While much attention is usually paid to the Miner Men, the Lady Miners (14-1) continued their winning ways by knocking off the ECU Lady Pirates (11-4), in 'The Bears Den' on Sunday, to equal the best start in school history.
Most impressive about this win was that the Lady Miners overcame an 8 point halftime deficit (35-27), to route the Lady Pirates with a 54-31 second half drubbing for an 81-66 final score. The Lady Miners had 5 players in double figures with Junior Forward Kayla Thornton leading the way by posting a game-high 21 points, while Senior Center Anete Steinberga contributed 19. Junior Guard Kelli Willingham had 15 points on the afternoon while Freshman Guard Irene Gari and Sophmore Guard Chrishauna Parker each added 12. Gari and Parker also posted nine rebounds for near double-double outings.
As would be expected by any Miner Basketball team, the defensive prowess of the Lady Miners was evident. They limited the Pirates to 35.4 percent (23-of-65) from the floor, and 15.8 percent (3-of-19) from beyond the arc.
As of Saturday January 12, prior to the ladies win over the Pirates, the Lady Miners post the best RPI in Conference USA (RealTimePRI.com) at 47.
Coach Keitha Adams and the Lady Miners will shoot to continue their winning streak to 15-1, this Sunday, January 20 at 1 p.m. MST, when they host UAB. The Lady Miners are poised to make school history in front of a nationally televised audience as this game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net.