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2014 WNIT: South Dakota State at UTEP Fact Sheet

UTEP and South Dakota State square off Wednesday evening for a spot in the WNIT Championship game, we take a look at some tidbits for the WNIT Final Four match-up.

Anthony Salom-MinerRush

UTEP Miners

Current Record: 28-7

Projected Starters:

Kelli Willingham, Sr, G, 7.6 ppg, .398% three point percentage during C-USA play.

Cameasha Turner, So, G, 6.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg

Chrishauna Parker, Jr, F, 7.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg

Kayla Thornton, Sr, F, 19.8 ppg, 10.1 rpg

Kristine Vitola, Sr, C, 10.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg

Team Stats

Points Per Game 77.3
Opponents 67.1
FG% .411
Opponents% .392
3-point% .315
Opponents% .323
Free Throw% .721
Rebounds Per Game 43.5
Rebounding Margin +4.2
Assists Per Game 14.9
Steals Per Game


*- Kayla Thornton tabbed as an AP All-American Honorable Mention.

*- Thornton owns school records in double-doubles, field goals, free throws, points, and rebounds, first UTEP player to go over 1,000 rebounds, on pace to be first player in school history to average a double-double in a season.

*- In its three WNIT games, UTEP has improved its rebounding margin almost a whole point, while going a combined +31 on the boards in the past two games.

*- UTEP is 152-56 at home under Keitha Adams.

*Kristine Vitola has scored 43 points combined in the past two games after a slow start in the first two wins, she is 13 out of her last 14 from the free throw line.

*-UTEP is now 6-2 all-time in the post-season, leads WNIT in attendance by more than 4,000 a person, averaging 6,916.

*-UTEP has shot 38 percent to their WNIT opponents 41 percent from the field, but thanks to the rebounding margin, and a +2.8 turnover margin UTEP has won four straight with a 9.3 average margin of victory.

*-The Miners are shooting 77.8 percent from the charity stripe during the WNIT, and were 8 out of 10 in the final 2:30 against Washington.

*-First ever meeting with South Dakota State.

South Dakota State Jackrabbits

Current Record: 26-9, Summit League

Head Coach: Aaron Johnston

Projected Starters:

Gabby Boever, G, Jr., 6.3 ppg, 3.2 apg

Steph Paluch, G, Sr, 10.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg,

Megan Wautashek, G/F, Jr., 11.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg

Mariah Clarin, F, Jr, 9.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg

Hannah Strop , F, Sr, 4.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg

Team Stats
Points Per Game 70.4
Opponents 65.5
FG% .404
Opponents% .391
3-point% .328
Opponents% .273
Free Throw% .746
Rebounds Per Game 40.3
Rebounding Margin +4.5
Assists Per Game 13.7
Steals Per Game


*- Four 20 win seasons in the last five seasons, 2013-14 Summit League regular season champs.

*- Lost to Middle Tennessee State 59-44 on December 21st, 2013.

*- Blocked a season high nine shots against Indiana in their WNIT Elite Eight win.

*- They have a 21-game winning streak at home that dates back to late last season.

*- 7-2 against BCS conference foes this season, including a 83-79 victory over Penn State.

*-Steph Paulch is averaging 17.3 points per game during the WNIT.

*-The Jackrabbits have made 10 three pointers in three of its four WNIT games, and have 10 players who have attempted more than 30 three pointers this season.

*-South Dakota State has out rebounded 24 of its opponents this season, including 14 of those by double digits, and two by more than 20.

*-Deepest team UTEP has faced by far with 11 players averaging 10 minutes or more for SDSU, while 10 in their rotation have recorded season high scoring numbers by no less than 14 points throughout the year

*-Megan Stuart, and Kerri Young have came off the bench to score 23, and 21 points in separate outings this season.

*-South Dakota State's mascot is a Jackrabbit.

Game Info

South Dakota State Jackrabbits (26-9) at UTEP Miners (28-7)

WNIT Final Four

Wednesday April 2nd, 7:00 PM, Don Haskins Center, El Paso TX

As of Tuesday night, 2,500 tickets remain.

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