Feb. 10, 2013
EL PASO, Texas - The UTEP Miners finished the game using 12-0 run in stealing a 60-55 win over Southern Miss Sunday afternoon in the Don Haskins Center.
The Lady Eagles fall to 12-10 overall and 4-5 in league play while UTEP improved to 18-4 and 6-3.
"We were not poised down the stretch," Coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. "We didn't stay calm and I will take responsibility for that. Up until that point, this team played with a tremendous amount of poise. We played one of the better 38 minutes of basketball that we've played all year. It's just in the final 1:57 we played with a panic.
"This crowd was unbelievable. They got very involved and you couldn't even hear. You have to give win not only to UTEP but their fans because they were very loud."
Southern Miss led 55-48 after Faulkner hit a pair of free throws with 2:45 remaining in the game. After missed field goals by each team, UTEP got a layup from Kayla Thornton to spark the 12-0 run. UTEP came up with three straight steals and converted including a three-point play by Anete Steinberga to put the Miners ahead with 57 seconds.
Southern Miss had several opportunities to tie or take the lead, but came up short and UTEP was able to convert on 3-of-4 free throws in the final 27 seconds to seal the win.
UTEP popped out to the early 6-2 lead before Faulkner connected on a three to get within 6-5 before Ance Celmina tied the game with a free throw. From there the two teams began a see-saw affair for the next 6:27. UTEP outscored Southern Miss 14-6 in taking a 29-21 lead with 2:12 remaining in the half. Southern Miss was able to close out the half using an 8-2 run as UTEP led 31-29 at the half.
Steinberga finished with a double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds while Thornton added a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Irene Gari chipped in 11 points and Chrishauna Parker pulled down 11 rebounds.
The Miners converted 15 points off 14 Southern Miss turnovers and outscored the visitors 13-5 on second chance points. UTEP out-rebounded Southern Miss, 52-37.
Southern Miss returns home to host UCF on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.
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