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Miners bury UTPB 86-32, move to 8-0 on season

UTEP set a program record for field-goal percentage defense while also forcing 31 turnovers on the way to thumping Division II UTPB, 86-32, at the Don Haskins Center Monday evening. The Miners (8-0) held the Falcons (3-6) to 16.7 percent (8-48) from the floor, including 7.4 percent (2-27) in the second half, to help secure the third start of at least 8-0 to a year in program history.

The visitors relied on some hot three-point shooting to hang around early but once the Miners shored things up defensively UTPB had no answer. The Orange and Blue outscored UTPB, 65-17, over the final three quarters. The knockout blow was delivered through defense, with UTEP wrapping a 28-1 run around halftime. The effort turned a precarious three-point lead (21-18, 9:15 2Q) into a comfortable 30-point cushion (49-19, 4:14 3Q).

Despite continuing to play hard, whatever UTPB was able to accomplish the rest of the way was essentially rendered moot.

The 54-point margin of victory is the fifth largest at UTEP while the 32 points allowed tie as the 10th fewest in program annals. The Miners had no such difficulties, connected on 52.5 percent (32-61) while outscoring UTPB 65-17 over the final three quarters.

“This was a good game for us to get under our belts coming off of finals week,” UTEP head coach Keitha Adams said. “We’re going to have to come in to have a really good couple of days of practice to get ready for Long Beach State on Friday.”

UTEP featured a balanced attack on offense, with Starr Breedlove (13 points), Jenzel Nash (11 points), Anete Kirsteine (10 points) and Sparkle Taylor (10 points) all reaching double figures in scoring. Breedlove also posted game highs for both assists (four) and steals).

The Miners walloped UTPB on the boards (46-31) while holding big advantages in points in the paint (50-2), points off turnovers (27-4), fast-break points (20-0) and bench points (47-11).

It was a fairly competitive first quarter, with UTPB actually holding a 12-8 lead with 4:59 remaining in the stanza. UTEP turned up the heat on defense to spark a 13-1 run. The Falcons did well to recover, albeit momentarily, with a mini 5-0 run to get within three early in the second quarter.

But that was as close as things would get, with UTPB going scoreless the final 9:15 of the second quarter and the first four minutes of the third quarter. It was a mix of turnovers and shots simply not falling, with UTEP making sure that UTPB would not hang around.

The second Keitha Adams radio show will be held from 6-7 p.m. MST on Tuesday (Dec. 15) at Rulis’ International Kitchen (4176 North Mesa Street).

Fans are invited to the show, which will feature Coach Adams talking all things UTEP women’s basketball with Steve Kapolowitz. 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.

Author: UTEP Athletics

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

Story in Six Pics: Miners take Tourney, beat Idaho State 67-54

The UTEP Miners move to 5 and 0 with a 67-54 victory over Idaho State in the Fifth Annual Thanksgiving Classic. UTEP’s Jenzel Nash was named Tournament MVP  and finished the game with 26 points. Andres Acosta was there and brings you tonight’s Story In Six Pics

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Miners bounce UC Riverside 68-57, advance to Championship game Saturday

The UTEP women’s basketball team flexed its defensive muscle while also showing off its depth in a 68-57 victory against visiting UC Riverside at the Don Haskins Center Friday evening.

The Miners (4-0) forced 22 turnovers, won the boards (46-33) and held the Highlanders (2-3) to 34.5 percent from the floor (19-of-55) in picking up the win against a quality club.

The Orange and Blue advance to the championship game of the Fifth-Annual Thanksgiving Classic to play Idaho State (2-3) at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. The Bengals used a three pointer at the buzzer to knock off Southeast Missouri, 65-64, in the first game of the tournament. Southeast Missouri (4-2) will face UCR in the battle for third place at 4:35 p.m.

“Our defense was great but what won the game for us was pounding the glass and dominating the boards,” UTEP head coach Keitha Adams said. “I’m really proud of the team because it was truly a team win.”

UTEP overcame a sluggish start to finish at 40.0 percent (26-of-65) from the floor. It featured a balanced attack, with six different players scoring at least nine points. Cameasha Turnerled the way with 11 followed by 10 points from Starr Breedlove, Daeshianna McCants, Chrishauna Parker and Sparkle Taylor tallied nine points while Jenzel Nash pitched in eight.

Breedlove also recorded a game-high six assists. Nash grabbed seven rebounds to pace the squad in the department while Parker secured six. McCants and Tamara Seda got in on the fun as well with five caroms while Breedlove and Taylor had four apiece.

The Miners’ depth played a big role in the game, with twelve different Miners playing in the contest. Adams did an outstanding job of spreading minutes around, with 10 individuals earning 10+ minutes yet no one played more than 30.

Points in the paint (40-20), points off turnovers (23-14) and second-chance points (15-4) all favored UTEP also took care of business at the free-throw line by draining 76.5 percent (13-of-17).

