Two UTEP Women Earn Post Season Honors


POSTED: Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 2:14pm

UPDATED: Monday, March 14, 2011 - 7:39am

Junior forward Gloria Brown has been tabbed to the All Conference-USA second team while Kelli Willingham was voted onto the five-member all-freshman squad, the league office announced Sunday afternoon.

It marks the fifth straight year that UTEP has placed at least one player on an all-conference squad. Additionally, it is the third consecutive campaign that the Miners have had an individual land on the all-freshman team.

Brown, who joined the Miners from Trinity Valley Community College, has been an impact player in her first year in the Sun City. During the 2010-11 regular season she was among the lead leaders for field-goal percentage (54.6, 2nd), blocked shots (2.1, 2nd), free-throw percentage (80.6, 3rd), offensive boards per game (3.0, 7th), rebounds per game (7.1, 10th), defensive rebounds per game (4.1, 13th) and points per game (12.1, 15th).

She led UTEP in those categories, in addition to double-doubles (seven), free-throws made (87) and attempted (108). She is also third on the team in total steals (32). She reached double figures in scoring a team-high 20 times, including 16 of the past 19 contests. She has done all of this in 18.1 minutes per game off the bench while also regularly facing double teams.

Willingham was one of two individuals to be among the top five in the C-USA freshmen stats for assists per game (4.1, 2nd), points per game (9.0, 3rd), and steals per game (1.4, 4th). Regardless of class, she checks in sixth for assists, eighth for assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3) and 13th for three-point percentage (32.1).

She paces UTEP in assists and total steals (38), while rating second on the squad in minutes per game (32.9) and three-pointers made (36) and third in points per game. The DeSoto, Texas, native has scored seven or more points in 14 of the past 17 contests, surpassing her effort of such games (six) to start the year. She has also done a good job at running the point after the Miners lost their two other true point guards on the roster (Whitney Houston & Briana Green) to injuries.

Brown, Willingham and the rest of the Miners will return to action when they renew their rivalry with SMU in the opening-round of the 2011 Buick Conference USA Championships at 7:30 p.m. MST inside historic Memorial Gym on Wednesday. The Miners (15-13, 7-9 C-USA) are seeded ninth. They will be facing the No. 8 seed Mustangs (14-15, 7-9 C-USA) for the second time in the past week-and-a half and third occasion overall on the year.

All-session ticket passes to the tournament may be purchased for as low as $80, which will afford fans entry to 22 total games (men's & women's). Please call (915) 747-6150 for all ticket orders and inquiries.

All-C-USA First Team
Courtney Taylor, Sr., F, Houston
Brittney Scott, Sr., G., Houston
Porsche Landry, Sr., PG, Houston
Brittany Carter, Jr., G, Memphis
Jessica Kuster, Fr., F, Rice

All-C-USA Second Team
Tynikki Crook, Sr., F, Marshall
Danielle Nunn, Sr., G, Tulane
D'Nay Daniels, Sr., G, UCF
Chelsie Wiley, Sr., G, UCF
Gloria Brown, Jr-TF., F, UTEP

All-C-USA Third Team
Kim Gay, Sr., F, East Carolina
Morgan Mayse, Sr., F, Rice
Tanesha Washington, Sr., G, Southern Miss
Rachel Vigers, Jr., F, Southern Miss
Tiffany Aidoo, Sr., G/F, Tulane

All Freshman Team
Jessica Kuster, F, Rice
Akil Simpson, F, SMU
Jamierra Faulkner, PG, Southern Miss
Karisma Chapman, F, UAB
Kelli Willingham, G, UTEP

All Defensive Team
Courtney Taylor, Sr., F, Houston
Ramses Lonlack, Jr., G, Memphis
Jessica Kuster, Fr., F, Rice
Roshaunda Barnes, Sr., G, Tulane
Aisha Patrick, Jr., G, UCF

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