EL PASO – Charlena Rodez picked up a double-double, but St. Mary’s University committed 36 turnovers, leading to a 67-43 loss against the University of Texas-El Paso in a women’s basketball exhibition game Saturday night at the Don Haskins Center.
Rodez (Sr., Cedar Park) hit on 6-of-12 shots from the field to pick up 13 points. She also pulled down 10 rebounds to post the double-double. Natalie Gamez (Jr., San Antonio) had 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field. She was the only other Rattler to score in double figures.
The game was close for most of the first half, until a 19-5 run by the Miners turned a three-point advantage at 14-11 into a 17-point margin at 33-16 with 17 seconds left in the first half. The Rattlers came back in the second half, cutting the deficit to just five on two occasions. But the Miners ended the game with a 26-7 run to break the game open.
Three Miners scored in double figures, led by Timika Williams with 14 points. Kasia Krezel came off the bench to score 13, while Jareica Hughes had 11 points.
As a team St. Mary’s hit on 38.1 percent (16-42) of their shots from the field, while UTEP hit on 41.2 percent (21-51). The Miners took 28 free throws to just eight for St. Mary’s and committed 13 turnovers to the Rattlers 36. St. Mary’s dominated the boards, pulling down 41 to just 25 for the Miners.
St. Mary’s will open the 2006-07 regular season on Friday, Nov. 17 when they host the University of Central Missouri in the second game of the Lady Rattler Opening Classic at 7:30 p.m.