THE OPENING ACT
- UTEP will return to the hardwood after a holiday layoff by playing host to Sam Houston State at 5:30 p.m. MST Friday.
- The Miners (10-1) have won five straight games.
- The Bearkats (3-7) have dropped four of five after a 2-3 start to the season.
- Tickets are $5 for adults & $3 for kids & fans can use it to watch the men’s exhibition game against Cameron at 8:30 p.m. MST.
- The contest is the first of two in three days for the Miners, who will wrap up non-league play at home vs. UTPB at 2:05 p.m. MST Sunday.
STARTING IT OFF RIGHT
- For the second straight year & third time in program history, UTEP is off to a 10-1 start.
- This year’s team is vying to become the second in school history to sustain just one loss through 12 games played.
- The 2006-07 squad surged out to a 14-1 mark before finishing at 22-8 overall.
- Last year’s team set the school record for longest winning streak (10) to start the season.
- The Miners boasted a winning record through 10 games for the fourth straight year and the sixth occasion under Keitha Adam
- Five teams did so before Adams, but the longest streak was consecutive campaigns (once).
- UTEP opened up at 5-0 for a second straight year & third time overall in program history.
- The Miners had never been better than 3-0 in back-to-back years.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS, HONORS & MORE
- Picked up votes in both of the top-25 polls.
- UTEP had six votes & tied for 33rd in the coaches’ poll & it picked up two votes to tie for 38th in the AP poll.
- Garnered placement of 6th in the ESPN.com Midmajor Poll.
- Boast a RPI of 14th according to RPI & a strength of schedule of 69th.
- Record of 3-1 on year vs. top-100 RPI foes.
- Had three players recognized by Conference USA through weekly awards.
- Both Kristine Vitola (11/12) & Kayla Thornton (12/17) were the player of the week while Irene Gari (12/10) was the freshman of the week.
- The Miners are 97-57 in non-league play under Adams, including 10-1 this year.
- The most wins heading before starting league action in school history is 11.
- The Miners were 11-2 entering conference play last year while they stood 11-1 at that juncture in 2006-07.
- UTEP has now posted a school-record eight straight seasons of .500 or better in non-league play.
- It is 73-33 in timeframe, including 21-4 in the past two years.
- The prior record was four (1994-95 to 1997-98).
MONTH TO REMEMBER
- December has been the best month for the Miners during the Keitha Adams era.
- UTEP is 51-25 in the month, including a 5-0 mark this year.
- The Miners are 26-2 in December home games since the start of the 2006-07 campaign.
QUITE A RUN
- UTEP is 39-5 since the start of the 2011-12 season, including 10-1 this year.
- Twenty-six of those wins, including five this year, have been by double figures.
- The five losses in the sequence have been by a combined 16 points.
- UTEP is 55-19 since the 2010-11 campaign, with only two of the losses coming by double digits (@ Houston, 61-77, 2/20/11 & @ UCSB, 50-68, 12/11/10).
- The last double-digit home loss came against Kansas State (65-44, 11/14/08).
INSIDE THE SERIES
- Friday marks the second meeting all time.
- UTEP downed SHSU, 64-51, back on Dec. 4, 1992.
GOING BACK IN TIME
at UTEP 60, New Mexico 45 (12/16/12)
- Kayla Thornton poured in 22 points while Irene Gari (11 points) and Anete Steinberga (10 points) also reached double figures to help propel UTEP to a 60-45 conquest of I-25 rival New Mexico in front of a season-best 3,091 fans at the Don Haskins Center Dec. 20.
- The Miners led wire-to-wire.
- UTEP forced 20 turnovers-which led to 22 points- and kept UNM to 35.7 percent.
- UTEP made 20-of-29 free throws.
- UNM was 1-of-3 at the line, which ties as the fewest makes & attempts by foe in school history.
GETTING TO KNOW SAM HOUSTON STATE
- Returned four starters & nine letterwinners from last year’s team that finished 18-12.
- After 2-3 start to season, has lost four of five to slip to 3-7 overall.
- Is 3-2 at home/neutral courts but 0-5 on road.
- Three players in double figures for scoring & two others at better than 5.5.
- Five Bearkats with at least 4.0 rebounds per game but Sequeena Thomas (13.3) is the only above 5.5.
