UTEP Wins the Fifth Annual Thanksgiving Classic
UTEP continues to dominate their opponents in impressive fashion as they defeated Idaho State 67-54 to win the fifth annual Thanksgiving Classic. Tournament MVP Jenzel Nash played the game of her life by scoring a career high 26 points, and became a one-woman show in the second half as the Bengals had no answer for her scoring barrage.
The Miners knocked off UC Riverside 68-57 on Friday night to advance to the championship game against Idaho State, and overall played exceptionally well against both teams in the tournament. UTEP started off slowly from three-point range, but then picked up the pace as the game progressed by nailing 11 throughout the contest.
Nash contributed with four three pointers, seven rebounds, five steals and four assists to complete her MVP performance. Cameasha Turner scored 12 points, while Starr Breedlove contributed with 11 points, and Lulu McKinney tallied seven points as she came off the bench. UTEP forced 22 turnovers, while committing only nine of their own, and their bench outscored Idaho State's bench 16-4. The Miners owned the second and fourth quarters by outscoring the Bengals 40-25.
UTEP was outrebounded 39-29, and there is no question that Coach Adams will be working on improving that aspect of the game. With the victory, the Miners improved to 5-0 on the season, and there is no doubt that this team has the potential to make one hell of a run. They are versatile, deep and have tremendous character and heart. UTEP will host I-25 rival New Mexico on Wednesday.
You can listen to that game with Steve Kaplowitz and Traci Miller beginning at 4:15 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso.