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UTEP takes down Washington, moves on to WNIT Final Four

Michaela Roman
Cameasha Turner elated after defeating Washington.

In front of a record setting crowd of 10,227 fans, the UTEP Miners women’s basketball team defeated the Washington Huskies 70-63 to advance to women’s NIT final four.

Seniors forward Kayla Thornton and center Kristine Vitola both contributed double-doubles with 20 points and 13 rebounds and 21 points and 14 rebounds respectively. The Miners had three players with double digit rebounds and outrebounded the Huskies 50-36.

“Kristine is a great player,” Thornton said. “We look for her inside to give her that spark and it is a blessing to keep playing at the Haskins. Most seniors don’t get to keep playing at home so it is a blessing.”

For head coach Keitha Adams the numbers were irrelevant in comparison to the electricity of the crowd and the overall atmosphere of the game.

“I’m just elated by everything that is happening right now,” Adams said. “Our kids are just playing really hard and they are loving the moment. The crowd was amazing, I have never experienced anything like it. I’m almost speechless.”

After trailing the Huskies for the majority of the first half, the Miners took a two point lead going into halftime. The Huskies trailed the Miners for the majority of the second half and at one point with less than five minutes to play the Miners went on a 10-0 run to seal the win.

“We just kept battling,” Adams said. “We got some rebounds, we got some hustle plays and we made some nice passes to that led to some easy passes.”

The Miners now move to 28-7 on the year and will face South Dakota State in the final four. The Miners will host the Jack Rabbits this Wednesday April 2, at the Haskins Center.

“I think it is safe to say we are going to the final four because we have had an amazing crowd and our kids are playing hard,” Adams. “I don’t know if we have played are best game, but the chemistry that we have had in the Haskins has gotten us to this point.”

Javier Cortez may be reached at [email protected].

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Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter
Javier Cortez is a staff reporter for The Prospector. He is a senior multimedia journalism major, with a minor in English Rhetoric. Javier was born and raised in El Paso, TX and before coming to UTEP in the summer of 2012, he graduated from Irvin High School, where he was a four-year varsity tennis player, a member of student council and a class officer for his graduating class. He has also worked for the El Paso Diablos as a sports information intern on their media relations team. In his spare time, Javier loves to write columns for the perspectives section in the school newspaper—whether it is sports, pop culture, religion, and society he loves to write about it. To go along with writing, Javier loves reading anything about sports, religion, and non-fiction.
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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