of the game on the sequence, which hindered her ability to play aggressively the rest of the way.

UTEP will play its first road contest of the season when it ventures up I-10 to lock up with New Mexico State at 2 p.m. MST inside the Pan-American Center Saturday. Tim Hagerty and Traci Miller will have the call of the game on 600 ESPN El Paso, KROD AM Radio.

Author: UTEP Athletics

Miners mash Idaho State 67-54; Win Thanksgiving Classic Crown

Junior Jenzel Nash poured in a career-high 26 points to help propel UTEP past Idaho State, 67-54, in the championship game of the Fifth-Annual UTEP Thanksgiving Classic Saturday evening.

The Miners (5-0) nailed 11 three pointers (tied eighth all time), including four by Nash-who was named the tournament’s MVP- while also harassing the Bengals (2-4) into 22 turnovers. UTEP took great care of the ball by committing a season-low nine turnovers and had advantages in both bench scoring (16-4) and points off turnovers (17-8).

Idaho St vs Utep-10ISU drilled 43.4 percent (23-of-53) of its shots and controlled the boards (39-29), but the issues with ball security and an inability to slow down the Miners from distance doomed the visitors. Apiphany Woods led the way for her squad with 18 points. She was named to the All-Tournament team, along with Olivia Hackman (Southeast Missouri), Brittany Crain (UC Riverside), Starr Breedlove (UTEP) and Nash (UTEP).

“I’m proud of our team for how we played hard,” UTEP head coach Keitha Adams. “I’m proud of El Paso for showing up and we’re excited to win our tournament.”

UTEP dominated the second and fourth quarters, outscoring the Bengals by a combined count of 40-25 in those quarters. The ability to take it to another level proved too much for ISU to handle. UTEP led for 32:38 of the contest and never faced a deficit greater than three throughout the tilt.

Cameasha Turner (12 points) and Breedlove (11 points) joined Nash in double figures for scoring while Lulu McKinney came off the bench to tally seven points. But the night belonged to Nash, who filled up the stat line across the board. She was 8-of-15 from the floor, including 4-of-6 from distance, made all six of her free throws while also grabbing seven rebounds, recording five steals and dishing out a quartet of assists in 29 minutes of action.

The two sides traded baskets early on, and it was knotted at 14 at the conclusion of the first quarter. ISU vaulted ahead by one (18-17) earlyIdaho St vs Utep-16 in the second quarter but UTEP scored six of the game’s next eight points to regain the lead. As it turned out, the Orange and Blue would not relinquish that the rest of the way.

The margin ballooned to eight (36-28) heading into halftime and hit double figures early in the third quarter. The Bengals regrouped and fought to trim the deficit down to four (49-45) early in the fourth quarter.

UTEP, though, had an answer by outscoring ISU, 18-9, the rest of the way to cruise to its fifth double-digit victory in as many contests this year.

UTEP will return to action when it plays host to I-25 rival New Mexico at 4:15 p.m. MT Wednesday.

It is a special early tipoff in order for Miner fans to be able to cheer on the women against the Lobos before making the trip up I-25 to support the men’s team at New Mexico State.

Author: UTEP Athletics

UTEP sinks Hampton Pirates 78-54, Miners now 3-0

The UTEP women’s basketball team used a huge second half to cruise past Hampton, 78-54, at the Don Haskins Center Sunday afternoon. The Miners (3-0) outscored the Lady Pirates (0-4) 52-30 over the final 20 minutes of the contest with Jenzel Nash and Starr Breedlove leading the charge.

Nash scored 21 of her game-high 23 points (two short of career high) after the break while Breedlove followed suit by tallying 20 of her personal-best 22 points during the second stanza. Chrishauna Parker overcame early foul issues to add eight points, six of which were in the second half. Daeshianna McCants Lulu McKinney and Cameasha Turner each pitched in five points.

Overall the Miners finished at 48.2 percent (27-of-56) from the floor in the contest, aided significantly by a sizzling 64.1 percent (18-of-28) during the sensational second half.

The defense was tremendous throughout the tilt, keeping Hampton to a readout of 31.1 percent (19-of-61). Prolific scorer Malia Tate-DeFreitas scored 18 points, but thanks to the hounding defense of Turner, she needed 17 shots to do so. UTEP’s 2-2-1 press gave Hampton fits, which committed 22 turnovers that led to 25 Miner points.

