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Ducks Down Miners 71-67 in WNIT Quarterfinals

Oregon fought back from an 18-point deficit in front of UTEP’s 9,000-plus fans Monday night and earned a spot in the Postseason WNIT semifinals by handing the Miners their first loss at home for the entire 2015-16 season.

The Ducks (24-10) will travel to South Dakota for their semifinal matchup; tipoff for the game is 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 30.

UTEP (29-5) took a 60-58 lead with 3 minutes, 19 seconds to go on a 3-pointer from Starr Breedlove, but Oregon went on a 10-0 run to build some breathing room that proved necessary before making it to the final buzzer.

Cameasha Turner hit a 3-pointer for UTEP with 24 seconds left to make it 70-64, and Jenzel Nash got loose for a layup to cut the score to 70-66 with 18 seconds to go. Turner hit a free throw; UTEP did get two shots on its last possession but couldn’t convert.

Oregon continued its hot shooting from 3-point range (8-of-14, 57 percent) and had five players reach double figures in scoring. Lexi Petersen had 16 points and five rebounds, and three players (Kat Cooper, Lexi Bando and Maite Cazorla) each had 14 points. Cooper had nine rebounds; Jacinta Vandenberg closed with 10 points and eight rebounds.

The Ducks had 20 turnovers, but shot better than 50 percent from the field.

The Miners got 19 points from Turner, while Breedlove and Nash each scored 17 points. Breedlove also contributed five rebounds and six assists, while Chrishauna Parker had nine rebounds.

UTEP was hurt by going just 4-of-12 from the free-throw line.

Story In Six (Or So) Pics- Miners take TCU 79-71

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UTEP Chrishuana Parker #32 getting her team fired up during the Starting Line Ups
UTEP #24 Jenzel Nash driving to the hole against the TCU defender
UTEP #24 Jenzel Nash driving to the hole against the TCU defender
Utep's #1 Starr Breedlove with the Layup vs the TCU defender
Utep’s #1 Starr Breedlove with the Layup vs the TCU defender
Utep Fan holding Paydirt Pete's Pick Axe during a timeout vs TCU
Utep Fan holding Paydirt Pete’s Pick Axe during a timeout vs TCU
UTEP #24 Jenzel Nash driving to the hole against the TCU defender
UTEP #24 Jenzel Nash driving to the hole against the TCU defender

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UTEP #2 Cameasha Turner
UTEP #2 Cameasha Turner
TCU #15 Jada Butts and Utep #1 StarrBreedlove battling for the ball
TCU #15 Jada Butts and Utep #1 StarrBreedlove battling for the ball
TCU #22 Jordan Moore and Utep #10 Wiktoria Zapart battling for position
TCU #22 Jordan Moore and Utep #10 Wiktoria Zapart battling for position
UTEP #32 Chrishauna Parker Celebrates after hitting a 3 pointer during the 4th quarter against TCU
UTEP #32 Chrishauna Parker Celebrates after hitting a 3 pointer during the 4th quarter against TCU
Miners Move on to the Elite 8 of the Women NIT
Miners Move on to the Elite 8 of the Women NIT
Utep Cheerleader Lauren Rivera
Utep Cheerleader Lauren Rivera

Miners set to Defend the Don against Arkansas State Tonight

Regular-season Conference USA champion UTEP (27-4) will play host to regular-season Sun Belt Conference title winner Arkansas State (27-5) in the second round of the WNIT at the Don Haskins Center at 7:05 p.m. MT Monday. The victor advances to face TCU (18-14) on a date and site to be determined in WNIT third-round play.

–  Tickets are $6 (general admission) and $4 (UTEP students), and went on sale 9 a.m. MT March 18  at the University Ticket Center. Fans may also visit TicketMaster.com or call (915) 747-5234 to purchase tickets.

–  Steve Kaplowitz and Traci Miller will have the call on 600 ESPN El Paso, KROD-AM Radio.  There will be a live stream on UTEPAthletics (subscription based). Fans may also follow @UTEPWBB on Twitter.

–  The Red Wolves drilled Southern University, 68-45, in their WNIT opener while the Miners held off Abilene Christian, 66-62, to set up the second-round match-up. UTEP and A-State played in the first round in 2014.

–  Arkansas State has set a single-season school record for wins with a record of 27-5 and has advanced to the WNIT second round for the second straight year. Its five losses have been by a combined 22 points.

–  UTEP is making its second appearance in the WNIT in program history (1-0 2016, 5-1 2014, runner-up) and fourth overall foray into postseason basketball (NCAA second round, 2008 and first round, 2012).

