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'A formula for friendship': Gallegos, Crouse grow together on, off floor for UTEP women's basketball

That Katia Gallegos and Avery Crouse would become best friends seems evident to everyone except them.

The third-year sophomore guards arrived at UTEP together in 2019, and they grew into starting leadership roles together for the UTEP women’s basketball team. They are the only third-year players on the squad.

Crouse is a native El Pasoan who moved to the Dallas area when she was 4 years old, Gallegos is a native Juaranese who crossed the Rio Grande when she was 9.

They have both started every game for three years and they are now roommates.