- Is 3-1 when registering 70+ points this year.
- Has held three straight & eight teams total to below 70 points.
- Sam Houston State University was founded in 1879 & is the third-oldest public institution of higher learning in Texas.
- Notable alumni include Jonathan Aibel, screenwriter of Kung Fu Panda & Kung Fu Panda 2 & Frank Bielec, Trading Spaces designer
RUNDOWN ON THE 2012-13 MINERS
- Returned three starters (senior F Anete Steinberga junior F Kayla Thornton & junior G Kelli Willingham) from last year’s record-setting squad.
- Sophomore guards Syerra Davis & Chrishauna Parker also earned letters last year. Also back is sophomore walk-on G Marissa Rodriguez.
- Hit hard by injuries losing starters sophomore guard Jenzel Nash (vs. St. Mary’s, 11/3) & senior center Kristine Vitola (vs. ASU, 11/18/12) to torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in their left knee.
- Vitola was off to a tremendous start, leading the Miners in field-goal percentage (.600), rebounding (8.3) and scoring (16.0).
- Nash contributed 5.1 ppg on 11.9 mpg in a promising freshman campaign last year.
- Vitola’s injury left UTEP, which had the largest senior class in program history a year ago at seven, with just one healthy senior in Steinberga.
- Six newcomers are in the mix, with four true freshmen (Irene Gari, G, Jamie Madden, G, Diamond Posey, G, & Cameasha Turner), a freshman transfer Saidah Zuberi Allen (G/F) & a junior-college transfer (Destinee LaFountain F).
- Another newcomer, freshman F Tommitrise Collins will sit out the year as a redshirt.
- Picked second in the 2012-13 Conference USA Preseason Poll, as voted upon by the league’s 12 head coaches. Tulane was tabbed as the favorite to win the league.
TOUGH TO REPLACE
- Lost seven seniors to graduation, which was the largest class in program history.
- Headlining that group was 2012 C-USA Tournament MVP & second-team all C-USA honoree Gloria Brown, who paced the Miners in blocked shots (97), free throws made (102), attempted (125), percentage (.816), field-goal percentage (.527), points per game (12.1) and rebounds per contest (8.8). A reserve, she repeated as the C-USA 6th Player of the Year.
- Kim Smith (2.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.8 apg) & Erika Warren (5.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.2 apg) both started for the Miners last year while Baiba Eglite (1.6 ppg, 0.3 rpg, 0.4 apg), Briana Green (2.9 ppg, 1.1 rpg & 1.1 apg), Whitney Houston (1.4 ppg, 0.1 rpg, 0.5 apg) & Melisa Mendes (4.1 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 0.7 apg) joined Brown in coming off the bench.
THE BASIC FACTS ON UTEP
- Stands 457-587 since the start of the program for 1974-75 season, including 10-1 this year.
- Won three conference titles, including claiming both the 2012 C-USA regular season & tournament championship (29-4 final mark).
- First league crown was in 2007-08 after becoming in initial C-USA women’s team to go 16-0 in league play.
- Overall finished 28-4 in 2007-08, with school & league-standard 23-game winning streak aiding that mark.
- Appeared in two NCAA Tournaments, forging a mark of 1-2 at the "Big Dance."
- Earned an at-large bid in 2008, advancing to the second round.
- Secured Conference USA’s automatic bid last year but was derailed by national power (11/12) Penn State, 85-77, in the first round.
- Will celebrate its 100th year as a school in 2014.
- Notable alumni include former ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Sam Donaldson, well-respected NFL referee Ed Hochuli, former NASA astronaut Danny Olivas engineer & Dennis Poon, who designed Taipei 101 & some of the tallest buildings in the world.
THE ADAMS FILE
- UTEP is led by 12th-year head coach and the all-time win leader in program history, Keitha Adams, who is 194-148 in that time frame, including 10-1 this year.
- At 321-185 (17th year), Adams is one of five active coaches in C-USA women’s basketball to have more than 300 career victories.
- All three 20-plus victory campaigns and four of the five seasons of at least 18 wins in program history have been during her tenure.
- Delivered seven seasons with 16+ victories. Feat was achieved three times before her.
- Both regular-season conference championships and the lone league tournament title in program history have been during her tenure.
- Directed team into a pair of NCAA Tournaments.
