Junior Irene Gari registered her first career double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds), and the UTEP women’s basketball team held on for a hard-fought 54-51 win against Rice at the Don Haskins Center Sunday afternoon.
Sparkle Taylor (17 points) and Cameasha Turner (13 points) helped the UTEP women’s basketball team rally past North Texas, 60-58, in the Conference USA opener for both squads at the Don Haskins Center Friday evening.
UTEP (5-4) will tip off its 18-game Conference USA slate by playing host to North Texas (1-10) at 7 p.m. MST Friday. It marks the first time since 2010-11 that the Miners are opening up league play at home.
For the third time in four years, the UTEP basketball team will tip-off the Conference USA schedule away from home when it plays at North Texas on Friday at 6 p.m. MT.
The game will be televised on the American Sports Network.
The UTEP Miners defeated Sul Ross State 84-72 Tuesday night at the Haskins Center, but it was a good thing this was an exhibition. The Miners have a lot of kinks to work on before Conference USA play begins Friday at North Texas.
UTEP point guard Lulu McKinney has been named the Conference USA Freshman of the Week, the league office revealed Monday. She is the first Miner to be so recognized since Irene Gari achieved the distinction on Dec. 10, 2012.