The UTEP men’s basketball team isn’t the only minor hoops team off to a strong start this season. The UTEP women’s basketball team has won all three games, including last night’s 80-65 win over Texas Southern. The Miners led that game by 22 points after three quarters, but took their foot off the gas in the fourth, which was noted by head coach Kevin Baker in his postgame comments.
“Coaches always want more than winning,” Baker said. “We always want more than we get sometimes. A bit disappointed to have lost so many points as we did. I thought we lost focus in the fourth and we foul about five or six back on the floor, but it’s just that the coach is too critical. The positive things of the day were a lot of good plays from a lot of talented people.”
Freshman Soleil Montrose led the way for the Miners with a team-high 23 points and six rebounds against Texas Southern. N’Yah Boyd (14 points) and Jazion Jackson (12 points) also finished in double digits for UTEP. Micah Gray led all scorers with 26 points for the Tigers in the loss.
In three games, the Miners have averaged five players in double digits. Coach Baker fired seven players from last season. Montrose is third on the team, averaging 11.3 points per game. Fellow newcomers Boyd (11.0 ppg) and Jackson (8.7 ppg) are also in the top six by scoring.
UTEP will host Texas State Saturday night at the Don Haskins Center before traveling to San Luis Obispo to meet San Jose State and Sacramento State in the Holiday Beach Classic. They wrap up the month with a big home game against I-10 rival New Mexico State on Wednesday the 30th.