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Thornton invited to Washington Mystics training camp

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Michaela Roman
UTEP women’s basketball senior forward Kayla Thornton has been invited to the WNBA’s Washington Mystics training camp. Thornton will be looking to follow in the footsteps of former Miner and El Paso native Natasha Lacy, who has spent four season in the WNBA (2010-13) while also enjoying a successful professional career in Europe.
“I’m extremely excited and happy for Kayla to have this opportunity,” UTEP head coach Keitha Adams said. “She’s worked extremely hard and we are very proud of her. We are looking forward to watching her continue her playing career.”
Thornton enjoyed a decorated career with UTEP from 2010-14. The Miners compiled a record of 96-36 during her career, the best four-year stretch in program history, which was aided by an unprecedented three straight 20-plus win seasons.
She enjoyed a monstrous senior year by becoming the first player in program history to average a double-double (19.5 points per game, 10.1 rebounds per contest). She also set single-season school standards for consecutive double-digit scoring contests (32), double-doubles (19), total points (663) and rebounds (344).
Her efforts helped the Miners (29-8) advance to the championship contest of the WNIT while tying the school and Conference USA record for wins in a season. UTEP also established program records for field goals (955), three-pointers (218), free throws (697), points (2,825), points per game (76.4), rebounds (1,606), offensive rebounds (577), assists (542) and steals (355).
She was named an Associated Press Honorable-Mention All-American, secured First-Team All C-USA honorees and also earned placement on the league’s five-member All-Defensive squad.
Thornton will head to the WNBA as UTEP’s career record holder for doubles (40), field goals (600) & attempts (1,387), free throws (390) & attempts (530), points (1,679) & rebounds (1032). She was a three-time All C-USA pick while also earning back-to-back All-Defensive Team selections.
Thornton becomes the 19th player mentored by Adams to move on to the professional ranks. Adams sent five players to the next level while racking up the wins at Independence Community College, including WNBA draftees Svetlana Volnaya and Maria Villaroel.
Since Adams assumed the post at UTEP, there have now been 14 individuals to sign a pro deal. They are in the form of Kimya Murray (2001-02), Dragana Zoric (2001-03), Noni Wharemate (2002-04), Vaida Zagurskyte (2002-04), Marta Dydek (2003-05), Dana Penno (2004-05), Kasia Krezel (2004-08) Izabela Piekarska (2004-08),Claudia Porras (2006-08), Jareica Hughes (2006-10), Natasha Lacy(2007-08), Baiba Eglite (2008-12), Anete Steinberga (2009-13) and Kayla Thornton (2010-14). Both Lacy and Piekarska were drafted in the WNBA.
Information provided by UTEP Athletics.
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Edwin Delgado
Edwin Delgado, Sports Editor
Edwin is a senior  multimedia journalism major who came  to The Prospector in May of 2012 as a correspondent. He became the sports editor starting the summer 2012 semester. Edwin is excited for the challenges that lie ahead as the paper transitions into a daily publication. He fell in love with sports at a very young age, especially with soccer, and learned to embrace others as he grew up. The 2013-14 year will be a good opportunity for him to watch the new era of UTEP football and how a solid new basketball class performs first hand. Edwin is trying to get as much as possible from the last stretch of his college life before getting into the real world when he graduates in May of 2014.
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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