For the second consecutive game, the UTEP Women's basketball team lost a close contest that came down to the wire.  UTEP dropped a nail-bitter 66-64 at Marshall on Thursday night despite having four players in double-digit figures.  Katarina Zec put up 20 points to go along with a career-high nine rebounds, Najala Howell scored 15 points, while Tamara Seda added 12 points, eight rebounds and Jordan Alexander tallied 11.

The Miners have lost their last two games by a combined 5-points.  UTEP won the majority of the prime statistical categories, as they shot a better percentage (44.9), than Marshall (43.6), and easily won the boards, 38-24, but they couldn't overcome 19 turnovers that led to 18 Thundering Herd points.

Despite a slow start, UTEP utilized an 8-2 run over the first four minutes of the second quarter to take their first lead of the game 20-19.  Heading into halftime UTEP trailed by three 28-25, but came storming out in the third quarter by outscoring Marshall 11-6 over the first four-and-a half minutes to secure a 36-34 advantage with 5:31 left.

As the game winded down it remained close but consecutive turnovers by the Miners allowed Marshall to go up 62-57 with 2:57 to play, and UTEP was never able to catch the Thundering Herd en route to their second consecutive loss.  UTEP, 14-10, 5-6 C-USA will travel to Norflok, VA to take on Old Dominion on Saturday at 12 pm MST.  You can listen to the game with the Iceman on 600 ESPN El Paso.