MINERS
UTEP Picks Up Votes In AP Top-25 Poll

Natasha Lacy

Natasha Lacy

Jan. 21, 2008

For the first time this season, and just the second occasion in program history, the UTEP women's basketball team has picked up votes in the Associated Press top-25 poll. The Miners tallied 18 points in the poll to rank 30th in the country.

A first-place vote in the poll awards a team 25 points, which gives points all the way down to one point for a 25th-place vote. The poll is comprised of AP writers from across the country.

At 14-2 and 5-0 in Conference USA play, UTEP has the most wins, fewest losses and best RPI (23rd) of any Conference USA school and is alone in first place in the 12-team league. The overall record equals the best start in program annals while the five-game win streak to christen conference play is the longest in school history.

The Miners, riding a school-record-tying 10-game unbeaten stretch, garnered three points from the AP poll the week of Jan. 8, 2007. That was the only other occasion in the 34-year existence of the program which UTEP grabbed the national spotlight from the writers' poll.

UTEP has picked up points in the ESPN/USA Today top-25 coaches poll the past two weeks, and figures to pad that total on Tuesday courtesy of the blemish-free weekend.

The Miners will be back in action on Saturday against preseason league favorite Tulane at 4:35 p.m. at the Don Haskins Center.