“Our defense created our offense in the second half,” UTEP head coach Keitha Adams said. “Every team has to find an identity with what you’re going to hang your hat on. With us it’s going to be our defense. We need to be really good defensively, and we need to do some things to create on offense.”

The Miners also won the rebounding battle (43-35), thanks to an all-around effort. Nash led the charge with eight boards (one short of her personal best) while Parker and McCants grabbed six apiece. Turner and freshman Najala Howell each registered four rebounds while freshman Wiktoria Zapart added three. Zapart also was influential in the paint with a pair of blocks to share for the team lead with McCants and Turner.

Aggressive drives led to plenty of chances at the charity stripe for the Miners, who took care of business. UTEP nailed 76.0 percent (19-of-25) of its tosses. The same cannot be said for the visitors, who managed to knock down only 57.1 percent (12-of-21).

There was not much rhythm to game in the first half, with an abundance of fouls and turnovers from both sides slowing the pace of play significantly. The two sides combined for 23 turnovers and 23 fouls in the first 20 minutes while shooting a combined 17-of-61 (27.9 percent) from the floor.

UTEP led for the majority of the frame, but never was able to sustain play. The result was a precarious two-point cushion (26-24) entering the locker room. The two sides traded blows over the first four minutes of the third quarter, with UTEP clinging to a one-point edge (33-32) after a jumper by Tate-DeFreitas.

The Miners found another gear, though, with overall team defense and the explosive play of Breedlove and Nash proving to be the difference. UTEP outscored the Lady Pirates, 22-8, in the final 4:55 of the third quarter, with Breedlove (10 points) and Nash (nine points) accounting for almost all of the offense in the decisive stretch.

Hampton managed to whittle it down to a nine-point deficit (57-48) with 7:21 to play in the game but UTEP would close out the contest in style. The Miners ended the game with a 21-6 run to seal their third win in as many tries this year.

UTEP will play host to the Fifth-Annual Thanksgiving Classic from Nov. 27-28. Idaho State, Southeast Missouri and UC Riverside will venture to El Paso to help comprise the field. Idaho State and Southeast Missouri will open the event at 4:35 p.m. on Friday.

The Miners will lock up with UC Riverside in the night cap at 7:05 p.m. MST. The winners of those respective games will play in the championship contest at 7:05 p.m. MST on Saturday.

The third/fourth-place contest is slated for 4:35 p.m. MST that day.

Author: UTEP Athletics

UTEP women’s basketball downs Northern Arizona 77-66; Team now 2-0

The UTEP women’s basketball team forced 22 turnovers while also taking care of business at the free-throw line to hold off upset-minded Northern Arizona, 77-66, at the Don Haskins Center Tuesday evening. Playing for the second time in three days, the Miners (2-0) led for 32 of the 40 minutes and did just enough to gut out the win against the scrappy Lumberjacks (0-2).

UTEP relied on a balanced attack with four different players (Sparkle Taylor-15 points, Jenzel Nash-15 points, Starr Breedlove-13 points and Cameasha Turner-12 points) reaching double figures in scoring while junior Tamara Seda pitched in eight. The Miners overcame a slow shooting start to finish at 38.8 percent (26-of-67) from the floor, including 46.7 percent (14-of-30) over the final 20 minutes.

Visiting NAU also had a balanced approach on offense with five players tallying 10 or more points. The Lumberjacks actually finished with a better overall shooting percentage than the Miners, nailing 41.7 percent (25-of-60) from the floor but they were doomed due to difficulties at the line.

NAU was a paltry 47.8 percent (11-of-23) from the free-throw line, compared to UTEP’s solid effort of 70.0 percent (21-of-30). The Miners’ press also played a factor, converting the aforementioned 22 turnovers into 16 points. Second-chance points (18-8), points in the paint (42-30) and bench points (28-19) all favored UTEP as well.

“Give credit to Northern Arizona for playing a hard and spirited game,” UTEP head coach Keitha Adams said. “We didn’t have our best intensity on the floor today and we lost our composure and let them back in but we recovered and finished it out. We’ll take the win but we know we’ve got to play better.”

Turner wreaked havoc on NAU with five steals while Nash added three of her own. The redshirt-junior also got after it on the glass by grabbing a career-best nine rebounds while Breedlove, Turner and Chrishauna Parker each secured five.

