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The UTEP women’s basketball team (13-8, 6-4 C-USA) will vie for its second straight win when it plays host to streaking and second-place Old Dominion (19-3, 9-1 C-USA) at 1 p.m. MT Saturday.
UTEP enters Saturday’s match-up alone in sixth place in the league at 6-4, while ODU sits in second place with a 9-1 C-USA mark. UTEP is 11-4 at home (5-1 C-USA). ODU is 7-3 on the road (4-1 C-USA).
“Old Dominion is a really good team. They’re really good with what they do in their dribble-drive stuff. They’re pretty solid defensively, and they’re right up there with Rice in the standings. They’re one game out. We’re playing a really good opponent,” head coach Kevin Baker shares.
“It should be a great game. We’re playing a little better basketball now than we were then (against Rice). We took a step back on the road, but I thought the game against Charlotte was a little more indicative of who we really are. If we’ll continue to play like that, I think we can compete with anybody.”
The Miners snapped a two-game skid by outlasting Charlotte, 82-76, in OT on Feb. 6. The Lady Monarchs have won eight straight and 12 of the past 13, including most recently derailing UTSA, 62-43, on the road on Feb. 6.
ODU is making its first trip to the Don Haskins Center in four years and second all-time since joining the league. The Lady Monarchs are 4-1 on the road in C-USA contests, but UTEP is 5-1 at home in league tilts.
After making the trek to Norfolk, Va., for five of the first six years since Old Dominion joined Conference USA, the Lady Monarchs are venturing to El Paso for the lone meeting between the programs during the 2019-20 season.
UTEP bested ODU, 70-64, on Feb. 25, 2016, in its only prior trip to the Sun City. Overall ODU leads the series, 7-2, which is aided by a mark of 4-1 at home. ODU has won five straight in the series (3-0 in Norfolk, 2-0 C-USA Championships).
ODU claimed the first meeting between the programs, a neutral-site contest (77-71), back on Feb. 24, 1989, and the two programs did not meet again until the Lady Monarchs joined C-USA.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids, and may be purchased by calling (915) 747-5234. There will be a post-game autograph session in the concourse with various UTEP women’s teams as part of the celebration of National Girls & Women In Sports Day.
The contest will be streamed on CUSA.tv (subscription based). It will also be broadcast locally on 600 ESPN El Paso with Brandon Cohn and Traci Miller describing the action.