- The Miners are 179-106 in the past 10 years, including the 10-1 record in 2012-13.
- The best record for a 10-year stretch before Adams’ arrival was 115-155.
- Her efforts have put the program on the regional & national landscape, with the Miners playing in 16 nationally-televised games.
- UTEP has earned votes in the top-25 poll in five seasons, including earning votes in both polls this year.
- The Miners were among the top-25 for both major polls for the final six weeks of the 2007-08 season.
- Twelve of the 18 major individual career records at the school are held by players who were mentored by her.
- She has coached 15 players who have gone on to play professionally, including 2008 WNBA draft picks Izabela Piekarska & Natasha Lacy.
- She has impacted the international game at the highest level, with Noni Wharemate representing New Zealand at the 2008 Olympic Summer Games.
- Every player who has exhausted her eligibility at UTEP during her tenure has graduated.
HOME SWEET HOME
- Record of 89-18 in El Paso since the start of the 2006-07 season, including 7-0 this year.
- Claimed 22 of past 24 home games. The two losses were by combined three points.
- Vying for seventh straight 10+ home win season. Prior six featured at least 12 wins.
- In search of 11th straight home winning record.
- UTEP had four 10+ wins seasons in 27 years before Adams, and only once (12-1, 1988-89) did it hit 12.
- Stand 123-39 since starting streak in 2002-03.
- Overall are 124-51 at home under Keitha Adams.
- Gone 36-33 away from home since the 2006-07 campaign, including 1-1 this year
- Two winning road records & a pair of .500 efforts have aided in stretch.
- UTEP’s next road match-up will be when it tips off its 16-game 2013 Conference USA slate by playing at Tulsa on Jan. 9.
- Stand 46-63 on the road since 2003-04 & are 50-85 overall under Keitha Adams.
- Posted 21 double-digit victories on the road during Adams’ era.
- Had 27 such victories before her tenure, but 13 were against non-DI schools.
- UTEP never had a winning season on the road in the 27 years prior to Adams. Only twice (2-2, 1974-75 & 7-7, 1992-93) did it finish at .500
- All five starters are at better than 6.0 points per game, including two in double figures.
- No one else on squad is above 3.5 ppg.
- Averaged 69.3 points in first nine games.
- Tallied 60 & 52, respective, in two tilts since.
- Eclipsed 40 percent from floor in four of first five games. Done so twice since.
- Hit a combined 32-of-75 (.427) from three-point range in five games of better than 40 percent.
- Gone 18-of-87 (.207) in six games falling shy of 40 percent from beyond-the-arc.
- Nailed combined 40-of-46 (.870) from free-throw line in consecutive contests at NM State & Texas State.
- Hit 120-of-207 (.580) at the charity stripe in the other nine tilts.
- Registered double figures in offensive rebounds in every contest.
- Made 16 turnovers or fewer seven times, including three contests with 12 or less.
- Posted 19+ assists four times, with three games of at least 20.
- After five straight games with double-digit production from the bench, UTEP’s reserves have tallied a combined six points the past two games.
- The 88 points against Texas State (12/1/12) were most in a regular-season game since tallying 89 vs. East Carolina (W, 89-80, 1/6/11).
- Equaled a school record by holding four straight opponents to 50 or fewer points.
- The 1992-93 squad was the first to do so.
- UTEP also had streaks of three in a row of conceding 50 points or less in 1974-75, 1980-81, 2003-04 & 2011-12.
- Prevented nine foes from cracking the 60’s.
- Texas State (81 points) is the lone foe to get above 70.
- Nine teams have shot worse than 36 percent overall from the floor
- In the five games with at least eight three pointers, opponents are a combined 43-of-118 (.364).
- In the other six games, the opposition has hit only 22-of-98 (.224) from distance.
- Forced at least 18 turnovers eight times, including five games with 20+.
- Texas Southern had 33 (11/22/12), which tied for the seventh most by an opponent in program history.
- Registered 25 steals the past three games.
- Had 11 thefts the prior three.
- Allowed 81 points in the win vs. Texas State to improve to 3-24 under Keitha Adams when conceding 80+ points.
- Kept (New Mexico (20.5) & Eastern New Mexico (22.9) to below 23.0 percent from floor.
- Marked first time in program history that consecutive foes have fallen shy of figure.
