The UTEP women’s basketball team (12-8, 5-4 C-USA) will look to regain its winning ways when it plays host to Charlotte (14-6, 5-4 C-USA) at 7 p.m. MT Thursday.
Fans are encouraged to wear pink to raise awareness in the battle against breast cancer, and 300 t-shirts will be given away to commemorate the occasion.
It is an important contest for both teams, with UTEP and Charlotte currently tied for sixth place in C-USA at 5-4. It is the lone meeting on the season between the programs. UTEP is 10-4 at home (4-1 C-USA). Charlotte is 5-4 on the road (2-3 C-USA).
“Charlotte is a very interesting team because hey win and they’re good, but they don’t do some of the things you’d expect great teams to do. They don’t shoot the 3 particularly well and aren’t even really a good perimeter shooting team, but they find ways to score,” head coach Kevin Baker said. “They’re a great rebounding team, both offensively and defensively. They cause problems (on the boards), and are a little bit bigger than some of the teams in our conference. They present a lot of problems, and they are very, very athletic.”
Katarina Zec enters Thursday’s contest with 999 career points, meaning her first score of the night will make her the 14th member of UTEP’s 1,000-point club.
UTEP has three wins by at least 30 points in league play, which is the most such victories in a single season in program history. In fact the Miners had achieved the feat seven times total prior to this year, with the 2003-04 team (twice) previously holding the standard for a single season.
The Miners’ first four league wins were by an average of 29.5 points, but UTEP showed it has the ability to take care of business in a close contest against North Texas. The Miners rallied from a 10-point deficit on the way to holding off the Mean Green, 67-63, on Jan. 25.
It also marked the first time this season that the Orange and Blue overcame deficits at the half (down five) and through three quarters (down three) to win a game.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids, and may be purchased by calling (915) 747-5234. The Miners are looking to snap a two-game skid while the 49ers enter the match-up having won three in a row and four of six.
It will be streamed on ESPN+ (subscription based) with Colin Deaver and Izabela Piekarska on the call. It will also be streamed through 600 ESPN El Paso with Steve Kaplowitz and Traci Miller describing the action.