The Miners lost a close contest at Arkansas State in Jonesboro, 76-73 on Tuesday evening on the first of a nine-game road swing.  UTEP is now 5-2 on the season and was lead by a trio of players in Tamara Seda, who registered her fifth consecutive double-double with 19 points and 16 rebounds, Najala Howell, who added 17, and Rosehonda Patterson tallied a career best 17 points.  Seda's five straight double-doubles is the longest streak by a Miner in non-conference play since at least 1982-83

The Red Wolves scored a season high points with 76, and field-goal percentage 49.2 to help them rally past the Miners.  UTEP led 44-36 at the half but ASU endured a tremendous third quarter where they outscored the Miners 24-11, hence, enabling then to get the victory. UTEP continued to fight throughout the second half though, as they brought a nine-point deficit down to three on a pair of occasions, but couldn’t quite complete the comeback.

Despite scoring a season high 73 points and connecting on 42.9 percent, 27-63 from the floor and also out rebounding ASU 43-27, it wasn't enough to get the job done.  UTEP lead comfortably in the first half as they jumped out to a 10-5 edge halfway through the first quarter before the Red Wolves responded to get within one at 12-11 with 3:18 to play in the period.

Jordan Alexander halted the surge with a steal and score, followed by an old-fashioned three-point play from Howell to make it 17-11 with 1:40 to play in the stanza. The margin remained six  at 21-15 heading to second quarter, with UTEP’s 21 points marking its highest scoring output in the opening frame this season.

Photo by Mark Taylor
Photo by Mark Taylor

The Miners’ lead hit double figures at 27-17 for the first time of the night on a lay-up by Seda with 8:14 left in the half. It was an eight-point game 37-29 with three minutes left in the quarter before Arkansas State tallied seven straight points to cut UTEP’s advantage down to one at 37-36.  UTEP responded with a half-closing 7-0 run to surge into the locker room up by eight 44-36.

Arkansas State opened up the third quarter on an 8-2 run to cut the Miners’ lead down to two 46-44. UTEP used back-to-back baskets to get some breathing room, and it was up by six, 52-46 with 4:49 to play in the quarter. Arkansas State picked up its play at both ends of the court, allowing it to close the period on a 14-3 push to secure a five-point lead 60-55 heading to the fourth quarter en route to the victory.

UTEP will play at NMSU this Sunday at 2 p.m., following the game they will take a week off for final exams, and will then travel to Myrtle Beach, SC to take on former C-USA foe East Carolina on December 17.  You can listen to all remaining UTEP Women's basketball home and road games on 600 ESPN El Paso.



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