TAKING OUT POWER SCHOOLS
- Of the Miners’ 10 wins this year, three have been against members of power schools.
- UTEP has downed Pacific 12 members Arizona State (60-54, 11/18/12) & Arizona (64-53, 11/23/12) while also toppling Kansas State on the road (52-50, 12/16/12).
- The Miners are 6-35 all time in such contests, including 3-0 this year.
- Four of the wins have been during the Keitha Adams era. UTEP previously downed Nebraska (Big 12, 63-53, 12/20/08).
- Prior to Adams’ tenure, UTEP had triumphs against Kansas State (Big 8, 67-61, 12/6/96) and Arizona (66-46, Pac 10, 11/20/80).
QUICK HITTERS ACROSS THE ROSTER
#1 Jamie Madden (5-8, Freshman, PG)
- Played 34 minutes total in five games on year.
- Four of six points on year courtesy of free throws.
- Made Miner debut at the Junkanoo Jam, playing a combined eight minutes in the two games.
- Rated No. 103 point guard in nation by All Star Girls Report coming out of high school.
#2 Cameasha Turner (5-9, Freshman, G)
- Played in every contest & has most mpg (13.2) of reserve guards on the team.
- Tallied 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting in first three games.
- Tallied 13 points while hitting 4-of-23 since.
- Is 7-of-19
- Started 2-of-8 at free-throw line but has gone 5-of-6 since.
- Grabbed at least two rebounds six times.
- Has one offensive rebound & 18 defensive.
- Earned double figures in playing time seven times overall, including five of the six five.
- Rated as No. 74 point guard in country & assessed a grade of 86 by ESPN HoopGurlz coming out of high school.
#3 Kelli Willingham (5-6, Junior, PG)
- Started every game & tops team in assist/turnover ratio (1.5) & minutes per game (30.6).
- One of four Miners with at least 8.5 ppg (8.6).
- Lone Miner with 5+ points in every game.
- Tallied 8+ points in seven contests.
- Hit 23 triples. Rest of squad has nailed 27.
- Is 8-of-28 on two-pointers & 23-of-55 on threes.
- Posted 3 or more assists in nine games.
- Played 30+ minutes in consecutive contests & a team-high seven games.
- Has five games with at least four rebounds to equal total of such contests in 2011-12.
- Has one offensive rebound & 32 defensive.
- 2012 C-USA All-Academic Team
- Two-Time Recipient of C-USA Academic Medal (2011 & 2012);
#4 Irene Gari (6-1, Freshman, G)
- Started eight straight & played in every game.
- Moved into starting line-up after Kristine Vitola sustained a season-ending injury against Arizona State (11/18/12).
- Scored 25 points (3.6 ppg) on 8-of-41 shooting, including 2-of-14 on threes, in first seven games of season.
- Poured in 44 points (11.0 ppg) while hitting 16-of-35, including 8-of-17 from distance, in the four contests since.
- Effort has lifted seasonal average to 6.3 ppg.
- Has best free-throw percentage (.786) of seven Miners with at least 10 attempts.
- Posted four games with three assists.
- Grabbed 23 boards the past five games.
- Registered 13 rebounds the first six.
- Played 18+ minutes in every contest.
- Set career high for minutes (32) against New Mexico (12/20/12).
- Named C-USA Freshman of Week on Dec. 10.
- First player in program history from Spain.
#5 Kayla Thornton (6-1, Junior, F)
- Voted to the 2012-13 preseason All C-USA team
- Leads team in double-doubles (three), scoring (14.1), rebounding (8.3) & total steals (18).
- Reached double figures in scoring in consecutive contests & seven times total on year, including career-high 29 against Texas State (12/1/12).
- Tallied at least 7 points in three other contests.
- After pulling down 10+ boards in consecutive contests & in five of six, had only four against New Mexico (12/20/20).
- Has grabbed an offensive board in nine games, including five with at least four.
- Nailed career-best 4-of-8 three pointers against the Lobos. Was 4-of-27 previous nine.
- Set career high for minutes played (37) at Kansas State (12/16/12). Played a combine 39 minutes the previous two tilts.
- One of three Miners with more assists (18) than turnovers (14).
- The Miners are 45-11, including 10-1 in 2012-13, with her in the starting line-up.