–  The Miners are 7-3 all time in postseason tournament action, including 6-1 in the WNIT. All seven WNIT games have been played in the Don Haskins Center, with the Miners drawing at least 4,500 fans in each tilt.

–  The Miners are 17-0 on the year in El Paso, marking the longest home winning streak in school history (prior best 14 straight). They boast a +15.0 scoring margin (75.6-60.6) in those games.

–  A-State is 12-4 on the road this year, including an 9-1 mark within SBC action. The four setbacks have been by a combined 15 points, with two of the setbacks coming against 2016 NCAA Tournament teams.

–  For the second straight game and 15th occasion in program history, both teams enter with 20+ wins. The Miners are 9-5 all time in such contests, including 6-3 in postseason play.

–  UTEP (27-4) and A-State (27-5) have a combined 54 wins between the programs, which ties as the third-most victories between the Miners and an opponent for a contest in program history.

–  UTEP was 16-2 in conference play to equal the school and league record for C-USA victories. This year’s team shares the honors with the 2008 Miners (16-0), Houston (16-0, 2011) and Western Kentucky (16-2, 2015).

–  It marked the third regular-season championship in school history (2008, 2012 and 2016).

–  The Miners have received votes in the Associated Press top-25 poll for a school-record 14 straight weeks.

–  UTEP picked up votes in the USA TODAY Sports women’s basketball coaches top-25 poll for six consecutive weeks, including being ranked #25 the week of March 1-6, before not receiving any votes on March 14.

–  This is the fourth 20+ win season in five years and sixth overall in program history (all under Keitha Adams)

WNIT-bound Miners set to Defend the Don on Thursday against Abilene Christian

Regular-season Conference USA champion UTEP (26-4) will play host to regular-season Southland Conference champion Abilene Christian (26-3) in a first-round WNIT game at the Don Haskins Center at 7:05 p.m. Thursday.

The victor will advance to play Southern or Arkansas State on a date and location to be determined.

Tickets are $6 (general admission) and $4 (UTEP students), and will be on sale at 9 a.m. MT Tuesday at the University Ticket Center. Fans may also visit TicketMaster.com or call (915) 747-5234 to purchase tickets.

“I’m thankful to be able to coach my team again,” UTEP head coach Keitha Adams said. “It will be a great game. Let’s sell out the Don Haskins Center; 12,222 fans and make this the hottest ticket in town.”

UTEP is making its second appearance in the WNIT in program history (5-1 2014, runner-up) and fourth overall foray into postseason basketball (NCAA second round, 2008 and NCAA first round, 2012). The Miners are 6-3 all time in postseason tournament action, including the aforementioned 5-1 in the WNIT.

The Orange and Blue are 16-0 on the year in El Paso, marking the longest home winning streak in school history. They boast a +15.7 scoring margin (76.2-60.5) in those contests. ACU is 10-3 on the road this year, including an 8-1 mark within SLC action.

In its 19th year, the Postseason WNIT is the second-longest current running postseason event for women’s college basketball (behind NCAA Tournament), and features a 64-team field (32 automatic, 32 at large).

All games, including the semifinals and championship, are hosted by participating schools. It is the only men’s or women’s postseason tournament – other than the NCAA – to offer an automatic berth to each of the 32 established conferences. The event began in 1998 (16 teams) and expanded in 1999 (32), 2006 (40), 2007 (48) and 2010 (64).

Regular-season champions that do not make the NCAA have earned automatic bids since 2006. All 32 conferences have secured automatic bids since 2007.

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UTEP beats ODU at the Don 70-64; Grabs share of C-USA Crown

The UTEP women’s basketball team clinched at least a share of the 2016 Conference USA regular-season title while also locking up the number one seed in the upcoming C-USA Championships after knocking off Old Dominion, 70-64, inside the Don Haskins Center Thursday evening.

The Miners (24-2, 15-1 C-USA) led the Lady Monarchs (12-15, 8-7 C-USA) wire-to-wire on the way to posting their school-record setting 15th consecutive home victory.

Cameasha Turner (18 points, eight rebounds and four steals), Starr Breedlove (16 points, four steals) and Sparkle Taylor (14 points) led the way for the Orange and Blue, who also extended their overall win streak to six. Moreover, the Miners are now 13-1 on the season in games vs. opponents who beat them last year.

“There was a lot on the line tonight and we played a very talented and very good Old Dominion team,” UTEP head coach Keitha Adams said. “I can’t say enough for how proud I am of our players and for how hard we fought. It was a fantastic crowd; they got behind us and they were loud.”

