Miners face Golden Hurricane at the Don Haskins
Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013 13:05
After 11 days playing on the road, the women’s basketball team, 16-2, is back at the Don Haskins Center Jan. 31 to host the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, 7-12.
“It’s important we take care of our home court, we want to play well here,” said head coach Keitha Adams. “We had a good week of practice and we really need to be focused on playing a very tough and challenging Tulsa team.”
The Miners had an impressive two wins on the road. They had close wins against Rice and Houston to improve to 4-1 in conference. Senior center Anete Steinberga led the team by hitting the game winning layup with 10 seconds to go to beat Rice and getting a double-double (20 points, 12 rebounds) to get past Houston.
“It’s really good to win both road games. It’s hard to play in different stadiums, but we hung in there and won,” Steinberga said. “It’s really good for us after a tough loss to UAB and obviously we need to be ready for Tulsa.”
Steinberga has been playing with a hot hand lately, getting the Miners going in the second half of the Houston game to pull away. But she still keeps the team player motto going.
“It was good for me and for our team so the next game I’m going to look for my teammates to pick up their shooting game so we can have an overall team success,” Steinberga said.
Tulsa, 2-4 in conference, comes to this game in 9th place in C-USA standings after going 1-1 in their two game homesteads. The Golden Hurricane got a close win against UCF, where senior forward Tiffani Couisnard scored the final three points to give the Hurricane a three point win. During their following game against SMU though, they couldn’t compete as they fell 71-46.
UTEP’s primary concern will be stopping Tulsa’s top scoring player, senior guard Taleya Mayberry. Mayberry leads the team with 19 points per game. She and freshman guard, Kelsee Grovey, are the only players averaging double digit scoring for the team.
The Miners and Hurricanes have already faced each other this season in the conference opener. It was a close game at the Reynolds Center with UTEP coming out on top 71-64.
Even with the win, the Miners know they can improve on aspects of their game.
“Our transition defense wasn’t as good as it should have been in that game,” junior guard Kelli Willingham said. “We got to defend and contain the gaps to shrink the floor, as well as put a hand on the shooters.”
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