- 2012 Junkanoo Jam MVP after averaging 16 points & eight rebounds in the two wins.
- Named the C-USA Co-Player of the Week (12/17/12).
- 2012 Second-team All C-USA team member
- 2012 C-USA All-Tournament team honoree.
#10 Syerra Davis (5-7, Sophomore, G)
- Appeared in every game as reserve guard.
- One of nine Miners with at least 10.0 mpg (11.8).
- Scored 13 points combined on 6-of-11 shooting against LMU (11/10/12) & ENMU (12/1/12).
- Tallied five points total while going 2-of-13 from floor in other nine contests.
- Grabbed nine rebounds the past four games to top total (five) to start the year.
- Overall has six offensive & eight defensive boards.
- Logged double figures in six games & played at least six minutes in each contest.
- Included was career-long stretch of four straight.
- Didn’t earn more than 10 minutes in consecutive contests previously.
- Member of 2012 C-USA Academic Honor Roll.
#12 Anete Steinberga (6-2, Senior, C)
- Lone healthy senior & has started every contest.
- Leads team in free-throws made (31) & double-digit scoring games (eight).
- Ranks second in free throws attempted (44) & scoring (12.5) & is third in rebounding (5.5).
- Scored two points in opener but has produced at least eight points since.
- Included in stretch was career-best six straight games with 10+ points.
- Tagged with team-high 28 fouls on the season.
- Has not fouled out & committed four just twice.
- Grabbed 5+ rebounds in seven games, including two with eight.
- Played 30+ minutes four times this year to double total such contests (two) in 2011-12 campaign.
- Equaled career high in minutes by playing 33 at Kansas State (12/16/12).
- Her 37 double-digit scoring games are most of any active Miner.
- Three-time member of C-USA Academic Honor Roll (2010, 2011 & 2012).
#14 Marissa Rodriguez (5-7, Sophomore, G)
- Drilled a three pointer and knocked down a 12-foot jump shot to set a career high for points (five) against Eastern New Mexico (12/8/12).
- Nailed a three pointer to post first points of her career against NM State (12/5/12).
- Played in consecutive contests for first time of career.
- Previously earned three minutes vs. LMU (11/10/12).
- Recipient of 2012 C-USA Academic Medal.
#20 Diamond Posey (5-7, Freshman, G)
- Has been a healthy scratch the past three games.
- Appeared in five games while earning 28 total minutes of playing time.
- All five points on year came against NM State (12/5/12).
- Had been held scoreless while going 0-of-5 from floor in combined 20 minutes of action her first four appearances.
- Five of eight field-goal attempts have been treys.
- Ranked as No. 106 guard in country & assessed a grade of 87 by ESPN HoopGurlz coming out of high school.
#21 Saidah Zuberi Allen (5-11, Freshman, F/G)
- Played every game & one of nine Miners with at least 10.0 mpg (11.5).
- Played 10+ minutes in five straight games.
- Did so once in first six contests.
- Tallied 13 of her 29 points on year at free-throw line.
- Is 13-of-22 at the free-throw line the past six games. Was 0-2 to start the year.
- Grabbed 5+ rebounds in three straight games.
- Had only one such contest previously.
- Has 19 offensive boards & 19 defensive.
- Had four turnovers in opener vs. LMU (11/10/10) but only made four since.
- Did not have a steal in first eight games but has made two in three straight
- Joined UTEP as a transfer who was eligible to play immediately after sitting out 2011-12 with an injury at Fresno State.
#32 Chrishauna Parker (5-10, Sophomore, G)
- Started every game, leading squad in assists per game (3.7), field-goal percentage (59.7) free-throws attempted (46) & offensive rebounds (33).
- Ranks second in rebounding (7.5) and third in scoring (9.8).
- Lone Miner with 5+ boards in every contest.
- Posted five games with at least five assists.
- Never had more than three helpers last year.
- Reached double figures in scoring six times to double total of such efforts from 2011-12.
- Hit 11-of-16 at free-throw line past two games.
- Was 5-of-9 in six games prior to surge.
- Attempted 21 free throws the first three games.
- Grabbed at least three offensive rebounds in eight games.
- Miners are 17-2, including 10-1 this year, with her in the starting line.
#34 Destinee LaFountain (6-1, Junior, F)
- Played in every game as reserve forward.