It was a back-and-forth game for most of the first half before the Miners used a 10-1 run late in the second quarter to help grab a seven-point lead (34-27) at the break. UTEP extended the advantage to as many as 15 (52-37) with 3:38 remaining in the third quarter, but NAU refused to go away.

The Lumberjacks slowly chopped away at the deficit, eventually whittling it all the way down to two (58-56) with 4:47 remaining in regulation. UTEP kept its composure, though, with a Nash free throw and an old-fashioned three-point play by senior Lawna Kennedy putting it up six (62-56) with 2:55 to play. NAU never got closer than four the rest of the way out, with the Miners making 11-of-14 at the line in the final three minutes to help put things away.

UTEP will be idle until it plays host to Hampton (free admission) at 2:05 p.m. MST Sunday, but fans are invited to be a part of the first Keitha Adams radio show from 6-7 p.m. MST Wednesday.

The show will be held at Rulis’ International Kitchen (4176 North Mesa Street), with Coach Adams talking all things UTEP women’s basketball with Steve Kaplowitz. There will be a Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m. with the following specials: $4 street tacos, $5 single-topping pizza, $5 nacho charros, $1 off beer and $2 off glasses of wine, Keitha Adams Radio Show Special: 1/2  pound grass-fed burger, and a 16-ounce craft beer for only $10. Those unable to attend can listen live on 600 ESPN El Paso, KROD-AM Radio.

Author: UTEP Athletics

Adams Announces UTEP Women’s Basketball 2015-16 Schedule

The return of a Thanksgiving Classic in El Paso, match-ups with both New Mexico and New Mexico State and a grueling 18-game Conference USA regular-season slate highlight the 2015-16 UTEP Women’s Basketball schedule, as released by head coach Keitha Adams Monday afternoon.

“We are excited to announce the schedule,” Adams said. “Last year we went through some challenges but hung in there and battled. We’re looking forward to getting back on the court, especially in front of our fans at the Don Haskins Center.”

UTEP will face St. Mary’s (Texas) in an exhibition contest on Nov. 7. The Miners will open up the 2015-16 in earnest with two home games in three days, with the opener against Houston Baptist (Nov. 15) followed by a tilt against Northern Arizona (Nov. 17). The homestand continues against Hampton on Nov. 22 before Idaho State, Southeast Missouri and UC Riverside come into town to help form the field for the Fifth-Annual UTEP Thanksgiving Classic. The event was first held in 2007, and it continued through the 2010-11 season before taking a hiatus.

Idaho State will challenge Southeast Missouri in the first game of the classic on Nov. 27 with the Orange and Blue locking up with UC Riverside shortly thereafter. The winners from each contest will advance to the championship tilt on Nov. 28, while the two other teams will compete in the third/fourth-place game.

UTEP wraps up the season-opening six-game homestand with a tilt against I-25 rival New Mexico. The Orange and Blue will continue the longest-running series in program history with a contest at I-10 rival New Mexico State on Dec. 5 before a two-week break.

UTEP will partake in the Beach Classic, hosted by Long Beach State University from Dec. 19-20. Non-conference play concludes at home against Eastern New Mexico on Dec. 28.

UTEP will ring in the New Year while also tipping off the 18-game Conference USA slate by playing at Rice on Jan. 1. The Miners will wrap up the weekend with a match-up at North Texas (Jan. 3). Other road contests on the C-USA slate include Florida Atlantic (Jan. 21), FIU (Jan. 23), Marshall, (Feb. 4), Western Kentucky (Feb. 6), Southern Miss (Feb. 18), Louisiana Tech (Feb. 20) and UTSA (March 5).

Perennial power Middle Tennessee will get the Miners’ C-USA home portion of the schedule going on Jan. 7. Also venturing to the Don Haskins Center for conference play will be UAB (Jan. 9), UTSA (Jan. 16), Southern Miss (Jan. 28), Louisiana Tech (Jan. 30), FIU (Feb. 11), Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13), Old Dominion (Feb. 25) and Charlotte (Feb. 27).

The 2016 Conference USA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships will be hosted by UAB from March 8-12, with the respective winner of each tournament earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Season tickets for the 2015-16 season continue to be available for purchase. Fans may call (915) 747-6150 or e-mail to secure theirs today.

Author: UTEP Athletics

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