Annelise Ito tallied 14 points to pace a quartet of Highlanders in double figures but aside from that group no one finished with more than four points.

UCR started quickly, bolting out to a 13-7 lead with 3:32 to play in the first quarter. UTEP regrouped nicely, peeling off eight straight points to grab a 15-13 lead heading to the second quarter. The teams traded blows in the second stanza before the Miners clamped down to hold UCR scoreless over the final two minutes of the frame. UTEP managed four points in that sequence, affording it a 32-27 advantage at halftime.

The Miners scored seven of the first nine points in the third quarter to grab their initial double-digit lead (39-29) with 7:35 left in the quarter. UCR battled back and managed to whittle the deficit down to four (47-43) but it could get no closer. UTEP wrapped a 15-4 run around the end of the third and start of the fourth quarter to blow the game open.

To their credit the Highlanders continued to play hard but the damage had been done.

Photo Gallery by Michael Patrick Reese 

Author: UTEP Athletics

Miners rout Houston Baptist 98-63 in home opener

The UTEP women’s basketball team bolted out to a 28-4 lead over the first seven minutes of the game and never looked back on the way to routing Houston Baptist, 98-63, in its season opener at the Don Haskins Center Sunday afternoon. The 98 points by the Miners (1-0) are the most ever in a campaign opener, while ranking ninth all time at the school.

HBU at Utep -17After giving up 87 points in a loss to the Huskies (0-2) last year, the Orange and Blue were motivated for a better defensive effort Sunday. The desire came to fruition with HBU being held to 32.7 percent (17-of-52) from the floor.

UTEP also turned up the heat with a trapping press that resulted in 33 turnovers by the visitors, which were converted into 33 points and rank tied for the eighth most in a tilt by an opposing team. Rebounding also favored the Miners (36-34), with seven different players grabbing three or more.

The effort on the defensive end was outstanding, but UTEP was certainly no slouch offensively. The Miners drained 54.7 percent (35-of-64) of their shots, with good ball movement (17 assists) and unselfish play helping fuel the success.

Senior Cameasha Turner poured in 20 points to pace a relentless, balanced attack which by game’s end resulted in 14 of the 15 players suited up scoring at least one point. JuniorsSparkle Taylor came off the bench to score 15 points while fellow classmate Jenzel Nash (11 points) made a successful return to the court (redshirted last year) by joining them in double figures.

“We had a good week of practice and I think it showed,” UTEP head coach Keitha Adams said. “It felt like this was an important game for usHBU at Utep -49 because last year we lost to them. We were excited about playing, fired up. The team’s intensity was great.”

Turner helped set the tone defensively as well, setting a career high with six steals. Overall the Miners finished with 19 thefts, which is one shy of cracking the UTEP top-10 game list.

As a testament to the Orange and Blue’s depth, UTEP’s bench nearly outscored the entire HBU squad. Miner reserves accounted for 56 points, thanks to the likes of Taylor, sophomoreLulu McKinney (nine points), senior Rudiane Eduardo (eight points) and sophomore Daeshianna McCants (seven points). McCants secured six rebounds to top the team, including four on the offensive end alone.

Freshman Najala Howell pitched in six points and four boards while redshirt-senior Starr Breedlove added five points and a team-best five assists.

UTEP pounced on Houston Baptist early, bolting out to a 9-0 lead and forcing the visitors to call timeout eat 8:33 of the first quarter. The timeout proved ineffective, with the tenacious defense helping lead to easy points in transition. UTEP scored on 11 of its first 12 possessions, eventually expanding the lead to as many as 24 (28-4) with 2:39 remaining in the opening frame.

HBU at Utep -48HBU got its offense on a track late in the stanza but it still found itself down by 21 (36-15) at the end of the first quarter. To their credit the Huskies refused to fold up shop, outscoring the Orange and Blue, 17-13, in the second quarter to trim the margin to 17 (49-32) heading into halftime.

Any aspirations of a comeback by the visitors were dashed by the Miners in a dominant third quarter. The home side outscored the Huskies, 31-14, in the frame and were able to put things on cruise control the rest of the way. HBU continued to play hard, which allowed it to hold a slight cushion (18-17) in the fourth quarter but it was far too little too late.

UTEP won’t have long to rest on its laurels, with the season-opening six-game homestand continuing against Northern Arizona at 7:05 p.m. MST Tuesday. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids.

Fans who are unable to attend can listen live on 600 ESPN El Paso, KROD-AM Radio or watch online through MinerTV (subscription required).

Author: UTEP Athletics

Story in Six Pics: UTEP moves past St. Mary’s 66-50

In their final tune up before their regular season starts, the UTEP Miners took down St. Mary’s 66 to 50. Our photog Andres Acosta was there for the win, check out his view of the game in this Story in Six Pics

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