Wear Pink & Get In Free As UTEP Challenges Houston Thursday

Wear Pink & Get In Free As UTEP Challenges Houston Thursday

POSTED: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 9:43pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 6:52pm

UTEP will play host to Houston at 7:05 p.m. MST Thursday.  Wear pink & get in free to honor breast cancer survivors.  The Cougars (11-13, 5-6 C-USA) went 1-1 last week.  Game to stream live on UTEPAthletics.com (subscription-based).  The Miners (18-6-5 C-USA) dropped 2 road games last week.  UTEP has not lost 3 straight since 2010-11 season, in midst of playing 3 of 4 & 4 of 6 away from home.

- Part of three-way tie for 4th place in C-USA at 6-5 on year.
- Reached 18-win plateau for 5th time in past 7 years.
- Happened once (18-12, 1992-93) in 1st 32 years of program.
- Posted a winning percentage of .500 or better at the halfway point in league play (5-3, now 6-5) for the 7th straight year.
- Achieved 3 times in 15 campaigns before streak started.
- 10th straight season with least six league victories.
- 4 such years out of 20 before Adams (no league for 7 years).

- Projected starter Jenzel Nash tore her ACL in exh. game (11/3).
- Starting C Kristine Vitola tore her ACL 3rd game of year (11/18).
- Miners adjusted & rolled to 17-3 record, including 5-2 in C-USA.
- 6th player Saidah Zuberi Allen hurt her knee at Tulane (2/7).
- She led reserves in minutes (14.1), points (3.6) & boards (5.0).
- Zuberi Allen injury left 11 healthy players (10 scholarship).
- 1-3 since that point, with fatigue for starting 5 a big factor.
- No starter had more than 33.0 mpg before injury; now 4 do.
Starter MPG Before MPG After Diff
Kelli Willingham 31.4 37.8 +6.4
Kayla Thornton 28.7 34.8 +6.1
Chrishauna Parker 27.8 33.2 +5.4
Anete Steinberga 27.1 34.8 +7.7
Irene Gari 25.1 28.8 +3.7

- Best overall win% (67.1) of C-USA teams since joining in 2005-06.
- 161-79 overall record, including 18-6 this year, in timeframe.
- 3-0 on year vs. teams from power-league conferences.
- Most league wins & best win% of each team since 2005-06.
- 77-46 (62.6) including 6-5 on year, in C-USA only action.
- 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.

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I spoke to UTEP officials, and they in order to get in free, you must wear pink. this game is not part of National Girls and Women in sports day apparently.
Beau Bagley

OK so which is it? Wear pink and get in free and/or get in free regardless of what color your clothing is because it is National Girls & Women in Sports Day. It is my understanding that admission is free to this weeks UTEP ladies games in Basketball, Tennis and Softball in recognition of National Girls & Women in Sports Day. Those that want to wear pink in honor of breast cancer survivors is a plus and those who wear pink and either minor orange or blue is even better.

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