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Kansas State handles UTEP 61-40 in Paradise Jam

The UTEP Women’s basketball team found themselves in an early bind, and couldn’t recover to end their stay in the US Virgin Islands at the 2016 Paradise Jam with a 61-40 loss to 6-0 Kansas State.

UTEP started 1-of-9 from the field, and trailed 16-2 with 4:37 left in the first quarter, although UTEP finished the quarter on a 7-0 run with the Wildcats leading 16-9 after the opening ten minutes.

K-State’s Breanna Lewis led all scorers with 21 points, and she would score seven straight during 12-2 run that put Kansas State up 28-11 with 6:12 left until halftime.

UTEP shot 23.4 percent from the field in the game, Sparkle Taylor scored 10 points, but was 3-for-13 shooting from the field.

Tamara Seda hauled in 10 rebounds, and scored five points, Roeshonda Patterson added eight points for the Miners.

The Wildcats shot 46.8 percent, and held a 41-37 edge in the rebounding margin, while UTEP struggled again from long distance shooting 5-for-27 from behind the 3-point line.

UTEP (1-5) returns home on November 30th to face Houston Baptist.