The UTEP women’s basketball team will challenge Division II St. Mary’s (Texas) in its second and final exhibition game of the year at 1 p.m. MT Sunday. Admission is free.
The Miners bounced Division II Western New Mexico, 66-45, in their first exhibition tilt on Oct. 27. Jordan Alexander (17 points) and Ariona Gill (14 points) led the way in the win.
“I always enjoy scrimmaging St. Mary’s University,” UTEP head coach Kevin Baker said. “Coach Jason Martens always does such a great job with his teams, and they will bring a very talented group in to the Haskins Center on Sunday. They have two guards, Arysia Porter and Soteria Banks, that are very talented and would rival most in our conference. We think this will be a great scrimmage to help our team prepare for the season ahead.”
All 10 Miners who dressed against the Mustangs earned at least seven minutes of playing time. Alexander and Gill spearheaded the offensive output, but four others (Zuzanna Puc-nine, Jordan Jenkins-seven, Jade Rochelle-six and Ariana Taylor-six) tallied at least six points. Rochelle also snared a game-high eight rebounds to help UTEP outrebound WNMU, 36-31.
The Miners forced 19 turnovers, while holding the Mustangs to 29.8 percent (14-47) from the floor. At the other end of the court the Orange and Blue drilled 47.2 percent (25-53) of their attempts.
The 2018-19 season begins in earnest at home against Alcorn State at 7 p.m. on Nov. 10. It will mark the first of five straight home games to christen the campaign. Also on the docket for the stretch will be CSU Bakersfield (Nov. 14), the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Battle of I-10 vs. NM State (Nov. 17) and match-ups with Nicholls State (Nov. 23) and Abilene Christian (Nov. 24) as part of the Seventh-Annual UTEP Thanksgiving Classic.
Season tickets remain on sale and may be purchased by calling (915) 747-6150.