UTEP Women Lose to UTSA in Overtime to Begin C-USA Play
The UTEP women's basketball team struggled mightily in their non-conference schedule, but you can see progress. Today's 83-81 overtime loss to UTSA was an entertaining game and filled with plenty of drama and lead changes.
"That’s a 'March Madness' feeling game," UTEP head coach Keitha Adams said afterward. "It was great, it was competitive. We fought. I’m really proud of our fight. We just have to continue to work. It was a very competitive game. T (Tamara Seda) fouling out (in OT) hurt us. We just struggled to put it away. I’m disappointed in the outcome for the team and the ladies, but we’re going to keep at it. It was a great atmosphere here today in the Haskins. The fans were spirited and we appreciate everybody’s support."
The Miners record is a disappointing 3-10 (0-1 C-USA), but you can sense Adams' team is starting to come together in recent weeks. Tamara Seda has asserted herself as a legitimate post player who should dominate this league most nights as long as she stays out of foul trouble. Senior Sparkle Taylor gives UTEP scoring in bunches, something the team has needed. Sophomore guard Najala Howell has been a pleasant surprise in the last few games, and her scoring and rebounding has been a needed boost to the team. Freshmen Faith Cook and Jakeira Ford are becoming more comfortable on the floor and are seeing their roles increase.
It is impossible to predict the outcome of the next two months of conference games, but Keitha Adams is starting to see the kind of progression in her team on the court that will start leading to wins. She is also building a young nucleus of talent that will have the Miners back on top of C-USA within the next few years.