El Paso, TX — UTEP and NM State will square in the first round of the battle of I-10 at the Don Haskins Center at 7:05 p.m. MST Tuesday.
- All UTEP faculty & staff will receive free admission to the game by showing their ID while all other tickets will be $5 for adults & $3 for kids. The contest will also serve as the first of three “Grand Prize Giveaway” nights.
- Audio & video of the game will be available through subscription-based Miner TV on UTEPAthletics.com
- The Miners (1-0) bested UTPB, 75-58, on Nov. 8 in their season opener while the Aggies (0-0) cruised past WNMU, 75-60, in an exhibition contest on Nov. 2.
- UTEP is in the midst of a season-opening six-game homestand, the second longest in program history. Only the 2008-09 campaign (seven contests) featured a longer stretch in the Sun City to start the year.
- UTEP is 12-1 in November since starting the 2011-12 season. It is 39-22 all time in month under head coach Keitha Adams.
INSIDE THE SERIES
- NM State leads the series, 47-33, but the Miners are 23-17 at home.
- UTEP has played NM State at least twice every year since the Miner program was founded (1974-75).
- UTEP is 14-10 against the Aggies during the Keitha Adams era, making her the lone coach in program history to sport a winning record in the “Battle of I 10.”
- The average score in those games is UTEP 65, NM State 61
- Half of the games in the series in the Adams era have been decided by seven points or less.
- Miners are 9-3 at home & 5-7 in Las Cruces under Adams.
- Five of UTEP’s nine sweeps in the series have come under Adams’ direction.
GOING BACK IN TIME
- Chrishauna Parker registered a double-double (12 points and 12 rebounds) and UTEP’s bench provided 49 points in a 75-58 season-opening romp against UTPB on Nov. 8.
- Junior-college transfer and El Paso native Stacie Telles matched Parker with 12 points, including nine on triples, in a successful debut in front of her hometown crowd.
- The Miners led the Falcons picked second in the Heartland Conference, 43-23, at the half. UTEP eased off the gas pedal in the second half, as head coach Keitha Adams trotted out several different combinations in an attempt to get a feel for her deep squad.
- Eleven different Miners scored in the game, with senior Kayla Thornton (nine points & nine rebounds) falling just short of a double-double. Freshman Sparkle Taylor pitched in eight off the bench, aided by six makes on 12 tries at the charity stripe.
- Senior Kristine Vitola chipped in six points and grabbed seven boards in an efficient 18 minutes of action in her return to the court after missing most of last year with a torn ACL. Sophomore Jenzel Nash, who redshirted last year as well due to a torn ACL, pitched in four points and four boards while battling foul trouble.
- UTEP, which crushed UTPB on the boards (52-37), connected on 30-of-45 free throws at the charity stripe. The 30 makes rank sixth all time in the single-game standings while the 45 makes check in fifth in its single-game record books.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
- NM State returns two starters from last year’s team that finished 15-16, 7-11 WAC.
- The Aggies beat WNMU, 75-60, to tune up for the year. Freshman Moriah Mack & sophomore Abby Scott led the way with 16 points.
- Eight newcomers are in the fold for the Aggies.
- NM State is led by third-year head coach Mark Trakh, who is 21-40 with the program. Overall he stands at 309-228 in his 19th year as a collegiate head coach.
- NM State was voted third in the WAC preseason poll. Sasha Weber was picked as a second-team selection in both polls.
- New Mexico State University is a major land-grand university in Las Cruces, N.M., which was founded in 1888 under the name of Las Cruces College.
- It took on its current name in 1960.
- Notable alumni include actor Scott Bailey, who is best known for his playing the role of Sandy Foster on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light, and former Olympic basketball player Chito Reyes. Additionally, Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered the planet Pluto (since reclassified to a dwarf planet), taught astronomy at the school from 1955 until his retirement in 1973