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UTEP takes down Arkansas State 74-64

Michaela Roman

The UTEP women’s basketball team made their debut in the NIT asthey hosted the Sun Belt regular season champions the Arkansas State Red Wolves and came out ahead in the end 74-64.

Both teams were tied at the half but UTEP came out with a 15-4 run that kick started a series of steals, mostly by senior forward Kayla Thornton, that led to easy points.

Tonight Thornton could not be stopped, she finished 28 points, six rebounds, four assists and seven steals.

“When we lost our last game to Southern Miss it really got to me,” Thornton said. “For us to get another opportunity to play at home I had to take full advantage. I was so determined. I couldn’t do two losses back to back like that.”

Early on it was a close affair with seven lead changes and six ties. The second half would belong to the Miners. They led by as much as 16 points late in the second and never allowed the Red Wolves to put pressure on them.

Junior forward Chrishauna Parker had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The tag-team of Thornton and Parker is what the rest of the team fed off of.

“When Kayla and ‘C.P.’ are like that it’s a pretty good tag-team,” said head coach Keitha Adams. “It was overall a really good win for us.”

In the second half the Miners changed their lineup and put on the court those players that were shooting well.

The Miners shot 48 percent from the field in the second half while the Red Wolves shot 33 percent.

“Right now I want our players to enjoy being able to play and being able to play with one another. I want them to love the game and have fun being out there,” Adams said.

UTEP will host another NIT game when they welcome Saint Mary’s who beat Cal State Bakersfield by a score of 75-68, Monday, March 24 at 7 p.m.

Luis Barrio may be reach at [email protected].

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Luis Barrio
Luis Barrio, Staff Reporter
Luis Barrio is a staff reporter specializing in Sports. He is also the co-host of the Prospector News Weekly, a weekly broadcast that covers all of the top stories at UTEP. He is a Senior graduating in December 2014. Luis is a product of El Paso, TX. He enjoys being outdoors and being physically active. His family comes before anything else. He is a big sports enthusiast and a fan of good movies. Luis spent the summer of 2013 interning for ABC-7 KVIA. Upon graduation Luis aspires to work for CBS as a sports broadcaster. “I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever a having felt sorry for itself.” D.H. Lawrence
Michaela Roman
Michaela Roman, Editor-in-Chief
Michaela is a Senior Digital Media Production major at The University of Texas at El Paso. As the Editor-in-Chief, and former Photo Editor of The Prospector, she has learned to stay organized, manage a staff of writers and photographers, meet deadlines, cover events and network with others. She also has freelance experience and a personal photography business. Michaela aspires to work as an editor for a large media outlet and one day go to graduate school to teach photojournalism.
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UTEP takes down Arkansas State 74-64