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UTEP Women's Basketball: Kansas State Thrashes UTEP 72-43

UTEP's trip to Mexico is off to a rough start on the floor after Kansas State dominated the Miners Tuesday evening.

Alex Nicolas-www.minerrush.com

Four Wildcats scored in double figures, as Kansas State held UTEP to only 18.1 percent shooting from the field in the first half to rout the Miners 72-43 in the first game of the 2014 Hardwood Tournament of Hope.

Despite an early 8-2 Kansas State lead, Lulu McKinney banged home a triple for UTEP that cut the early defcit to 17-9 at the 12:03 mark.

Though from there Kansas State finished the half on a 26-6 run as the Miners went almost eight minutes without a bucket, and trailed the Wildcats 43-15 at the halftime break.

Haley Texada and Breanna Lewis lead the Wildcats with 14 points each, Ashia Woods recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points, and pulling in 13 rebounds for the 4-0 Wildcats.  Bri Craig also chipped in with 13 points thanks to a 4/6 shooting game from behind the three point line.

Kansas State shot 57.1 percent in the first half, and finished the game right at 50 percent, while also out rebounding the Miners 47-37.

Johni Wells scored a career high 13 points, and Sparkle Taylor added 11, though the Miners could not over come the icy start from the field and dropped their second game of the season to even their record at 2-2.

Things don't get any easier for the Miners as they face LSU on Wednesday, that ball goes up in the air at 1:30 p.m. El Paso time from  Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.