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The UTEP women’s basketball team (11-6, 4-2 C-USA) will wrap up its three-game homestand by playing host to North Texas (9-10, 3-4 C-USA) at 1 p.m. MT Saturday.
“North Texas is good enough to beat any team in our conference when they are playing well. They will be a tough match-up for the Miners as we look to bounce back on Saturday. But I really like the way we are playing right now, and we are all excited about the challenge,” head coach Kevin Baker said.
The Miners were tripped up by league-leading Rice, 69-61, on Jan. 23. The Mean Green were saddled with a 1-4 start to C-USA play, but they enter Saturday’s match-up at 3-4 in the league after winning back-to-back contests.
Most recently UNT blasted UTSA by 24 (79-55) on the road on Jan. 23. UTEP is 9-4 at home, including 3-1 in league action. The Mean Green are 2-4 on the road, including 1-2 in away match-ups in the league.
In 2018-19 the Miners were decimated by injuries and finished the year at 9-22. It is a much different story this year, with UTEP (11-6) having already surpassed its overall win total from a season ago. The Miners are 4-2 in league play, which places them alone in third place. They are also on the verge of matching last season’s conference win tally.
Last year they started conference action at 1-8 en route to finishing 5-11 in the league.
Nine of UTEP’s victories have been by double figures, including six of at least 20 points. It is the most wins by 20+ points since 2013-14 (nine). The Miners had their largest differential (+45) under head coach Kevin Baker in a 92-47 drubbing of Alcorn State (11/16/19), which tied as the 10th-biggest margin of victory in program history.
They’ve also taken down UTSA (1/18/20) by 40 (94-54), Florida Atlantic (1/4/20) by 31 (96-65), FIU (1/2/20) by 30 (64-34), Western Michigan (11/29) by 30 (76-46) and NM State (11/23/19) by 20 (64-45). Overall UTEP’s scoring margin (+11.9) is second in C-USA and 46th in the country.
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.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids, and may be purchased by calling (915) 747-5234. The game will be streamed on CUSA.TV (subscription based) and broadcast locally on 600 ESPN El Paso with Brandon Cohn and Traci Miller on the call.