UTEP To Challenge C-USA Preseason Favorite Tulane Tonight

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POSTED: Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 2:34pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 6:48pm

UTEP will play at C-USA preseason favorite Tulane at 6 p.m. MST Thursday. The game will air on KHRO 1150 AM in El Paso.  The Miners, Green Wave & East Carolina are in a three-way tie for second place in C-USA at 5-2. SMU leads the way at 7-0.   The Green Wave (16-4, 5-2 C-USA) went 2-0 on the road last week.  The Miners (17-3, 5-2 C-USA) were 1-1 at home last week: Beat Tulsa (50-35, 1/31) & fell to SMU (82-73, Feb. 3).

UTEP:
- Last lost consecutive league contests in 2010-11 season.
- Won school-record 12 straight C-USA road contests.
- Off to start of at least 17-3 for fourth time in program history.
- 2006-07 was also 17-3. 2007-08 & 2011-12 were both 18-2.
- 2007-08 improved to 27-2 & finished at 28-4.
- 2011-12 moved to 25-2 before concluding campaign at 29-4.
- 17 wins is 5th-highest single-season total in program history.
- Off to start of at least 5-2 in league play for 7th time at school.
- 1997-98, 2006-07 & 2008-09 were 5-2. 1992-93 was 6-1 & 2007-08 & 2011-12 were both 7-0 at juncture.
- 2007-08 finished at 16-0, the first C-USA women’s team to do so.
- 2011-12 improved to 14-0 before wrapping league play at 15-1.
- 2006-07 moved to 6-2 & ended year at 10-6.
- 2008-09 slipped to 5-4 but rallied to finish at 11-5.
- 1997-98 fell to 5-3 but recovered to end up at 10-6.
- 1992-93 dropped to 6-4 & closed conference play at 8-6.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS, HONORS & MORE
- Seven straight weeks receiving votes in the polls.
- Rated fourth in ESPN.com Midmajor poll.
- 71st in the RPI (RPIRatings.com).
- 3-0 on year vs. teams from power-league conferences.
- Best overall win% (67.8) of C-USA teams since joining in 2005-06.
- 160-76 overall record, including 17-3 this year, in timeframe.
- Most league wins & best league win% of each team since 2005-06.
- 76-43 (.639) including 5-2 on year, in C-USA play.
- Tied for most years (4) with 10+ C-USA wins since 2005-06.
- Four C-USA weekly award recipients.
- Kristine Vitola (11/12), Kayla Thornton (12/17) & Anete Steinberga (1/14) were the player of the week while Irene Gari (12/10) was the freshman of the week.

QUITE A RUN
- 46-7 since start of the 2011-12 season, including 17-3 this year.
- 31 wins, including 8 this year, by 10+ points.
- 6 losses by combined 29 points, with 3 losses this year by 14 total.
- 20-3 in C-USA games since 2011-12, including 5-2 this season.
- 62-21 overall since the start of 2010-11 campaign.
- 19 of 21 losses in that timeframe by single digits.
- Last double-digit loss was at Houston (61-77, 2/20/11).
- Other in sequence was at UCSB (50-68, 12/11/10).

UTEP & THE STAT RANKINGS
- Top-3 ranking in 7 of 14 major stat categories (chart, pg. 1).
- Pace C-USA in 3 categories.
- Kayla Thornton has a top-10 ranking for scoring (15.4-7th) & rebounds (8.2-7th)
- Anete Steinberga is 9th in FG% (43.8) & 10th in scoring (14.0).
- Chrishauna Parker is 3rd in FG percentage (52.3), rebounding (9.0) & 5th in assists (4.1).
- Kelli Willingham is 4th in three-point percentage (37.0) & 13th in assists per game (3.1).

INSIDE THE SERIES
- The series is tied, 8-8, with UTEP going 3-0 vs. Tulane last year.
- Claimed both regular-season contests & the C-USA title tilt.
- UTEP also had a season sweep in 2006-07.
- Tulane registered a season sweep in 2009-10
- Series was split in 2005-06, 2006-07, 2008-09 & 2010-11.
- First meeting came in 1979-80 campaign, which TU won.
 

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