- Paces reserves in minutes per game (15.2).
- Registered team-high eight blocked shots.
- Scoreless (0-2 from floor) while grabbing three bounds in 23 minutes combined past two contests.
- Had registered 13 points & 15 boards while logging 58 minutes the previous three.
- Joined UTEP from Ventura College after earning Honorable-Mention All-America honors.
STAT LOVERS’ LANE
- UTEP has made least one three-point shot in a program-record 211 straight games.
- The last time UTEP failed to fill up a triple in a contest was on Dec. 30, 2005.
- They have hit one in all but four games during Keith Adams’ era.
- The Miners are 114-13, including 3-0 this year, when scoring 70+ points under Adams.
- UTEP holds a record of 103-16 in the past 119 contests, including 6-0 this year, when making 40.5% or better from the floor.
- The Miners are 75-17 under Adams, including 4-0 this year, when drilling at least 40% on threes (min. five made).
- UTEP is 56-13 in the past 69 games & 123-44 overall under Adams when winning the rebounding battle. It is 8-1 in the situation this year.
- The Miners are 59-2 under Adams, including 3-0 this year, when posting 20+ assists.
- UTEP is 51-3 since the start of 2006-07 campaign & 70-12 under Adams when opponents have more turnovers than field goals. The Miners are 4-0 in that area this year.
- UTEP is 54-12 over the past 66 contests, including 1-1 this year, when making 70% or better at the free-throw line (min. 10 FTM).
- Oddly enough it is 29-12 since 2006-07, including 4-0 this year, when falling shy of 61 percent at the free-throw line. (min. 10 FTA).
- The Miners are 19-8 in their past 27 regular-season contests, including 1-0 this year, in which they have made more three pointers than free throws.
- Kayla Thornton (680) Anete Steinberga (661) & Kelli Willingham (627) all surpassed 600 career points this year. Overall there are now 31 Miners to have achieved the feat.
- Only 24 players have scored 700+ points in program history.
- UTEP has won 71 games since Steinberga & the now injured Kristine Vitola arrived on campus in 2009, which rates as the seventh-most by a class in Miner history.
- Fifth place is 76 wins, shared by Izabela Piekarska & Kasia Krezel, 2004-08.
- Willingham has earned 69 career starts, which ranks ninth all time at the school.
- She has played 2,212 career minutes, making her one of 17 Miners to surpass 2000. Former Miner Christina Mata holds 10th place at 2,569
- Both Thornton (.456, eighth) Steinberga (.452, ninth) & are in the top 10 at UTEP for career-field goal percentage. A minimum of 200 FGM is required to qualify.
- Thornton (500) is the 14th Miner in program history to reach 500 career rebounds.
- Her career average (6.8) is tied for ninth all time at UTEP.
- Willingham has hit 23 threes this year to lift her career total to 116 & climb into a tie for fifth place with former Miner Sviatlana Trukshanina (116).
- Kasia Krezel is fourth (138).
- Willingham’s 303 triples attempted are fifth. Fourth place is held by Jareica Hughes (430).
- Willingham is currently second (min. 100 made) for career free-throw percentage at UTEP (80.7). She has hit on 10-of-13 tries this year.
- Willingham (255) is marching toward becoming the fifth Miner with at least 300 career assists.
- Vitola swatted four shots this year before getting hurt. Her career sum of 100 ties as fourth all time at UTEP.
- Went 29-4 to set both the school (men’s) & Conference USA single-season record for wins. The four losses on the year were by a combined 15 points.
- Won both the 2012 Conference USA regular-season & tournament title championship. The tournament title was the first in program history while it was the second regular-season crown.
- Competed at the 2012 NCAA Championships, falling to nationally-ranked Penn State (11/12) 85-77, in the first round. It was the program’s second appearance all time at the NCAA Tournament.
- Finished 15-1 in C-USA play, with the .938 winning percentage rating third all time in the league.
- Enjoyed separate winning streaks of at least 10 games, including a program-best 10-0 to start year.
- Other single-season records set include blocked shots (197), games played (33), rebounding margin (+9.5), scoring defense (54.2), scoring margin (13.4), double-digit wins (21), road wins (11), wins by at least 20 points (10) and overall wins (29).
