UTEP Women's Basketball Opens up Pre-Season Practice


POSTED: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 4:43pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 5:35pm

The UTEP women's basketball team will hold its first practice in preparation for the upcoming 2010-11 season from 3-5:30 p.m. at the Don Haskins Center on Tuesday.

The Miners, who have the top winning percentage in Conference USA over the past four years (84-40; .677), will face St. Mary's University in an exhibition contest on Nov. 7. The regular-season slate will tip off with the Miners playing host to UC Irvine on Nov. 13.

The Orange and Blue will return seven letterwinners from last year's squad (16-16), including five individuals who started at last 15 games during the 2009-10 campaign. Notable returnees include juniors Dietra Caldwell (2009 C-USA Freshman of the Year) and Briana Green (two-year starter), sophomore Anete Steinberga (2010 All C-USA freshman team) and senior sharpshooter Sviatlana Trukshanina (.436 career three-point FG%). Buoying the returnees will be seven newcomers (four transfers and three true freshmen).

Keitha Adams, the winningest coach in program history, is entering her 10th year at the helm of the program. She has directed UTEP to a mark of 139-129, including 136-104 over the last eight years. Adams has led the Miners the team to four winning campaigns overall. The effort matches the total of such seasons from the 1978-79 campaign until the 2002-03 campaign (26 such campaigns).

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