Katarina Zec | photo by Michael Reese
The UTEP women’s basketball team will challenge Division II St. Mary’s (TX) in its second and final exhibition game of the preseason.
“Our team is very excited for our second exhibition game of the season,” UTEP head coach Kevin Baker said. “We know that St. Mary’s University will bring in a very talented and competitive squad. As for the Miners, we will use this scrimmage as an opportunity to improve on the things we learned from our last scrimmage. We hope to see another good crowd this Saturday.”
The Miners raced past Eastern New Mexico, 84-64, in their first exhibition tilt on Oct. 26. Senior Katarina Zec scored a game-high 18 points to pace a quartet of players in double figures.
UTEP also turned up the heat on defense by forcing 26 turnovers that were converted into 31 points.
Zec set the tone against the Greyhounds, but a trio of newcomers also got after it scoring. Tatyana Modawar (15 points), Michelle Pruitt (11 points) and Avery Crouse (10 points) all hit double figures in points. Furthermore, freshman Katia Gallegos added seven points, five rebounds and five assists while only committing one turnover in a team-high 29 minutes of action.
Her presence at the point helped the Orange and Blue drain 46.4 percent (32-69) of their shots, including 44.8 percent (8-18) on 3-pointers.
The Rattlers compiled a record of 18-10 last season, including going 7-7 in the Heartland Conference. For 2019-20 they will compete in the Lone Star Conference.
The game is scheduled for 1 p.m. MT at the Don Haskins Center on Saturday. Admission is free.
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