- Led C-USA in attendance average (2,639), blocked shots (6.0), field-goal percentage (40.8), field-goal percentage defense (33.6), free-throw percentage (69.7), RPI (49), rebounding margin (6.0), scoring margin (+13.4), three-point percentage defense (24.5)
- Received votes for the top-25 the final nine weeks of the season.
- Gloria Brown was voted first-team All C-USA, a member of the all-defensive team, named the Sixth Player of the Year and voted as the 2012 C-USA Tournament Champion MVP.
- Kayla Thornton was a second-team All C-USA member and was voted to the all-tournament team.
- Keitha Adams was voted as the C-USA Coach of the Year.
- Kelli Willingham was voted to the C-USA Academic All Conference Team.
- More than 2,000 fans in nine of the final 10 games and a single-season best 11 times overall.
- Final five games all had more than 4,000 fans, also a program best.
- Averaged 4,243 fans during the eight C-USA home games.
CLIFFSNOTES ON 2012-13 CAMPAIGN
UTEP 52, at Kansas State 50 (12/16/12)
- Trailing by 10 (48-38) with 5:27 to play, UTEP dug deep and finished the game on a 14-2 run to topple previously unbeaten Kansas State, 52-50, at Bramlage Coliseum on Dec. 16.
- Kayla Thornton (15 points, 14 rebounds) and Chrishauna Parker (13 points, 11 boards) posted double-doubles.
- Anete Steinberga (13 points, 8 rebounds) and Kelli Willingham (7 points, three steals) also made several big plays.
- Improved to 3-0 this year against power conference schools.
- The Wildcats fell to 100-10 in non-conference home games the past 17 years.
- Held KSU to 29.2 percent (19-of-65) from the floor.
at UTEP 71, Eastern New Mexico 34 (12/8/12)
- UTEP pushed its winning streak to three by dismantling Eastern New Mexico, 71-34, on Dec. 8.
- The Miners, who never trailed in the contest, led the Division II Zias by 25 at the break (43-18) and were up by at least 30 for the final six minutes of action.
- All 10 players who saw action scored, with freshman Irene Gari keying the charge by reaching double figures (14 points) for the second straight game.
- Kayla Thornton had nine and Anete Steinberga, Kelli Willingham and Saidah Zuberi Allen all chipped in eight.
at UTEP 66, NM State 44 (12/5/12)
- Buoyed by freshman Irene Gari’s career-high 19 points and stifling defense, UTEP pounded I-10 rival NM State, 66-44, at home Dec. 5.
- The game was tied 4-4 before UTEP closed the half on a 31-6 surge, which was started by a 13-0 run.
- NM State finished with the third-lowest field-goal percentage by an opponent (20.9) in program history.
- It connected on just 2-of-17 in the first half (11.8 percent).
- Aggies scored 24 of 44 points in game on free throws.
- Kelli Willingham & Anete Steinberga each added nine points.
- UTEP nailed eight three pointers to nearly match its sum (nine) from the prior three contests.
at UTEP 88, Texas State 81 (12/1/12)
- Kayla Thornton poured in a career-high 29 points while Anete Steinberga added a season-best 22, and UTEP raced past Texas State, 88-81, at home Dec. 1.
- Thornton also grabbed 11 boards to secure her second double-double this year & 10th of her career.
- Trailed,46-41, at the half before a big second half.
- The game featured seven lead changes and 10 ties before a 7-0 run by UTEP in the final minute.
- Chrishauna Parker started it with a lay-up off an offensive rebound before Kelli Willingham drilled the Miners’ lone three pointer of the night with 28 seconds left. Thornton capped the surge, while also essentially icing the game, by sinking two free throws with 11 seconds to play.
at NM State 69, UTEP 68 (11/28/12)
- UTEP sustained its first loss of the season after being edged at NM State, 69-68, Nov. 28. The Aggies never led by more than one point in the game.
- There were five lead changes in the final 1:21, with the last one being after two made free throws by NM State’s Daneshia Williamson with 12 seconds left. UTEP pushed the ball up the court but couldn’t get a shot off in time.
- Anete Steinberga (17 points) and Chrishauna Parker (15 points) led a balanced UTEP offense, while Kelli Willingham added nine and Irene Gari and Kayla Thornton each chipped in seven.
