EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – After enjoying a double-bye in the Conference USA Basketball Championships, the UTEP women’s basketball team is set to make their tournament run. The Miners will play Florida Atlantic in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA Tournament on Thursday at ‘The Star’ in Frisco, Texas.
The Miners (16-7, 13-5 C-USA) and Owls (11-10, 8-8 C-USA) split their series in the regular season in El Paso. FAU snapped UTEP’s nine-game winning streak on Sunday, Feb. 21. The Miners responded with a 30-point win over the Owls the following day.
UTEP boasts one of the top benches in the league as head coach Kevin Baker has gone as many as 12-deep throughout most of the regular season. It is the main reason why Baker believes the Miners can cut down the nets on Saturday.
“I feel like our team is built for the tournament,” said Baker. “We have great depth and we’ve gotten a lot of rest this week. We are fresh and we are ready to go. I feel good about our chances. We can beat anybody in the bracket.”
Tip-off is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. MT. The game will be streamed live on ESPN+.
GAME INFORMATION COURTESY: UTEP ATHLETICS
Matchup: (2W) UTEP vs. (3E) Florida Atlantic
Date: March 11, 2021
Location: Ford Center at The Star (Frisco, Texas)
Tipoff: 1:30 p.m. MT | 2:30 p.m. CT
Audio: UTEP Miners App | ESPN 600 El Paso
Radio Talent: Jon Teicher
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