The UTEP women’s basketball team will challenge Division II St. Mary’s(Texas) in its second and final exhibition game of the year at 1 p.m. MTSunday. Admission is free.
The Miners bounced Division II Western New Mexico, 66-45, in theirfirst exhibition tilt on Oct. 27. Jordan Alexander (17 points) and ArionaGill (14 points) led the way in the win.
“I always enjoy scrimmaging St. Mary’s University,” UTEP headcoach Kevin Baker said. “Coach Jason Martens always does such a great job withhis teams, and they will bring a very talented group in to the Haskins Centeron Sunday. They have two guards, Arysia Porter and Soteria Banks, that arevery talented and would rival most in our conference. We think this willbe a great scrimmage to help our team prepare for the season ahead.”
All 10 Miners who dressed against the Mustangs earned at leastseven minutes of playing time. Alexander and Gill spearheaded the offensiveoutput, but four others (Zuzanna Puc-nine, Jordan Jenkins-seven, JadeRochelle-six and Ariana Taylor-six) tallied at least six points. Rochelle alsosnared a game-high eight rebounds to help UTEP outrebound WNMU, 36-31.
The Miners forced 19 turnovers, while holding the Mustangs to 29.8percent (14-47) from the floor. At the other end of the court the Orange andBlue drilled 47.2 percent (25-53) of their attempts.
The 2018-19 season begins in earnest at home against Alcorn Stateat 7 p.m. on Nov. 10. It will mark the first of five straight home games tochristen the campaign. Also on the docket for the stretch will be CSUBakersfield (Nov. 14), the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Battle of I-10 vs.NM State (Nov. 17) and match-ups with Nicholls State (Nov. 23) and AbileneChristian (Nov. 24) as part of the Seventh-Annual UTEP Thanksgiving Classic.
Seasontickets remain on sale and may be purchased by calling (915) 747-6150.