- After connecting on a combined 55.2 percent (69-125) from the free-throw line the first five games, UTEP nailed 17-of-19 (89.5).
- Thornton set a career high for rebounds (15) while Gari established one for points (seven).
UTEP 64, vs. Arizona 53 (11/23/12)
- UTEP wrapped a 17-point run around the intermission and pulled away to a 64-53 victory against Arizona to win the 2012 Junkanoo Jam on Nov. 23.
- Anete Steinberga led four players in double figures with 18 points. Kayla Thornton (10 points, 10 rebounds) and Chrishauna Parker (10 points, 11 rebounds) each had double-doubles and Kelli Willingham added 11 points to help the Miners to their second victory against a Pacific-12 team in a week.
- It marked the first career double-double for Parker.
UTEP 61, vs. Texas Southern 52 (11/22/12)
- UTEP rode a big second half to post a 61-52 win vs. Texas Southern at its first game of the 2012 Junkanoo Jam on Nov. 22.
- Outscored the Tigers 38-22 in the second half to make a 30-23 halftime deficit a distant memory.
- Led by 22 points from Kayla Thornton while Anete Steinberga & Chrishauna Parker tallied 12 points & Kelli Willingham scored nine points-all on threes.
at UTEP 60, Arizona State 54 (11/18/12)
- Sophomore Chrishauna Parker scored 15 points, senior Anete Steinberga added 14, and UTEP defended with tenacity in an emotional 60-54 victory against traditional Pacific-12 power Arizona State at the Don Haskins Center Nov. 18.
- The back-and-forth game featured 10 ties and 15 lead changes. UTEP outscored ASU, 33-26, in the second half, including a key 5-0 run to break a 45-45 deadlock with 4:35 left.
- Connected on 25-of-39 at the free-throw line, including going 10-of-12 in the final four minutes of the tilt.
- Parker led the charge in that department by making 9-of-12, both career highs. Kelli Willingham was perfect (4-4) at the line while Steinberga drilled four as well.
- Willingham dished out four assists, but more importantly had just one turnover despite facing a full-court press from ASU for the majority of the contest.
- UTEP held ASU to 33.9 percent (19-of-56) while also forcing 18 turnovers that led to 22 points.
at UTEP 67, HBU 58 (11/16/12)
- Veteran leaders Kristine Vitola (18 points), Kayla Thornton (15 points) and Anete Steinberga (12 points) all reached double figures in scoring.
- The Huskies hung around for a bit before the Miners blew the visitors out of the water with a game-changing 19-6 run spanning about seven minutes in the second half. The surge afforded UTEP a 56-41 lead with 8:10 to play, and HBU never got closer than seven down the stretch.
- Chrishauna Parker added seven points and five boards while Kelli Willingham pitched in six points and five rebounds.
at UTEP 79, LMU 51 (11/10/12)
- Kristine Vitola notched her first career-double double (21 points, 12 rebounds) to help UTEP pound Loyola Marymount.
- In addition to it being the initial double-double since joining the Orange and Blue, Vitola also set career standards for points (21) and boards (12). She hit on 10-of-11 free throws, also personal bests. She made 5-of-7 shots from the floor, including 1-of-2 from beyond-the-arc.
- Juniors Kayla Thornton and Kelli Willingham buoyed Vitola with 15 points each while six other Miners also scored in the contest.
- UTEP opened up on a 15-0 run, with 10 points by Thornton.
- The prior best run to start a season under Keitha Adams was 7-0 in 2006-07.
- The 28-point margin of victory was the largest in a season opener vs. D1 foe in program history. The prior standard was 19 (68-49 vs. Northern Arizona, 11/20/05).
- The Miners improved to 7-5 in campaign lidlifters under head coach Keitha Adams, including 6-2 when starting the year at home.
- UTEP moved to 26-13 in home openers, helped by an effort of 9-3 under Adams.
- UTEP is now 20-19 all time in season openers, including 17-6 in El Paso.
at UTEP 69, St. Mary’s 60 (11/3/12)
- Kayla Thornton (12), Anete Steinberga (11), Kristine Vitola (11) and Kelli Willingham (10) all reached double figures in scoring during the exhibition win
- The Miners led for most of the game, and were up by 17 (61-44) with five minutes to play.
- Marring the victory was sophomore Jenzel Nash suffering a season-ending torn ACL.