EL PASO, Texas — The UTEP women’s basketball team will play host to Big-12 power Kansas State, square off against ACC member Georgia Tech as part of the Puerto Rico Classic, face SEC standout Texas A&M on the road and navigate through a revamped Conference USA, highlighting the 2013-14 schedule which was released by head coach Keitha Adams Thursday afternoon.
The Miners will play at least 18 home games, including serving as the host for the 2014 C-USA Women’s Basketball Championship (March 11-15). The 2013-14 season will mark the 40th in program history.
The Miners will be vying for their school-record eighth straight year with at least 16 wins. UTEP, which is coming off its second straight and fourth season of at least 20 wins in the last seven years, has not experienced a losing season since 2005-06.
“We are excited to release our schedule for the 2013-14 season,” Adams said. “It is a competitive and challenging schedule for us. It will be great to have so many home games for our fans, and we can’t wait to get the season started.”
Action initiates with an exhibition contest against St. Mary’s (Nov. 2). UTEP will have its first six and eight of its initial nine games in the Sun City. The season opener will pit the Orange and Blue against UTBP (Nov. 8), with ensuing home match-ups including NM State (Nov. 12), Kansas State (Nov. 16), Northern Arizona (Nov. 22), Northern Colorado (Nov. 27) and Texas State (Nov. 30).
The Miners wrap up the Battle of I-10 with their first road contest in Las Cruces (Dec.3). Former C-USA member SMU will pay a visit to El Paso on Dec. 7, followed by a match-up against Southeastern Louisiana on Dec. 15.
UTEP will travel to tropical San Juan, Puerto Rico, for games against the Yellow Jackets (Dec. 20) and Texas Southern (Dec. 21). The Miners will play host to Texas Southern (Dec. 29) in their final home non-conference contest before wrapping up non-league action at 2011 NCAA Champion Texas A&M (Jan. 2).
For the third straight year the Miners tip off league play on the road, facing UAB (Jan. 8). Other C-USA road matches include trips to Middle Tennessee (Jan. 15), UTSA (Jan. 25), Tulane (Feb. 1), Old Dominion (Feb. 15), North Texas (Feb. 19), Rice (March 1) and Florida Atlantic (March 5).
UTEP’s home lid lifer comes against Tulsa (Jan. 11). The Orange and Blue will also play host to Charlotte (Jan. 18), Southern Miss (Jan. 22), Marshall (Jan. 29), La Tech (Feb. 5), FIU (Feb. 8), East Carolina (Feb. 22) and UTSA (Feb. 26).
In a departure from recent years, all C-USA tilts will be held on either Wednesday or Saturday.
2013-14 UTEP Women’s Basketball Schedule
Date Day Opponent Location Time
Nov.2 Friday St. Mary’s (exhibition) Don Haskins Center 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 8 Friday UTPB Don Haskins Center 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 12 Tuesday NM State Don Haskins Center 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 16 Saturday Kansas State Don Haskins Center 2 p.m.
Nov. 22 Friday Northern Arizona Don Haskins Center 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 27 Wednesday Northern Colorado Don Haskins Center 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 30 Saturday Texas State Don Haskins Center 7:05 p.m.
Dec. 3 Tuesday @NM State Las Cruces, N.M. TBD
Dec. 7 Saturday SMU Don Haskins Center 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 15 Sunday Southeastern Louisiana Don Haskins Center 2 p.m.
Dec. 20 Friday Georgia Tech% San Juan, Puerto Rico 3 p.m.
Dec. 21 Saturday Belmont% San Juan, Puerto Rico 12:30 p.m.
Dec. 29 Sunday Texas Southern Don Haskins Center 2 p.m.
Jan. 2 Thursday @Texas A&M College Station, Texas TBA
Jan. 8 Wednesday @UAB* Birmingham, Ala. TBA
Jan. 11 Saturday Tulsa* Tulsa, Okla. 2:05 p.m.
Jan. 15 Wednesday @Middle Tennessee* Murfreesboro, Tenn. TBA
Jan. 18 Saturday Charlotte* Don Haskins Center 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 22 Wednesday Southern Miss* Don Haskins Center 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 25 Saturday @UTSA* San Antonio, Texas TBA
Jan. 29 Wednesday Marshall* Don Haskins Center 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 1 Sunday @Tulane* Don Haskins Center TBA
Feb. 5 Wednesday La Tech* Don Haskins Center 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 8 Saturday FIU* Don Haskins Center 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 15 Saturday @Old Dominion* Norfolk, Va. TBA
Feb. 19 Wednesday @North Texas* Denton, Texas TBA
Feb. 22 Saturday East Carolina* Don Haskins Center 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 26 Wednesday UTSA* Don Haskins Center 7:05 p.m.
March 1 Saturday @Rice* Don Haskins Center 1 p.m.
March 5 Wednesday @Florida Atlantic* Don Haskins Center TBA
March 11-15 2014 Conference USA Basketball Tourney El Paso, Texas TBA
Bold denotes home game
& Exhibition Game
% Puerto Rico Classic
* Conference USA game
Times subject to change
All Times Mountain