UTEP Moves to 15-1 for the First Time in Program History
The magical season continues for the UTEP women's basketball team as they rallied back from a twelve point first half deficit to defeat FAU on the road 78-66. The Miners accomplished the remarkable feat of beginning a season at 15-1, something that no other team in program history has been able to do. With the victory UTEP has now won seven consecutive games, and remains undefeated in C-USA at 6-0.
The Miners showed constant composure and stayed together as a cohesive unit even when they were down 7-0 to begin the game, and 30-18 with 7:57 left in the second quarter. UTEP made a late run in the quarter to tie the game 39-39 at halftime. Once the third quarter began, the Miners played lights out basketball by going on an 18-4 run, and outscored the Owls 60-36 thru the final two quarters of the game to secure their fifteenth win of the season.
Jenzel Nash led all scorers with 17 points, eights rebounds, and four steels, while Cameasha Turner added 16 points, Starr Breedlove tallied 15 points and Sparkle Taylor contributed with 14 points. Chrishauna Parker played a key role as well by scoring 6 points to go along with seven boards, and Tamara Seda matched her career high with 8 points and seven rebounds.
After struggling offensively in the first half, the Miners rebounded throughout the reminder of the game to shoot 50 percent from the field making 36 of 72 shots, outrebounded the Owls 41-34, forced 21 turnovers, punished them down low 52-32, and held one of the top three-point shooting teams in the nation to 6-20 from downtown. The owls six three-pointers was their lowest total in the past 11 games.
When a team is challenged, overcomes adversity and comes through in the clutch, it shows their true character and heart. This team is clearly a special one for a variety of reasons, their latest accomplishment proved this last night. Miner fans are fortunate to be witnessing this first hand this season, as the sky is the limit for the 2015-2016 UTEP women's basketball team.
The Miners will now travel south to Miami to face FIU on Saturday at 12 p.m. MST. You can listen to that game on 600 ESPN El Paso with the Iceman Brandon Cohn.