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El Paso, TX (The Texas Tribune) — UTEP senior forward Kayla Thornton has been named the Conference USA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league office revealed Monday afternoon. It marks her second weekly honor by the league office of her career, as she was a C-USA Co-Player of the Week on Dec. 17, 2012.
Thornton posted a pair of double-doubles and the Miners routed NM State, 94-69, & Big 12 member Kansas State, 84-39, to improve to 3-0 on the year.
Thornton set the tone early against the Aggies with the first six points in an eventual wire-to-wire win. She finished with 22 points & 12 boards, while also recording three assists and two steals.
She was instrumental in guiding UTEP past the Wildcats, piling up 15 points, 11 rebounds and three assists in just 19 minutes of action. In the first half alone Thornton contributed 10 points and eight rebounds, with her energy setting the tone for the Miners & aiding them to their largest halftime lead (33) vs. a D1 foe in program history.
Thornton now has 23 career double-doubles, which is a school record & ranks tied for 15th in C-USA history. The previous record holder at the school was Amy Pack (1999-01) with 22.
The El Paso native & the rest of the Miners will return to action when they play host to Northern Arizona at 7 p.m. MST Friday.
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