UTEP will take on Tulsa at 7:05 p.m. MST inside the Don Haskins Center Thursday. The Miners (13-2, 2-0 C-USA), are coming off the thrilling 19-point come-from-behind 66-60 victory against Memphis on Jan. 8 while the Golden Hurricane (6-7, 1-1 C-USA) were derailed at Marshall, 63-35, in their last contest. The game will be carried on MinerTV (subscription required). Fans can also get updates on the game through the team’s Twitter feed (@UTEPWBB) or half-time/final results at Facebook.com/UTEPWomensBasketball.
Calling All Kids
All kids (12 & younger) will receive free admission to the game.
Looking At Third 3-0 Start To League Play
The Miners are attempting to notch the third 3-0 start to league play in program history. They would join the 2007-08 squad (16-0) & 2006-07 team (3-0) in achieving a fast start in conference action.
Did You Know
UTEP is one of 17 teams nationally to be both undefeated in league play & have two or fewer total losses.
We Meet Again
Thursday’s contest will be the 27th meeting all time between the programs, with the Miners holding a 16-10 advantage. UTEP has rattled off 10 straight victories while claiming 14 of the past 17 match-ups. The effort has been a nice reversal of fortune for the Orange and Blue. TU claimed seven of the initial nine contests.
Following The Miners In 2011-12
Video and audio for every home game for the Miners on the year will be available through Miner TV on UTEPAthletics.com (subscription-based). All of the road contests on the season for UTEP will be broadcast on Talk Radio 1150 AM.
Staying Up Through Social Media
To keep up with the very latest on the program, LIKE the team’s page on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/UTEPWomensBasketball ) and follow the official team Twitter Feed (www.twitter.com/UTEPWBB ). Additionally, connect with head coach Keitha Adams by following her on Twitter, @UTEPKeithaAdams.
Get Your Tickets Now
There are still seven home games remaining on the docket for the 2011-12 season, and individual tickets ($5 adults, $3 kids) are on sale for all of them. They may be purchased by calling (915) 747-5234.
UTEP will open up a stretch of three of four away from home when it takes on perennial power Tulane inside Fogelman Arena at 1 p.m. MST on Sunday.
Stunning Comeback Lifts UTEP Past Memphis, 66-60
UTEP equaled the biggest comeback in school history, erasing a 19-point halftime deficit to down Memphis, 66-60, on Jan. 8. The Miners used a 36-12 surge, including a 17-0 run to start the stanza, to not only erase the 41-22 deficit but take a lead they would never relinquish. The Tigers pulled within two (62-60) with 24 seconds left but UTEP sealed the comeback by knocking down its final four free throws.
Putting It Into Perspective
The come-from-behind triumph is the biggest in terms of league games for UTEP, eclipsing the prior standard (15) in a 67-64 defeat against UAB on Jan. 18, 2008. Overall it equals the effort by the Miners in 72-71 OT win against Illinois State on Dec. 19, 2004.
Nash Was Big
Jenzel Nash was instrumental in the rally. Nash scored the first five points and nine total during a 17-0 run to open the period and get UTEP back in the game. After Memphis had pulled back ahead, the Miners struck back with eight in a row, and six of them came from Nash. She hit 7-of-11 from the floor and was 7-of-9 at the charity stripe.
Thornton Was Too
Kayla Thornton scored 17 points to match Jenzel Nash, including a pair of free throws in the waning seconds to seal the game for the Miners.