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).
DEALING WITH ADVERSITY
- 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
ACCOMPLISHMENTS, HONORS & MORE
- 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.