Andres Acosta | El Paso Herald-Post
Season tickets for the 2019-20 UTEP men’s and women’s basketball campaign are on sale now at the UTEP Athletics Season Ticket Office, located at Brumbelow Building Room 109 next to the Don Haskins Center.
“We can’t wait to get the 2019-20 season underway!” UTEP men’s head coach Rodney Terry said. “Last year our freshmen gained valuable experience, and we have added many impactful newcomers to our team. We are excited for the city of El Paso to rally behind our hard-working group of young men. We need your support! It’s going to be an action-packed campaign. Get your season tickets now, be our sixth man in the stands and help us have the best homecourt advantage in Conference USA!”
Men’s season tickets start at just $160 for upper reserved seats. Other prices are $335 (Copper Reserved), $555 (Bronze Reserved), $665 (Silver Reserved), $785 (Gold Reserved) and $1,610 (Floor). Family packs (two adults/two youth) are also available for just $540.
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased by calling (915) 747-6150, or going on line.
A total of 17 home games line the men’s 2019-20 season ticket, including non-conference matchups with archrivals NM State (Nov. 12) and New Mexico (Nov. 19). The Miners will host Southern Miss (Jan. 9), LA Tech (Jan. 11), UTSA (Jan. 15), Middle Tennessee (Jan. 30), UAB (Feb. 1), WKU (Feb. 13) and Marshall (Feb. 15), as well as two Bonus Play opponents, in Conference USA action.
The Miner men return three of their top four scorers from the 2018-19 squad in sophomore forward Efe Odigie (12.7 ppg/10.1 rpg), and sophomore guards Nigel Hawkins (12.6 ppg/4.5 rpg) and Jordan Lathon (10.9 ppg/5.0 rpg/2.7 apg).
UTEP also introduces a heralded recruiting class that features Division I transfers Kaden Archie (TCU), Souley Boum (San Francisco), Daryl Edwards (LSU), Anthony Tarke (NJIT), Tydus Verhoeven (Duquesne) and Bryson Williams (Fresno State), as well as junior college big man Eric Vila.
The UTEP women will play 18 home games in 2019-20, including marquee non-conference matchups with New Mexico (Nov. 19), NM State (Nov. 23), Arizona (Dec. 7) and Tulsa (Dec. 29).
The Miners’ C-USA slate includes home games against FIU (Jan. 2), Florida Atlantic (Jan. 4), UTSA (Jan. 18), Rice (Jan. 23), North Texas (Jan. 25), Charlotte (Feb. 6), Old Dominion (Feb. 8) and two additional games versus to-be-determined opponents.
“We are looking forward to the 2019-20 season,” UTEP women’s head coach Kevin Baker said. “We will have a solid team this year, boasting seven returners and seven highly-recruited newcomers. Our team will be exciting to follow as we will play with high energy, an upbeat tempo, hard-nosed defense, and a tradition-based pride. Perhaps the best part about this year’s team are the amazing personalities of each player. Come fall in love with this new Miner crew! They will not disappoint!”
Returning letterwinners for the Miner women include senior guard/forward Katarina Zec (10.1 ppg/4.4 rpg/1.9 apg), senior guard/forward Ariona Gill (8.7 ppg/4.4 rpg), sophomore forward Ariana Taylor (5.9 ppg), senior guard/forward Jade Rochelle (4.0 ppg/4.7 rpg) and senior guard Neidy Ocuane (4.0 ppg/1.8 apg).
New to the program are junior college transfers Tia Bradshaw, Michelle Pruitt and Dejanae Roebuck, and freshmen Avery Crouse, Katia Gallegos, Arina Khlopkova and Tatyana Modawar.
Women’s basketball season tickets are $60 for general admission and $120 for reserved floor seats.