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Avery Crouse hits stride for UTEP women's basketball team

At some point in February, freshmen, at least the experienced ones, quit being freshmen.

That's the exciting time when potential starts becoming reality, when the breakout unfolds and when "wait until" becomes "look now."

UTEP guard Avery Crouse has reached that point.

The 6-footer from the Dallas suburbs, who came to El Paso this season partly because she has extended family here, seemed on the edge of that breakout from the moment she became an opening-day starter.

Last week she finally charged through the door with 21 points at UTSA that helped the Miners break a five-game road losing streak, then she followed that up with 13 points against Middle Tennessee for her first back-to-back double-figure scoring games of the year.