The Miners held ODU to 34.5 percent (19-55) shooting while also forcing 19 turnovers. UTEP enjoyed a big margin in bench scoring (25-14) and fast-break points while doing good work to stay within one (20-19) for second-chance points.

Tamara Seda (nine points) and Taylor (14 points) helped factor into the advantage from reserve scoring.

Another factor was UTEP taking great care of the ball, piling up 13 assists while committing only seven turnovers. Lulu McKinney dished out four helpers while Chrishauna Parkeradded three to go along with her seven rebounds.

Destinee Young (17 points, 17 rebounds), Jennie Simms (14 points, eight rebounds) and Gianna Smith (13 points) all reached double figures for ODU, but no one else on the squad had more than six points. Turner made Sims, who entered the game at a C-USA leading 19.8 points/game), work for everything she got. Sims was 4-11 from the floor, including 0-1 from three-point land, while getting the rest of her points (6-9) at the charity stripe.

UTEP bolted out to a 20-11 lead after the first quarter before cruising into halftime up by 10 (35-25). The margin grew to as many as 15 (59-44) with 8:07 to play in the fourth quarter before ODU, which downed UTEP 79-50 last year, started to mount a comeback bid.

The visitors put together an 18-6 run over the next seven minutes to get all the way back within three (65-62) with 48 seconds left. UTEP kept its composure, with Breedlove sinking four throws down the stretch and Seda adding another to close the contest out in style.

UTEP, which claimed C-USA titles in 2008 and 2012, can secure its third outright crown in program history with a victory against a high-caliber Charlotte squad at 2:05 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are only $5 for adults and $3 for kids on “Senior Day,” and may be purchased by calling the UTEP ticket office at 915-747-5234.

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Miners dominate FIU on the road 69-57

MIAMI, Fla. Fueled by a huge first quarter, the UTEP women’s basketball team won for the second time in three days and eighth straight overall after a grind-out 69-57 victory in front of 316 fans at FIU Saturday afternoon.

The effort allows the Miners to continue the best overall start in program history at 16-1. UTEP also moves to 7-0 in C-USA play, including a flawless 4-0 on the road.

The Panthers (2-16, 0-7 C-USA) led for a total of 28 seconds after a triple by Destini Feagin on their opening possession of the game before the Miners (16-1, 7-0 C-USA) ripped off 22 straight points to grab control of the contest.

The advantage was 17 (24-7) through 10 minutes of action, and homestanding FIU could never get itself back in the contest.

That is not to say the squad did not show some fight; it used an 11-0 run of its own to whittle the Miner lead down to 24-16 with 6:24 to play in period but UTEP weathered the storm with tremendous poise. It struck back with eight straight points to reinstate order, and FIU was unable to get within nine the rest of the way.

UTEP showed tremendous resolve, with two emotional leaders (Chrishauna Parker and Cameasha Turner) missing the contest but Starr Breedlove (20 points), Lulu McKinney (17 points), Jenzel Nash (12 points) and Sparkle Taylor (12 points) provided plenty of firepower on offense. McKinney also helped keep FIU leading scoring Taylor Shade in check, limiting  her to eight points (seven below her average).

Nash (eight boards), sophomore Daeshianna McCants (seven rebounds) and Tamara Seda (career-high eight boards) got after it on the glass to help the Miners win the rebounding battle, 46-40.UTEP forced 19 turnovers, which led to 26 points, while also holding an 18-8 edge for bench scoring.

“I’m extremely proud of this team,” UTEP head coach Keitha Adams said. “It was a great team win. We’ve faced some adversity in the last 24 hours and we overcame it. We battled. This turnaround game on the second day is a difficult game. You have very little time to prepare. FIU has been playing everybody tough, and their record is way deceiving to their talent level. They have a new coach who is doing a great job. They don’t have very many bodies, but the players they’ve got are talented.”

The Miners shot 41.3 percent (26-63) from the floor, aided by 50 percent (10-20) in the dominant first quarter. UTEP also got it going from three-point land, draining 8-25 triples after hitting a combined seven triples from the prior three tilts.

FIU had no such luck, finishing at 30.2 percent (19-63) from the floor, including 4-21 from three-point range. It was held to 12.5 percent (2-16) in the first quarter and 17.6 percent (3-17) in the fourth frame, with the Miners flexing their defensive muscle.

UTEP will get back to action when it returns home for the annual “Pack The House” game against Southern Miss at 7:05 p.m. MT Thursday. There is free admission as part of the promotion.

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